Some Frequently Asked Questions:
How do long do walks last?
How much are they?
Prices vary according to the day and length of the tour. For many of my public walks the maximum is £12 per person, but a discount for being a “nice” and/or “interesting” person is often applied, so the vast majority of people pay £10. You decide whether you are nice and interesting, not me. If you choose to pay the full rate, then of course you become particularly nice and interesting as far as I am concerned!
How many people will be on the walk?
Usually a maximum 10, 15 or 20, depending on the tour. I really want everyone to feel part of the group and to be able to see and hear everything clearly. I do take larger groups, using appropriately adapted routes, as Private Tours and Private Events.
Can I book?
Yes please! It really helps me to know how many people I can expect so that I never run an oversubscribed tour. All public walks can be booked via Eventbrite here or you can contact me and pay on the day.
Where do the walks start from and finish?
I let everybody know the precise starting point and nearest tube for the end point on booking. Most of the time (okay all of the time) the walks tend to end in an interesting pub.
Are the walks accessible to all?
Of course. I welcome people with disabilities. Most tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users with dropped kerbs throughout and no steep inclines or other barriers. I also tailor tours to suit the needs of those with hearing, vision and learning difficulties. Please let me know when booking if you need me to make any specific adaptations.
What if the weather is bad?
I am lucky, I live centrally and am able to walk into Central London for every tour, regardless of the weather. I have never cancelled a tour but I have sometimes adapted them, by nipping into a cafe or a pub, to let a heavy shower of rain pass by.
If there was a day of really appalling weather, dangerously so, then yes I might be forced to cancel. In which case I would email you on the day of the walk or call you, but the weather would have to be so bad that it was making headline news and you would probably have guessed that it had been postponed!
What should I bring?
Sensible shoes and clothing and an umbrella!
What if I’m late?
I do leave on time to be fair to the whole group but I l always keep my phone on for the first 10 minutes of every tour. Send me a text or call me, we won’t be too far away from the starting point and I can let you know how to find us easily.
Are you insured?
Yes I am, I have full Public Liability Cover for claims of up to £5 million! But, as I will remind you on the day, every participant is responsible for their own safety throughout the walk, so I never expect to make a claim.
Do you take school or youth groups?
Yes I do. As a former Youth Worker and College manager who has run dozens of trips and residentials, I am always very delighted to do so. Please contact me and I can help you with your trip planning, risk assessments, learning objectives and so forth.