Safety Note For Leaders

ALL LEADERS, PLEASE READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW AND TAKE THEM INTO ACCOUNT FOR YOUR WALK. PLEASE USE YOUR JUDGEMENT RATHER THAN FOLLOWING THEM SLAVISHLY

Leaders Planning the walk

Carefully plan the walk and walk it beforehand. It should be done easily within daylight.
Assess its difficulty and the time it will take in a group.
Plan where the meeting place will be, and the place to park cars at the beginning of the walk.
Plan the stop points for coffee breaks, comfort breaks and lunch in a sheltered area.
Try to avoid long distances on roads.

For more experienced leaders and if the proposed walk is considered demanding and at a high level:

Consider the walk if it was to be bad weather and any alternative routes or escape paths.
Measure the distance and the altitude required to climb.
Ensure that you have a good weather protected map, compass and mobile telephone, as well as a small first aid kit.
A GPS could be useful in remote areas or bad weather, when landscape features cannot be seen. Consider taking a whistle and torch also.
A written route plan should be prepared, recording route grid references for main stops, and compass bearings along the route. A copy should be left with a responsible person at base in case of non return following an incident, for rescue purposes.

Leading the walk

Take account of all people on the walk and if the walk is considered demanding, check that they are reasonably equipped for the proposed walk.
Ensure that everyone has transport to the start point.
For a party larger than say 12 walkers, appoint a back marker. preferably someone who knows the walk and has a map and compass.
Give a brief comment to the group on the proposed walk and any difficulty likely to be met.
Take note of the weather conditions and reappraise the walk if necessary.
Make frequent stops on the walk to allow slower members to catch up and check that all are present.
Allow a reasonably leisurely lunch break in a sheltered spot as possible.
Keep an open eye to possible distress in any members of the group especially in bad weather.
Adjust the pace of the walk to cater for the slower members of the party and in bad weather keep
the party closely together and inform them if an alternative route is to be taken due to the weather.

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