Covid Secure Events - getting back outdoors
All of our groups are now able to offer events. Following the recent change to Government rules events taking place after the 14th of September in England will be restricted to a maximum of six participants (including the person organising the event). Events in Scotland and Wales will continue to operate in accordance with the local regulations.
You will only be permitted to attend a GOC event if you have registered in advance via the website. Every person attending an event must register individually. A record of participants at all events will be kept, and will be shared with NHS Track and Trace if requested.
GOC discourages the sharing of lifts to reach events.
Any event may need to be cancelled at short notice in order to comply with local lockdown regulations, or where an event leader is required to self-isolate. Always check the website for any last minute changes in the morning before travelling to an event.
When attending an event, please ensure that you bring a supply of hand sanitizer and a face covering along with your usual food and walking equipment.
If you, or someone in your household, has Covid-19 symptoms you should self-isolate in line with government guidelines, and must not take part in GOC events. Symptoms include a high temperature, a new continuous cough and the loss, or a change to your sense of smell or taste.
Are you ‘clinically vulnerable’? If you (or someone you live with) are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others from outside your household.Taking part in a GOC activity may put you and those around you at higher risk. It may not be the right decision at this time. Remember – everyone over 70, and those with certain underlying health conditions are considered to be ‘clinically vulnerable’
This is a lovely riverside walk between the pleasant Thameside towns of Henley-on-Thames and Marlow, continuing to Bourne End station. The walk passes through attractive Chiltern countryside and three of our historic home counties. The walk leader will lead the full walk to Bourne End (11 miles), but the walk can easily be curtailed at Marlow (8 miles) should people wish.
On leaving the centre of Henley, we cross the 18th century stone bridge across the Thames, thus passing from Oxfordshire into Berkshire. Shortly afterwards we will ascend Remenham Hill to the highest point of the walk, from where there should be good views over the Thames Valley. We then descend to the river valley and follow the south bank of the River Thames eastwards. At Hurley Lock we pass along a narrow island between two streams of the river, before crossing a footbridge from the south to the north bank into Buckinghamshire. We will then follow the north bank into Marlow. The final section of the walk continues along the Thames to Bourne End station.
Terrain / Difficulty
A moderate climb towards the beginning of the walk, then mainly level alongside the River Thames. Paths may be muddy.