Sheffield 40s Walking Group
Essentially we are a group based in Sheffield and the surrounding area and we cater for the 40 plus age bracket. The group was formed in September 2007 by our former chairman Pete Feetham as a spin-off from the outrageously successful Sheffield 20s and 30s Group. We now offer a walk every Saturday and Sunday, subject to having enough available walk leaders. See the Walks page for up-to-the-minute details.
See the pictures on the Galleries page. People like that go on our walks...!
At the other end of the scale, you have to be at least 18 if you are coming on a walk, as this is an insurance requirement.
Our weekends tend to sell-out almost as soon as they hit the website so to be fair, we offer first refusal to actual members of the SWG40s group according to the most recent membership list we hold supplied to us by The Ramblers Association. Spare places are then offered to non SWG40s members provided they are members of The Ramblers Association. Please note that if you have recently joined us, or you have transferred your membership to us from another group, or there has been a lapse in your membership, your details can take a month or two to show on the records we receive from The Ramblers.
To book on a weekend you need to text the Weekends Away Co-ordinator on or after a specified time and date as advertised on the website. If you are successful, you then need to pay the full amount immediately to the group and include your Ramblers membership number with your payment. Cheques should be made payable to "Sheffield 40's Walking Group" and members should write their name and Ramblers membership no's on the back of the cheque. You will be advised where to send your cheque once your provisional place is confirmed. Your place will only be guaranteed after full payment has been received.
If for any reason you cannot go on the weekend once you have booked it, please get in touch with the Weekends Away Co-ordinator as soon as possible, who will decide who should try to find a replacement (i.e. you or them). However there is often a reserve list which must be worked through in order first.
Please note that once you have booked and paid for a weekend, it is non-refundable unless someone else can be found to take your place. The reason for this is to prevent the group from making a loss on the weekend as we have to book and pay for the accommodation, etc., in advance and generally cannot change the numbers once booked.
You will need to make your own travel arrangements for the weekends and members often use the Message Board to share lifts. Generally you will need to bring your own bedding and towels, plus food for breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals. We try and book a pub meal for the Saturday evening whenever possible. Don’t forget to pack your walking gear and boots! Once you are booked on, you will be sent full details about the venue, proposed walks and eating arrangements.
The weekend walks will be led by walk leaders from the group who volunteer their services. Although they are competent hill walkers, they have no special training and they may not know the area. As with all our walks, we make every effort to ensure they are safe and enjoyable but by the very nature of walking, it is not risk free and sometimes the unexpected arises. Participation is at your own risk and you are responsible for your own safety. In particular you are responsible for ensuring that you are fit enough to undertake the walk and that you have adequate food, equipment and first aid with you.
The even nicer reason: As the group has grown, we have had to limit numbers on some events, particularly weekends away and the monthly meals out which are always oversubscribed and tend to fill up almost as soon as they hit the website. The only way to do this has been to restrict them to actual members of the SWG40s. So, if you join, you can do the meals out and the weekends away. Also there is the regular email update to members so you get a chance to book stuff as soon as it appears.
Usually walks are around 8-12 miles with a tendency towards shorter walks in the winter when the days are shorter. Each walk is graded so you can get some idea of the length and difficulty of the walk beforehand.
We try to cater for everyone.
If you are already a member of the Ramblers Association it doesn't matter if you have already specified a different group, or didn't specify one at all, and you don't need to do anything more to join us. But if you do end up mainly walking with us, rather than your old group, we would be grateful if you would "change your allegiances" to us.
The leaders reccy the walks, search for the hidden gems in the countryside as well as which tea shops or pubs to enjoy an ‘apres walk’ drink in! They are knowledgeable and will make you very welcome. We are always looking for new walk leaders so maybe you might like to offer to lead a walk once you have joined the group. Please note that for insurance purposes, all our walk leaders must be Ramblers Association members.
But...please make sure that you are fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first: it's much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.
If you have a medical condition, you may find it helpful to look at the advice given by the Ramblers (click here) on walking and common medical conditions and disabilities. You may wish to let the walk leader know if you have a medical condition and any medication that you may need to take in an emergency. They will always treat this information in the strictest confidence. Please bring your medication with you and it may also be advisable to carry some form of ID and information about what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Most Ramblers' walks are off-road in rural areas. Please have suitable footwear and clothing for the walk you intend to join, and bring some food and drink, even if the walk includes a pub or café break. Walk leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt, contact the walk leader in advance.
For your own and others' safety please abide by any advice and the instructions of the walk leader. Though walking is inherently one of the safest outdoor activities, no activity is completely without risk and it is your responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential for accidents to occur.
We encourage people to share and offer lifts and the message board has a special car sharing section where you can organise lifts. Remember to ask/offer well in advance of a walk as not all our members use the internet daily. Once you come on a walk and get chatting to people members tend to link up and organise lifts for future walks.
Winter: gloves and hat are essential as well as waterproofs and warm layers such as a fleece. The weather can change quite quickly during the course of a six hour walk.
Summer: carry extra water and some sun cream. A brimmed hat is very handy too. Remember the British summer can be inclement so think about bringing waterproofs and something warm to put on in case the temperature suddenly drops (it has been known to snow in June in the Peak District)The Ramblers recommend that you bring a first aid kit with you and any medication you may need (see "Do I have to be super fit to come on a walk" above regarding medical conditions) click here for further information. You may also want to have in your rucksack some form of identification and the contact details of someone the walk leader can get in touch with in the unlikely event of an emergency
Obviously your dog will have to be on a lead if there is any livestock around, and you (not the walk leader) will be responsible for keeping your dog under control. Derbyshire is just full of sheep, they're everywhere. If in doubt, ring the walk leader. For the Ramblers' view of dogs on walks click here.
To access the message board, go to http://s40wg.proboards.com/ or use the navigation link at the top of the page. For information on using the boards, click here.
Our Galleries page showcases a small selection of the great photos we get sent by our members, to see all the photos, please go to our flickr pages.
You are also welcome to put your photos on the group's Facebook page. Alternately you can post a web link on the new Photo Sharing section of the groups message board to your own Facebook, flickr, picasa, or instagram pages or any other internet photo sharing site you use. Please ensure you set the privacy settings to enable anyone to view the photos.
If you don’t want your picture on the website/flickr, let the walk leader know at the beginning of the walk. Also, if you see a picture on the website/flickr that you are unhappy about, please contact the Website Editor or any of the committee on the group e-mail with details of the photo in question.
We have no plans to go on Twitter!
Members also need to use their common sense when adding information to the Message Board and Facebook (e.g. personal details) and must bear in mind that it is the public 'face' of the 40s Group. Please do not include anything that may be offensive as this will be removed.
If you want to talk to a committee member just email the group with your telephone number and one of us will call you back.