Walking GroupMeetings: Walks take place on the 1st Friday, the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Mondays, and the last Sunday of each month.Group Leaders: Ian Tel: 01278 722967 or 07581 196292 Linda Tel: 01278 426451
GENERAL INFORMATIONThe aim of the U3A Walking Group is to enable those members who are fit and able, to get out and enjoy the Somerset Countryside.DISTANCES: Unless stated all walks average 5 to 8 miles over a variety of terrain. Leaders have discretion to vary the route.TIMES:The Walking Programme gives a meeting time at the start point of the walk. Most people go directly to the start point of the walk. If you need to clarify the route to the start of the walk please contact the walk leader.WALK CANCELLATION PROCEDURE : If the walk leader of the day decides that a walk has to be cancelled, for whatever reason, he/she should contact the Walking Group Leader by phone or by e-mail by 8:00 a.m. on the morning of the walk. The Walking Group Leader will then e-mail that information out to those on e-mail and also telephone a few key people who will, in turn, get the message out to others who do not have e-mail by 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the walk. Walkers who are planning to do the walk are strongly urged to check their e-mail after 8:30 a.m. on the morning of a walk, particularly if the weather looks doubtful. It is the responsibility of each individual walker to check that a walk is going to take place.TRANSPORT: When car sharing, passengers will be asked to contribute towards the fuel costs. Where a car park fee is required the group in the car agree the costs between them. REFRESHMENTS:All requirements should be carried, especially sufficient liquids. On some walks lunch or tea may be available and this will be indicated on the walks programme. It is advisable to carry spare food and drink.CLOTHING: Most walks cover rough country, so it is essential to wear stout footwear even in summer and to carry windproof and waterproof clothing.COSTS: In addition to the normal U3A membership fee there may be a small yearly fee that becomes due at the Walking Group Annual Meeting that is usually held in September or October of each year.FOOTPATHS: Please notify the Footpath Officer of any footpath obstructions giving a grid reference.HEALTH: Members are responsible for managing their own health problems. It is advisable to inform the Walk Leader of any issues that may arise.INSURANCE: The U3A does not provide PERSONAL ACCIDENT INSURANCE this is the responsibility of individual members. The Third Age Trust takes out Public and Products Liability Insurance on behalf of PAID-UP MEMBERS. The indemnity is extended to Group Leaders in the exercise of their role.INDISPOSITION:If a Leader is unable to lead a walk contact the Walking Group Leader or Programme Organiser asap. We hope to avoid changes or cancellations by seeking to have a joint leadership approach.TIMING AND SAFETY: In the interests of safety IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED IF ALL WALKERS STAY BEHIND THE WALK LEADER AT ALL TIMES. The Leader sets a suitable pace for the party. DO NOT try to force a faster pace. Before setting off the Leader will ask for one of the Group to act as back marker.DOGS: We regret that we cannot allow dogs on our walks.OWN RISK:All sporting and leisure activities have their inherent hazards. WALKING AND RAMBLING ARE NO EXCEPTION. Although the safety of members is always of paramount concern, accidents will occasionally occur. It is important, therefore, that when entering into the activity, each member appreciates that he or she has a responsibility to identify the hazards associated with the activity and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimise the potential for an accident to arise.
Note: In all cases before joining a group for the first time please telephone the group leader.