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.
Bookings are accepted only from members who are already members of the Longer Walks Group. Unfortunately because of the restrictions imposed upon us by COVID-19 the Group is currently not open for new members.
To book one of the walks listed below complete the Booking Form for the walk in which you are interested.
On receipt of your booking request the Group Convener will contact you to confirm whether there is a place available.
All places are allocated on a first come/first served basis starting from twelve noon on the day booking opens.
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.
Given the high level of interest in the walks we are unable to entertain under any circumstances any requests for bookings to be made before the stated date and time.
Emergency contact details for the walk leader will be supplied to those going on the walk when the joining details are sent out.
Thursday 8 October and Thursday 22 October
Watton-at-Stone Circular: 11 miles / 17.6 km
This is a circular walk through the countryside to the north of Watton-at-Stone in an area less frequented by walkers. Heading north from Watton, we cross the River Beane (on its way to join the River Lea at Hertford) before climbing steadily through an area of arable farming. After reaching the small settlement of Green End, we continue to Haultwick, a mile or so to the north. From here, we head west, before turning south to pass through the twin villages of Hebing End and Burns Green. We are now steadily descending back into the Beane valley. Our final descent takes us over the (very busy) Watton bypass, before we cross the Beane to reach the end of our walk back in Watton.