Walks vary in both length and difficulty and are graded as follows:
A Over 11 miles (17.7 km)
B 8 – 11 miles (12.9 – 17.7 km)
C 6 – 8 miles (9.7 – 12.9 km)
D Under 6 miles (9.7 km)
e.g. A walk stated as B Mod would be between 8 & 10 miles long and of moderate difficulty
( 1 kilometer = 0.621 miles 1 mile = 1.609 km )
Walk start times
The Walks Programme tables state the Sutton meeting place and time (this is only rarely the start of the actual walk). The Walk Leader may also have stated a specific walk start location and time in any additional information supplied for publication; but see ‘Self Drive Walks’ below.
Self drive walks:
Walkers are asked where possible to minimise the use of cars by meeting at South Parade* and sharing transport.
Car passengers are encouraged to offer a fair, voluntary contribution towards petrol costs.
Walkers who may on occasion wish to meet the main group at the walk start location, rather than South Parade, must notify the Walk Leader in advance. e.g. those who live very near to the start location or who are unable to offer car sharing.
* Thursday walks meet at Wyndley car park.
Sunday Coach Walks
Normally leave from the South Parade Car Park (See map below) at 8:00am but this may change to 09:00am during some winter months – see ‘Walks Programme’ on this web site for confirmation.
To book a seat, contact the Coach secretary John Brookes 350 4081
Note that walkers should not take rucksacks & sticks into the coach seating area.
Leave from Wyndley Leisure Centre Car Park at 09.30am (unless separately specified in the Walks Programme web page).
Enter the Car Park, then go straight ahead and turn left at the foot of the slope. We assemble in this area near to the Coach parking bays. See map below.
These are walks of variable regularity and start time. They are often a ‘D Easy’ grading.
Map and directions to Sutton Coldfield South Parade car Park
Map and directions to Sutton Coldfield Wyndley Leisure Centre car Park
Important advice for walkers
- All sporting and leisure activities have inherent hazards associated with them and rambling is no exception. In spite of the safety of members always being the paramount concern, accidents will occasionally occur. It is important, therefore, when entering into the activity, that each member appreciates that they have a responsibility to identify the hazards associated with the activity and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimise the potential for an accident to arise.
- On roads members should walk in single file facing oncoming traffic unless, otherwise instructed by the walk leader.
- The walk leader determines the pace of the walk. Please do not walk in front of the leader or try to “force the pace”.
- It is essential for all Members who intend to participate in walking with the Sutton Coldfield Ramblers to adhere to the following dress code.
- It is up to the individual to wear the appropriate clothing to suit the weather conditions, as well as spare items for emergency use, members must also ensure that they wear adequate footwear such as boots or strong walking shoes suitable for rough and muddy terrain – normal everyday footwear is not acceptable.
- Members are asked to carry a first aid kit and any personal medication.
- Keep in sight of walkers in front – and more importantly – walkers behind you. Contact the leader to ensure that those behind can catch up.
- Walk in single file across cultivated and ploughed fields.
- Use stiles wherever possible. Leave gates as you find them – usually closed!
- The Group does not permit dogs (except guide dogs), radios, CDs etc. With the exception of the Easy Access walks, our routes are not suitable for pushchairs.
- Walkers should bring sufficient food and drink. Pub or Cafe stops are not guaranteed.
Advice on dealing with livestock
The Ramblers offer the following advice on dealing with livestock when out walking.
Following the tragic death of one walker and the serious injury of another from a bull attack in Nottinghamshire the Ramblers today (15 November 2013) offers advice for those walking near livestock and suggests the need to look again at legislation allowing bulls in fields with public footpaths.
Attacks by animals are extremely rare but do take place. The Ramblers advises its members and the public to be prepared for animals to react to their presence, especially if a dog is present. It advises the public to walk carefully and quietly near livestock and to close gates when walking through fields containing livestock. Dogs must be kept under control and only released if the livestock becomes threatening and the owner fears for their own safety.
Solitary bulls, and bulls of certain breeds, are already banned from being contained in fields with public footpaths. With new breeds of bull being introduced and notable changes in the temperament of livestock, the Ramblers suggests now may be the time for legislation around this issue to be reviewed.
Rachel Alcock, Ramblers Campaigns Officer, said: “Our deepest sympathies go out to the gentleman who lost his life, his injured wife, and their family following a bull attack whilst out walking on a public footpath on Friday.
“The Ramblers advices people to walk carefully and quietly near livestock and to close gates when walking through fields containing animals.
“We have worked closely with the National Farmers Union over cattle management issues and hope to continue to do so but we remain concerned that bulls are allowed in fields with public footpaths when there seems to be no guarantee that supposedly ‘safe’ breeds are actually safe.
“With new breeds of bull being introduced, and changing livestock temperaments being observed, it seems that now is the time to review legislation to ensure the safety and best interests of the public.”
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Advice
As background information, the HSE states:
Between April 1996 and March 2006, 46 incidents involving cattle and members of the public were investigated by HSE across Britain. Seven resulted in death. Almost all these incidents were in fields and enclosed areas. Many other incidents are not reported to, nor investigated by, HSE. The two most common factors in these incidents are cows with calves and walkers with dogs.
