Surrey Ramblers

Area walk leader training 2018


For 2018 it has been agreed by Surrey Area that two walk leaders courses will run at Wotton, near Dorking, and the option of a third at Farnham. The training will comprise, as before, a morning session on leadership, walk planning, map reading and, basic compass work, and an introduction to computer mapping and smart phone navigation apps, followed by an afternoon outdoor practical session. Use of map and compass will remain the core of the course, but more time will be given to the digital mapping session. This will cover the pros and cons of digital mapping aids, with particular reference to the two most widely used systems: Viewranger and OS maps.

The courses are open to any Surrey Ramblers members with the aim of encouraging new walk leaders, and therefore more walks. There is however no obligation to attend a course before you start leading; or there may be schemes within your own local groups that support you in leading. Our aim is to foster confidence in those who are new to leading, or wish to learn more about navigation. The day also covers ways to go about planning a walk, and provides the chance to exchange ideas with walkers from across the area.

Feedback from previous participants has been extremely positive. “All parts were absolutely fantastic. Going out walking and putting the theory in to practice was invaluable. Meeting people from other groups was an added extra great bonus.”

There is no charge. We ask participants to bring a copy of the local map (OS Explorer 146) and a compass. Refreshments are provided. The courses run between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm at Wotton Village Hall, where there is ample parking. There is a bus route along the A25 past the hall, Dorking is the nearest railway station, and we can arrange lifts from there if necessary. The first course this year was run on 21 April. The second will be on:

Saturday 18th August 2018

To apply for the course,  please use the application form in the Members' section of this website (login above) giving your phone number, Ramblers group, course date preference, and, in one or two sentences, your reasons for applying. If you are not familiar with how to log-in one of your local committee members should be able to help, or do contact me.

There is a limit of 16 places on each course. Places will be allocated so as to enable access from all groups.

For enquiries please contact Fiona Spencer, course administrator, Mole Valley Rambler, preferably by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Mob 07917 772333.

Sunday, June 24, 2018