Frequently Asked Questions


How often do you hold walks?

Walks are held approximately every fortnight either on a Saturday or Sunday. During the summer months we occasionally organise walks during the week in the evenings too. We also organise weekends away a few times during the year.  For the latest information please view our Calendar.

What age are members?

We have members in their 20s, 30s and some in their early 40s. Unfortunately we cannot cater for members under the age of 18.

I am aged 40 or over, can I come on your walks and join?

Yes but be aware that our group is aimed at people in their 20s and 30s (though we do have some existing members who joined in their 30s and have since reached 40+). You may also like to consider some other walking groups around the area such as the West Midlands 40+ Walkers Group, or other groups details of which can be found on the Ramblers web site.

Who organises the walks and where are they held?

All our walk leaders are volunteers and members of SYR.  Members are encouraged to organise and lead walks, and help will be offered to those who wish to have a go for themselves. Walks tend to be in the Shropshire or Mid-Wales area.

Am I able to get a lift to a walk?

We aim to organise car shares for all our walks. Often car parking is limited at the walk start point and car sharing helps us do our bit for the environment. Information about the car share time and place is detailed on each individual walk page. If you are fortunate enough to have been given a lift we suggest offering the driver some form of recompense, be that in the form of a drink or a small donation towards fuel.

Where is your lift share point?

Are normal meeting point for lift sharing is the Little Chef/Dobbies car park on Southern outskirts of Shrewsbury, postcode: SY3 0DA.  We tend to meet in the car park opposite the Little Chef. Park up and look around for a crowd of people in walking gear, it’s more than likely to be us!That said, please check the details of the individual walk before turning up!

I'm new; do I have to pay to come on a walk?

Definitely not!  We welcome new members to attend up to three walks before joining.  After the third walk you would be expected to join if you wish to continue attending club events.

I'm new; do I have to attend a 'New Member' walk first?

Not at all!  However, we would not recommend attending anything other than a walk graded as 'Easy' unless you are already an experienced walker. We find that holding specific New Member walks tends allows several potential new members come along so those that are new don’t feel “new” on their own. Not that there’s any need to feel “new” as we are a friendly bunch of people who welcome new members!

What equipment do I need?

We recommend the following items of clothing:

If in doubt, please ask before attending the walk.  It is possible that you will not be allowed to participate in a walk of your equipment/clothing is unsuitable.

I have an impairment, can I still attend a walk?

We aim to welcome anyone to our group.  However, as we are a voluntary group, we cannot always guarantee that there will be someone able/qualified to assist you on a walk. We therefore request that you bring someone along with you who is aware of your needs to assist you.

I'm sold, how do I join?!

If you have attended some walks and like what you see, you need to become a member of The Ramblers.  When joining, remember to tell them that you wish to become a member of Shropshire Young Ramblers (code SS07). For more details on costs and additional benefits, please visit The Ramblers web site.

Do you organise social events?

Events such as theatre/cinema/concert trips, meals out, canoeing and horse-riding are just a few of the things organised by our Social Secretary. We regret that social events are open to members of the club only.  If you have any suggestions for additional events, please contact our social secretary.

How can I keep regularly updated with "What’s on"?

There are two main ways to keep up to date with events:

Are you on Facebook?

Yes, we’re on Facebook! Facebook is another way of finding out about forthcoming walks. If you become a member of our Facebook group you’ll receive invites to each walk. We don’t have a full calendar of walks on Facebook, however it’s a good way of having a look at some of our members prior to coming on a walk.

Anything else you'd like to know?

If so then please feel free to ask!