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 Middle Way Walkers Group offers a programme of day walks in the London area, primarily aimed at those members who like to walk between 7.5 and 8.5 miles.
Group Conveners : Jane Saunders and Gill Shiel
The Group meets on the third Wednesday and the first Monday of every month for an all day walk. The number of places available per walk is 15 (including the group leaders).
Due to COVID-19 we have to change the way that our walks are organised, in order to keep each other safe.
▷ Advice for walking safely
Arrangements for lunchtime will form part of the walk description. Walk participants will bring their own food and drink.
How to book a walk
Bookings are accepted only from CEDU3A members who are already members of the Middle Way 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.
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.
Wednesday 19 May 2021
Lea Valley Path : Leg Four (Hertford to Hatfield) 9 miles / 14.5 km
Monday 7 June 2021
Completed walks 2021
At last! The Middle Way Walkers first official walk of 2021, following the Pymme’s Brook Trail from Monken Hadley Common) to Broomfield Park near Palmers Green.
The Group met at High Barnet station and were soon tackling a steep hill climbing up to the village of Monken Hadley – lots to see here, Georgian houses, almshouses and, of course, the church, through whose grounds we passed to Monken Hadley Common (mercifully dry after the winter rains).
Our first stop was the rather chilly Beech Hill (aka Jack’s) Lake from which flows the Pymme’s Brook. The trail is well-marked and apart from a section of road walking in East Barnet, follows a number of linked parks and green spaces from East Barnet. We stopped for lunch and some tea (thank you, Gill!) at the cafe at Oak Hill Park, although none of our party opted to sample the Polish menu on offer.
From Oak Hill Park, we followed the brook to Brunswick Park (The Waterfall Walk), Arnos Park and finally Broomfield Park (where the revelation to a couple of walkers that their rucksack straps incorporated hitherto under-discovered whistles caused much amusement). Here the walk ended to take the bus home, although a couple of walkers decided to take the train from Palmers Green station and to admire the newly installed mosaics on the northbound platform.
It was really nice to be able to walk as a group again and to reconnect with our fellow walkers.