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.
Our programme will be developed to reflect members’ interests, but will generally 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. 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.
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 via the Longer Walks Booking Form.
Arrangements for lunchtime will form part of the walk description. 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 or more people, require food orders to be placed in advance: which adds to the organisation of the day. Offers of help in this respect would be greatly appreciated by the convener. During the spring and summer months walkers take a packed lunch with plenty of liquids.
Each walk also requires a backmarker to make sure the group stays together and no-one is left behind. At the start of each walk a volunteer will be sought to perform this role.
In order to increase the frequency of walks members who feel confident enough are encouraged to devise and lead walks. They will be fully supported by the Group Convener and other members of the Group in the planning and execution.
☐ Frequency : At least monthly but often fortnightly
☐ When: Fourth Thursday, and second Thursday when possible, 10 – 10.30 a.m. depending on transport.
☐ Number of places per walk : Up to 15
Group Convener: John Hemingway
To join the group please complete the contact form below. This form may also be used to contact the Convener on all matters relating to the Group.
In the event of bad weather, walk leaders, at their discretion, may cancel the walk. Whenever possible, this will be posted on this page on 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.
Information about cancellations will also be posted to the Longer Walks WhatsApp messaging group, which walkers may like to join.
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.
▪︎ Walks etiquette
▪︎ What to wear and what to bring
▪︎ Policy regarding dogs