FAQ

As a walk leader or other volunteer, what expenses can I claim for costs incurred?
Our expenses policy can be viewed here.

Can I try a walk before joining Blackheath Ramblers?
Certainly. You can contact the Membership Secretary to get a sample programme and you are welcome to join us for a couple of walks.

Alternatively, you could view the programme on-line here.

How do I join Blackheath Ramblers?
All membership is managed by the Ramblers Association. You will normally be assigned to the group nearest to your postal address, but you can specify a preference - so, if you enjoy our walks, nominate Inner London as your area and then Blackheath as your local group.

How long will the walk be?
The length of each walk is in the programme. If you are not a regular walker, it is probably sensible to start with one of the shorter walks and build up your stamina, and avoid the brisk walks which are at a fast pace.

What should I wear?
See the hints and Tips page.

Who usually comes on the walks?
A group of up to 20 walkers - our group are of mixed age and varied professions, but we all have a common interest in walking and the countryside. It is a friendly group and we welcome newcomers.

Where do the walks start?
The starting point is usually a railway station, as noted in the programme. The programme will state which train is recommended from central London. However, we strongly advise you to check the train times with National Rail (08457 48 49 50) or TfL (020 7222 1234). If the advertised train doesn't seem to be running, you can call the leader to determine if the starting time has been altered.

What if the train is delayed?
Leaders try to accommodate unplanned delays in the arrival of the train published in the programme. The National Rail timetable predicts only 12 weeks ahead, and there is often engineering work at weekends which may cause major changes to departure / arrival times. However, there are always ways round this!!! If on checking in advance you find that the train times have been altered and are not sure which train to go for you are always welcome to phone the leader for advice. Also, if you become a Blackheath Group member you can join our social networking site where some leaders post alerts on train time alterations.

What if I drive to the starting point?
There is parking at/ near most railway stations, but you are still advised to check train times to make sure the walk is going to start at the advertised time. Please be aware that for linear walks, you will need to plan to get back to your car.

Do I need a map?
No, the leader will have a map.

Will we have rest stops on the walk?
Most walks will stop for an hour for lunch and have water stops a few times during the walk.

Do I need to bring food?
We usually stop at a pub for lunch, but there is always the chance that the pub has closed, or the chef is on holidays - so it is wise to bring emergency rations, even if you plan to eat in the pub. Alternatively, several of our members prefer a picnic lunch, which is usually taken in a spot nearby to the pub.

Can I bring my dog?
Please call the leader beforehand to check if dogs are welcome on a particular walk. If you bring a dog, you are responsible for controlling the dog in areas where there are sheep and cattle.