The aim of these group walks is not to "carpet bag as many peaks in a day" but to enjoy being out in the wilder parts of the countryside. They are not a race, it's ok to stop and admire the view. (and get your breath back), it's encouraged!!!
Have time to observe and learn about the local flora & fauna. Take photographs. Chat with other members of the group. Then celebrate with a 'cuppa' on top. Then meander back down again, to the valley floor. Hopefully for tea & cake in a café, or a pint in a country pub.
Also for safety, it is best to have smaller groups.
With smaller groups you are more likely to see more.
Wild life doesn't like noise.
Your physical capabilities are there to be catered for, so you enjoy your day. Life is NOT as sprint, but a marathon, getting to the finish line matters, not how fast.
A reasonable level of fitness is required, as routes are rarely on the flat, the National Parks are based in upland areas. The journey up and down again is all part of the experience, not just tapping the 'Trig point' at the top.
I would arrange the route on the capabilities of those on the walk, so everyone enjoys themselves.
Just because you reach a certain age or not in the peak of fitness, that doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying the physical challenges of the hills. You just have to be sensible.
Advice on the equipment you should carry, and the type of clothing & foot ware suitable for the ground/terrain and expected weather conditions.
Often if we are going to go up into the hills, people over dress for the occasion, so when they start exercising, they sweat, so then when they stop, they chill quickly. Dress for the conditions you are experiencing, and alter to match the conditions,
I'm there to give you a steadying hand, or a leg up, if you want to be even more adventurous. The idea is to exhilarate, not put you in any danger. To show you how to see a safe route, keep you out of boggy ground etc.
To point out local animal, bird and plant life or historical facts.
How actions in the past, affect the landscape today.
Dogs are allowed, but they are your responsibility and must be under control at all times. Do not allow them to endanger wildlife, farm animals or themselves.
I try to keep costs to a minimum, to make the adventure affordable. from £35 per person.
My experience and great personality. I'm there to ensure you have a safe, rewarding and memorable experience.
I carry first aid and safety equipment - group shelter etc.
I don't supply your food for the day, or transport. I can give you advice, on what to bring, but food is such a personal thing. If you don't drive I can help you obtain a lift?
You can be supplied with a map and compass, and a quick input on how to use them, not a full on lesson. I'm there to navigate and keep you safe & informed.
You will be shown how to move safely and effectively.
Advice on safety in the mountains and hills
Walking together is a great way to start a friendship. Plus a chat with a cuppa and a cake at the end.
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