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.
A walking group offering a programme of day walks in the London area. It is primarily aimed at those members who would like to do a middle distance walk of 7.5 to 8.5 miles.
The programme is being developed by Jane Saunders and Gill Shiel who are regular participants on the longer walks and have experience of walk leadership.
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 booking form below the walk description.
Whenever possible the group leader will have received Emergency First Aid training.
Each walk will be repeated to ensure as many members as possible can participate.
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-19 emergency and until further notice, walk partipants will have to bring their own food and drink.
Group Convener : John Hemingway
Walk leaders : Jane Saunders and Gill Shiel
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
The Group meets on the third Thursday every month for all day walks. The number of places available per meeting is 12 (including the group leaders)
Unfortunately the Middle Way Walkers Group is temporarily closed to applications from new members. It is hoped that the membership list can be re-opened later in the year.
How to book a walk
To book one of the walks complete the Booking Form below the walk description.
On receipt of your booking request the Group Convener will contact you to confirm whether there is a place available.
All places are now allocated on a first come/first served basis starting from twelve noon on the day booking opens.
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.
Please note that you will not receive an email confirmation of your booking request. It may take up to a week before you receive a reply.
The group is currently completing the Lea Valley Path which follows the River Lea from its confluence with the Thames at Limehouse Basin to its source at Leagrave. The exact number of walks will depend on the number and length of any off-route diversions that we decide to adopt, but the Lea Valley Path itself measures 50 miles in total. From Limehouse Basin, it traverses the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then continues through Walthamstow Marshes and Enfield Lock. Leaving Greater London behind, the walk continues past Waltham Abbey, Cheshunt, Ware, Hertford and Hatfield before ending at Leagrave in the northern suburbs of Luton.
Wednesday 14 October and Thursday 15 October
Lea Valley Walk 3 : Broxbourne to Hertford : 9.5 miles / 15.3 km
Booking open from mid-day Monday 28 September 2020. When booking please specify clearly which day you wish to join the group or which day you prefer if available on both dates
At last we can continue our Lea Valley Path and such a wonderful way to renew our walks with this lovely section. The walk begins and end with rural views, includes locks, bridges and even a rare swing bridge. We pass two nature reserves, Rye Meads and Amwell Quarry, and have a view of the river Beane. We should be lucky enough to have some wonderful autumnal colours to enjoy along the way and while enjoying our picnic lunches. We end with the eighteenth and highest lock we’ve passed on the Lea River Path since leaving London. It’s been too long since we’ve walked together, but we have a delightful way to begin.