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All of our expeditions have been risk assessed

BY SPR EXPEDITIONS

For your comfort and safety

"Remember, an expedition need not be about going into the unknown, but only going into what is unknown to you. Always walk with a qualified and experienced walking group leader or mountain leader, and make sure that he is insured to do that job. Your life and your safety are the most important factors on any expedition you undertake. Please make sure you choose carefully."

Prior to your departure you will receive a printed brief about your expedition. This will include a list of clothing you should have and any necessary equipment. Also included will be a safety brief, please read this carefully.

Prior to your day of departure the mountain leader will be briefed by SPR Expeditions. On the day of your departure you will be briefed by the mountain leader. Please follow all instructions from the leader at all times. Please tell the leader before you set off of any pre-existing medical conditions e.g. Asthma, diabetes

Throughout you expedition be alert and listen to any briefings given by the leaders.
At the end of the expedition there will be a de-brief session where you will be given the opportunity to provide us with feedback.

SPR Expeditions and your mountain leaders are fully insured to carry out their role. We do however bring to your attention the following participation statement.

British Mountaineering Participation Statement

"The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. All participants must be aware of this and accept the risks associated with these activities. Personal Accident Insurance is highly recommended."

Grading of walks

In our walk descriptions, you will notice that walks are not graded. The reason for this is that the difficulty of the walk depends on a lot of factors – namely, distance to be covered, the terrain, ground conditions, weather and individual ability. We can, however, advise you of the minimum level of fitness required for each walk.


Local & National Expeditions - For Your Comfort and Safety

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before departure time, for a pre-expedition briefing by the group leader (departure is prompt).
  • Be aware of the expedition length and feel comfortable with the distance to be covered.
  • If you have any prevailing medical conditions, please bring them to the attention of the group leader, eg, asthma or diabetes. Carry your medication and inform the leader where it is kept. Should it be necessary for first aid to be administered on the expedition, then your authority is assumed unless otherwise stated (leaders are first aid qualified).
  • These expeditions are all weather, apart from dangerous conditions, and you must carry or wear waterproof clothing.
  • Use comfortable sturdy footwear, preferably with ankle support.
  • Make sure you have enough layers of clothing to don or shed as the expedition progresses.
  • Carry at least 1 litre of water and some energy food. Do not eat any fruit, ie berries, that you may come across and do not drink from any natural water sources.
  • If you are not going to eat in one of the scheduled hostelry stops, then please bring a packed lunch.
  • Carry a hat. Carry sunscreen if necessary.
  • Follow the instructions of your group leader at all times. Whatever decisions they make, will be for the benefit of the group.
  • From start to finish, take care with your foot placement. There are many trip hazards throughout, In oxford, traffic is busy. Be aware of vehicles, including cyclists at all times.
  • If you feel discomfort in any way during the expedition, then immediately bring it to the attention of the group leader
  • Dogs are allowed, but must be well behaved and walk to heel
  • You are advised not to wear headphones, as this can distract your attention and make you unaware of the leader’s instructions.
  • Please keep mobile phone use to a minimum for the enjoyment of other walkers in the group.
  • Following these simple guidelines will enhance your day, and SPR Expeditions wish to give you a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
  • Simply enjoy yourself, and the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside you are going to travel through
  • When taking part in any of our events, please make sure you are not under the influence of alcohol.

“Having a good guide who loves his work and great travelling companions definitely made the trip much more enjoyable”

I had an amazing time with Steve and Jane when we visited Dorchester yesterday. It was my first time going on a walking
expedition, and I must say that Steve did a fantastic job! He did his best to help us enjoy our walk. Before the journey, Steve
checked the weather and recommended a change of itinerary due to the cold wind in the afternoon. And during the walk, he
repeated checked on us to ensure that we were alright. The trail we took had lots of interesting things to see and the pace was
comfortable.
Coming from Singapore, I learnt quite a bit about things not experienced in my city - history, culture, wildlife, agriculture and
landscape. Having a good guide who loves his work and great travelling companions definitely made the trip much more enjoyable!
I would recommend SPR Expeditions to anyone who loves to explore nature and would like to do it safely. I'd like to do them again
myself when I'm back in Oxford!

Elaine Jael Quek

It’s time to venture out and see the world a little differently

For general queries or more information about our service, get in touch with our highly skilled team today.

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