Including Nordic Walking
***** GROUP ACTIVITIES AS WE EMERGE from the sequence of COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS *****
- Our LIVE walk events will be fortnightly events for the time being (see below);
- Our (Weekly) Virtual Walk/Chat sessions will also be FORTIGHTLY, alternating with the Live Walks ... AND these will take place using the ZOOM video-conferencing software as used for the last year.
We anticipate that the fortnightly cycle will continue at the moment for probably 3 to 4 months.
Oakleafe Surrey Walking & Nordic Walking usually offers events in Surrey (or close by) on a Monday morning, with a specific invitation to members of Caterham U3A.
ONCE WE RESUME … These events usually involve meeting at about 9:45am (see individual briefings) at the relevant venue and walking from 10am until just after midday.
Refreshment will normally be available nearby after a walk finish. From May 2021 resumption we will leave it for small groups from the overall walkers to make their own arrangements for refreshments : and we hope that later this year it will become possible for the Group to have a general booking for lunch after!
|Where||Meet at the venue (individual times where varied will be notified with briefings, subject to location).|
|Cost||£5 for our morning walk for Caterham U3A members as for all Oakleafe Rambling Club members or guests; £10 for a day walk. These are the current Oakleafe published event-rates.|
|Leader||Nigel Bentley (07930 738034 ~ SMS contact is most reliable : or on WHATSAPP): an experienced Walk Leader and an Exercise Professional; leader and administrator for the Oakleafe Rambling Club with Rambling and Nordic Walking groups through East of Surrey and in East Sussex.|
|Event Briefing||Follow LINK on page right at top when visible. Please do check for any changes, either at this point or the all-new Oakleafe website. The full briefing is only complete with correct information from 12 to 36 hours typically BEFORE an event; otherwise it may still be displaying that for the last event done, or be being developed and therefore incomplete.|
BOOKING IN is ESSENTIAL for our Events
Bookings close generally at 7pm on a Sunday evening.
Prebooking for lunchtime refreshments is usually by small groups of 3 to 6 : not being set up centrally for now.
Booking in by text or email will close at 7pm/19:00 on Sunday evenings.
Any changes in your plans, please do also advise before Monday morning at 7am if possible (by TEXT or WHATSAPP only, however).
NOTE that if there are insufficient bookings, then an event MAY be cancelled at short notice, hence it is important to contact us and book in.
IN A NUTSHELL :
|When||FORTNIGHTLY for now ~ on MONDAY mornings : commencing our Walks at or close to 10 am; and finishing shortly after midday.|
Our start time may vary slightly according to how far from Caterham the venue is : but generally meeting at 09:45 for a walk start as close to 10am as we can. A full briefing will be issued by email and maybe edited also to Whatsapp : please contact if you wish to be included.
Those re usually issued minimum 12 to 36 hours before an event.
(a) IF for an event you are expecting to receive a briefing email and have NOT received one by 24 hours before, then there may have been a problem with our local broadband in Sussex. That would result that we could then ONLY send out briefings by text to mobile phones.
(b) Friendly dogs are welcome, usually with owner on a lead. Note that from beginning of March to the end of July each year, when on any designated Access Land, ALL dogs are required by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act to be ON A LEAD at all times when on such Access Land or Open Access Land ... that is between 1st March and 31st July in any year. This is to protect ground nesting bird species and thus applies in the nesting/breeding season from the start of March through to end of July. The maximum lead length is specified in the Act as 2 metres. On all other public Rights of Way ~ such as public footpaths and bridleways : dogs should be under "close control" generally, and on a lead specifically where any livestock are present.
A Health & Safety Reminder ~ in the season for DEER TICKS ~ DO check out the Club's website relating to precautions against attracting ticks onto your skin from long grasses of bracken & other undergrowth. Please note that recent medical records have found that deer & sheep ticks may not only now be carrying Lyme Disease, but in two parts of the country … so far (Dorset/Hampshire borders; & Norfolk) … there have been cases of ticks carrying encephalitis. Take care!
BOOKING GENERALLY for WALKS
BOOKING IN is essential to NIGEL; and PLEASE DO confirm if there are any later changes in your plans if you have booked to come :
A : by email to the special email address notified with the EMAIL briefing;
B : via our closed facebook Group ~ OAKLEAFE RAMBLING & NORDIC WALKING EVENTS ~ and the listing for this particular Event; or
C : by SMS-text or Whatsapp message to 07930 738034.
SMS messages do sometimes take quite a time to come through to us!!
Please do notify any later changes in your plan, so that the group is not left waiting in the cold at start.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Mon Jun 28th||LIVE WALK : in the Hever area ... from Markbeech (the KENTISH HORSE pub car park) from 10am (deferred from 21st June due to weather forecast with 80% rain predicted)|
|Mon Jul 5th||VIRTUAL WALK event on Zoom : into Cuckmere Haven gathering for 11 am|
|Mon Jul 12th||LIVE WALK : in the IDE HILL area from 10am|
|Mon Jul 19th||VIRTUAL WALK event on Zoom : from BO-PEEP, Bostal Hill on the South Downs RIdge ... gathering for 11 am|