Listed below are some basics which are useful to know, whether you’re new to walking or an experienced mountaineer. We want to be sure you enjoy walking with the Lilidots.
Safety on the Hills
It is important to know that the group, and the walks, do not have a leader so every woman on the walks must be prepared to take full responsibility for themselves.
We walk as a group, setting a pace that is comfortable for everyone, let someone know if you feel it is too fast or too slow for you. If you do want to turn back during a walk then please let the coordinator know and if necessary someone will go back with you.
Navigation and maps
If you have a compass and a map of the planned walk and know how to use them, then please bring them with you. Some Lilidots are very good at using a map and compass and they will be happy to share their knowledge if this is new to you. Occasionally we organise navigation courses and this would usually happen at weekend events.
The distance and estimated time required for each walk are planned according to the time of year and available daylight, but it is possible that we may be delayed on the hill, so it is best to have a head torch or a hand torch in your kit to walk safely off in poor light.
We encourage and welcome everyone to volunteer coordinating a walk, some Lilidots prefer to share this responsibility jointly, it eases the pressure.
Coordinators are responsible for the planning and organising of each walk, the route to be taken, the meeting place and the transport arrangements. They are not responsible for leading the group on the walk.
It is important to let the walk coordinator know you are coming and give them your contact number. We try and share transport as efficiently as possible and spread the costs of travelling. If you need or can provide transport the walk coordinator will plan for car sharing and the driver will split the fuel costs equally with the passengers in their car. Please bring some cash so that you can pay the driver on the day.
We try and make the walks as accessible as possible and the coordinator can advise about public transport options. If required we can arrange for you to be met to travel onwards with other Lilidots.
Please be on time to meet your fellow travellers and to get to the start of the walk. Consider where you are going and the time it takes to follow minor roads into the hills and plan accordingly.
The starting point of the walk and where to park will be clearly identified in the newsletter. Leaving on time means we are more likely to complete the walk during the daylight and it gives us enough time at the end for a ‘teashop’ stop before we head for home.
A shared meal is a regular feature of our weekend meets. Due to practicalities only Lilidots who have a booked bed can participate. Others staying elsewhere are welcome to join the group for walking or for drinks afterwards.
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