Meeting Places and Lifts
Unless otherwise indicated all walks will
meet at the front of Helensburgh Pier Swimming Pool for departure at 9.30 am
prompt. There is free parking available at the far end of the car park. We
encourage people to meet at the car park in order that car-sharing may be
arranged so reducing the number of vehicles driving into the countryside. On
occasion we arrange for mini-bus transport (for which we charge) and this is
noted in our programme.
The leader is not a professional guide; he is
simply a fellow member of the Ramblers prepared to lead.
Consideration for other walkers
As groups are usually made up of members with
varying walking abilities, please consider those at the back. Leaders will SET
AND CONTROL THE PACE OF THE WALK to reflect these differing abilities, and WILL
NOT allow the pace of walk to be dictated by a few members of the party who may
tend to force the pace. Conversely failure to maintain a reasonable pace can
cause problems and spoil the enjoyment of the group as a whole. Failure to
observe these considerations may deter members from fully enjoying the walks or
developing gradually onto higher grades of walks. In the interest of safety
members should stay in sight of the Leader at all times and should not leave the
walk without first advising him/her.
We do not allow dogs on our Group walks.
Children on walks must always be the specific
responsibility of a parent or other accompanying adult. Leaders are not
responsible for children brought on walks.
Please note that neither the Group nor the
Leader can accept responsibility for any accident which may occur on any Group
walk. Although every effort is made to ensure the safety of parties, it is
pointed out that persons coming on walks do so entirely at their own risk.
Personal accident insurance is recommended.
There is Public Liability Insurance
taken out by the Ramblers' Association covering certain eventualities - this
policy does not cover acts by persons who are not fully paid-up members of the
Equipment and Clothing
Warm and waterproof
clothing should be carried and strong footwear should be worn.
In Scotland, on or among
the hills, it may be winter any day of the year and to cope with the wide
variations of weather and temperature the “layer” principle of clothing helps.
Several layers of clothing incorporating essential outer wind and hooded
Don’t forget a hat and
gloves and bear in mind that you can at any time meet wind-driven rain, hail or
Denims are not suitable as
they get wet very quickly and do not dry out.
Walking boots are
considered essential for hill walking.
A map relevant to the
walk, a compass plus a knowledge of how to use it, are desirable and probably
essential on ‘A’ and ‘B’ grade walks.
A whistle is essential
for summoning help or indicating an emergency.
If you are going on winter
mountains an ice axe and crampons may be necessary; again a knowledge of how to
use these items is necessary.
Food and Refreshment
Food and a hot drink
should be carried; sweet treats or chocolate can provide additional energy.
Liquid intake is important even on a cold winter’s day. Similarly a breakfast
before you commence a walk may be considered essential.