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Creating the Walks Programme

Our Winter and Summer programmes run from October - March and April - September respectively.  Every 6 months, members are invited to submit walks for the following programme to the VBR Walks Co-ordinator(s) . Walks can be selected from the many books available, from on-line resources or simply made up.  Alternatively,  you can follow the links on VBR blog of walks and routes to find maps of previous walks if you want to do them again.

Details should include the following:


Notes or example
 Walk title
 Eyam, Derwent Valley and Eyam Moor - should make reference to start location.  This title will be used to index the walks
 Walk area
 Peak District
 Suitable dates
 Mid August
 Walk leader
 Christian name only in published programme
 Contact telephone numbers
 Landline; mobile; or landline & mobile
 e-mail address
 Not displayed in published programme
 Meeting point
 Short description; should be easy to find from a road map, e.g. near a church, pub or in a car park
 Grid reference
 6 figures, e.g. SK 123456.  This is the location shown on the map you will find by following links on the VBR page of the  Ramblers website
 Post code
 This is calculated from the grid reference - see for example http://gridreferencefinder.com/gmap . Post codes in rural areas are only approximate
 Description  Starting from the historic plague village of Eyam, down to the Derwent at Froggatt Bridge, up to Nether Padley.  Back through Leadmill Bridge and over Sir William Hill and Eyam Moor
 Distance  In miles
 Lunch  Is a picnic required
Grade  Easy, Leisurely, Moderate or Strenuous - see  here for Ramblers guidance
 The above information is recorded in a 30 to 40 row Excel spreadsheet (one row per walk) which is used to generate all subsequent publications including:
  • a .csv file for uploading to the Ramblers Group Walks and Events Manager; (a .pdf file can be quickly generated from within the GWEM if a simple printed version is required)
  • a table for uploading to the VBR website; this has links to the maps of the start points of walks
  • a table for copying into a MS Word document which is subsequently edited to create the final 6-month walks programme.  These can be printed in booklet form for distribution or downloaded from the VBR website
  • tables for posters or for distribution to other publications

Members who submit walks often lead them also but not always and the Walks Coordinator(s) may ask someone else to lead.  In many cases the leader will have some personal experience, either of the route itself or of the walk area, but in any case a reconnaissance is always done and an assessment of potential difficulties carried out.  More information for leaders can be found on the Ramblers website.

Note that, if you are in doubt about whether a path is a right of way, for example a farm track which is not a bridleway, then go to this very helpful website - http://www.rowmaps.com/ .