From November 2016 we are using the Ramblers’ National Grades - Easy Access, Easy, Leisurely, Moderate, Strenuous and Technical.
The words in italics are added by Glasgow Ramblers as guidance.
Easy Access - walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections, please contact the group running the walk for details.
Typically a walk of only a few miles, mainly on paved areas, parks, canal towpaths or similar; any inclines will be relatively short; no stiles, narrow kissing gates or similar obstacles.
Easy - walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
A walk in town or in the countryside, mainly on good paths and tracks; no sustained, steep slopes or significant stretches of slippery/uneven surfaces; normally less than 6 miles
Leisurely - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
A walk in the country that may involve small hills, short sections that are steep, some rough ground or drops close to the route; normally less than 10 miles.
Moderate - walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
A walk that may have significant overall ascent or other demanding aspects such as sections of bog or thick heather; on varied surfaces possibly including open hillside; may be in a remote area; also, min grade for a walk of 10+ miles. Would apply to higher walks in the Campsies and Ochils.
Strenuous - walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness should contact the organiser or leader in advance.
Demanding walks on mountains and hills with significant overall ascent and/or sustained steep sections; possibility of rocky, slippery and steep surfaces; some easy scrambling possible; also, min grade for a walk of 15+ miles. Typical grade for a Corbett, Munro or very long walk in summer conditions.
Technical - walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ropes, ice axes or crampons. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details.
Mountain walks in winter conditions, walks with height exposure and risk from a fall irrespective of the length and height of the walk. Typical grade for a Munro or Corbett in winter conditions or an exposed ridge walk.
Please note that these grades are only a rough guide and we ask walkers to contact the leader in advance for all our walks. Waterproof clothing and boots are recommended for most of our walks.