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- A cautious, responsible resumption of CRC Group walks agreed from 1st September – see News
- Latest Coronavirus advice from Ramblers – see here.
- Cancelled – Club coach and hotel trip to Scarborough, October 2020 – but deferred to 15-17 October 2021. See News
- Local National Trust parklands & gardens re-open for pre-booked tickets on Wednesday June 3rd – see News
- Booking details for coach & hotel trip to Brecon, Friday 26th to Sunday 28th March 2021 now available – see News
- Information on permissive paths in and around Cambridge for informal walks – check out News
- Budget weekend Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October 2020 at East Grinstead, Sussex Downs & Ashdown Forest. See News
- A week’s walking on the Ceredigion coast path in Wales – postponed to 11th – 18th June 2021
- Conwy trip deferred to first Spring BH weekend May 2021. See News
- Club Lakes’ week in 2020 now cancelled! – We plan to rebook for Saturday 11th to 18th September 2021, once again based in Keswick. See News
- The CRC annual subscription of £4.00 is due 1st November each year; no sub – no programme or newsletter! Payment by Standing Order preferred
The Club’s Executive Committee met on Tuesday 4th August to consider the resumption of ‘formal’ organized walks this autumn. This was in response to the news that the Ramblers Association – the National Governing Body for walking – has negotiated an agreement with the Government to enable organized group walks of up to 30 people to start up. We have checked with the Ramblers that Clubs such as the CRC can now formally organize group walks of between 6 and 30 people, as long as we follow Government guidance initially drawn up for ‘recreational team sports’ on July 17th. This guidance identifies several steps that must be taken by any Club to identify and mitigate the risks associated with the transmission of Covid-19.
The Executive Committee agreed that, in principle, CRC group walks and trips can resume from 1st September. However, there is no rush! We want to adopt a very cautious, responsible approach, with decisions on when and how to resume our regular weekly walks’ groups left to the groups themselves. The Committee is aware that some groups, such as the Sunday ‘A’s, are willing to go ahead soon on an experimental basis. Other groups may well consider it too early to start formal walks now.
It is important to be aware that any group resuming a formal programme must operate in a very different way from in the past. The Government guidance requires the Club to publish a ‘Covid-19 mitigation’ plan and every walk must be ‘risk-assessed’ in writing in advance by the leader. This is a big ‘ask’, but is essential if we are to offer walks to our members.
Guidance on the Club’s website is currently being revised. This covers the responsibilities of walks’ leaders and there is a new paper on the responsibilities of walk participants. A Covid-19 plan is also being prepared.
Some groups may conclude that they are unwilling to resume regular walks at present – others may be willing to offer a trial walk for a limited number of people. It will be difficult to rely on pub meals being available and car-sharing may be impractical. making it impossible to operate group walks as in the past. We cannot produce a comprehensive Walks’ Programme for a 4 month period and walks on offer will probably only be advertised on-line a week or so in advance. We are operating in very difficult times and there will be problems in coming to terms with the ‘new normal’.
But walking with friends is such a tonic and so important to Club members that we hope we can all move forward – together.
With regrets, the Club has cancelled this October’s coach and hotel trip to the Red Lea Hotel in Scarborough, north Yorkshire. However, all is not lost as the booking has been deferred to the weekend Friday 15th to Sunday 17th October 2021. See www.theredlea.co.uk The hotel is situated on the South Cliff, with striking views over South Bay and it has a heated indoor swimming pool.
More details will be posted on our website when available.
The National Trust has announced that the parkland and gardens at local properties Ickworth, Wimpole and Anglesey Abbey will re-open on Wednesday 3rd June. However, in order to manage numbers and ensure social-distancing can be maintained, access will be by timed ticket, which must be booked in advance. Tickets can be booked from Friday 29th May online and provide access to the car parks. Tickets are free for NT members; non-members will have to pay but the charges have not yet been advertised. The grounds and toilets will be open, but at present all other buildings, including houses, mills, cafes and shops, will be closed.
In the case of Anglesey Abbey, the car park will remain freely available for anyone walking in the surrounding area. Tickets for entry to the grounds will be available at 30 minute intervals, starting at 9.30. The grounds will close at 16.30. Tickets must be booked by 15.00 the day before any planned visit. Information relating to Ickworth and Wimpole should be available on their respective websites very soon.