INFORMATION

How much is it to join?     Where do you meet?   How will I get to the walk start?   How difficult are the walks?   

What should I wear?   What do I need to take with me?  Can I take my children and my dog?   Who leads the walks?

 MEMBERSHIP £6.00

Visitors to the area are most welcome to join our walks.                

If, after two or three taster walks, you decide that you want to join us, please download this membership form:     Membership Form.     Membership is renewable each September. 

You may also want to join the Ramblers: www.ramblers.org.uk/join
Most Outdoors Shops will give discount when you show your membership card.

MEETING  The usual meeting point for all walks is ASDA, Pontygwindy Road, Caerphilly CF83 3SX.  

Please 'phone the Walk Leader to let them know that you are joining their  walk.

Meet at 9.25a.m. near the recycling bins to the left of the store, as you go over the bridge.  It is important that you always check the Walks Pages before leaving home in case of changes or cancellation. 

Bus 50 Newport - Bargoed stops outside ASDA : www.traveline-cymru.info 

TRANSPORT 10p per mile per passenger voluntary contribution
Our group encourages car sharing arrangements as a means of reducing the environmental impact of driving to walks.  Drivers appreciate it when a voluntary contribution is made by passengers.  As a guide, 10p per mile per passenger is currently considered an amount which reasonably covers the costs incurred by the driver. Please ask the driver the mileage. You will then know how much to offer them and make a fair contribution.

WALK GRADES
 Walks are graded  according to the leader's perceived degree of difficulty. You will need recent experience of walking in the mountains to join a walk at grade D. If you want further details on the difficulty of the walk, please 'phone the Walk Leader

Grade A          Easy walking, mainly on the flat at a leisurely pace

Grade B          Moderate some ascents and descents at a steady pace

Grade C          Energetic  some steep ascents and descents at a good pace

Grade D          Strenuous long, steep ascents and descents that require a good level of stamina 

The usual pace is about 2 - 3 miles an hour, depending on the terrain.

WALK SAFETY        To keep yourself safe when out walking you should pay particular attention to the following:

carefully consider your level of fitness and choose a walk  of a suitable length and grade - if you are new to rambling, choose grade A or B walks for the first few rambles; 

come properly equipped with walking boots, spare warm clothing and waterproofs.  

weather can change significantly during a walk and you should always be prepared for the worst;

bring a spare pair of shoes to change into at the end of the walk;

bring a picnic and sufficient drinks;

be advised that there is always an element of risk and make every effort to ensure your own health and safety;

understand that no liability is accepted for loss or injury suffered whilst participating;

carry a basic first aid kit , a large plastic bin liner bag and prescribed medication in your rucksack;

keep a personal information card in your rucksack in a labelled, waterproof container with details of your name, date of birth, address, any medical condition and prescribed medication taken and the names and telephone numbers of people to contact should you become ill or have an accident; 

carefully supervise any children that you bring on the walk (A child is any person under the age of 18 years);                                                         

bring registered assistance dogs only and keep them on a lead at all times - please contact us and we will telephone you to discuss the suitability of the walk for you and your dog.

FAMILIES
Your children / grandchildren are welcome to join you on all walks. If they walk with you more than three times the terms of our insurance require them to be members.

WALK LEADERS
The success of the club depends upon members leading walks.
All members are encouraged to lead walks.  In order for the group to continue to flourish it is hoped that, with support, new members will eventually become walk leaders.  

GROUP HOLIDAYS & SOCIAL EVENTS See Club News Page
Members are supported in organising walks with lunch, social events, coach trips, weekend breaks and holidays in the UK and abroad. 
Our anniversary dinner is in May each year and the AGM is in September.