Following changes in government guidance it is now possible to resume group walks. However to comply with U3A instructions, a detailed risk assessment that includes measures designed to mitigate the risk of contracting or spreading COVID 19 is required for each walk. For the time being this means group numbers are restricted and the walks themselves will be located closer to North London.
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.
During the coronavirus pandemic, in order to reduce the risk to members and others, each walk will be restricted to a maximum of 12 people, with places allocated on a first come/first served basis via the Longer Walks Booking Form.
Each walk will be repeated to ensure as many members as possible can participate. Whenever possible the group leader will have received Emergency First Aid training.
When a place is allocated members will be sent a copy of the risk assessment for the walk and a personal safety checklist. Members will need to sign this document to confirm they have read and accept the measures outlined in the risk assessment and that they are safe to take part in the activity.
Arrangements for lunchtime will form part of the walk description.However during the Covid emergency and until further notice, walk members will have to 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.
Group Convener : John Hemingway
To help ensure that we all enjoy our walks safely, a new document giving advice on good practice during the pandemic has been produced. This is based on advice from Ramblers (the national walking charity) and is essential reading for all who intend to walk. 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
What to wear and bring
Dogs on walks
It is intended that walks will take place on the second Thursday of each month and be repeated on the third or fourth Thursday dependent upon the availability of the walk leader. However in these uncertain times, the programme may change at short notice.
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.