Q. Who are you?
A. We’re the Norfolk and Suffolk LDWA.
Q. So you like walking?
A. Yes, long distances, we tend to walk around 18 miles or so on social walks. Sometimes we go further, sometimes a little less.
Q. That’s too far to be enjoyable.
A. Walking longer distances allows for more gossip, more opportunity to eat food, to stop at pubs and to admire the countryside. It’s fun! OK, it’s not for everyone, but more people than they realise can walk the distance and enjoy it.
Q. I might walk too slowly.
A. It’s best to go on a shorter walk of say 12 to 15 miles first so that you’re confident about the distance. If you can walk that comfortably then you will likely be fine for the LDWA. If you don’t want to walk alone there are many walks of that distance, including from the Ramblers, to see how you get on.
Q. Will I be shouted at if I walk slowly?
A. No. We need to walk a decent pace to get round, but don’t be put off coming along. You should be confident of walking 14 to 18 miles at a reasonable speed before attempting a longer walk and we recommend trying some walks organised by the Ramblers if you want to practice. Or, if you’re unsure, send the walk leader an e-mail and they can offer further advice.
Q. What do I bring on the walk?
A. Lots of food and drink, dehydration is a nightmare to deal with for a walk leader. We don’t always walk by a shop or pub, so ensure you have enough food and drink to get you around.
Q. Are the group members friendly?
A. Yes, we’re keen to see new walkers and we think we’re nice people who offer a genuine welcome to potential new members.
Q. Are the group members slightly, erm, quirky?
A. Yes, a bit…. Otherwise they’d all be in the pub rather than walking 18 miles.
Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. Yes. We now though require the dog to be on a lead, and under control, throughout the walk.
Q. What about if my dog attacks children or local wildlife?
A. We’ll pretend you’re not with us. Or, more seriously, please keep it under control 🙂
Q. Right, this is sounding interesting. How many times do you walk a year?
A. We have a social walk most Sundays, there’s a list at https://www.ldwa.org.uk/NorfolkAndSuffolk. We have three or four challenge walks every year.
Q. What’s the difference between a social walk and a challenge walk?
A. A social walk is there we all walk together (or slightly apart if there’s been an argument) and enjoy the day’s walking. A challenge walk is what it sounds like, it’s more self-guided and we provide all of the food and drink. There’s a charge for the latter, but it’s reduced for members and still represents really good value for money, especially if you eat lots of food.
Q. Food keeps being mentioned.
A. Yes, it’s important to some of us.
Q. Are there pub visits?
Q. I’m a bit grumpy, can I come along?
A. Yes, but try not to be grumpy, we’re too happy a group to have negativity 🙂
Q. What equipment do I need?
A. You’ll need shoes you’re comfortable in and won’t fall apart. That doesn’t have to be walking boots, and indeed sometimes they’re a bit heavy. Just bring what you’re comfortable in and as long as your choice isn’t bloody ridiculous, then we won’t comment 🙂
Q. Do I need to bring maps? Or a head torch?
A. For a social walk you’re not required to bring a map. A head torch is handy to have as a back-up but check the details of the walk, it’ll say what you might need.
Q. Do I leave tips for the walk leader?
A. If you mean financial tips, they’re not compulsory and indeed I don’t think have ever been offered. Just bring a Kit Kat, that’s an easier solution. As for tips about improving the leader’s walk, approach that subject with care….
Q. Can I lead a walk of my own?
A. Yes, as long as you’re not inept.
Q. I’m really interested in the challenge walks still, can I bring friends?
A. Yes, everyone is welcome, but members get a cheaper rate.
Q. Are there snakes on walks?
A. We try to avoid this by having some members of the walk talk loudly the entire way around the walk to scare them off.
Q. What happens if I can’t drive?
A. Some of our members can offer lifts, but this can’t be guaranteed. As long as you haven’t upset people and don’t live somewhere in the middle of nowhere, then someone can hopefully help.
Q. I wish to leave positive feedback about someone?
A. Wooooo!!! Tell everyone, post on Facebook and make sure the committee know.
Q. I have another question not covered here?
A. Contact us!!