We use a grading system common to the 13 groups in the Forth Valley, Fife & Tayside Ramblers Area. The full list is shown below. Dalgety Bay Group weekend walks are usually graded from 'C' to 'A'. Walks during the week are normally from 'D' to 'C+'.
The Ramblers national grades of Easy, Leisurely, Moderate & Strenuous do not exactly line up with the local grades. In all walk descriptions on this site both national and local grades are shown. Leisurely = C . . . Moderate = C+ or B . . . Strenuous = B+ or A
The list below tries to give a better understanding, but grades can be difficult to pin down with some walk leaders grading higher or lower than others.
- 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: visitors are advised to check with the walk leader.
- Easy walks for reasonably fit people. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots or comfortable footwear and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended. 2 to 5 miles
- Leisurely, mainly on level ground and often paths and tracks. Suitable for beginners.
- Leisurely to Moderate, for those with improving fitness, offering some modest challenges.
- Moderate, demanding higher standards of fitness and stamina than C+.
- Between Moderate and Strenuous, for the reasonably fit. Standard grading for summits taken at a slower pace in summer conditions.
- Strenuous. For the fit, involving some or all of the following factors: on high or rough ground; with steep ascents or descents; distances over 15 miles.
- Severe. Arduous walks for the experienced and very fit, involving some or all of the following factors: high exposed ground, steep ascents and descents; brisk pace; distance over 15 miles. Standard grading for hill walking in winter conditions.
- Please note walks are planned several months in advance and we have no control over the weather on the day.
- Some paths can become muddy after a spell of rain. This can mean an increase in the stamina required for any given walk.
- Visitors should always telephone the walk leader (number in the walk description) the day before a walk, especially if they plan to travel direct to the start of the walk.
- Normally walks will only be cancelled because of extreme conditions: eg. the unusually heavy snow falls in December 2010.
- You should come prepared with more than enough water, food, suitable footwear and clothing.