Walk Grading

Walks are graded on a points system that encompasses the walk characteristics of distance, ascent and terrain. It is important that the walking brief be consulted to ascertain the characteristics of the planned walk as the points system cannot adequately deal with all the variations expected. For ease of identification the walks are colour coded.

Grade Classification

Green Less than 10 points
Blue 10 to 14 points
Blue + 14 to 18 points
Red 18 to 22 points
Red + 22 to 25 points
Black Greater than 25 points

Points System

Distance 1 point per 1.5km
Ascent 1 point per 100m
Terrain 0 points Roads, lanes, even tracks, grass
1 point Rough but continuous tracks over stony ground, boggy areas or heather
2 points Rocky mountain tracks, sometimes over steep or eroded ground
3 points Rough ground that is generally without paths such as boulder fields, loose scree slopes, deep heather
4 points Rocky ground, but use of hands is not generally required & a slip will not normally have serious consequences
5 points Steep rocky ground where the use of hands is required & a slip could have serious consequences