Frequently asked questions

What you need to know

WHERE ARE OUR COURSES / WALKS BASED?

Very much in the North York Moors  & Yorkshire Dales  National Parks. Their hills & mountains  are not as harsh as  those of the Lake District , and less visited. (If you’re not doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks) You can get such fantastic views from the Moors, and just 450 metres high.  The Yorkshire Dales have 30 mountains over 600 metres.  No rush, enjoy the journey, meet like minded people, take a minute or 10 to get your breath back. Depending where we start/end there are plenty of opportunities for a cafe/pub visit.

WHO ARE WALKS & COURSES AIMED AT?

The young at heart, but slightly older 40’s, 50’s & 60’s plus – for individuals, couples or small group of friends. Despite only feeling in my 20’s, physically I’m not. Are you the same? We get there, just a little slower up & down. Nothing beats a cup of tea/coffee on the summit.

WHAT SORT OF PEOPLE ATTEND YOUR COURSES / WALKS?

People like you, if you enjoy the great outdoors. Being outside enhances both your mental and physical health. Walking is one of the greatest exercises. If you don’t feel confident navigating, that’s care of.Learning or renewing  how to use a map & compass, exercises the mind. It’s never to late to update your skills. No pressure, learn easily step by step. Learn by doing, not just watching.

I AM SLIGHTLY NERVOUS ABOUT BOOKING ON MY OWN

Not a problem, if you are on your own or part of a group. Or with people you have never met, barriers are soon broken down. Nothing like having a trudge  up an incline of a hill, to get you talking - once you have your breath back. You will learn about the local history, nature  and each other.

WHAT ABOUT CORPORATE EVENTS?

If you are normally stuck in an office or shop, away from the hills or mountains, I don’t want to break you. You still need to work on Monday. Start off slow, get used to using your muscles, breath in the fresh air, then get the satisfaction of getting to the summit, celebrate as a group.

DO YOU HAVE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?

Although these walks are aimed at the more mature walker/outdoor enthusiast, if you are not in a race you are more than welcome. I hate it when the fitter walkers, rush up the hill, complain about those bringing up the rear, then rush off when slower walkers arrive. Not thinking that those slower walkers are doing their best and also need a breather.

CAN I BRING MY DOG?

Please ask! On walks, I try and keep away from low land farms. Dogs must be under control and kept on a lead when there is livestock or wildlife may be disturbed. Your dog doesn’t have to chase an animal to cause harm.Map & compass courses are not suitable for you to bring your dog. You will need to concentrate and have both hands available to use your map & compass.

WHAT KIT DO I NEED?

Please provide your own walking gear, you can now buy good quality gear relatively cheaply, from a number of suppliers. You don’t need to buy the latest gear. See the “walking gear list” you don’t need everything on the list. On navigation courses, a compasses & laminated maps can be provided. You get to keep, the laminated, information sheets.

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?

The hills and mountains tend to attract more extreme weather. You do get more rain, wind, snow and anything else that can be thrown at you. That is why it is important to have the correct kit. Carry for what you can see, and have enough gear, to keep you safe if the weather turns bad, plan for the worst. Also carry sun cream, that breeze can hide how strong the sun is. Burnt legs are not fun!

WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER BEEN HILL WALKING BEFORE?

Not a problem. You will be sent a list of equipment you should carry. As long as you have a reasonable level of fitness you should be fine. Start off slow, groups are kept small, so you can be assured you are in safe hands. 
 
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

Our walks are not a race, the aim is to enjoy the journey. It is the complete journey you are there to enjoy, not just the summit. We will take the less strenuous route, but still gives you an adventure. A six to ten mile walk in the hills or mountains, with 450 to 700 metres of climb & descent, is not a walk in the park. It is a lot harder, with the chance of more challenging terrain and weather, which both can both take their toll on your energy. Fit, but not an athlete.

I HAVE A PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION – CAN I STILL TAKE PART?

Yes, as long as you are not causing a danger to yourself or others. You must be fit enough to walk up hill & down again. Participants have had diabetes, pace makers fitted, etc. As long as we are aware of your condition, you have your medication &  the condition is controlled, there should not be a problem. Bring sufficient medication & the correct food etc. Safety is the most important consideration.

WHO WILL RUN MY COURSE / GUIDE MY WALK?

James “Jim” Haskell will be the walk leader/course trainer. Groups are kept small. Less disturbance to wildlife & he can pay attention to you, your safety and enjoyment. He has been walking, backpacking in the hills and mountains since the 1980’s. MLTB trained & qualified. He holds a First Aid Certificate
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CAN YOU RECOMMEND PLACES TO STAY?

Being tourist areas, there are plenty of places to stay. Each person has different criteria, of what they want from accommodation. There are so many sites on the internet, that give ratings for various establishments.

HOW DO I BOOK?

To book a course or guided walk, please contact Jim Haskell aka Old Plodder, by either phone - 07597165258 or via email to confirm availability & booking. You can then pay for the course here. DO NOT PAY FOR THE COURSE BEFORE YOU HAVE CONFIRMED THE COURSE OR GUIDED WALK

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND, TRANSFER OR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Our full terms and conditions can be found HERE

WHAT HAPPENS IF OUR WALK OR COURSE IS CANCELLED?

The weather is rarely a reason to cancel, unless it is extreme and dangerous. Storm force winds likely to cause harm & danger. Flooding so that routes are impassable. Extreme heat - there is threat of heat stroke etc. If the weather changes whilst on the hill, a alternative safer route may have to be used to keep the group safe. The main reason for cancelling would be illness or injury of James Haskell or group members.
See the Terms & Conditions for the cancellation policy.
 

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