Risk Assessment - Long Walks

Worcester U3A Long Walks Group

Walking in the Worcestershire Countryside does come with some risks. These should be appraised by the walker before setting out.

Each walk described on the walks page of the website will indicate the distance, area where we will be walking and often a description of the walking conditions and terrain we are likely to encounter.

The Walk Leader for that day would have researched the walk sometime before the walk starts, but it is possible that conditions could change between the walk leader’s research and the day of the walk.

Generally, walking with this group will require a reasonable state of fitness and we should expect to be walking over hills, crossing stiles, in muddy conditions, through livestock, overgrown terrain (eg stinging nettles or biting insects) crossing busy roads and walking on country lanes.

Before setting out, consideration should be given to appropriate footwear, clothing, refreshment and the use of walking poles to suit the weather and terrain anticipated on that day.

The Group Leader will carry a basic first aid kit and a mobile phone on each walk.

There are some amendments to the above under the current Coronavirus guidelines which may change in line with guidelines as they are revised:

1. Walk details will be issued by email.
2. Numbers of people on each walk will be restricted, walking in groups of no more than 6.
3. It will be necessary for all walkers to carry hand sanitiser and a face mask in case of emergency.
4. Walkers must book a place on each walk prior to the walk taking place.
5. A social distance of one metre plus must be adhered to between family groups.
6. It is likely that public toilets will not be available.
7. Do not share food, drink or walking poles.
8. Should anyone show symptoms or are tested positive with COVID-19 after the walk, you must advise the group leaders immediately.