The club was formed in 1936, has over 350 members and organises over 400 walks a year.
We are affiliated to The Ramblers’ Association and we are an Associate Member of HF Holidays.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Club activities including walks have been cancelled until further notice.
As we cannot anticipate when government restrictions will ease we will not be able to publish the next walks programme (August – November).
The Add Walks section of the website will be left open so that leaders can add or modify walks they have already input if they wish but as we do not know when walking will recommence, and the list will not be published on the website, they do not need to do so at present.
If government restrictions are eased before or during the August – November period, walks coordinators will contact leaders who have input walks to ask if they are happy to go ahead, and to fill in details and any vacancies so we can set up an informal programme/walks list. If leaders no longer wish to lead a walk, for example, because they fall into a vulnerable category, they will be able to withdraw their walk.
If restrictions continue beyond August – November, we will advise members once we know the position. In view of the time taken to set up a walks programme, once the situation changes walks coordinators will need to contact leaders to ask them to volunteer walks so that we can set up a provisional programme in order to restart.
Social distancing is impossible on group walks, even between two walkers. The Ramblers’ Association to which the Club is affiliated has issued guidance to their members, as follows.
We encourage you to walk near where you live in places you can access without using a car or public transport. You should walk by yourself or with people from your household. You should not walk with friends or in groups. Avoid busy places such as parks, beaches and beauty spots. You must stay two metres away from anyone you meet on a walk.
Do not walk anywhere where you could get into trouble and require an emergency-services call-out. Avoid touching gates and fences. If you do, wash your hands as soon as possible for 20 seconds, following NHS guidance.
If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and walk only within your garden or property.