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 Sunday 28th March.
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 27th March
As from Monday 29th March, A Walks (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays), B Walks (Thursdays and Sundays) and Café Walks (monthly, on Fridays as advertised) are back on again. Our monthly C Walks remain suspended, until further notice.
The maximum number of walkers in any one group will now be twelve, but some walk leaders may prefer at this stage to keep to groups of six. Walks having a group size of more than six will be subject to the additional measures laid down for formally organised outdoor sports, 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.
If you develop any of the symptoms of Corona Virus in the days leading up to a 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.
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 Monday 29th March, subject to the Rule of Six, but you are allowed to meet outdoors only.
Maintaining a two metre distance outdoors is still advisable. Outdoor surfaces may become contaminated with the virus, so be mindful regarding touching any shared objects, such as gates and stiles. Hand hygiene continues to be important, particularly before eating.
You should not be car sharing, but if unavoidable then it should be done according to this advice.
Restarting of walks
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.
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.
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 email@example.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, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking Information - Café Walks
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 all cafés are currently closed, except for take-away.
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 did not produce our usual printed booklet for Winter 2020-2021, and we will not be printing a programme for Summer 2021. Instead, we offer below an abridged version of all of the walks in our Summer programme, up to its normal end date of 30th September 2021. The start date for the listing will be either the first day after the end of the lockdown which began in January 2021, 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, driving information, and guidance on any advance booking requirements, please continue to see our Forthcoming Walks page.