All large animals are potentially dangerous. Farmers try to ensure that the cattle they own or breed from are of a normally quiet temperament. However, when under stress, eg because of the weather, illness, unusual disturbance, or when maternal instincts are aroused, even normally placid cattle can become aggressive. Even gentle knocks from cattle can result in people being injured. All breeds should be treated with respect.
Ramblers Insurance cover
What is covered ?
It is important to remember that the insurance cover exists to give protection to individuals in the case of a claim being made against them by a third party (such as a landowner, a member of the public, or another Ramblers member).
For such a claim to be successful, the injured party has to be able to demonstrate that they have suffered as a result of negligence. This principle is particularly important to remember in the context of led walks. Here, for a successful claim to be made against the Ramblers, the injured party needs to show that the walk leader abdicated their responsibility in a reckless or negligent manner.
Please note: medical and personal accident cover are not included.
Sutton Coldfield Ramblers Polo Shirts
Top quality Polo shirts with “Sutton Coldfield Ramblers” embroidered on the front and back.
Embroidered logo on front left top, slightly larger on the rear. The shirt & logo can be of any colour combination from the chart.
Sizes : extra small, small, medium, large, extra large. The shirts come in standard fit & ladies fit.
Cost : £9-50 each
How to order :
See Bill Paskin at any of the social evenings, he will bring samples to these evenings.
or – Contact Bill Paskin by phone or email : 0121 384 5664 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to state the shirt size & fit plus the colour of shirt and logo
Make cheques out to ‘Sutton Coldfield Ramblers’
Guidelines for photographers
Photographs taken on walks continue to be welcomed from members. They are a valued input to this website and an interesting record of our walking activities for participants and for other members & potential members.
Photographs should be sent as email attachments to : email@example.com
The minimum image dimensions should be in the region of 800 x 600 pixels – see below for notes on large photo images. The Web Editor will then do a final resize of the images to conform with the requirements of the web page system. Members are not expected to resize their own images, but see the notes below on excessively large photo images.
Publication of photographs is at the discretion of the Web Editor.
Photos should :-
Be limited to 20 in number for each submission.
Project a positive and responsible image of The Ramblers to the general public.
Be of at least minimum technical quality e.g. not out of focus.
Not have excessive replication of a single subject within a submission.
Where the photo subject is one person photographed un-posed or unawares, the photographer must obtain verbal permission for the photo to be published.
Where more than one photographer is on the same walk, they should ideally communicate and endeavour to keep replication of photo subjects to a minimum when submitting them for publication.
Photo image size:
Note that if your photos are very large, you may have file sizes of more than (say) 2, 3, 4 or more megabytes each, and this will limit the number of photos that you can attach to one email. Most email systems will allow at least 20MB for attachments but this will still only allow a few excessively large photos to be sent. It is worth asking the question “Do my photos really need to be very large ?” Often the only real need for this is to enable output to large scale media – paper printing (A3 or more) or screen projection for an audience. These sized files take up excessive amounts of storage space on your memory card & computer and it is questionable how many people actually have this requirement.
Large photos size does not directly relate to good quality and it is also worth noting the ‘megapixel myth’.
See example links to the ‘megapixel myth’ below (there are many others on the web) :-
http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/mpmyth.htm or http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/08/technology/08pogue.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Remember that the resolution setting (& therefore the file size) on your camera can be altered – don’t just accept the factory settings on your camera without identifying your own particular <varying> needs and then making appropriate changes to the settings. The settings can of course be adjusted for different occasions.
i.e. Always remember to RTFM.
Are the photo’s too big for your screen ?
For publication, all submitted photos are resized to 800 x 600 pixels. The photo album pages have been tested in Internet Explorer & other common browsers and should display comfortably within your computer screen with screen resolutions of 1024×768 upwards. (Few users will nowadays have a PC screen with a lower resolution than this).
Some of the reasons why this problem could happen are :
Some PC users find it easier on the eyes to increase text size when (say) doing a lot of reading on screen. The text and other items on the screen can be increased or decreased in size in 3 ways but they should ideally be returned to their normal settings afterwards as this can impact on the functionality or appearance of some web sites :
Assuming you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer as your browser, the 3 ways are :-
1. Click on the ‘View’ pull down menu, hover over ‘Text Size’ & then click on the required size.
2. Click on the ‘View’ pull down menu, hover over ‘Zoom” then click on the required %increase or %decrease.
3. A ‘Zoom’ shortcut is to hold down the Ctrl key and tap the minus (-) key to decrease zoom or plus (+) key to increase zoom.
Where possible, these settings should normally retain their default values – Text size: Medium Zoom: 100%
Other browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple Safari will have similar options.
This viewing problem could also occur if the browser window is not opened fully to fill the whole screen.
You can do this by clicking on the middle icon in the top right of the window frame (the one to the left of the ‘X’, or by Clicking on the ‘View’ pull down menu & then clicking on the ‘Full screen’ option. (tapping the F11 key will also have the same effect.)