About the Longer Walks Group

All-day walks of between 8 and 10 miles in length for groups between 6 and 15 people

Each walk lasts a full day with a break for lunch (either in a pub or cafe, although sometimes people bring a picnic). All walks are suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit and active, with the full walk details being published in advance so members can make an informed decision before signing up.

For practical reasons, including health and safety, each walk will be restricted to 15 people, with places allocated on a ‘first come/first served’ basis.

Arrangements for lunchtime will form part of the walk description but as stated above there will either be an opportunity for a pub lunch or we will provide our own packed lunch.

To help ensure we all enjoy our walks, there are a few ground rules, most of which are common sense and are there to ensure everyone’s safety. You can read them here.

WHAT TO WEAR AND WHAT TO BRING

Clothing appropriate for walking at the particular time of year, to include a waterproof outer layer/jacket, quick-drying walking trousers, walking boots with appropriate socks and a small rucksack or day bag. The following items are optional and are a matter of personal preference: walking poles, gaiters or waterproof over trousers, sit mat. In your rucksack (depending on the time of year) you may wish to have a hat/sunhat and gloves, sunglasses and sun cream, mobile phone, camera, torch, blister relief, bottled water (and flask of hot drink in winter) and snacks (including packed lunch if required), emergency contact details.

WHEN: Walks will usually start between 9.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. and will take place on Thursdays at least monthly (normally the 4th Thursday)
WHERE: Our programme will be developed to reflect members’ interests, but will initially focus on the rural/urban fringe of London and parts of the South East easily accessible by public transport. Some of our walks will be circular, while others may be linear (for example sections of long distance paths such as the London Loop or the Thames Path). We will also visit a variety of landscapes, including parks and woodland, historic village centres, and canal and riverside paths as well as open countryside and hills. All walks will begin and end at a tube or railway station providing easy access to and from North London.

Please be aware that in the event of bad weather, walk leaders, at their discretion, may cancel the walk. When possible, this will be displayed on the group’s web page the day before the walk. Walkers are therefore advised to check the group’s web site in the event of bad weather or phone the leader before setting out to ensure that the walk has not been cancelled

Details on our programme of forthcoming walks will be found here

Find out about walks that the Group has already done here

If demand for places on our walks becomes too great then the only solution is to offer more frequent walks and that requires more walk leaders to come forward. If you think you could help out with leading a walk, please contact John Hemingway via the Send a message to the Convener form below to discuss further. This might not need you to actually plan a new route. We could for example repeat each walk a few months later but with a different leader, which would enable other members to enjoy it. Alternatively you might want to develop your own walk.

Each walk also requires a ‘backmarker’ to make sure the group stays together and no-one is left behind.

If you are booked on the November or December walks and would be prepared to help with this, please let John know.

During the winter months, we have opted for pub lunches due to the unpredictability of the weather. However many pubs, when expecting a group of 15 people, require food orders to be placed in advance, which adds to the organisation. And then of course we are faced with sorting out 15 bills and collecting money from individual members. So if you are booked on the November or December walks and would be prepared to help with bills, please also let John know.

GROUP CONVENERS
John Hemingway and Norma Barnes

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