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How to prepare before a walk

In order to get the most out of the rambling experience you need to prepare yourself. Here are a few tips which will ensure that you are well prepared:

bulletSave 30% off all Rail fares and up to 2 off All-Zone-Travel-cards by having a Network Card, cost about 26 a year from rail stations. NB the reduction on travel cards applies even if you buy them at a London underground station.
bulletRemember that you walk with the club entirely at your own risk. In your own interests therefore you must have a strong pair of boots with soles that give a good grip in muddy conditions;
bulletAlso, have suitable socks. Most people find it comfortable to have a light cotton sock next to the foot and a heavy walking sock over it.
bulletHave a waterproof outer garment as walks are not cancelled or stalled because of rain;
bulletApart from the summer months always have at least one warm woollen garment with you;
bulletPack some food to eat en route. We usually stop at a pub for lunch but just in case it proves impossible it is wise to have an emergency supply;
bulletPack a small quantity of liquid to avoid dehydration.
bulletHave minimum first aid equipment (sticking plaster and Savlon) with you in case of minor cuts or scratches which may befall you on the ramble.
bulletRing the departure station to check train times.
bulletIn winter pack a torch as walks will sometimes finish after dark.
bulletRead the countryside code (later on this tour) and follow it at all times.

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