Eastwood Ramblers continues to use basic grades that have been used since it was formed.
In October 2004 Ramblers Headquarters introduced new grade classifications and these are
applied to those walks that we upload to the Group Walks Finder section on the
National Ramblers web site.
Explanations of Eastwood's grade classifications are listed in the following table.
It should be noted that they are intended only as guides because people have different ideas
of how hard a walk can be.
Individual fitness levels and the weather on the day are obviously deciding factors.
|A+||Strenuous all weather walking for the experienced and VERY fit participants involving some or all of the following: high ground with steep ascents and descents, walking at a brisk pace, distances over fifteen miles. This is also the standard grade for hill walking in winter conditions.|
|A||For the VERY fit involving some of the following factors: high or rough ground with steep ascents and descents, distances of up to fifteen miles.|
|B+||For the reasonably fit who wish to tackle higher hills and level distances (up to ten miles) at a slower pace in most non wintry weather conditions.|
Moderate walking demanding higher standards of fitness and stamina than C+. Participants are expected to be able to climb easy shallow hills and to keep up with the pace of a party covering up to ten miles.
|C+||Easy to moderate walking of around five miles and including moderate inclines on the routes.|
|C||Easy walking mainly on level ground and often on paths and tracks and in parkland.|
Special newly coined classification for short mid week walks participants. Walking is mainly on tarmac with a minimum of inclines. Aimed at inexperienced walkers with no need for special clothing and boots.
Brief descriptions of Ramblers grades are listed below and it is those that we use when uploading details
of our outings to their Walks Finder programme.
The nearest equivalent Eastwood grades are shown in the right hand column.
|Ramblers Grade||Description||Eastwood Grade|
|Technical||Walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and the use of ropes, ice axes and crampons. You must contact the walk leader in advance for further details.||A+|
|Strenuous||Walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the walk leader in advance.||A|
|Moderate||Walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include steep paths and open country. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential.||B/B+|
|Leisurely||Walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. may include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are recommended||C/C+|
|Easy||Walks for everyone who does not have a mobility difficulty or a specific health problem or is not seriously unfit. Suitable for push chairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.||C|
|Easy Access||Walks for everyone including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheel chairs on some sections. Please check with the walk leader||D|
The Eastwood Ramblers' policy is not to have under sixteen year-olds along on our Saturday
and Sunday outings.
They may come on our short Wednesday walks accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult
known to the parent(s).
Dogs are not allowed on any of our walks.