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Walks Grades

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South Gwent Ramblers use the grade system recommended by the Ramblers Association.

Much of our walking is in hilly terrain which can present steeper slopes than flatter countryside.

Ramblers Association Walkfinder grades

• Easy Access Walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections: please enquire.

• Easy Walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty or a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

• Leisurely Walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, water-proof clothing are recommended.

• Moderate Walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country. Walking boots and warm, water-proof clothing are essential.

• Strenuous Walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country. Walking boots and warm, water-proof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the organiser or leader in advance

• Technical Walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ropes, ice axes and crampons. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details. South Gwent Ramblers do not provide such walks.

Important Grades are provided as a general guide only: if you have any doubt about your fitness for a particular walk, please send us a message or phone us in advance. You should bear in mind the distance of the walk, and also regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather both of 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 on one that is too long. Leaders may refuse to accept participants who, in their opinion, are inadequately equipped or unfit.

Longer walks may feel more strenuous than their grade to anyone not used to the mileage.

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