In order to comply with the decisions of the CEDU3A executive committee based on government advice aimed at managing the spread of coronavirus, all the Middle Way walks are suspended until further notice. This situation will be kept under review and the walks will be resumed when it is safe to do so. At that point an amended walks programme will be published and booking will re-open.
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.
For practical reasons, including health and safety, each walk will be restricted to 18 members, with places allocated on a first come/first served basis.
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. As the main focus of the group will be walking, the leaders will set a reasonable pace (2 to 2.5 miles an hour) and although there will be refreshment stops, these will be kept to a minimum. It is expected that walkers will provide their own packed lunch and carry enough water to keep well hydrated.
Whenever possible the group leader will have received Emergency First Aid training.
Group Convener : John Hemingway
Walk leaders : Jane Saunders and Gill Shiel
To help ensure that we all enjoy our walks, members of the Group are strongly advised to become acquainted with our walks etiquette, which contains common sense advice to ensure everyone’s safety. There is also advice about suitable clothing, and bringing dogs on walks.
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 18 (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.
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.
Please note that the priority booking scheme for new members ended in November 2019.
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.
Beginning with the January walk the Middle Way Walkers will hike alongside the River Lea, starting from the River Thames at Limehouse and following the Lea Valley Path, until we reach the river’s source at Leagrave. The exact number of walks will depend on the number and length of off-route diversions that we decide to adopt, but the Lea Valley Path itself measures 50 miles in total. From Limehouse Basin, we traverse the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then continue 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.