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Walk Codes (1st April 2008 onwards)

PACE

PACE DESCRIPTION

Very slow

The pace will not exceed 1 mph.

Slow

A pace that will average no more than 2 mph.

Leisurely

A pace between 2 mph and 2.5 mph, normally averaging no more than 2.25 mph.

Medium

A pace between 2.5 mph and 3 mph.

Brisk

The ability to sustain a pace of between 3 and 3.5 mph.

GRADE

GRADE DESCRIPTION

Easy Access (EA)

These will be suitable for people with mobility problems, and sometimes wheelchair and pushchair users (please check before coming). Sturdy shoes or trainers may be worn although walking boots will give superior foot and ankle support.

Pace is: VERY SLOW.

Easy (E)

Suitable for anyone with fair mobility, without serious health or fitness problems. May be suitable for buggy-users if the buggy can be lifted over obstructions such as stiles (please check before coming). Sturdy shoes or trainers may be worn.

Pace is: SLOW - unless otherwise stated.

Leisurely (L)

These will be short walks. They will be well within the capability of most reasonably fit people and are likely to include walking across country and hills. Walking boots are the recommended footwear although trainers or sturdy shoes will suffice in dry weather.

Pace is: LEISURELY (averaging no more than 2.25 mph).

Medium (M)

These are energetic and require a good level of walking fitness. They are likely to include cross-country walking and hills. Walking boots are the recommended footwear.

Pace is: MEDIUM (i.e., could average between 2.5 or 3 mph).

Strenuous (S)

These will be longer, faster and/or steeper than others in the programme. They require a good level of fitness and stamina. Very long walks or walks involving several steep climbs might be walked at less than brisk pace. Walking boots are strongly recommended.

Pace is: BRISK (ie, the ability to sustain a pace of between 3 and 3.5 mph).

LIFTS

If a Leader is willing to give you a lift: