A message from our group chair:

As everybody knows, the past year has been a very difficult time for everyone across the world as the Coronavirus took hold. Since March 2020 we were only able to walk for a few months of the year, from July to October, and with limited numbers. We then had another 4-week lockdown in November 2020 during which Group walking was banned, followed by a short restart in December and then a complete shutdown again from the beginning of January 2021. The good news is that from 29 March 2021, we were allowed to walk again, with the future seeming rosier as a result of the very successful and swift vaccine rollout. However, we are not yet 'out of the woods', as it were, and must all still follow Covid-safe guidelines as before, including booking places in advance while limited numbers (set by each individual walk leader) are in force.

We are releasing our walks programme (which you can find on these pages) on a monthly basis while uncertainty still remains, and our aim is to walk relatively close to home to try and stay as safe as possible while restrictions remain in place. We still have our usual variety of Sunday and fortnightly short and longer walks, and at this time of year even familiar walks can look very different with the change in season. There is still much to enjoy, not least catching up with friends we may not have seen for some time and welcoming potential new members.

Now that group walking has restarted, we hope that things may return to some kind of normal and that all restrictions will eventually be lifted, including the return of social events, although we have had a couple of Zoom quizzes this year which allowed us to see and interact with friends we hadn't seen for a while. Those of you who regularly visit this page should also have seen a few improvements we have made to the website, to make it easier to use and a bit more modern. Let us know if you have any comments!

A big thank you to our Programme team who have been working hard and at short notice to get our walking itinerary together in difficult circumstances. We are definitely open for business, so do come along if you can to enjoy some great Spring scenery in safety and good company.

Best wishes,

Andrea Deeley, Group Chair

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