Dear BAHR member,

You may be aware that as of 30th July Ramblers has authorised the restart of group walks. However, there are a number of conditions, based on government guidelines, we are required to follow – They are there for our safety and well-being so please take them in this spirit . The key points are:

  1. Maximum group size of 30,

  2. Walk leaders are required to complete a Risk Assessment Form for each walk and keep it for 12 months,

  3. Walkers need to provide contact details (name, email or phone) for Track and Trace. This will be kept for 21 days and then destroyed,

  4. Maintain physical distancing as best you can during the walk.

After consultation with our walk leaders we are pleased to let you know that we are planning to recommence group walks from early September. Our aim is to change as little as possible what we have been used to so as many of you who want to can participate. Please note that the plan which follows will doubtless change as we feel our way forward:

  1. Maximum group size (subject to review):

    1. Thursday/Saturday: 15

    2. Sunday: 20
      Walk leaders may choose to set a lower limit if they prefer.

  2. Walks will be open only to Ramblers members,

  3. Walks will be advertised on the Ramblers Walk Programme ( and, where applicable, MeetUp. Places will need to be pre-booked. Walkers who haven't pre-booked may be turned away.

  4. Booking a place on a walk:

    1. Thursday/Saturday:

      1. MeetUp for walk leaders wanting to use this system. A link will be provided on the walk info,

      2. For walk leaders who do not want to use MeetUp use the contact details provided on the walk info.

    2. Sunday: MeetUp - a link will be provided on the walk details.

  5. Track & Trace: when booking a place on a walk you will be asked to provide your name, contact details (phone or email) and Ramblers membership number,

  6. Minimise use of public transport and car sharing: walks will begin from the actual start of the walk i.e. not Preston Park station, Rose Garden or bus stop,

  7. Use of pubs & cafes during a walk: we are asking walk leaders to plan for picnic lunches. This will be reviewed as we approach autumn and winter or government guidelines change. By all means use pubs/cafes at the end of the walk!

All this is new to us, as it is to you, and we're all very much on a learning curve. I therefore ask you to provide as much help and support as you can to our wonderful volunteer walk leaders who will be shouldering the burden of getting us back to group walking and, once again, enjoying our beautiful countryside and one another's company.

We very much hope you will join us!

Stuart Ellis (Chair) and BAHR Committee

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Comment by Stuart Ellis on September 28, 2020 at 11:39

Following the government's announcements of 14th September of the 'rule of six' and this week's further restrictions I am contacting you to clarify the situation as regards Ramblers and our local group. The latest guidelines issued by Ramblers on 23rd September is as follows:

The good news is that organised outdoor physical activities can continue – as long as they follow all the government guidance, to be organised in a COVID-secure way. I’m happy to confirm that this includes Ramblers’ group walks, for groups of up to 30 people.

This is an explicit exemption based on expert scientific and medical advice – which reflects the low risk, and huge health and well-being benefits that these activities bring. We are operating within a clearly defined framework, outlined in section 3.15 of the UK government guidance:

'Can I still participate in sport and physical activity in groups of more than 6?'

'Adults can continue to take part in outdoor organised sport and licensed physical outdoor activity in groups of more than six, provided it is organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity; and/or involve someone who has received an official license to use equipment relevant to the activity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance.'

Comment by Stephen Kisko on September 21, 2020 at 21:36

Does anyone know the reason why re-starting walks is only open to Ramblers members, and excludes non-members? Is there a specific reason? Many thanks

Comment by Stuart Ellis on September 11, 2020 at 11:39


Following the government's announcement regarding the 'Rule of Six' Ramblers has clarified the situation as follows:

England & Scotland: Please note that as organised ‘outdoor physical activity events’, Ramblers and Walking for Health group walks are exempt from the restrictions on social gatherings, known as the ‘rule of six’ in England (from 14 September).

All arrangements for restarting group walks remain unchanged.



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