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Walking Group

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Walkers in Saw Wood near Thorner on 26-11-2022.
26-11-2022 Saw Wood

Monthly walks

Group events are organised by volunteers on a co-operative basis by regular participants.

Participation is FREE though you may incur incidental expenses such as suitable footwear and clothing, transportation, parking, refreshment and nourishment.

We usually walk on the last Saturday of each month, generally departing at 09.30 prompt from the free Car Park at Oakwood Church but arrangements vary from walk to walk.

Our walks are typically circular, between 4 and 7 miles with shorter ‘winter’ walks during GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Some parents/grandparents bring children (for whom they are solely responsible). Regular particpant’s adult guests are welcome, and so are well-controlled dogs.

Routes are planned using only Public Rights of Way and Permissive Paths. They are led at a comfortable pace, to be within the capability of most adults who enjoy average fitness, stamina and agility. They may be sufficiently demanding to challenge some of our older or less fit regulars. One or two regulars are over 80 years of age. When routes are more demanding the month’s volunteer walk leader may be able to offer a shorter/easier ‘B’ route so that everyone can participate while remaining safely within their capability.

Walkers need: boots or stout walking shoes; adequately warm/cool clothing (including waterproofs if precipitation is forecast); a ‘day’ sized back-pack to carry a damp-proof bottom-sized sit-down mat; any sunscreen, medicines or first aid items they might require; sufficient water to avoid dehydration; and, during BST (British Summer Time), a picnic lunch.

During shorter GMT walks we carry hot drinks and energy snacks and pause en-route but generally don’t sit down to picnic. Walk leaders may aim to end their walk near a Pub or Café for warming, refreshment, nourishment and WCs.

We sometimes use public transport but generally drive to the walk start point which is rarely as much as an hour distant and usually much nearer. Travelling, driving and parking directions are provided. We always aim to minimise the number of cars we take for reasons of environmental impact, reducing the pressure on available parking at our destination, and economy. It is our custom that those walkers who are being driven make an appropriate contribution towards their volunteer driver’s fuel costs.

Walkers are responsible for assessing thier own capability to undertake each walk. Using www.streetmap.co.uk you can view Ordnance Survey maps for our destination at 1:25000 (Zoom Level 3) and 1:50,000 (Zoom Level 4), showing terrain and footpaths. Google Earth can show you 3D flyable satellite images of the terrain we will be walking over. Google Maps is a free route planner with road level and satellite images. It also delivers SatNav Directions on any GPS-equipped data connected smart-phone. If in doubt, ask the volunteer walk leader to describe in more detail what challenges might be encountered.

Anyone can view our Events Programme. Note Only volunteer event leaders can edit this spreadsheet.

For more information, to join the Walking Group or if you would volunteer to lead a walk please

ContactDavid Donaldson
Call07948 244 752
Emailuseful.donaldson@gmail.com

Personal Data and GDPR

We need each adult walkers’ express permission to collect and store their personal data so that our volunteer event leaders can make contact to organise events and, if a walker became ill, injured or incapacitated during a Group event, attempt to notify their Emergency Contact. If you decide to join the Walking Group we will ask you to complete this Form.

Only walk Leaders who need to access Emergency Contact information can do so by clicking Here. Nobody else can get access.

Walking Weekends

For many years the Oakwood Church Walking Group has travelled twice each year in April and again in October to walk further afield. Typically 15 of our Walkers will stay B&B for a 3-night weekend – Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Some walkers with touring caravans or motorhomes may choose to stay at nearby camp sites. We don’t drive more than three hours away – which puts Cumbria, Lancashire, Derbyshire, north Lincolnshire, the Yorkshire Dales, Durham, and southern Northumberland potentially within range.

Not everyone wants to holiday with us so please don’t feel that joining in any of our monthly walks or other events obligates you to come on a walking weekend.

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