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Corona Virus and its effects
on our current walks programme

Like many other organisations within the UK, we have had to close down some of our activities, and this situation will continue until government restrictions are lifted.

This page is intended to keep our members, and any other visitors to this website, informed, and it was last updated on Thursday 26th November.

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Advice from HM Government

Here is the latest version of what you can and cannot do.

And here is the current advice on meeting people from outside your household.

Actions of the Committee during the closedown

We are still meeting, more often than usual, but now by video link from our homes, rather than in our usual face-to-face setting, and we have spent some time considering how and when we might be able to resume our activities. We will continue to update our members by e-mail using our Admin system, or via this website.

Club Position as of 26th November

Following Government announcements on Thursday 26th November, the Committee are pleased to announce that as from Wednesday 2nd December, each of our walking groups will go back to what they were doing before the lockdown. This means that A Walks (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays), B Walks (Thursdays and Sundays) and Café Walks (monthly, on Fridays as advertised) are now back on again, as before. Our monthly C Walks remain suspended, until further notice.

Café Walks and B Walks are in groups of six, but A walks may be in larger groups, and will be subject to additional measures such as risk assessment. All walks must be booked in advance, and we are required to record the names of those attending. This record is for contact tracing purposes, and is kept for three weeks only.

Away from our group walks, any of you who have formed yourselves into your own private walking bubbles can go back to walking as a group from Wednesday 2nd December, subject to the Rule of Six, but you are allowed to meet outdoors only.

Restarting of walks

A Walks, B Walks and Café walks have now restarted, in small groups - see important booking information below. C walks remain suspended, for the time being.

Since the numbers in a group will be limited, booking will be required for each walk. The walks will be advertised as usual on our Forthcoming Walks page, and a booking should be made in accordance with the instructions to be found within each walk entry. If the number of applications received is greater than the group size, then we may be able to have a second leader, leading either the same walk but at a different start time, or a completely different walk, starting somewhere else. Please note that if you have not booked, then we will be unable to take you on the walk.

While we normally welcome guest walkers such as relatives and friends of members, with a view to them maybe taking out membership at a later date, we cannot continue this practice while our group sizes are restricted by government regulations - it would hardly be fair if by having guest walkers in a group, we had to turn away other members of long standing. Anyone who wishes to take out membership during the present difficulties is still very welcome to do so, and will be on an equal footing with all other members, once we have received their £3 membership fee.

Please be understanding and patient with the walks co-ordinators and the leaders, as this is a new way of working for all of us. There should be no car sharing, unless within the same household or support bubble. Walks will be reasonably local to limit travelling, and to make physical distancing easier we will try, so far as possible, to avoid busy and congested areas, and narrow footpaths.

You may want to bring your own alcohol-based hand sanitiser, gloves, face covering (which would only be needed in the event of an emergency requiring car sharing) and first aid supplies. The walk leader may have a first aid kit, but for minor incidents it would be better to use your own.

If you develop any of the symptoms of Corona Virus in the days leading up to the walk, then please do not come on the walk. If you have already booked a place, then please let the walks co-ordinator know, so that your place can be offered to someone else.

Booking Information - Tuesday A Walks

This may vary from walk to walk, according to the leader's preference, so please see the walk entry, on the Forthcoming Walks page.

Booking Information - Wednesday and Sunday A Walks

By e-mail to Sarah, at sarah.buck1@btinternet.com
Members who have booked will be advised of their start time, no later than the day before the walk.

Booking Information - B Walks

By e-mail to Ron or Len, at b-walks@outlook.com

Booking Information - Café Walks

Please note that although a Café walk has always up until now included the opportunity to take refreshment after the walk, this option can no longer apply if there is to be more than one group of walkers, which we expect will be the case. If more than six people congregate at or near the Café after the walk, we could easily be regarded as breaching the legal limit of six people together in the same place at the same time. This now applies both outdoors and indoors, unless additional measures have been taken against the spread of Corona Virus, such as those adopted by our A Walks groups.

Booking is by telephone to Chris Bovey, on 01803 551815 or 07964 889249, at any reasonable time prior to the walk, when you will be given a start time for whichever group you are assigned to. Please note that the walk will end for each group, on their return to the starting point, and walkers will be expected to disperse before any following group has arrived. Anyone who does choose to visit the Café, must do so in their own capacity, and subject to any requirements of the Café owner, but not as a member of Newton Abbot Ramblers.

Walks in the Current Programme

Our members normally receive a printed programme of our walks twice a year, by post to their home address, arriving in March for the Summer season, and in September for the Winter season. In view of the present difficulty in planning walks up to six months ahead, we have decided not to produce our usual booklet for Winter 2020-2021, so an abridged version of our programme up until the end of March 2021 is given below. The start date for the listing will be either the first day after the end of the November lockdown, or today, whichever is the later.

You will very likely see some dates with incomplete information, where either a leader has not yet been found, or the leader who was previously scheduled is no longer available. These are the dates for which our Walks Co-ordinators will be very pleased to hear from you, if you are willing to lead a walk on that day. There's no need to delay choosing a date because you haven't yet decided where to start your walk from - we can come back to you for this later.

As any gaps in the programme are filled, the listing will be updated, usually within a day or two of any change becoming known. If you've offered to help and your details are not yet shown, try a page reload, which is the circular arrow in the header at the top of the page.

For full details of our walks for the next few weeks, including a map of the start point and driving information, please continue to see our Forthcoming Walks page, which will return to normal service at the end of the lockdown.

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