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’
A circular walk of 11.7 miles (18.8km) starting at Mardley Heath and visiting Woolmer Green, Datchworth, south Stevenage, Knebworth Park and Rableyheath.
The walk features at least eight places of worship ranging from Anglican to Evangelical and Coptic Orthodox to New Testament Church of God, as well as a crematorium building. We will also see Stevenage Brook and its surrounding marsh, a number of woodlands, Mardley Heath nature reserve and Knebworth Park, which includes Knebworth House, a cenotaph and several deer if we are lucky. Mardley Heath was common land in the Middle Ages and in the mid-20th century it was used for gravel extraction; today it is used for public recreation and owned by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.
There is also an opportunity to look at Shephalbury Manor (1864) and the now-hidden village of Shephall, which was engulfed by Stevenage when it became a New Town in 1946 but still maintains its village feel, plus the former hamlet of Broadwater with an old inn and a farmhouse still surviving.
The route ranges in elevation from 71m to 145m. Terrain includes pavement, road, arable field, grassland and woodland. There are no stiles. Anticipate mud. Bring packed lunch, drinking water and something to sit on. Wear sturdy boots. Optional pub lunch at the end of the walk, a short distance from the car park.
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