Our aim is to enjoy fresh air and sunshine in beautiful places, with congenial company. We are spoiled for choice with good walking in all directions from Preston.
Most walks are 4-6 miles in length and we produce a flier with full details of each walk so you can decide if it is for you.
One of the things I particularly appreciate is that different members take turns as walk leader and we all get to visit places we didn’t know existed.
We walk on the 3rd Monday of the month and the 1st Tuesday of the month.
Contact: David Parker Tel 01772 717128 or Mob: 07842 215179.
Resumption of walking
The Government’s current regulations and guidance permit up to six people from different households to meet outdoors for exercise purposes, as long as social distancing is observed. With this in mind Preston & District U3A Walking Group are proposing a number of walks of up to six people on each, including the walk leader. This will not be an appropriate activity for some members. Members who are vulnerable, have health conditions or are living with someone who does, should consider carefully whether the walk is appropriate for them. Clearly anyone with Covid-19 symptoms, or anyone living with someone who has symptoms should not join a walk. All of us have a responsibility for our own health and the health of others and we need to be aware of potential risks.
The conditions under which walks take place are much more restrictive than pre-virus.
Members who wish to go on a walk must book in advance with the Walk Leader. This will be done on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If the demand for a particular walk is high then it could be repeated at a later date. Members who do not book should not go to the start of the walk. The Walk Leader will not allow them to join the walk.
There will be no car-sharing, apart from members of the same household. Members must make their own way to the start of the walk. Members must bring their own food and drink and hand sanitiser.
Social distancing (currently 2m or 1m+) must be maintained at all times on the walk including refreshment breaks. Members must be able to use stiles unaided since social distancing prevents members being helped over stiles.
A U3A Risk Assessment Checklist for Outdoor Activity can be seen if you click link 1. I have completed the outcomes for the Group Leader’s part of the checklist. You can see the outcomes if you click link 2. All members going on a walk should study this carefully and then complete their own personal checklist also published on link 1. The details of the personal checklist remain private to the individual but walkers will be asked at the start of each walk to confirm that they have completed their own checklist.
The Walk Leader has the power to disbar an individual from joining the walk or to cancel the walk if s/he deems this necessary.
With these precautions in place, however, we believe that it is possible for walks to restart. They will provide the benefits of exercise and social interaction.
Walks on Monday 21st September
Please click on link 3 to see the available walks on 21st September.
Dogs Policy Up to two dogs may be allowed on each walk, but the Walk Leader may decide to have no dogs on a walk if that walk is considered unsuitable for dogs. Members wishing to bring a dog on a walk should contact the Walk Leader or myself at least 24 hours before the walk. Visitors from other U3As are not allowed to bring dogs. The dogs must be on leads near livestock. Any dog that misbehaves on a walk will be banned from subsequent walks.
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