Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to book a walk in advance?.
No - just get to the meet place 5-10 minute before the published time and make yourself known to the leader.
But if unsure about your walk fitness level it might be best to phone the leader.
Where do you meet to start the walks?
The meeting point for each walk is published in the Walks Programme / website together with the relevant grid reference & OS Explorer Map (1:25000) for the Sunday walkers.
You can either meet us there, or alternatively go to the start of the walk but do check the walks page in case there has been an update.
How do I get to the start of the walk?
Club members are encouraged to share cars, which makes economic & environmental sense.
But most of the Saturday walks are by bus or train or ferry or even all 3, some walks particularly on Sundays have a car share arranged starting from watermill carpark in paisley .
These car shares are shown on the Walks Programme by w.m.c.p.
As they operate on an entirely voluntary basis seat cannot be guaranteed, so it may be wise to check with the walk leader beforehand to see if there is spare seat.
The cost of the fuel for the journey is shared by all, many people get together & share cars on an informal basis – after all with the present cost of fuel, it makes sense to share costs.
Are the walks suitable for children?
Because of the distance/stiles/rough ground/etc walks are usually not recommended for children & never on their own, children are not allowed on Sunday walk.
But if in doubt, contact the leader for advice.
How fit do I have to be?
If you're not sure if you're fit enough don't worry! Come along on one of our shorter walks & see how you go.
If you've no worries on that score, come & try one of our day walks.
As a group we're a mix of abilities (mega-fit to decidedly unfit) & ages (40s to mid-80s)& we put on a wide variety of walks to cater for all levels.
Some bounce up the hills, others plod & others use the excuse of "scenic view Stops" to catch their breath.
All are welcome on our walks.
What will it cost me?
The walks themselves are free but transport costs are your own.
If you're not already a member of the Ramblers you will be invited to join after 3-4 walks.
How fast do you walk?
As a rule of thumb we cover 2.5 to 3 miles per hour about normal window shopping speed :) allowing for breaks. (Slower up hills much slower).
Stops are at the leader's discretion, but usually consist of a 10-20 minute stop for lunch & the odd 5 minutes breaks but rest breaks are allowed just pass the word along.
When and How far do you walk?
For exact details see our Walks Programme.
This is updated at least twice a year.
Unless the Walks Programme indicates otherwise Walks are circular, all day & normally start around 10 am for Saturdays & around 7-9am for the Sundays.
There is an all-day walk each Saturday, ranging from 6 - 12 miles.
Usually it starts at 10 am, finishes between 3-4pm-ish & sometimes the amblers (B) walks are aimed at those who prefer 4 – 5 miles level ground walks these are particularly suitable for those who prefer to take their exercise more gently.
Sunday walks are for the really fit walkers used to going up the bigger hills.
Where do you walk?
Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire and surrounding areas.
The longer Sunday walks on the programme normally involve a good drive from paisley & range from the local in winter to the far north or south in the summer.
We try to arrange the programme so no driving after dark is required but with Sunday walks that is sometimes unavoidable, so the winter walks are usually closer to home.
What do I need to take on the walk?
Yes, some people go walking wearing jeans & cotton T-shirts & trainers, & armed with nothing more than a mobile phone & a choccy bar, but we don't advise that if you want to be comfortable & enjoy your walk. This list isn't about us enforcing daft & petty rules on you, it's to help you get the most out of the day & to avoid getting cold, wet, uncomfortable, hungry & blisters.
What you bring is up to you nothing is worse than walking in wet soaking clothes (although the walk leader reserves the right to say "I told you so" in a patronising voice if you ignore our suggestions) & we expect you to use your own judgement, bearing in mind the time of year, weather, length & difficulty of the walk.
What to bring on a walk a sense of humour & determination the ground we cover can be exceedingly muddy.
Clothing that is essential or very strongly recommended:
Waterproof jacket with hood, & waterproof trousers.
Shorts or trousers that will dry quickly - not jeans! as they get wet & heavy .
Hat & gloves, in the cooler months.
Sun hat or cap in sunny weather.
Walking boots or good quality walking shoes.
The right combination of socks to fit your boots.
Layers - e.g. base layer, Lightweight walking/technical T-shirt, fleece, coat.
Gaiters, if rain or mud is likely.
Rucksack with waist straps.
Waterproof cover for rucksack, or bin bag/carrier bags to keep everything inside dry.
More food & water than you think you'll need (at least ½ litre of water for every 5 miles, & more on a hot day).
Snacks, e.g. chocolate, sweets, nuts.
Basic first aid kit.
Sunglasses and suntan lotion in sunny weather.
Spare Cash for phone box (remote areas often don't have mobile reception) or bus/taxi fare if something goes wrong.
You might also want to bring:
Spare clothes shoes & socks for afterwards (car ramble).
Map, waterproof case & compass if you have them, this is a must on Sunday walks.
Flask of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or soup.
Hydration pack (e.g. Platypus) to allow you to drink without stopping to get a bottle out of your rucksack.
Walking poles, if you find them useful.
Remember that you'll be in the open air for up to 6 hours.
You'll also find that after having scrambled over stiles, plodded across muddy/boggy fields, & bumbled down paths that you can get rather grubby.
So make sure it's easily washable.
A spare pair of socks (useful when you've forgotten your gloves).
Something dry to sit-on at lunch time/ break .
Plastic shopping bags work well,& you can put your boots in them at the end.
During the hotter weather you should carry plenty of liquid with you.
For some reason walking makes the nose run!
A small rucksack should hold all your needs for a full day's walk.
Line it with a plastic bag to keep the innards dry. Oh, & don't forget the bag of sweets as leaders can sometimes be bribed not to do the hill :).
Safety When walking
For safety, walkers must always follow the instructions of the Walk Leader.
Each walker is encouraged to :
Pack a basic First Aid Kit for personal use.
Be aware of the walker in front of them and behind them and to let the leader know of any problems.
The Ramblers has a Public Liability Insurance Policy.
This does NOT cover accidents resulting in personal injury or loss which may occur during a walk.
It is the walk leader's prerogative to refuse to allow a person who arrives unsuitably equipped/unfit/unhealthy or in their view unable to do the walk to join in the walk this is for your safety & the rest of the group’s safety so please don't be offended by this.
No refunds will be given unless someone else can be found to take your place.
As soon as you book on an event (by informing the organiser or a committee member that you wish to do so), you are liable for any cost associated with the booking.
No refunds will be given for events that require payment (e.g. weekends away, theatre socials etc) unless someone else can be found to take your place.
If you can no longer attend you should inform the event organiser as soon as possible it is up to the event organiser to decide who should try to find a replacement (i.e. you or them).
Note that in some circumstances there will be restrictions (e.g. weekends away are only open to members, sometimes there will be a reserve list which must be worked through in order first, etc) .
If no replacement can be found, you will still be liable for the cost, even if you haven't already paid. If a replacement is found, it will be your responsibility to seek a refund .
The reason for all of this is to prevent the group from making a loss; we often have to charge for events in advance and often cannot change the numbers once the event is booked.