Group walks to re-start
As part of the UK government roadmap for lifting lockdown, U3A group walks (which are considered to be organised physical activity) can now resume, 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.
The Group is following The Green London Way, a route of 108 miles, designed by Bob Gilbert and the first long distance footpath to be created in London, in 1991. The route has been divided into 13 sections, most being around 7–8 miles long, with one exception of 11.5 miles. The walks will be at a leisurely place, with the aim throughout being to listen, look, learn and reflect.
Group Convener : John Hemingway
Walk leaders : Ruth Hayes, Betty McAskie, and Alison Miller
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.
Please note that the group will no longer stop for talks from the leaders as this would make social distancing difficult.
How to book a walk
Bookings are accepted only from CEDU3A members who are already members of the Green London Wayfarers 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, having reviewed their own personal health and circumstances, they are able to 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.
Wednesday 2 June 2021
GLW 12 : Finsbury Park to Hackney Wick
9 miles – 14.5 km
Maximum of 15 places available
Booking open from mid-day Monday 17 May 2021
Starting from the café (near the boating lake) in Finsbury Park our route heads off towards Stoke Newington via the New River Walk, around the reservoirs and through Clissold Park. After a brief stretch along Stoke Newington Church Street, we walk through Abney Park Cemetery and then Springfield Park to reach the River Lea and the Walthamstow Marshes. The final stretch takes us around Hackney Marshes to reach Hackney Wick, from where the North London Line will deliver us back to Finsbury Park. There is an option to leave the walk at Clapton after 6.5 miles (10.5km) at Clapton and catch the 106 or 253 bus back to Finsbury Park.
Unlike earlier Green London Way walks, we are no longer able to offer formal presentations along the way, but each of the leaders hope to point out interesting features as we go along.
▷ GLW completed walks