|We are aware that the Ramblers Association are planning to restart walks shortly for small groups of up to six walkers and other organisations are also looking into doing so. |
As there is still much uncertainty over the likely effects of the continuing epidemic crisis for us and taking into account the government restrictions on the size of groups that can meet together, we feel that it is too early to recommence club walks at present. I know you will be disappointed in this decision, but we do have your best interests at heart. When we can meet safely in larger groups, that is the time to restart and we can then get back to enjoying walking as a club.
We plan to hold a committee meeting at the end of July to review the position, when we hope to have some better news.
The planned AGM and social evening has, like a lot of other events, been cancelled, due to COVID-19.
We hope to reinstate the event later in the year, when the situation improves.
Update on plans
This year members of the club hoped to be going on 2 mini breaks, apart from the regular Sunday and Wednesday walks, plus the long trails.
The first break , planned for July, was to be with HF Holidays in Derwent Water. HF have had to cancel this holiday, but have offered the same break in 2021, with our deposits held over to next year.
In October the planned break was to take us to Norfolk, again for 3 days walking. 18 members have signed up for this break so far, which has been organised by the club committee. As of May 2020, we will have to wait and see if this event can take place.
A group of 20 members travelled to Yorkshire, to stay at the Old Bridge Inn, Holmfirth. We arrived on Thursday, and dined together in very comfortable surroundings.
The weather forecast for the next 3 days was bad – heavy rain was promised, so we looked forward to 3 days walking with some misgivings. On Friday and Saturday there were 2 walks planned, of about 6 to 7 miles and over 12 miles, so that most capabilities would be catered for. On Friday the weather forecast had improved slightly, but even so the long walkers set out in fairly heavy rain. The shorter walkers were able to delay their start until late morning, as the rain eased off. They took a bus to Holm, and walked back without getting wet. The long walkers also enjoyed a drier walk in the afternoon.
Saturday turned out to be a much better day; all walkers were back in the hotel before it started to rain. The area round Holmfirth was lovely, with open moors, reservoirs, patches of woodland, and small hamlets to walk through. Everyone enjoyed both days of walking, and of course each evening proved a social time for the group, with good food, and the occasional drink!
On Sunday the promised rain had arrived though, and it was decided not to do the last, 5 mile walk we had planned. It seemed to make no sense to get wet before the journey home. The break was deemed a success though, and hopefully we can have a similar break next year.
Nearly 60 club members again enjoyed the annual get-together on Sunday January 5th, for a lovely Sunday lunch at Henley Golf Club.
Once again, the golf club gave us very good service and a delicious meal. The members enjoyed the chance to chat and socialise with each other, and it was a refreshing change to see everyone in their ‘Sunday best’, instead of the usual walking garb.
We are already booked in for 2021, so put January 3rd in your diary now!
A group of 22 enjoyed a wonderful weekend in October, walking in Exmoor. We stayed at the Simonsbath House hotel, which was a very comfortable base for the 3 night break. The welcome was warm, and the food excellent.
We were lucky with the weather too – sunshine nearly all the time, so we were able to enjoy the autumn colours, with views across the moorland, home to several groups of deer and, of course, Exmoor ponies.
The weekend was deemed a great success, and our thanks go to Malcolm Fellows, who masterminded the whole thing. It was pleasing to see him once more.
Our next long trail will be the Geopark Way, from Bridgnorth to Gloucester Cathedral – a total of 109 miles. This will be done over 10 legs, of, on average, about 10 miles each, and the first one is on September 1st. Each walk takes place on a Saturday.
If any club member who would like to join in on any of these walks, and has not received details of the legs, please get in touch via the ‘Contact Us’ tab on the website. It is not necessary to commit to all of the legs.
The last weekend in July saw the completion of the Shakespeare Way, when the group walked the 9 or so miles from Putney into the centre of London, finishing at the Globe Theatre.
Most of the walkers went down to London the day before, and took the tube out to Putney on Saturday morning. Luckily the weather had cooled slightly from the heat of the previous day, making for a pleasant walk along the banks of the Thames. There are many and varied apartment blocks along the river, at prices that would probably astound most of us Midlanders, along with many familiar sites that characterise our capital city. The area round the old Battersea Power station was a hive of activity, as the buildings are being converted to residential homes that promise to be of the high-end variety!
Once at the Globe, the group dispersed to their various hotels, returning later for an early evening meal at a restaurant near the Globe. After this, they took their seats in the Globe Theatre, for a performance of Othello. It proved a wonderful and fitting end to the long trail from Stratford-on-Avon to London, which had itself been a varied and enjoyable walk.
A group of club members has been undertaking the Two Moors Way, from Wembury, on the south coast of Devon, to Lynmouth, on the north coast of Somerset. The route included crossing Dartmoor and Exmoor, and the group did the walk over 3 weekends.
October 6th to 8th saw the group complete the walk. Apart from the beautiful scenery, which almost goes without saying, the weather contributed greatly to a fantastic three days walking. Friday and Sunday were like very pleasant spring days, but of course it had to rain sometime, so Saturday morning, going across Exmoor, was very wet.
Friday was the longest day, walking around 14 miles from Knowstone to Withypool. The walk was varied, but the highlight was the Tarr Steps across the river Barle. Saturday morning proved to be rainy, but a shorter walk took the group on to Simonsbath, which they reached in the early afternoon. Sunday found the group treated to another lovely day, as they walked on across Exmoor, catching sight of several red dear on the moor. Finally they descended steeply into Lynmouth – icecreams all round!
Overall the event has been a huge success. Tasty meals were eaten (to be walked off next day) and the occasional celebratory drink consumed. Everyone who took part enjoyed the walking, the scenery, and most of all, each other’s company.
A group of around 30 members have just enjoyed 3 days walking in Northumbria, whilst staying at the HF house in Alnmouth. Walks varied from easy strolls round Bamburgh and Lindisfarne, to more strenuous days out across wonderful heather-covered landscapes. As usual, the hotel was very comfortable, and the meals excellent. Entertainment in the evenings included a quiz, a bat walk and a visit to a local hall, where there was a live music concert featuring Northumbrian pipes.
These holidays prove consistently popular, and we hope to try another HF break next year – watch this space!