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Our Walks

Sunday Walks
Each Sunday, a 53 seat coach collects walkers from a number of pick-up points across the Wirral. The programme embraces some of the finest walking areas in England and Wales. For more details see the Sunday Walk Programme.

There are a minimum of four walks available each Sunday ranging from 'Moderate' to 'Strenuous'. You can choose which walk to do on the day. An 'Easy' walk is provided most Sundays giving you time for sight-seeing. At the end of each walk, there is usually an opportunity for refreshments, before catching the coach home.

The cost of a seat on the coach is £13, and £15 for non-members.

Wednesday C Walks
These popular walks are held throughout the year, usually within a 30 mile radius of the Wirral. Transport is by private car and if required lifts are arranged at the start on a car share basis. The meeting place is Arrowe Park. Walks are "Moderate" (see the walk grading information) and members usually arrive back on the Wirral by about 4pm.
On alternate Wednesdays there is an easier, Wirral-based walk in addition to the normal programme. The maximum distance for these walks is 6 miles.
For more details see the Wednesday C Walk Programme.

Summer Wednesday B- Walks
These walks are confined to within approximately 50 miles of Arrowe Park (the meeting place), but usually beyond the area used by the Wednesday C Walks. We aim to commence walking at 10:30am and finsh no later than 5pm. Locations include Bangor, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bala Lake, Weshpool, Shrewsbury, Stone, Buxton, Glossop, Homfirth, Hebden Bridge, Colne, Clitheroe and Lancaster.

Summer Evening Walks
Between April and August, we organise a programme of Evening Walks on a Tuesday and Friday. The walks start at 7.30pm and usually last up to 2 hours. These are local, 'Easy' grade walks that provide members with a chance to stretch their legs and socialise.

Public Rambles
Public rambles are different again. These walks are open to all, the coaches operate every 3 or 4 weeks between March and October. Pick-up points are in Wirral and also Liverpool. The walk leaders are members of other Ramblers walking groups as well as Wirral and we hope that you enjoy the walks so much that you decide to join us. A broad range of walks is offered, from 5 to 12 miles and you do not have to be a member of the Ramblers. For more details see the website Public Rambles
You don’t need to be highly fit, own specialist kit or have knowledge of maps or compasses. Our walks are all led by experienced walkers so you can enjoy your time with the group. Suitable, well-fitting footwear and appropriate clothes for rainy days are advisable. These will help make your walk more enjoyable. The wide range of walks on offer allows all ages and abilities to enjoy our walks and quickly build up their fitness levels.
Our walks take us to North Wales, Lake District, Peak District, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and surrounding counties in and around Merseyside. We go further afield for some of our planned weekends away. There are walks every Sunday and Wednesday throughout the year as well as evening walks on Tuesday and Friday evenings in the summer.

What to expect on a walk

When you come on one of our walks please read the grades and descriptions to ensure you have chosen a walk that is appropriate to your level of fitness. The walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. If you have any doubt about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the organiser or leader in advance. Bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first - it's much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted. Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit.
Most of our walks go through fields which may be wet and muddy, over stiles and across ditches in all sorts of weather, so come prepared! We follow Public Rights of Way and maintain a suitable walking pace. Please follow the leaders' directions and try not to get in front of the leader or too far behind the group.
Walkers must respect the leader and the whipper-in. For safety reasons, walkers must not walk in front of the leader or fall behind the whipper-in. Those walkers wishing to leave the group mid-walk must inform the leader of their intention. All walkers should respect the countryside and adhere to the Countryside Code at all times.

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What to wear and carry

  • Strong boots or walking shoes with well-patterned soles, and a change of footwear in a plastic bag for the return journey.
  • Walking trousers - these should be lightweight and comfortable. Please don't come in jeans, in wet weather they get cold and heavy.
  • Windproof top, waterproof jacket and perhaps a fleece (layers of clothing are the way to keep warm or cool).
  • Hat and Gloves.
  • Packed lunch, plus some calorific snacks.
  • Plenty to drink - around 1-3 litres depending on the time of year and length of the walk, plus a hot drink during the winter months.
  • Basic first aid kit and any personal medication.
  • ID, medical information and contact numbers in case of any incident. (A tag with this information attached to the rucksack is ideal!)
  • Rucksack (Big enough for your water bottle, lunch box and to store layers of clothing when not in use).
A quick change of clothes makes the trip home more comfortable. In winter spare clothing must be carried and a torch in case a walk is delayed.
There are now strict regulations regarding the taking of photos and how they may be shared. Please see the privacy regulations.

Walk Grades

We use a points system to indicate how strenuous a walk is going to be. It is basically 1 point per mile and 1 point per 500 feet of climbing.

A Strenuous: (18 to 23 points)
Can be long with hard ascents. For fit and strong walkers only. Eg: 15 miles and 3,500ft of ascent
B+ Fairly Strenuous: (14 to 18 points)
Some steep ascents but within the capabilities of good walkers. Eg: 12 miles and 2,000ft of ascent
B- Moderately strenuous: (11 to 14 points)
Within the capabilities of most walkers with some experience. Eg: 10 miles and 2,000ft of ascent
C Moderate: (7 to 11 points)
Usually at lower level but still a serious walk of up to 5½ hours. Eg: 8 miles and 1,000ft of ascent
D Easy: (5 to 7 points)
Low level at selected locations normally with facilities for after walk sightseeing. Eg: 5 miles and minimum ascent