Walking Grades

Boot printDetails about the different walking grades are given below, if you are unsure you should ensure that you contact the walk leader.

EASY

Mainly short walks on well-marked paths. Walking boots with adequate grip and ankle support are advised, as some paths may be boggy or uneven.

MODERATE

Longer walks with some ascent and descent may include uneven paths and tracks. Good walking boots with ankle support and soles with adequate grip are strongly recommended.

HARD

Longer, often full day walks, may include steep ascent and descents. Paths can sometimes be both uneven and boggy. Good walking boots with ankle support and soles with adequate grip must be worn. It is strongly recommended that you have the items listed on our safety checklist in your backpack for walks of this grade.

STRENUOUS

High level fell/mountain walks, may include scrambling, often over 2000 feet/600m covering from 8 to 12 miles/13 to 20km, for which a high level of fitness, good outdoor clothing and equipment is essential. Good walking boots with ankle support and soles with adequate grip must be worn. Please ensure that you have the items listed on our safety checklist in your backpack for walks of this grade.

EXTREMELY STRENUOUS

Mountain walks often including scrambling and exposed routes, for which a high level of fitness and preferably experience is required. Over 2000 feet/600m covering 8 to 12 miles/13 to 20km possibly more. Good outdoor clothing and equipment is essential. Good walking boots with ankle support and soles with adequate grip must be worn. Please ensure that you have the clothing and equipment items listed on our safety checklist in your backpack for walks of this grade.

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