Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a member to join a walk? No, please come along and join a couple of walks and if you enjoy yourself and would like to attend more, please join us.

What is the membership fee? The current annual membership fee is £5 – 2019 See our Membership page.

How would you describe the members of the group? YOG is a very friendly group and prides itself in being laid-back and an inclusive group of people in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s +. The group was founded in December 1989.

How do I join? Please try one or two Sunday walks, evening walks or cycle rides, come on a weekend away or join us for a drink at one of our evening social pub meetings.

How do I find out what is happening? Check What’s on? Members who have paid the annual subscription fee will also be e-mailed a copy of the diary and any updates to event activities.

What other activities do YOG members do? YOG is a very active social group, currently 150 members. There is a walk every Sunday, details are on the website. There is usually a weekend away each month and throughout the rest of the year there are evening and day cycle rides on the programme too. Games nights and trips to the cinema / theatre and beer and curry nights are regular activities. There are also regular cycle rides. Every Thursday evening throughout the summer as well as Saturday rides throughout the year; as well as occasional longer cycle trips. YOG members also go on walking / cycling / skiing / social holidays too.

Do I need to be fit? A reasonable level of fitness would be required as the walks are usually between 10 / 12 miles although are sometimes shorter, and longer ones may also be offered. In summer evenings walks are on the programme which are between 4 – 6 miles in length. If unsure of your walking capability it may be a good idea to start with an evening walk. The group leader will always ensure the group walks together. If in doubt contact the walk leader.

Will I need to wear anything particular on a walk? For comfort it is recommended that walking clothes be worn including walking boots. Walkers are recommended to use a rucksack to carry a waterproof jacket and trousers., as well as a packed lunch and either a hot or cold drink. Be aware of the weather forecast before the days’ walk and ensure that all preparations are made for the weather. This may include sun cream, extra water, warmer clothes, extra socks, spare clothes.

I am a slow walker – is that ok? The walks are usually between 10 – 12 miles long and walk details are on our website which may include how hard the walk is. Walk leaders walk at the pace of the slowest walker. If in any doubt of for further details of a walk contact the walk leader.

Do I need a car? No – walkers usually meet at Nunnery Lane car park and we car share to the start of the walk in order to reduce the number of cars needed. There is a fixed mileage rate which is divided between the occupants of the car to cover fuel costs.

What other forms of transport are used? Buses and trains have been used and the details of where to meet if different from Nunnery Lane are on the walk programme.

Do I have to meet at Nunnery Lane? No, it possible to join the group at the starting point of the walk. Contact the walk leader for the details and time. We do not advertise the walk leaders details on the website for security reasons, however if you contact us, we will put you in touch with the walk leader.

I have a special diet, is that a problem for weekend away ? No, the person organising the weekend away will ask if anyone has a special diet prior to buying food for the weekend. Specific diets like Celiacs may choose to bring their own food.

Can I bring a dog?  Please contact the walk organiser. Usually well behaved dogs are ok but they must be on a lead where livestock is around.  Unfortunately, it’s not usually possible to bring a dog on weekends away.

I have a medical condition – do I need to tell anyone? Depending on the nature of the medical condition it would be up to the individual to let the walk leader know. For specific conditions like Epilepsy, Type 1 Diabetes for example it may be prudent to let the walk leader know.

Do I have to lead a walk or a social activity? Everyone is encouraged to arrange a walk, a bike ride, a weekend away or even a social event during the year – there’s always someone willing to help you. Walking activities can only be offered where members offer to lead or organise them. There are opportunities to learn or develop map reading skills from other experienced YOG members, and there would be the opportunity to request a mentor.

Social activities can be offered by anyone, and updates are communicated during evening social meetings, held once a month. Weekends away can be organised by a group of people, and is  often a good way to share and divide the tasks needed to ensure a successful and enjoyable weekend.