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’
This is an 8.5 mile figure-of-eight walk centred at Friday Street. We will be starting, lunching and finishing here. The morning and afternoon legs of the walk are both around 4.25 miles each. You will thus have the options of doing the full walk or to join us for either the morning or afternoon sections only if you so wish.
The morning stretch will take us to Leith Hill via Broadmoor and Wotton Common, returning to Friday Street along the Greensand Way and Abinger Bottom. This is the hilly part of the walk although the paths are good and the inclines are mostly moderate. We will lunch at the Hammer Pond at Friday Street which is very close to the car park. The afternoon section takes us down to Wotton and Westcott, returning along the Greensand Way past The Rookery towards Broadmoor. This track follows the course of the Tilling Bourne and we will pass the infamous waterfall along the way. Again the paths are good and the inclines are moderate.
If you are doing the morning section only you may wish to consider the option of a leisurely lunch at the Stephan Langton Inn in Friday Street. You will need to make your own arrangements for this.
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