The government has announced new national restrictions to tackle coronavirus (Covid-19) that apply to all areas of England, and come into force on Thursday 5 November 2020. The restrictions say that you can only leave your home to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.
This means that the Longer Walks Group programme is ‘paused’ until further notice.
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 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 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.
Essential advice for walkers
Due to COVID-19 we have to change the way that our walks are organised, in order to keep each other safe.
Read the latest guidance and other advice for walking safely
Arrangements for lunchtime will form part of the walk description. Walk participants will bring their own food and drink.
Each walk will be repeated to ensure as many members as possible can participate.
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.
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 stated date and time will not be accepted.
What happens next?
Places are allocated on a first come/first served basis.
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 12 November 2020
Thursday 26 November 2020
Essendon Circular: 11.0 miles / 17.6 km
This is a circular walk starting at Welham Green, which takes us in a loop through the countryside to the south of the River Lea and to the west of Essendon. From Welham we head east to cross the A1000 at Bell Bar, where we take to paths over arable land (muddy if wet!) to reach the hamlet of Wildhill. After skirting the heavily fortified boundary of Camfield Place (once the home of Barbara Cartland!), we continue on bridle tracks through wooded countryside to the village of Essendon, and some fine views over the Lea Valley. We continue north, then just before we reach the River Lea, turn to the west. Our route now runs parallel to the river, hidden behind trees just to our north. As we approach the Cecil Saw Mill, we turn south to follow farm tracks that take us out of the valley, through the tiny hamlet of West End and finally alongside the perimeter of Hatfield Park, back to Welham Green.