As part of the UK government roadmap for lifting lockdown, U3A group walks (which are considered to be organised physical activity) have resumed, subject to the completion of a satisfactory risk assessment. The risk assessment process is very similar to the one used when walks resumed in autumn 2020. It includes a requirement for individual members to complete a personal checklist confirming that it is appropriate for them to join the group. Please bear in mind that the outcome of any risk assessment may require restrictions on travel and on the size of the group.
Our programme will be developed to reflect members’ interests, but will generally focus on the rural/urban fringe of London 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.
Group Convener : John Hemingway
It is intended that two walks will be offered each month. One on the second Thursday and the other on fourth Thursday. However in these uncertain times, the programme may change at short notice. Walks must be booked in advance.
How to book a walk
Bookings are accepted only from CEDu3a members who are already members of the Longer Walkers Group. Regrettably, because of the restrictions imposed upon us by COVID-19, the Group is currently not open to new members.
Complete the booking form below the walk description.
Bookings made before the advertised date & time will not be accepted.
Places are allocated via a computer-generated random access program after the booking window has closed.
On receipt of your booking request the Group Convener will contact you to confirm whether there is a place available for you. It may take up to a week before you receive confirmation or otherwise of your booking request.
Successful applicants will then be emailed an approved risk assessment and a personal safety checklist by the Group Convener.
Participants must confirm by email that they have read the risk assessment, that they agree to abide by the measures outlined within it and that they have reviewed their own personal health and circumstances and that they can take part without adverse risk to themselves or any one in their household.
Participants who fail to email their confirmation will not be permitted to join the walk.
Thursday 27 May 2021
River Thames and Richmond Park Circular
10.5 miles / 16.8 km
The walks starts and ends at Richmond Station. From the railway station in Richmond town centre, a short walk takes us to the south bank of the River Thames. From here we follow the river upstream, past Ham House and Eel Pie Island to Teddington Lock. At this point we leave the river behind, using local streets to reach Ham Common, from where we continue into Richmond Park.The afternoon section of the walk takes us on a large loop through Richmond Park, taking in Pen Ponds, and passing the entrance of the Grade 1 listed Royal Ballet School.As we approach East Sheen our route curves round to follow the edge of the park to the Star & Garter Gate, from where we follow Richmond Hill back to the town.
▷ Walk itinerary
Essential advice for walkers
To help ensure that participants safely enjoy their walks during the pandemic, it is essential that they have read the COVID-19 advice to walkers document, This supplements our walks etiquette document, which contains common sense advice to ensure everyone’s safety. There is also advice about suitable clothing, and bringing dogs on walks.
▷ COVID-19 Advice to walkers
▷ Walks etiquette
▷ What to wear and bring
▷ Dogs on walks
Whenever possible the walk leader will have received Emergency First Aid training.
Arrangements for lunchtime will form part of the walk description. Walk participants will bring their own food and drink.
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.