Guide to grading of walks

The following is an approximate guide to the grading of walks in the Metropolitan Walkers programme.  


Any walk up to around 10 miles where the terrain is relatively easy-going and the pace of the walk is likely to be relaxed. This grading should not be applied to longer walks as they will by definition of their length be more demanding. 


Any walk up to around 16-17 miles (but also including shorter walks, including evening ones) where the terrain may be undulating and a generally good pace will be kept up. It is possible to add the note that the pace is 'moderate to fast' which will imply that the walk may be somewhere in between moderate and strenuous.


Any walk over 11-12 miles where the terrain is likely to be more challenging and/or the length is at the upper end of the scale. This should generally be applied to any walks longer than 16-17 miles. This can also be used where the pace is likely to be fast throughout even though the walk may be relatively flat.

It is also possible to add notes to walk descriptions to clarify these gradings, although at present these are the three which we able to use on the Ramblers walks finder.

If you have any comments on these descriptions, please email our walks coordinator at


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