Safety on the Trail

General advice

Discovery Games Ltd advises that you undertake this activity at your own risk and that by taking part you accept responsibility for the safety of yourself and your party. Please take particular care when crossing roads and use marked crossings where possible. Look out for bicycles as well as motor vehicles. There is deep water in the vicinity of this Trail but no clues are sited near to the water’s edge. Take appropriate precautions and keep a watchful eye on small children throughout. Clues may be sited on private property but are all visible from publicly accessed places. Please respect private property, nature, artworks, statues and monuments at all times.

We hope the following is all a matter of common sense, but we’ll make some suggestions anyway!

What to wear and bring

  • We all know British weather can change unpredictably. Please dress accordingly. Layers of clothing are best.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking as you may be on your feet for several hours exploring Barnwell.
  • Cover up if it’s very sunny, wear sunscreen and keep your head shaded.
  • Carry drinking water and stay hydrated.
  • You should bring a mobile phone if you have one, so that you can call for help in the unlikely event that you get lost or injured on the trail.
  • Look after your belongings along the way, taking care especially of any valuables.
  • You’ll need a pen or pencil to help you keep track of answers on the trail.

Safety out and about

  • We recommend you do this activity in pairs or small groups so that you always have someone with you.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
  • Watch out for tripping hazards on pavements and paths, take care on steps.
  • When you are hunting for clues, take extra care. Don’t step backwards into the path of other people or vehicles. Stay aware of your surroundings and be respectful and courteous to other members of the public.
  • When crossing roads, practise the Green Cross Code. This means crossing in a safe place, using designated marked pedestrian crossings where available, and looking out for motor vehicles and cyclists when crossing.
  • Stay away from water, whether ponds, streams or rivers. Keep an eye on other members of your party and note the position of any safety aids like lifebuoys.

What to do if someone is ill

  • You are responsible for your own first aid. Consider carrying your own mini first aid kit with you when out on the trail including antiseptic wipes, dressings and wasp sting relief.
  • Unless you are allergic to it, it’s a good idea to wear insect repellent in the summer months.
  • If you have a mobile phone then in the event of emergency, dial 999.
  • There are pharmacies in the neighbourhood should you need them – next to the Barnwell Road Library, and on Ditton Lane.
  • The East Barnwell Health Centre is on Ditton Lane.