All of our walks are led by experienced volunteer members. We aim to take a common-sense approach to the safety of our members and those present at STRIDE events, but all those attending do so entirely at their own risk. The walk leader carries a basic first aid kit.
Most of our local walks are mainly on footpaths, taking in fields, woodland and heathland. Sometimes (especially in the Chilterns) there will be quite a few hills, other times the walk will be fairly flat. If this is a concern, a phone call to the walk leader will give you an idea of what to expect.
There is a basic calendar of one Sunday walk every third weekend (i.e. every 21 days) and up to 4 residential weekends during each year. Our day walks take place in all weathers, occasionally the route may change or the walk cut short if the weather is especially bad.
You don’t have to be hyper-fit to join STRIDE, most people find 10 to 12 miles quite a comfortable distance to cover in a day. We tend to walk at about 2 1/2 mph. Our weekend trips are often in areas that have more challenging terrain with steeper hills and rougher ground but often the walk length is reduced to compensate, so there is nothing too extreme.
We have no rules about the type or quality of clothing you choose to walk in for day walks, but it is necessary to have suitable footwear. Most people will have a decent pair of walking boots and a day sack / rucksack, and have adequate waterproofs, warm clothing, drink etc. with them. It’s worth mentioning again we walk in all weathers and very rarely cut a walk short due to rain!
When you become a member you will pay an annual subscription of £10, which covers the cost of newsletter production and group administration.
Sorry, no dogs allowed on Stride walks.