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Drovers’ Tryst walks are graded as follows:

Easy

Suitable for most people. Mostly on well-defined paths, with easy gradients and no special difficulties. These walks will be taken at a fairly relaxed pace, and are also suitable for family groups. Typically 3 to 5 hours walking, 5 to 10 kilometers distance.

Medium

Suitable for people with at least average fitness and some country walking experience, including 12 – 16 year olds with accompanying adult. Still mostly on paths, but there may be short stretches on ground which is steep and/or rough, and there is likely to be a noticeable amount of ascent and descent, up to 350m. Typically 4 to 6 hours walking, 8 to 14 kilometers distance.

Hard

Suitable for adults with some hillwalking experience and above average fitness and stamina. The pace will be steady, there will be a significant amount of ascent and descent, and the route may involve steep sections and rough terrain. Typically 5 to 7 hours walking, 10 to 18 kilometers distance, 650 m ascent and descent.

Extra hard

Suitable for experienced adult hillwalkers with well-above average fitness and stamina, who can sustain a good pace throughout a long day which also includes over 1000m ascent and descent. These walks are physically demanding and may involve long sections of steep and rough ground and some mild scrambling. Typically 6 to 8 hours walking, 12 to 18 kilometers distance, 1100 m ascent and descent.

Equipment

The weather and ground conditions in October can be challenging, particularly on higher level walks, and an ill-equipped walker can pose a threat to the safety of him/herself and of the group as a whole. So being suitably equipped is a requirement for joining a Tryst walk.

For Easy walks we recommend that walkers should have the following:

Sturdy, ankle-supporting footwear, warm clothing, hat, gloves, waterproof jacket and over trousers, a rucsac to carry adequate food and drink for the length of the walk, a spare layer of clothing, and any personal medication that you might need during the walk.

For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following:

Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one,

and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference:

Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.