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Information about joining a Walk

You are always more than welcome to come on our walks.

Come and see if Swansea Ramblers is for you.

We'll look forward to meeting you.

Walks are graded as follows:-

Easy Access:
Walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections, please contact the leader running the walk for details.   

Walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.   

Walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.   

Walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.   

Walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness should contact the organiser or leader in advance.   

Walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ropes, ice axes and crampons. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details.

Joining a walk

Walks are open to anyone.

Visitors on holiday are welcome to walk with us.

New walkers are especially welcome.

Many people join us for the social aspect of our walks and make many new friends.

The first three walks with us are free - to see if you like walking with Swansea Ramblers.

So - all you have to do to join a walk is come along with a good pair of footwear and waterproofs. Bring something to eat and drink on the walk.

You can just turn up and enjoy. Choose a walk you feel able to do on your first walk with us (only choose a long walk if you know you are already able to complete one).

If you are unsure whether a walk is right for you, contact the leader to ask for further information.

If you have enjoyed the three free walks with us and would like to continue, become a member of Swansea Ramblers and enjoy the benefits and discounts that come with membership.

Meeting for the walk

It is best to arrive early to have time to park and to get your gear ready before the start.

A meeting point of a walk may sometimes given in the programme in addition to the starting point.

In exceptional circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, the leader might need to cancel the walk.

The leader will only inform those present at the meeting point.

Anyone wishing to travel directly to the start point is advised to contact the leader to confirm if the walk will go ahead.

Once you have become a member, you can use the FREE Ramblers App to navigate to walks and find out about more walking opportunities.

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Safety on Walks

It is at the discretion of the Leader to refuse to take anyone considered to be unsuitably equipped or likely to cause a problem during the walk.

Walkers must wear suitable footwear and clothing, carry enough food and drink and a small First Aid pack. In case of accident, ID and contact numbers should be carried.

While the safety of members is always of paramount concern, accidents may occasionally occur.   It is important to appreciate that you have a responsibility for the safety of yourself and fellow walkers.

Advice on Dogs

The matter of dogs on walks was raised by a member at the 2023 AGM, and the Chair promised that it would be discussed by the Ramblers Committee.

After consultation with Head Office and a substantial discussion in Committee we have concluded as follows:

Swansea Ramblers entirely accepts the Official Advice, emphasized in a letter of November 2023, that:

"We want Ramblers walks to be open and welcoming to everyone, and we do encourage our groups to welcome dogs onto their walks wherever practical."

However, walkers, with dogs or without, need to observe simple rules to ensure everybody enjoys their walks:

1. The Leader of a walk has absolute right to decide if it is appropriate to allow dogs on a particular walk.
If a leader does not want dogs on a particular walk that should be indicated in the walk notice by the statement:

Registered Assistance Dogs Only

Many factors may influence the Leader, but we would draw attention to advice to avoid taking dogs onto farmland in the lambing season which is centred on the months of February, March and April.

2. Dog owners need to:
a. Decide if their dog is used to the company of many people and has the temperament to cope with the inevitable jostling.
b. Accept that their dogs must always be on short leads.

3. All other walkers need to give dog and owner, space and consideration.

John France
Chair, Swansea Ramblers

Programme Updates

This programme is put together several months in advance. Inevitably there will be some changes over the six months.

Before going to the start of the walk, please check this website for updates.

We will also add a few walks to the programme as opportunities arise so please re-check the programme page for these extra walks.

In order to save members checking the site for changes, we maintain a mailing list of walks updates.  

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