Booking and Payment
We do not run an advance booking system but will try to cater for estimated maximum numbers by the allocation of additional walk leaders.
Walk fees, currently £3 per adult per walk, should be paid in cash to the walk leader at the start of the walk. The correct money is always appreciated. There is no charge for children under 16 years of age but they must be accompanied by an adult.
General Data Protection Regulation and Registration
In line with this recently introduced legislation we now ask our participants to sign a registration form, given by the walk leader before the walk commences. This asks you to let us know whether or not you give your permission to be included in photographs that may be taken either by the walk leader or other participants. Photographs may either be used on our website, social media or in a slide show that we produce at the end of the festival. If you do not wish to be included in any photographs please indicate this on the registration form. The registration form also points out that although all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure your safety you participate at your own risk and are not covered by our insurance. While we ask you to sign this form, if you decline, the walk leader will just indicate that the above was made known to you. If you are joining us on your own we will also give you a card, for you to record a next-of-kin contact, which you place in a top coat or rucksack pocket in case you have an accident.
A car sharing scheme operates from Ford Park, Ulverston where indicated in the walk details. This is intended to reduce the amount of cars going to the start of a walk and is not a guarantee of a place being available in a car. A minibus service may be available, and again, this will be indicated in the walk details and there is no guarantee of a place.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, both of these may have to be suspended for the foreseeable future
Walks are graded Easy, Moderate, Moderate Plus and Hard. Easy should be suitable for anybody, including those who do not regularly walk any distance, and are usually linked to some other interest. Moderate are longer walks, up to about 5 miles, with reasonable going underfoot. Moderate Plus might be a longer flat walk or a shorter walk but with more difficult going or moderate accent. Those walks graded as Hard include significant ascent. However, they should be well within the capabilities of an average hill walker and will be conducted at a pace comfortable for all those attending. If this is your first WalkFest walk, and you are not a regularly fell walker, then you are advised to start with modest ambition and work up to the harder walks.
Rights and Responsibilities
All the walks are led by experienced volunteer walk leaders. Whilst they will take all possible steps to ensure the safety and comfort of the group, your comfort and safety is your responsibility. Please also be considerate of other members of the group, to facilitate a good experience for all.
Walk leaders reserve the right to refuse participation to anyone not considered adequately clothed or equipped for that particular walk.
Walk leaders reserve the right to alter or cancel a walk if they consider the conditions might compromise safety or comfort.
We kindly request that you accept the pace of the walk that the leader has set. Any participant walking ahead of the leader to the extent that they cannot be seen will be considered to have left the group. Similarly, if a walker needs to leave the group for a ‘comfort stop’ the back marker or another member of the group should be told.
If a participant wishes to permanently leave a walk, the walk leader personally must be informed.
The festival organisers cannot accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to an individual or possessions resulting from participation in the festival.
Dogs are allowed on all walks unless it is indicated in the details. All dogs must be kept on a lead whilst walking on a public highway and on private land with livestock.
How to Stay Safe and Enjoy the Fells
For those who are not regular walkers, here are a few notes on how to stay safe and enjoy the fells. While our walk leaders will endeavour to lead a safe walk for all their walkers, there are some things which are up to the individual. Be sure that you are fit enough for the walk you choose. Look at the length, height climbed and general description. A 6-mile fell walk should not be underestimated.
Next, note the weather forecast for the day. Our weather can change very quickly.
Dress and come equipped for the walk chosen and the predicted weather with full water and wind proofs, hat and gloves, a spare warm fleece or jumper and, preferably, walking boots (with tread and ankle support). Wool or man-made fibres tend to be good, cotton has virtually no insulation properties when wet and should be avoided (no jeans!). Consider if you sprained an ankle and had to wait for help. A walking pole may assist balance on rough ground.
Finally, eat well before the start and snack throughout the walk. Your leaders will cover other appropriate aspects of looking after your safety with regard to the route and managing the group.