Covid Secure Events - getting back outdoors
All of our groups are now able to offer events. Events may accept up to 30 attendees, including walk leaders, in accordance with Sport England and Ramblers' agreed procedures. Individual events may have a lower limit on participation at the discretion of the local group, of the walk leader, or as required by 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’
AT PRESENT THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN WILL END ON 2 DECEMBER. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT MAY NEED TO BE FURTHER POSTPONED DEPENDING ON THE PREVAILING NATIONAL AND LOCAL RESTRICTIONS.
THE NUMBERS ALLOWED ON THE WALK WILL BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW ACCORDING TO THE LOCAL COVID RISK STATUS AND PROPOSED GOC LONDON RISK MANAGEMENT APPROACH
Today's walk is our 8th part of our clockwise circuit of London via the Capital Ring. We followed this part in February 2018 in very cold conditions. The walk will be about 7 miles in length. As with other sections of the Capital Ring there will be opportunies to leave the walk early, should people find this convenient.
On leaving East Finchley, the walk passes through attractive woodland in Highgate and Queen's Woods, then follows most of the well-known Parkland Walk (London's longest nature reserve) along the former railway line between Highgate and Finsbury Park. We will pause in Finsbury Park itself before continuing via the 'New River', the Stoke Newington Reservoirs, Clissold Park and finally the fascinating Abney Park Cemetery before arriving at Stoke Newington.
Terrain / Difficulty
The walk is easy walking mainly on firm paths and pavements, however there is a steep climb with steps near Highgate, and steps at Abney Park Cemetery, both of which can be avoided.