Walk Grades

Walk grades depend on walking distance, ascent, and to some extent the terrain and the season of the year. A walk which would be Grade A in summer might become a Grade A+ in winter when snow and ice may require the use of ice axe and crampons. As a guide:

D
Up to 4 miles/6.5 km at a slow pace on level ground
C
Up to 7 miles/11 km at a leisurely pace on good paths and tracks. Low hills and/or undulating ground
C+
Up to 7 miles/11 km at a leisurely pace with some ascent or over roughish ground
B
Up to 10 miles/16 km moderately demanding with hills generally on tracks or paths at a moderate pace
B+
Up to 12 miles/19 km similar to B but more strenuous with longer distances and more ascent
Slow A
Same as A but taken at an easier pace and with more rest stops
A
Up to 15 miles/24 km steep ascents and descents often over very rough terrain at a demanding pace
A+
Up to 15 miles/24 km or longer, as above at a more demanding pace and frequently with exposure and requiring equipment such as ice axe and crampons

Please remember that these are only guidelines, the walk leader will have taken into consideration the season, terrain, steepness of ascent, presence or absence of paths or tracks, and so on.

If in doubt about the suitability of a walk, please contact the walk leader who will be pleased to give you more information.