Large Outdoors FAQs: Particularly useful when you’re looking at joining us for the first time as you are likely to have several questions about the trips.
How we grade our walks?
Everyone has a different perception of what is a hard or long walk.. Here at Large Outdoors we tend to define our walks into the five categories below.
Please note that these categories are only rough guidelines and due to the nature of walks and the varied terrain across the UK are only used as a guideline. These grades are based on the terrain under foot.
If you have any doubt about the event you are attending then please contact the Large Outdoors office.
Level 1 – Easy Terrain:
These walks are mainly along easy to navigate paths and tracks. There may be small obstacles such as gates and stiles and the route could involve crossing open farmland or heathland. However the terrain should be easy under foot and suitable for trainers or walking boots (good condition and good tread).
On occasions you may encounter some short steep uphill or downhill sections depending on your location. Please note that if you wear trainers they are not likely to be waterproof, so depending on the route and the weather, you may get wet feet by the end of the walk. Mud is likely to feature on this walk.
Level 2 – Moderate Terrain:
Although more challenging than our Easy walks, these are suitable for most people. Often but not always using well marked routes and footpaths. However, depending on your location (i.e Snowdonia or the Lake District) you may be expected to walk off the path and up or down steep sections of hillside.
Typically you will be crossing fields or open moorland and mountainous terrain, the ground maybe muddy and slippery underfoot. There could be stiles, small obstructions and possibly short scrambles all of which are achievable with care. Sturdy suitable footwear is highly recommended for this level; if in doubt please contact the Large Outdoors office for advice.
Level 3 – Hard Terrain:
These walks are very similar to our moderate walks however they are a often a bit more difficult due to the terrain encountered, distance covered or the amount of ascent. With occasional scrambles and rarely on footpaths, you will likely be walking across open moorland, through heather and scrub.
These walks are often at heights in excess of 750m where the weather can change quickly. Walking boots are essential along with suitable mountain clothing.
Level 4 – Challenge Walks:
As the title suggests, these walks are going to be a tougher proposition, with most being over 10 miles and often involving a summit such as Snowdon or Ben Nevis. However, they often follow easy to navigate and well marked routes. Their difficulty is due to the distance travelled rather than any specific technical or difficult terrain. It is essential that you have well fitted and sturdy footwear.
Level 5 – Hard Mountain Walks:
These more specialist walks will involve very difficult terrain on an open mountainside, not on designated tracks or footpaths. They may include periods of scrambling, and are likely to reach heights over 750m. In some cases specialist equipment will be needed, and you must have had recent mountain experience to take part. All winter mountaineering events where an ice axe and crampons are needed fall into this category.
A Few things to note:
1). Walking a mile in the mountains such as Snowdonia or the Lake District will feel a lot further than walking a mile on the flat. If you are used to walking long distances on the flat you should still consider your ability to walk the same distance in the mountains. The very nature of which mean you are likely to be walking on steep, rocky and difficult terrain.
2). All walk routes and events are subject to change at the last minute or even whilst you are on the walk. If for example the weather deteriates or the group ability is such that the walk leader feels the walk cannot be completed in the allotted time. Although rare this may mean you have to cross difficult terrain whilst we take you the quickest and safest route off the mountains.
3). The weather can affect the terrain under foot and it is essential that you check the weather forecast on the day and wear appropriate clothing. We recommend that you check out a specific mountain weather service such The Met Office Mountain Weather Forecast.
If you have any doubts or questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with the office or speak to your event leader on the day.
Do I have to become a member?
Large Outdoors offers a free membership scheme, you will be signed up when you attend your first trip or by completing the form at the bottom of each page.
Super Saver vs Advanced Saver Tickets
Just like the trains, if you book early then on some of our weekends and trips you are able to enjoy a cheaper price. We offer two types, Super Saver and Advanced Saver with only a limited number of each ticket type available.
You can view all our trips with saver ticket via our dedicated saver ticket page here..
Our biggest saving on weekends and holidays. However, the full price needs to be paid at the time of booking and there are no refunds or cancellations available on this ticket.
These tickets are offered at a lower price than our standard tickets. Whilst maintaining the flexibility, for example on trips where we offer a deposit you can still book with just a deposit and if you can no longer attend this trip if we are able to sell on your place then we can offer you a full credit note.
How does our deposit scheme work?
For some of our more expensive trips you maybe able to reserve a place by paying a 50% deposit.
Once a deposit has been made, the full balance is due no later than twelve weeks before the event. The deposit is non-refundable and failure to pay the balance by this point will mean we can sell-on your place.
You can access a full list of all your events that require payment from the “Your Account” section of the Large Outdoors website. You can then simply select the event you wish to pay in-full or in-part if you would like to spread the cost.
I would prefer not to use online payments - how else can I pay?
Although online payments through our Sage Pay account are secure you may prefer to pay via an alternative method. We can accept payment via cheque or BACS.
Please note that your place on an event will not be secured until your payment has been recieved in full and in the case of cheques cleared in our accounts.
How to pay for your trip by BACS
You can indeed pay for any event or activity via BACS. Please note that your place is not reserved until payment has been recieved and this can lead to a delay our spaces no longer being available.
To pay by BACS:
To pay by BACS please use the details below to make the payment and drop a quick email to email@example.com to let us know. Please include in the email your contact details.
Acc Name: Large Outdoors Ltd
Acc No: 8315 1654
Sort Code: 20 55 34
How to pay for your trip by cheque
You can indeed pay for any event or activity via Cheque. Please note that your place is not reserved until payment has been recieved and cleared into our account. This can lead to a delay our spaces no longer being available.
To pay by Cheque:
Please send your cheque made payable to “Large Outdoors Ltd” to Large Outdoors Ltd, 58 Market Place, Malton Yo17 7LW.
Please include a letter with your name, contact details plus the date and name of the event you wish to attend.