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’
Cycling & Walking in Mallorca 2021
Mallorca is a Spanish island in the Mediterranean, offering everything a cyclist or walker may wish for. We have been cycling there for many years; walking is more recent. There are beaches along the south coast, a central plateau with isolated hills bearing castles and monasteries to visit, and mountains plunging into the sea along the north coast. The mountains are green all year and in Spring there are flowers everywhere across the island. In Autumn many places are still green and the sea is warmer, but there are not so many flowers.
At the time of year we go, daytime temperatures are typically around 20°C, pleasantly warm and sunny but not tediously hot. Rain is a possibility and you should bring waterproofs (that’s why the island is green) but we’ve never had a day completely written off. More than one wet day is unlucky.
Cycling is very popular and there is the infrastructure in place to support it, including dedicated cycleways though the island capital Palma, cycle racks outside cafes and restaurants, and secure cycle storage inside at the hotel. What you do depends a bit on personal desires, the weather, and how hard the previous day was. It’s a holiday! Although there is nothing to stop you taking your own bike out to Mallorca, most of us hire out there since good quality carbon road bikes are available at a competitive price compared with flying your own out, and it is much less hassle.
Walking is not yet quite so organised, but there is plenty to do, including the GR221 running the length of the northern mountains. Walkers can making use of buses, trains and taxis, or perhaps hiring a car.
https://www.seemallorca.com/walking/guide and published guide-books.
There is no reason why you should not go walking and do some cycling, hiring a bike for a day or two separately. E-bikes are readily available.
For everyone, there is the historic centre of Palma and its cathedral, the quaint port town of Sóller accessible by narrow gauge railway, and also rustic traditional towns and villages.
Our 3* hotel is in the resort of Ca’n Pastilla, just to the east of Palma and at the end of the wide sandy Palma Bay, and just a short bus ride from the airport. It’s a resort with all the facilities you might expect, but a long way from the infamous party spots of Palma Nova and Magalluf and quite genteel. Tourists are more likely to be from elsewhere in Europe rather than from the UK.
In the meantime any questions please do contact John, the leader, via the link below