Walk grades are provided as a general guide only. If you have any doubt about your
fitness for a particular walk please phone the leader in advance.
Please bear in mind the distance of the walk, differences in terrain and the possibility
of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned. Most walks in
our area are likely to be hilly and are often muddy and slippery. Walking boots,
waterproofs and seasonal appropriate clothing are recommended for comfort and safety
together with a personal first aid kit. With the exception of half-day and other
walks of less than 5 or 6 miles, a picnic lunch and adequate drink need to be carried
for the day.
(E) Easy – walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health
problem or is seriously unfit. Maybe suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted
over occasional obstructions. Walks will be mostly along easy paths, with perhaps
a few gentle climbs and at a slow pace.
(L) Leisurely – walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking
experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths and bridleways that may be narrow,
uneven, muddy or overgrown and with obstructions such as stiles. The walks will
be taken at a leisurely pace and may include some hills with a few ascents and descents.
(M) Moderate – walks for people with country walking experience and a good level
of fitness. The terrain is as leisurely but may include some sustained climbs on
steep paths, open hillsides or moorland. The pace is moderate at around 2 miles an
hour including stops.
(S) Strenuous – walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness
level. Often includes hills and walking over rough country. Very likely to be longer
and the pace can be moderate or brisk. Walks over 11 miles could be graded as strenuous,
because of the distance and may be taken over moderate terrain and at a moderate