Our walks are planned and led by volunteers from within the group. If you’d like to get involved in leading a walk, please let us know, we have lots of support available to help you. Contact any member of the committee or any walk leader - see Contacts page - for more information. Also see our Walk leaders page.
Our walks are free to all Ramblers members and non-members are welcome to come and walk with us a few times, before deciding whether to join the charity. Visit the national website for more information about joining and membership benefits.
If we ever have to cancel a walk at short notice, for whatever reason, we will try to post a notice on the home page.
What to bring
For an all day walk, bring a packed lunch and enough water for the day. Also, bring waterproof clothing in case of rain and an extra layer of clothing such as a fleece in case the weather changes for the worse. Sometimes we stop at pubs where you can eat your own food although not many landlords allow this. For half day walks there is usually an 'apple stop' of ten minutes or so bring whatever refreshments you like.
What to wear
Wear whatever you are comfortable in! Trainers should be adequate on most of our shorter walks, although it can be muddy so your trainers may get muddy! For longer walks, we recommend you wear walking trainers or walking boots (walking boots are better as they give better ankle support). If a walk is described as muddy you may like to wear gaiters or waterproof trousers to keep the mud off your trousers. Denim jeans are never a good idea as if they get wet will take ages to dry out and can be very, very cold. The leader may refuse to accept your participation if, in their opinion, you are inadequately equipped or unfit either of which could lead to an unsafe situation.
Getting to the start of the walk
A guide to finding the start of a walk may be found here.
At the Start of the Walk
The time shown in the programme is the time of departure from the meeting place. Walkers should aim to arrive at least 10 minutes before that to get parked and booted-up etc, so that the group is not kept waiting. it is important that new walkers introduce themselves to the leader. The following prefixes to a walk used in the walks programme indicate that you should take (F) Food (D) drink and a suffix (WCs) indicates toilets are usually open.
On the walk
Walkers must follow the instructions of the leader when walking on roads. It is not always the rule to walk facing oncoming traffic, particularly if there is a sharp right-hand bend in the road. Never overtake the leader unless he/she asks you to go on ahead.
Make sure that you are fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you are unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first. It is much better to find a walk too slow and easy rather than make yourself miserable and exhausted. If in doubt, check with the Programme Secretary.
Walking and Livestock
Walking through a field of cattle is usually very safe and the number of incidences of an attack is relatively small. The potential danger is exacerbated by the presence of a dog and also when cows have their calves with them. So always be vigilant!
The Ramblers have a page dedicated to Walking near livestock.
If cows get too close the best approach considered by many is to turn quietly to face them with arms (and stick) outstretched to create as big a profile as possible – not for the faint-hearted.
Health and Safety
All sporting and leisure activities have inherent hazards associated with them and rambling is no exception. In spite of the safety of members always being of paramount concern, accidents will occasionally happen. It is important therefore that, when entering into an activity, each member appreciates that they have a responsibility to identify hazards associated with the activity and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimise the potential for accidents to arise.
Rights of Way - Your Help Required!
When out walking you have no doubt come across broken or damaged sign and waymark posts; damaged or missing waymarks that had been fixed to posts; stiles and bridges in need of repair. Also unmarked cross-field paths, locked gates and overgrown vegetation obstructing paths etc. Please report these problems by using the Contact Us option on the Suffolk Public Rights of Way website. It is only by reporting defects and problems that Suffolk R of W Officers become aware of the need for repair, renewal, or taking action to remove obstructions.