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’
A circular walk of ~11 miles on country lanes, bridleways and footpaths with some ascents and descents, but nothing too arduous.
Our walk will follow a route around the outskirts of the village of Kensworth into woodland areas along official footpaths heading towards Kensworth Quarry. From the quarry, we head into Central Bedfordshire the outskirts of Dunstable also following a route towards Whipsnade Heath.
Markyate was a major coaching stop on the highway from London to Birmingham, at one point having over forty inns and public houses along its main road. The Sun Inn is now a private residence, but is believed to have begun as a hall house or inn, in the 16th century. Its history includes links to the Gunpowder Plot, the Wicked Lady and Dick Turpin, who's believed to have slept at the inn.
Bring packed lunch, plenty of water and something to sit on.
Wear sturdy boots.
Terrain / Difficulty
Some noticeable gradients.