This year’s CRC trip to the Lake District attracted 37 participants – an all-time high! With good weather, a wide range of walks led by Club members and excellent organisation on the part of our Lakes’ week co-ordinator, Susan, the week sped by. The chief challenge came from the difficulties of booking evening meals in an extremely busy Keswick!
Susan is standing down and the Club is very grateful to Bob for taking over the co-ordinator’s role. The 2022 CRC trip will again be returning to Keswick for the week Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th September. Please let Bob know if you are coming – and also if you have ideas for walks. This year we made use of the good local bus services to enable several linear walks to take place.
Please contact Bob on the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third time lucky – we hope! Originally booked for the first Spring Bank Holiday weekend in 2020, we are trusting that this holiday on the north Wales coast will actually go ahead in 2022. All places booked by the Club in self-catering accommodation have been taken, but you are very welcome to book independently; please let Jill know if this is your choice. We hope to walk over Conwy mountain and possibly in the north of Snowdonia.
The guidance for organised walking groups changed significantly in July 2021. We have kept our earlier guidance on our website as there is no indication if this will have to be reintroduced!
But for now the guidance is far more limited. The critical factors are:
- if you are feeling at all ill DO NOT COME ON A CRC WALK. Please take a lateral flow Covid test and, if this is positive, go to a centre for a PCR test.
- Please book onto a walk in advance. The leader is still required to keep details of anyone coming on a CRC walk for 21 days for ‘test & trace’ purposes.
Otherwise, the guidance below is now superceded.
The Government’s ‘roadmap’ for moving out of England’s Covid-19 restrictions allows socially-distanced groups of up to 30 people to meet outdoors from Monday May 17th. This reduces the paperwork required when planning an organised CRC walk- and we hope this will encourage more people to lead. Leaders will no longer need to complete and retain a written ‘risk assessment’ – the only exception relates to walks with more than 30 participants! In this case organised walks will still have to adhere to the regulations that Sport England have developed for outdoor recreational activities.
The guidance for organising official CRC walks of 30 or fewer people requires us to take the following steps:
- Everyone taking part in a walk should familiarise themselves with the Club’s advice on ‘Taking part in a Covid-secure walk’, as posted on the Members’ section of the website
- It is necessary to book in advance with the leader; the leader must retain contact details for 21 days of everyone taking part for NHS ‘Test & Trace’ purposes
- Social-distancing must be observed before, during and after the walk
- Please try and avoid particularly busy areas; leaders are recommended to carry out a ‘recce’ in advance.
Leaders can set the maximum number of people they are willing to lead and may like to sound out people to help as mid and/or back markers.
For the foreseeable future the Club will not be publishing a 4-month printed Programme, but will be posting walk details on the website. The situation will be reviewed during the summer; it may be possible to plan further ahead by the autumn.