Walk difficulty grades

Walk grading uses the Ramblers Association system, in the following range:

  • Leisurely — for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
  • Moderate — for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
  • Strenuous — for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
  • Technical — for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ice axes or crampons.

Important additional advice

  • Walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. Bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned.
  • 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.
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