GUIDANCE

WALKING

The group leader should be familiar with the area to be used and fully aware of the length of walk, type of terrain and any hazards that exist. E.g. weather conditions, sufficient daylight available to complete the walk, transport available at the end of the walk.

The group leader should ensure the planned walk is within the capabilities of everyone in the party. If a member feels they are not able to complete the walk then they should let the leader know. No member should stray away from the group - if they need to go ahead or leave - they should give the group leader their exact route and should be able to maintain contact with the group leader via mobile phone.

First Aid - the group leader should take basic first aid equipment. COPSE should hold an up to date First Aid kit. For example, antiseptic wipes, washproof plasters, plastic gloves, eye pads, tape, bandages/dressing, safety pins - first aid leaflet. Leaders are not responsible for administering first aid unless they are trained in first aid.

Due to the increasing prevalence of sheep and deer ticks and with the possibility of developing Lymes Disease members are advised to wear full arm and leg cover when in areas of bracken or similar high grass.

Members should be appropriately dressed for environmental conditions. What to Wear - waterproof Jacket, several thin layers, hat, gloves, waterproof footwear, rucksack, torch, high visibility in poor light.

What to Take - water, packed lunch, sunscreen protection, and sunglasses.

CYCLING

The group leader should be familiar with the area to be used and provide details of the route and expected duration to members prior to the trip.

Members should ensure their bicycle is properly serviced and suitable for the type of terrain - it is advisable to carryout a ‘safe cycle check’ on all bicycles before use.

Members should be appropriately dressed for environmental conditions that they are likely to encounter. Members are recommended to carry a light rucksack or pannier that contains spare warm clothing and light waterproofs, water and food. Cycle helmets should be worn and brightly coloured or high visibility tops.

The group leader should carry a repair kit suitable for any ‘on road’ outing, and carry a first aid kit. Leaders are not responsible for administering first aid unless they are trained in first aid.

The group leader should ensure that members of the group comply at all times with any procedures designed to ensure the safety of the group. The group leader should avoid the group becoming too widely dispersed and this can be achieved by having a responsible person front and back.

No member should stray away from the group - if they need to go ahead or leave - they should give the group leader their exact route and should be able to maintain contact with the group leader via mobile phone.

CAMPING

When choosing a place to pitch your tent, a flat, dry sheltered spot is the best. Clear the site of sharp stones or debris. If possible the tent should be pitched facing away from the wind.

CAMPING STOVES

When cooking on a stove, it should be used at ground level, to minimise the possibility of scalds. The stove should be in a position where fires can be quickly smothered and controlled. Spare fuel containers should be kept well clear of lighted stoves. When not in use they should be kept outside the tent. All persons using camping stoves should be aware of the risks associated with flammable materials such as straw, dry grass, paper, cooking oil, tentage and sleeping bags.

Always read the manufacturers label for advice and instruction on how to use any outdoor equipment.