What are the do’s and dont’s on a walk?
The walk leader has wider responsibilities than simply route finding, so you need to co-operate with the leader to avoid making his/her job more difficult.
Leaders are particularly concerned not to lose members of their party so the walking group should endeavour to remain compact. If asked to do a turn as the backmarker then do the job conscientiously; the leader does not want to see the nominated backmarker walking by his/her side a few minutes later.
At important points during the walk the leader will check numbers in the group so if you intend to leave the group you must inform the leader; obviously you are then taking responsibility for your own progress. Strictly you should not walk in front of the leader and certainly not charge a long way ahead.
It is important to follow the Country Code; particularly relevant to walkers are:
do not leave litter
leave gates as you found them,
do not disturb livestock,
minimise damage to growing crops by walking in single file.
Dogs are not allowed on walks.