How to use Walk’s Routemaster Guides
Each routecard is checked at least three months before publication. However, the descriptions and maps given should always be double-checked against the relevant Ordnance Survey (OS) map, which you should take with you on your walk.
1 = Easy Gentle walks suitable for everyone, including pushchair and wheelchair users.
2 = Leisurely Mainly on unsurfaced rural paths,
with some sustained ascents or descents. Reasonable fitness required.
3 = Moderate May include rough terrain, with steep climbs and descents. Requires a good level of fitness.
4 = Challenging Physically demanding route that includes sections over very steep ground, hills and rough country.
1 = Novice Clearly identifiable paths on the ground,
or follows linear features such as walls or coastline. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
2 = Easy Mountainside, valley, hill-top or moorland
route, mostly following paths. Basic map and compass skills required. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing recommended.
3 = Moderate Some pathless stretches across wild valleys, open moorland, mountain- or hill-tops. Map and compass essential; GPS recommended. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing essential.
4 = Experienced Exposed ridges, featureless moorland or isolated crags where route confusion is likely, even
in clear visibility. Simple hand-holds may be required
on steep rock. Specialist equipment required, and advanced map and compass skills essential. GPS
strongly recommended. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
Left is abbreviated to L in the route descriptions and right to R.
Based on a steady walking pace of roughly two miles per hour, or slower if over hilly terrain.
If you encounter any problem on a footpath – whether it be overgrown vegetation, a blockage or a broken stile – report it to the Public Rights of Way Officer at the local highway authority (find a complete list of highway authorities at www.direct.gov.uk). Or report it online at www.ramblers.org.uk/rights_of_way
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