I would like to start by saying I am missing every single one of you.
I have recently been looking through some old photos of club trips & holidays and it opened up a treasure trove of good memories and of all the great times we have had together including the banter and camaraderie.
It is about now we would have been enjoying our xmas parties and our renowned bacon butty walk at Clent.
But as with the rest of the year it has been stolen from us and I have been as stunned as everybody else.
For now all we can do is look ahead to next year when we have all been vaccinated and get our lives and our wonderful walking club back on track.
So from myself and all the committee I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year and like "Arnie" says: "we'll be back" next year to continue our walk programmes, trips and enjoy each other’s company once again.
Thinking of you all,
(Sorry folks, last years photo's so don't be alarmed at the lack of social distancing)
I won’t arise and go now, and go to Innisfree
I’ll sanitise the doorknob and make a cup of tea.
I won’t go down to the sea again, I won’t go out at all,
I’ll wander lonely as a cloud from the kitchen to the hall.
There’s green-eyed yellow monster to the north of Kathmandu
But I shan’t be seeing him just yet and nor, I think will you.
While the dawn comes up like thunder on the road to Mandalay
I’ll make my bit of supper and eat it on a tray.
I shall not speed my bonnie boat across the sea to Skye
Or take the rolling English road from Birmingham to Rye.
About the woodland, just right now, I am not free to go
To see the Keep Out posters or the cherry hung with snow
And no, I won’t be travelling much, within the realms of gold
Or get to Milford Haven. All that’s been put on hold.
Give me your hands, I shan’t request, albeit we are friends
Nor come within a mile of you, until this freak show ends.
(Contributed by Caroline and Bob, but reflecting how many of us feel at the moment)
All group walks suspended until further notice.
Along with all social gatherings we are unfortunately cancelling all walks, coach trips, social events and holidays for at least the next few months.
We had a full programme for walks arranged for the summer but these can resume only when we are advised to do so. I am hoping that some of the walks planned for the summer can take place during the autumn.
I Hope you will all still individually be able to get some fresh air and exercise and look forward to seeing you all later on this year!!
Stay healthy and safe, All good wishes, Beryl
Don't forget membership renewal was due on 31st March 2020
The renewal form was inside the Jan-April newsletter
Contact Pat Smith at email@example.com
There will be no membership fee for 2021-2022 and if you have paid membership for 2020-2021 it will automatically be extended until March 2022.
A newsletter and walk programme will be distributed when we have more details about the resumption of walks. In the meantime use this website for notification of any changes to the current situation.
In the meantime regular updates and photographs from the Winter walk programme 2020 can be viewed in the gallery on the Website, alongside any photographs that members send in.
For further information please contact
Beryl 0121 550 3387
Llangollen break rescheduled for 26th-30th April 2021.
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Some of our members travel and walk in some very exciting and exotic locations around the world.
Long standing member Alan Shilvock has considerable experience and is always willing to share his experience and knowledge with other members of the group.
The Magic of Patagonia
A journey through the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields of Argentina and Chile.
Walking magnificent trails surrounding El Chalten and Mount Fitzroy, glaciers evident in every view. Watch the massive Perito Moreno Glacier calving! Then on to the Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Always with the Andean peaks as a backdrop.
And of course the customary R & R
At the start of their adventure
Luggage was taken from hotel to hotel by the company with the 3 walkers just carrying a day pack. Most of the walking was done with an early morning start due to the afternoon heat (well it was August!)
6 days of very enjoyable walking as part of Camino Ways (Dublin) package. Very easy to follow the signs so we didn't get lost! and we got our 'camino passport' stamped along way in order to get our certificate.
Generally quite easy to medium walking with no steep hills but lovely countryside walking through small hamlets and farms etc...plenty of places to rest up for a coffee or a beer!
Jon and Isobelle completed the last 111 km section of the Caino Frances from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain in August 2019
People are being urged to pore over old maps to help identify thousands of miles of lost footpaths before time runs out to add them to the official register.
The Ramblers is launching a website with historic and modern maps of England and Wales. It wants thousands of "citizen geographers" to compare the maps to detect old paths.
The walking charity believes there are 10,000 miles of path's missing from modern maps. If not claimed by the government cut-off of 2026 they can no longer be added to the official map, and the public's right of access to them could be permanently lost.
It can take years of research to prove the case for adding a path to the official map. The Ramblers wrote to the government last year asking for the deadline to be extended but have not received a reply.
The ramblers believe that many of the lost paths were not included on the modern versions, which are based on maps councils were required to draw up in the 1950s.
The "Don't Lose Your Way" website divides England and Wales into 150,000, 1 km squares.
The Ramblers said: "Users simply select a square, do a quick 'spot the difference', mark on any missing path's and click submit. It takes just a few minutes to check a square."
Some of the lost paths are still in use, despite not showing up on modern maps, including a well-used track near Knightwick, Worcestershire, while others have become overgrown and unusable, such as a "missing mile" of the Markway in Hampshire, which vanished when a Hurricane fighter base was built in the Second World War.
Jack Cornish, manager of the Don't Lose Your Way campaign said: "Our paths are one of our most precious assets. They connect us to our landscapes -ensuring we can explore our towns and cities on foot and enjoy walking in the countryside -and to our history and the people who formed them over the centuries. If we lose our paths, a little bit of our past goes with them. This is our only opportunity to save thousands of miles of rights of way and time is running out".
Stuart Maconie, the Ramblers president said: "Public rights of way or our birthright and genuine national treasures. We must find record and walk these sometimes ancient ways and preserve and protect them....for ourselves and generations of walkers to come."
Article by: Ben Webster
Don't Lose Your Way Interactive Website
While ticks don’t just come out in summer, along with midges, clegs, wasps – and slow caravans on a busy trunk road – they are one of the pests which you notice more at this time of year.
We all need to be aware but please don’t let them spoil your walk.
Ticks are tiny blood-sucking arachnids which can be found in areas of dense vegetation, such as long grass or bracken. They can attach themselves to you and feed on your blood by biting through your skin. Ticks are known to carry a variety of diseases. The most serious of these is Lyme disease, which can be transmitted through the bite of an infected sheep tick.
Lyme Disease Facts
If you are planning to go walking in an area of dense vegetation, consider taking the following precautions:
Further information on Lyme disease and ticks can be obtained from NHS Direct, or from the charity Lyme Disease Action, which has a range of free literature on the subject, and a selection of tick removers.
Ticks are tiny blood-sucking arachnids
Geoff died Friday 20th March. Don't know any details but he had been unwell and very frail for some time. He was being treated for COPD. He attended the Christmas meal in December and I think the Sunday walkers meal in January, this was the last time he socialised.
Derek used to lead 3 walks per year for Maisie Newman's Saturday program back in the day. Interesting chap, he had been a senior Geography teacher at I believe Windsor High School. Kept meticulous daily readings for approx 30 years of climate conditions with his own back garden Weather Station. On walks he would suddenly dive into a hedge or such like and emerge clutching a GEO-Cache box.
Unfortunately we have no details of funeral arrangements, but on behalf of the club would wish to pass our thoughts and condolences to all friends and relatives.