Walking in easy and lowland countryside
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Whether you tour a city or follow a nature trail, you'll discover things you've never seen before by walking.
Easy countryside includes urban locations; recreational areas and parks; woods, lanes, tracks and paths in your local area where there is no danger of getting lost; nature trails and marked paths; and country roads.
Lowland countryside includes lanes, tracks and paths, fields, woods, and other non-remote lowland areas, where the ability to read a map and find a route may be necessary. Weather conditions will not be extreme and the type of country will not present any great problems.
To take girls walking in easy or lowland countryside, you will need to plan a suitable route, taking into account the experience and ability of the girls. Wherever possible, walk the intended route beforehand and plan how to manage any potential risks.
Your county walking adviser, or outdoor activities adviser, can offer advice, support and training in planning your walk.
Before setting off, brief participants about the walk and establish ground rules. If leading a large group, introduce a ‘buddy’ system so that participants walk in pairs or small groups for safety.
Make sure you follow the safety regulations on the main walking page.
No formal qualification is required, but ideally the leader of the walk should have gained some experience of walking in easy countryside or completed some training. Speak to your local Guiding Development Adviser to find out about available training opportunities.
For walking in Lowland countryside, Girlguiding encourages Leaders to gain Girlguiding Walking Scheme Level 1 or have equivalent experience.
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How many adults are needed?
Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity
Normal Girlguiding ratios for activities away from the meeting place are required.
After training and practical experience, groups of Guides and Rangers can walk without an adult in Easy and Lowland country. See more guidance on this.