The answers to all the frequently asked questions about Hike Essex!
What are the walks like?
Most of our regular walks take place in Essex and surrounding counties, predominantly to the South and West of the county. Essex is largely a flat county so the walking is fairly easy! However, some walks are fairly long, so if you’re new to walking you may want to start with a leisurely walk. Each of the walks are graded and this is shown on the programme. If in any doubt about a particular walk, email the leader with your queries.
What should I wear?
You must come properly equipped. Boots or walking shoes are recommended & the ground can be rough or muddy, even in summer. You’ll also need waterproof clothing, unless there is no chance of rain.
What about lunch?
On full day walks we stop for a lunch so please bring a packed lunch. Occasionally there will be a pub stop in the middle of the walk, although this is usually reserved as a treat for the end of the walk. In addition it’s essential to bring a drink on all walks.
Can I just turn up?
You can just turn up to a walk. There’s no need to contact the walk leader in advance, unless you need further information. It can be beneficial just to let the walk leader know you are intending to turn up in case of any enforced last minutes changes, it also gives the leader an idea in advanced of rough numbers. Try to arrive at the meeting point at least five minutes before the advertised start time.
Are dogs allowed?
Dogs are allowed subject to the walk leaders descretion, but they must be well-behaved and on a lead, as we often encounter farm animals. They must also be able to negotiate stiles and other obstacles! The dog owner must accept full responsibility for controlling their dog at all times.
How do I get to the walk?
Options for public transport may be available for many of our walks, however a significant number may not be convenient unless by car. If this is a problem for a walk, use facebook to see if someone is willing to lift share / share the petrol.
What happens at the social meets?
Our social meets are just informal get-togethers, held most weeks in places easy to get to by train for those that wish. A chance to catch up on the latest news, they’re ideal for new members wanting to find out more about the group.
What about other social events?
We organise a range of social events, normally on a fairly ad hoc basis. Details of these events will be emailed out directly to members and associate members. Many of the socials will be decided through facebook and people will be able to make suggestions on what to do and where to go.
What are the benefits of joining?
By joining the group you will be automatically get updates on what is going on within the group, details of any programme changes or last minute notices. You will also be able to join into any other groups walks if you are interested. In addition the membership goes to supporting the Rambers in the work it does to ensure the countryside is kept open. The Ramblers spends a lot of its time making sure that long distance footpaths are recognised and open access is granted to our contryside. It is the main organisation dedicated to maintaining access to the countryside for us and future generations. Details of the work Ramblers head office does on our behalf can be found on the Main Ramblers website.
An additional benefit is that some outdoor shops and other organisations give discounts to Ramblers members.
Can I help with organising?
The group is run entirely by volunteers, so we’re always keen to hear from people who would like to help out! In particular, we need people to lead walks & this isn’t difficult if you’re at all used to walking, and we try to ensure that an experienced leader accompanies anyone leading a walk for the first time. If you’re interested in helping please contact the appropriate committee member. For insurance reasons, all walk leaders must be members of the Ramblers.