Ground rules for hillwalkers

  • The first rule - take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints
  • No dogs, for several  reasons. Dogs wander off and people can be put in danger chasing them. A lot of our walks are on commonage sheep pasture and even their scent on the trail can excite dogs and make them want to investigate the sheep. But the main reason is this - if we get a name for bringing dogs onto the mountains, even on leashes, we will have a hard time negotiating access over fields.
  • Almost every walk involves a degree of trespass because rambling rights are extremely limited in the north and non-existent in the south. When it comes to mountain commonage we intend to insist on our right to walk, but many mountains are owned outright, and we usually have to cross fields to get to them. If we are forbidden to walk across ground by the owner we will respect it without argument.
  • Where possible avoid fields with animals, including sheep during the lambing season. Places where bulls are grazing out will be indentified on scouting runs by the leaders. We need to know where there are deer because during the rut stags are more dangerous than bulls.
  • Open gates where possible - and close them of course, tying them at least as well as you found them. If the gate has to be climbed, it should be one at a time and strictly at the hinge end.
  • Never stand on fence wire.
  • Wire should be crossed at a single point only, designated by the walk leader. Two people should hold and brace the fence post while people cross one at a time.
  • If you knock a stone off a ditch, put it back even if the ditch is a mess