In order to comply with the decisions of the CEDU3A executive committee based on government advice aimed at managing the spread of coronavirus, all the Longer Walks are suspended until further notice. This situation will be kept under review and the walks will be resumed when it is safe to do so. At that point an amended walks programme will be published and booking will re-open.
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.
For practical reasons, including health and safety, each walk will be restricted to 18 people, with places allocated on a first come/first served basis via the Longer Walks Booking Form. Whenever possible the group leader will have received Emergency First Aid training.
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 up to 18 people, require food orders to be placed in advance. This 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.
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.
Group Convener : John Hemingway
To help ensure that we all enjoy our walks, members of the Group are strongly advised to become acquainted with our walks etiquette, which contains common sense advice to ensure everyone’s safety. There is also advice about suitable clothing, and bringing dogs on walks.
The Group meets on the fourth and often on the second Thursday of every month, between 10 – 10.30 a.m., depending on transport options. There are 18 places (including the walk leader(s)) per walk.
Unfortunately the Longer Walks Group is temporarily closed to applications from new members. It is hoped that the membership list can be re-opened later in the year.