About the Short Walks Group

Shorter and local walks, usually with a theme, often historical

Over 60 of you signed up for this Group and so clearly we need to think about how to manage numbers. For this first programme of walks, please try to limit yourselves to 2 of the 5 walks on offer until we are clear as to the number of active participants. If anyone would be interested in becoming a co-convenor do let us know, as then the group can offer some more walks.

There are two different types of walks- more leisurely guided walks with some historical content, up to 2 miles. Then healthy exercise walks up to 5 miles, often covering muddy ground, at a faster pace.

As members of this group you will decide which type of walk you are looking for. In terms of equipment for both types of walks, do bear in mind that the weather can change rapidly, and so carry waterproofs.

For the healthy walks, appropriate walking boots are essential, as the ground will be muddy. See the advice on equipment from our sister group Longer Walks

For safety reasons, we are limiting each walk to 12 people, with a waiting list of 4 in case of drop-outs. Please try to ensure that you can definitely come on the walk before you sign up for it, and let us know immediately if you cannot come. Once you have been accepted on a walk by email, further details on the venue will be sent. Walk participants must show us a membership card.

A word about dogs. A few of you asked if you could bring a dog. Well behaved dogs are fine, but bear in mind that there may be another dog on the walk. If there any problems, the convenor has discretion to ask you to leave with your dog. Walks are not suitable for children and grandchildren, so do not bring them!

WHEN: Usually alternate Monday afternoons from 1.30 p.m. (1.00 p.m in the winter months, lasting approximately 2 hours, and under 5 miles
WHERE: Places where we meet will vary with the walks. They will be relatively local
Oonagh Gay and Philip Messent

Oonagh Gay has lived around Crouch End all her life and has a keen interest in local and political history. She trained as a Clerkenwell and Islington walking tour guide in 2014 and has led tours around north and central London ever since. She runs Crouch End Walks, with her business partner Paul Sinclair, and has been leading regular tours of Hornsey Town Hall. Oonagh is planning to lead some walks for us around North London initially. Co-convener is Philip Messent, who will plan complementary walks exploring London, mostly with a historical theme and going back to Roman and Saxon times.

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Details on our programme of forthcoming walks will be found here