BASIC MAP READING AND WALK LEADER TRAINING

FRIDAY 10TH JUNE 2022 10.00 am – 16.30 pm MACCLESFIELD TENNIS CLUB

As a Walk Leader, you help everyone enjoy the pleasure and benefits of walking together outdoors. To support you in your role, we have arranged a full day training course for our members.

If you’re new to leading walks, or are thinking about becoming a walk leader, this training day will give you the basic skills needed to take on the Ramblers’ most popular volunteer role. If you’re an experienced walk leader, wanting to brush up your skills, there’s plenty for you too.

The morning session will cover what to consider before, during and after your walk, including safety and managing tricky situations, basic map reading, how to access the ECR website to publish your walk and it will also provide practical tips from experienced walk leaders.

The afternoon session will provide an opportunity during a short walk to put into practice what you have learnt in the morning session.

The training is free. To book a place on the course please email Maggie Swindells maggieswindells@gmail.com  – or telephone 07729327940

PLACES ARE LIMITED SO EARLY BOOKING IS RECOMMENDED

PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY

  
09:45Arrival and coffee, assignment to groups  
10:00Welcome and introduction – Jane Gay  
10:15 – 10:45  Outline of walk leading – Gillian Kay Leading walks – why we do it, venues, recces, publicity, responsibilities, where to seek guidance as a new leader.RA Insurance informationICE cards  
10:45 – 11:05   Explanation of Grid References – Frank and Jane Gay  
11:05 – 11.15Coffee and break into small groups with your assigned leader (there will be one or two leaders per group of 3 or 4 participants)   Group leaders: Jane Gay, Frank Gay, Michael Murphy, Maggie Swindells, Gillian Kay  
11:15 – 11:45    Leadership training – Group Leaders We will review the documents which you were sent by email. Hard copies will be supplied on the day. Walk Leader’s checklist. Questions and Answers from the ECR websiteDemonstration of on-line use of the ECR website for publicising your walk – Jane and Frank Gay  
11:45 to 12:30  Basic map reading Planning a walk, finding your way, symbols, escape routes, transferring a set route from a book or on-line to your own map. All techniques to be practised in the afternoon.We are NOT covering GPS gadgets or maps on phones today  
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch at the Tennis Club Please bring along your own picnic.  Coffee/tea provided.  
 Following lunch proceed in your own, or shared cars, to Gawsworth for the afternoon practical.  
Gawsworth parking location  Park on Church Lane, southeast of the church, just beyond the steps to a footpath on the south side of the road. Grid ref: SJ 8886 6960The post code for the church is: SK11 9RJ            (this will get you to the approximate area)  
13:45 – 15:45Afternoon Practical There are different routes for you to follow, and take turns in twos leading, along with your assigned trainer. The routes are between 4.3 and 4.7 kilometres (about 2 ½ to 3 miles). You will be stopping frequently to discuss leadership, emergency procedures, navigation techniques, route finding, symbols, grid references, etc.  You will be given an A4 sheet with the Gawsworth area on it, enlarged, thus easier to follow than a ‘normal’ map.    
15:45- 16:30All meet back at Macclesfield Tennis Club Feedback.  Suggestions for further training  

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE TRAINING