CONVENOR For further information, please email Brenda Walker
This group walks once a month, with members of the group expected to offer to lead a walk at some stage. The person leading the walk can choose the date.
This gives all members of the group a chance to join a walk as there is no set day or date.
We meet at 10am on the chosen date, and choose a 4 - 5 mile circular walk. As a date is chosen well in advance, it is not possible to know what the weather will be like on the day, so if it is going to be pouring down with rain for instance then a decision may well be made the night before to postpone that walk. You will be contacted by e mail if that were to happen.
There are a range of options for this group.
For example in the summer someone might decide to lead an all day walk further afield, or we might have a walk that ends near a pub or cafe where some may decide to stay for lunch, or we might decide to have an evening walk in the summer.
We also let people know if the chosen walk is likely to be challenging as there is bound to be a range of fitness within the group.
So walk leaders 'reccee' the routes, and advise of the presence of any stiles to contend with, how hilly the walk is, and any other relevant information.
Friday February 15th 2019
Led by Stella and Charlie. For those leaving from Heathfield meet at the fire station bus stop, the bus leaves at 9.58.
We are due to arrive about 10.30 and for those not coming on the bus, we will meet at The Pantiles. An interesting walk, just a bit up and down, Stella suggests good walking shoes. For those wanting to get straight back after the walk, it should be possible to catch the bus leaving about 1pm.
We need volunteers to lead walks this coming year.
The Ashdown Forest offers stunning views and good walks and would be a good alternative to the Weald or the Downs.
So do think about these areas, the plan is to walk throughout the year.
As ever, I am most happy to reccee a walk with anyone.
This is the time to get out and get planning!
Walking is one of the healthiest and safest of Outdoor Activities. However neither Heathfield and District U3A, nor the Walk Leader/Organiser of the walk/s has control of the environment of the walks, the weather, any animals or indeed of any of the walkers themselves, and whilst taking normal precautions, providing reasonable help and assistance as necessary, they cannot accept responsibility for any circumstances affecting the health or safety of the walkers in the party.
Walks organised by Heathfield and District U3A automatically receive Public Liability insurance cover, provided the leaders are U3A members, through the Third Age trust. This is designed to protect leaders against claims for damage to property and for injury or death which might have been occasioned on the walk. This is NOT a personal accident insurance and accordingly participants on walks are responsible for their own health and safety and the safe keeping of their equipment, clothing and belongings.
Participants on walks should follow the advice/instructions of the Walk Leader in order to minimise any risk to themselves and should also ensure that they do not endanger any others in the party. To help achieve a problem free walk U3A members may NOT bring children or dogs on these walks organised by Heathfield and District U3A. There may be another 'dog friendly' walking group however.
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