How fit do I need to be?
For our Sunday walks you should be capable of walking 8 miles or more at a speed of 2-3 miles per hour. Some walks are tougher than others, especially those in the Dark Peak over moorland or with steep ascents. Usually the walk leader will mention this in the description. New members unsure of their ability are encouraged to join us on an easier walk initially, particularly our ‘Extra’ walks on the third Tuesday of each month. These are shorter and slower paced than the Sunday walks. However, we do ask that you contact us before coming on your first walk.
What equipment do I need?
You will need to be properly equipped for hill walking in changeable conditions. As a minimum you will need: comfortable, waterproof hiking boots; clothing appropriate to the expected temperatures – separate layers, including a fleece are best; a waterproof outer jacket; waterproof trousers if rain or snow is expected; food and drink – a hot drink is recommended in winter, as is at least 1 litre of water in hot weather; a comfortable rucksack, preferably one with waist and chest straps.
Are there any age limits?
There is no upper age limit but children under 16 are not allowed on our walks.
How much does it cost to walk with Footloose?
All members pay £5 per year to cover the cost of insurance and administration. There is no additional charge to come on a walk. Prospective new members can join us on a few walks before paying the membership fee.
Do you organise transport to walks?
No – walkers are expected to make their own way to the start of each walk. Usually this means driving to the meeting point, as walks often start from remote locations that are difficult to reach by public transport, especially on Sundays. Once you get to know other members who live close by, it may be possible to arrange to share transport.
Can I bring my dog on a walk?
No, except for assistance dogs – At the 2019 AGM Footloose members voted to not allow dogs on their walks following some incidents in the Peak District involving cattle and dogs that were reported in the media.
How do I join my first Footloose walk?
Choose a walk suited to your ability from our programme then contact us so that we can let the walk leader know to expect you. This will allow them to look out for you and give you a warm welcome. Please arrive in plenty of time, as we are unable to wait for latecomers.