Terms and Conditions and further information.
Size of Group
Each group will be accompanied by at least one Shepherds Walks guide, but many walks may have a backmarker, depending on numbers.
The ratio we use is one guide for a maximum of 20 walkers. Where more than one guide has been deployed, it will be the responsibility of the guide to ensure that groups are split into appropriate sizes and/or abilities prior to the start of the walk.
We reserve the right to cancel a walk/course if insufficient places have been sold to make it viable. If this happens we will endeavour to give you at least two weeks notice prior to the walk date. If you would prefer to transfer your place to an alternative available walk we will do this for you, otherwise we will give you a full refund.
Clothing and Equipment
The ground can often be rough, wet and the vegetation prickly. The weather is more extreme than in other parts of the country and can deteriorate rapidly and unexpectedly. Walking boots are strongly recommended as even sensible shoes are likely to get wet through. Please take at least three layers of clothing, the top one of which should be waterproof. Also please bring sun screen and water. It will specify on the guided walk confirmation letter if a packed lunch is required.
The guide may ensure that every member of the group is properly equipped before starting the walk. If the guide feels that anybody is not suitability equipped they have the right not to take the person on the walk. There will be no refund available if such an action has to be taken.
Dogs are allowed on walks (unless otherwise stated), but they must be kept under control and the wishes of both the guide and other walkers must be adhered to. Please be aware of the potential hazard to livestock that dogs can cause.
All guided walks and training days that Northumbrian Shepherds Walks provide are not transferable and non refundable. If you are unable to make a walk or training course and let us know in plenty of time, as a goodwill gesture we will try and resell your place. If we are successful you will get a refund and Northumbrian Shepherds Walks will deduct a £5.00 admin fee.
If any walk is cancelled due to bad weather walkers will get a full refund or be able to transfer to the re-arranged walk or another walk of similar value.
We will not be liable to pay any refunds or compensation if we are forced to cancel or change any aspect of the walk due to circumstances beyond our control which we could not have reasonably foreseen or forestalled. Such circumstances include, but are not restricted to, war or threat of war, terrorist activity, riots or civil strife, industrial disputes, natural or nuclear disasters, fire or bad weather experienced once the walk has started.
Photographs / video
Images on the guided walks may be used in promotional material (both online and in print). If you have any concerns about this please let Northumbrian Shepherds Walks know at least 24 hours before the start of the walk. We will respect your privacy and handle the situation in a tactful manner.
Medical conditions and insurance
If you have any medical conditions that we need to be aware of please contact Northumbrian Shepherds Walks before the walk. This information will then be passed on to the guide. All this information will be handled in an appropriate manner.
Northumbrian Shepherds Walks cannot accept responsibility for illness, injury or loss, other than that caused by our proven negligence.
Health and safety
Northumbrian Shepherds Walks takes your health and safety very seriously. To ensure this, everything we do has your safety and wellbeing as an absolute priority. This is achieved through the implementation or our Health & Safety Policy. A copy of this is available on request from our office.
Any statements, descriptions, illustrations, photographs, drawings or any other matters contained in our website, advertisements or other literature are made in good faith but are not guaranteed to be accurate and are intended merely to represent a general picture of our walks/courses and shall not form any part of the contract between us.
We reserve the right to improve our walks from time to time so that the descriptions as set out in our website, advertisements and other literature may not match exactly with the actual walk that the participant experiences.
We will try to resolve any problems as soon as you notify us of them. If you wish to make a complaint during the walk, please inform your walk leader. If the problem cannot be resolved to your satisfaction, please notify our head office in writing within 14 days of the completion of the walk, setting out the full details of the complaint. We will reply to you within 14 days of the receipt of your letter.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
Northumbrian Shepherds Walks
2 The Stone Barn
Newcastle upon Tyne