Hammersmith, Fulham and Wandsworth Ramblers

Walking in London and South East England

Walking Tips

Walking with us – guide and tips

Can I join a walk?

Full or associate members of the HFW Ramblers group and other Ramblers groups can come on all our walks. Members of the HFW group can have the full programme sent by post or email.

Everyone can come on our walks open to the public.

How do I join a walk?

Walks offered by the Hammersmith, Fulham & Wandsworth Ramblers normally start and finish with public transport - either a train or tube station.

Train Times ⚠️ 

NB: All our walkers (including those arriving by car) are recommended to confirm train times, either with the leader or directly with:

What should I wear, and bring with me?

All seasons:

  • Walking boots: well broken-in, waterproof, and with good ankle support.
    NB: Never make a floor dirty: walkers should either remove muddy boots and leave them outside or cover each boot up with a plastic bag
  • Mobile phone - in case of injury or separation from the group
  • First aid kit - the leader does not carry first aid items for the group
  • Food - emergency rations, at least, in case the pub / cafe cannot serve food


  • Gaiters: these protect trouser legs from mud and damp
  • Trousers: ideally of a quick-drying material like cotton
  • Hats are useful in rainy weather
  • Liquid to drink - tea / coffee in thermos; bottle of water


  • Hat to keep the sun off the face
  • Neck-scarf to keep the sun off the neck
  • Sun cream to protect skin against UV sunlight
  • Sun glasses - for sunny periods
  • Water - vital
  • Footwear: usually light boots / trainers are quite adequate

What about food?

  • There is always a chance to stop mid-walk, usually for about an hour or so
  • Your own food: you should eat your own food outside pub premises
  • Pub food: the leader will indicate whether pub food will be available. If not, all walkers should bring their own food

Bringing your dog

Please phone the leader if you are thinking of bringing a dog on a walk. You will be expected to be in control of your dog at all times, & be responsible for its behaviour, by keeping the dog on a lead when passing near livestock.

Saturday, December 15, 2018