Summer! – The perfect time to lead a walk for Take a Hike
With the prospect of fine weather and longer days, summer is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the varied programme of walks that TAH volunteers have organised.
With newer members becoming regulars, now is a great time to encourage all our members to consider leading a walk for the group.
Leading your first walk doesn’t have to be daunting. It’s a great opportunity to show off a walk that you really enjoy – perhaps your favourite walk close to home?
Before leading a walk, recce the route. Chat to other TAHers about your ideas and you will usually find someone willing to undertake a recce with you – perhaps they could help you on the day of the Group walk too? Use the recce as an opportunity to ensure that you know the route. Look out for potential points of interest, opportunities to stop for lunch or toilet breaks, plus any hazards you might need to be aware of.
Completing a recce means that you’re well prepared for the day of the walk itself. Once you’ve recced your walk it’s easy to publish it in our online walks diary. Just register on the Ramblers website and contact the Walks Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will set you up as a walk submitter for TAH and send you guidance to help you submit your walk. We also have a checklist to support you on the day: https://takeahike.org.uk/group-info/walk-leaders/ .
Once you’ve led your first walk you’re sure to want to lead more. This is where the fun really begins as you start exploring new routes or rediscovering old favourites to lead. Here’s some suggested sources of inspiration:
- The ‘Ramblers Routes’ section of Walk, the official magazine of the Ramblers.
- The Ramblers online route finder: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/routefinder – this includes routes submitted by members as well as listing group walks from other Ramblers groups – both may give you ideas for interesting walks.
- Various walking websites: https://takeahike.org.uk/group-info/links/
- Keep an eye out in the local press – the Yorkshire Evening Post regularly publish articles such as ‘the 10 best summer walks near Leeds’.
Top Tip: Always have the OS Map handy
Do consider leading a walk this summer for TAH. It doesn’t have to be an all-day extravaganza in the Dales. Local short walks, including those on weekday evenings, are always appreciated, especially if they end in a nice pub, café or tea room! If there’s anything you’re not sure of or you need some help just ask the Walks Secretary or any other committee member.
We look forward to supporting new or returning walk leaders this summer.
TAH Committee 2019