Notes for Walkers

The Sheffield Group of the Ramblers hope that you will enjoy your walks with us. The following notes should help you do so.

Walks definitions

Each walk in the programme is given a definition to help members choose a suitable walk. If any further information about a walk is required then members should contact the walk leader (see p.28 of the printed Walks Programme) or email

Easy – Walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty or a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. May be suitable for pushchairs – please contact the walks leader. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
Intermediate – Walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. Mainly on unsurfaced rural paths and may involve some sustained ascents and descents. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
Moderate – Walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. Likely to include rough terrain with steep climbs and descents and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
Strenuous – More challenging walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. Will include steep hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the organiser or leader in advance.

The mileage is given separately and is not a part of the walk grading, which is solely concerned with the terrain and pace. Thus you could have a 10 mile intermediate or an 8 mile strenuous.

Important. Grades are provided as a general guide only: if you have any doubts about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the leader in advance. You should also bear in mind the distance of the walk, 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.

  • Bring a packed lunch and sufficient drink (hot in winter).
  • If you have a medical condition, or any concerns about the suitability of the walk please contact the walk leader (see p.28 of the printed Walks Programme) or email  beforehand.
  • Please do not walk in front of the leader. The leader will have planned the route and pace and will change either only if exceptional circumstances demand it. If you wish to leave the walk please inform the leader.
  • Please take care when carrying or using walking poles as they can be a hazard to others.
  • Please check before bringing dogs on a walk as most access land is barred to dogs. Where dogs are allowed they must be kept on a short lead at all times.
  • Buses depart from Sheffield Transport Interchange, unless otherwise stated, and trains from Sheffield Midland Station. Trams leave from the stop given. Check all departure times beforehand.
South Yorkshire (buses and trams) – 01709 515151
Derbyshire (buses) – 01298 23098
Rail Enquiries Bureau – 08457 484950
or see the Travel South Yorkshire web site

  • If a service is withdrawn or cancelled meet at the place and time given for public transport and an alternative ramble will be organised.
  • The Ramblers’ Association and the Ramblers’ Association Sheffield Group cannot be held responsible for personal accident or injury or for any last minute changes or cancellations to bus/train times or services.
  • Walks information is published in the Telegraph Outdoors section on Thursday and the Star on Saturday evenings in the Rambling section of the What’s On page.
  • Non members should apply for membership after three walks (non members are not covered by the RA third party insurance)