Walk Gradings


This was set up by Chris and I some years ago. It was intended as a guide for leaders when selecting a location, and to inform them as to how our walks are categorised and the reasons why a particular area is targeted. It not only gives the distance of the walk, but also the amount of climbing involved.
Terrain and pace will also be factors in the grading of a walk .  For example … we would avoid somewhere like the northern Lakes in January say, when there is short daylight and potentially problematic weather and ground conditions. Travel times are also an important consideration. We have ventured further afield of course on our frequent weekend jaunts!
I feel that this information is still relevant(?).

  

REGIONS

ZONE 1  =             75 miles from base June, July, August          Technical - Seasons Logo

ZONE 2  =            60 miles from base April, May, September

ZONE 3  =            45 miles from base October, November, March

ZONE 4  =            30 miles from base December, January, February

 

GRADES

M  = Long Distance Path / Multi Day     

X   = Very Strenuous     – over 15 miles & 2500 feet     

A   = Strenuous     – up to 15 miles & 2500 feet     

 

B   = Moderate     – up to 12 miles & 1500 feet     

 

C   = Easy     – up to 9 miles & 800 feet     

H = Local / Historical Specials – up to 10 miles & flat     

E   = Very Easy     – up to 7 miles & under 500 feet     

U   = Urban Special     – between 4 & 8 miles     

 

D   = Disabled Friendly & ‘Tramper Trails’  – this is still in the development stage     

 

… Outdoor Activities … Other Outdoor Activities … Other Outdoor Activities …     

 

These days just about everyone will bring some sort of gadget on a walk … that will inform them as to the EXACT distance they have travelled and how much climbing they have attained (plus a multitude of other statistical irrelevance!).
I think that this could be misleading (and off-putting) … you do not need to know EVERY single step you make upwards! The above grading figures deal with significant (and pertinent) climbing only, the distance is rounded up or down accordingly.
I too use the latest digital mapping to plan my routes, and will additionally provide precise data (in ‘English’ & Metric) for distance and ascent / descent … to appease the ‘purists’!

 

 
LIBRARY
By utilising part of our club funds, we ensure that we have an up-to-date map and guide book collection that ‘Waterstones’ would be proud of!!! It includes …
1:25000 ‘O/S’ maps (in paper & LICENCED digital format), 1:40,000 ‘Harveys’ maps / 1:50000 ‘O/S’ maps (LICENCED digital format) / 1:10000 ‘Streetmap’ for urban areas (LICENCED digital format) and the SUPERB ‘Alan Godfrey’ historical maps for our ENTIRE local area.
Technical - Trail Magazine LogoI have catalogued (and will continue to do so) all the ‘best’ walks  from my huge backlog of ‘Trail’ magazines. They are very useful ‘fillers’ and tend to be ideal for our purposes.
You are all more than welcome to tap into our ‘library’.