It’s easy to put a walk on for Brunel – all you need to do is fill out the
form on this page and our Programme Secretaries will get back to you.
Walks are at the heart of what Brunel Walking Group is all about. Our walk leaders are volunteers who love to share the beauty of the British countryside with others. We’ve done many amazing walks over the years, in weather ranging from hot sunshine to wintry blizzards on the shortest day of the year. You can see lists of past walks (since Autumn 2015) here.
Now we need new people to step up and provide more special memories for others. If you think you might be able to do it please fill in the form!
If you are new to walk leading then we can help! We have several experienced walk leaders who can assist with planning walks, go on pre-walks with you or give you support on the day (either as a named co-leader or just to be there in case you need any assistance) – just send us an email and we’ll get back to you. Likewise, if you would like some navigation or walk leadership training send us an email – we can help with that too!
Submit a Walk
If you want to submit a placeholder for a walk please enter TBD for required fields (marked *) that you haven’t decided upon yet. Don’t leave any of these out! Please see the tips below.
If your description is too long for the form please put it in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org but do complete the rest of the form (we have written software that processes the completed form to create calendar entries and this has meant that the length of the description has been limited to 580 characters). Please do not include line breaks within sentences in your description.
Walk grade (level) and length – see the Get ready to walk page for gradings, but if you want to check please ask an experienced walk leader or one of the Programme Secretaries.
Meeting point and start time – if it’s not one of the normal places listed on the programme page, then it’s very helpful to provide a link to a map (ideally to Google Maps since many people have it installed on their phone). You could also include a map reference and/or postcode in the alternative meeting point field. If you will be going directly to the alternative meeting point but are asking people to meet at one of our normal locations then you can ask for a volunteer to organise the car sharing for you – text will be added to ask volunteers to contact you; you must contact the programme secretaries to ask them to update the calendar with the volunteer’s name and phone number.
A description of where the walk will take place and broadly what’s involved – it helps people decide if it’s the right walk for them and means fewer people are likely to need to ring you. You might find it easier to write the description in a text editor and then paste it into the box in the form. Please don’t include line breaks (i.e.press enter) within sentences.
Your contact phone number – please give your mobile number for use on the day and perhaps also a home number for use in advance.
Most walks finish at a pub or cafe. Try to have somewhere in mind for when the walk has finished.
Always pre-walk your submitted route. This not only makes the leader look assured and confident on the day, it’s also that we sometimes find paths are blocked or changed, meaning re-routes are required.
You might like to team up with someone to co-lead a walk if it is your first time. See our Facebook group, where you can meet other members who may also want to co-lead a walk. You can also ask one of our experienced walk leaders if you would like company on a pre-walk or support on the day.
You don’t have to create your own route. There are great walks to be found in magazines, guidebooks (we have some you can borrow – see the box), there are more online – and of course it’s perfectly OK to repeat a walk you’ve been on before (but lead it yourself this time). You can look at lists of past walks here. We have lots of maps that you can borrow too (see box). We’ve also written a handy guide that has been hiding in one of the boxes on this page! The Ramblers website also has some advice on planning routes and navigation.
Walk Leader Thank You Vouchers
The group is successful thanks to members volunteering their time and effort to lead walks. As a small thank you we are continuing to offer walk leader awards for walks on the 20s & 30s and Brunel Plus programmes.
- Lead 3 walks and get a £10 Cotswold Outdoors voucher
- Lead 5 walks and get a £20 Cotswold Outdoors voucher
The small print: Walks will be counted from both the 20s & 30s and Brunel Plus programmes in 2017. Walks on weekends away are not included. Co-led walks will count as half for both leaders. Joint walks (i.e. on both programmes) only count as one walk.
Walk Leader Awards
Each year we ask members to vote for their favourite walks and give small prizes to the winners. This year walks in the period 16 November 2016 to 31 October 2017 will be eligible.