Tuesday Striders - Walking
Tuesday Striders Co-Convenors: Gwyn Jones and John Roberts
As our Wednesday Striders Group is full with a waiting list, we started a new, complementary Group in 2018: TUESDAY STRIDERS. This group meets on the FIRST TUESDAY of the month. Please use the link to the right to contact the Group co-convenor if you want to apply to join. Members of the original Wednesday Striders Group will also be welcome on Tuesday Striders walks while membership develops.
The ethos of the Tuesday Striders Group is that of the original Striders group, and this is repeated here: The Striders walking group evolved from the original U3A walking group and was set up in 2015 to cater for members with the fitness level and aspiration to tackle longer walks and/or significant ascents. The applicable U3A grades for our walks are loosely described below:
Blue: A moderate walk up to 12km (8 miles), with ascent of up to 200m or 720'. This allows 2 ascents of the Sandstone ridge, for example.
Red: A more demanding walk which can be longer, up to 18km (12 miles) and/or have more ascent, up to 600m or 2000'. This could include many of the peaks in Snowdonia and the Peak District.
Black: A walk usually visiting mountain tops with over 600m (2000') of ascent. This could include Snowdon, the Glyderi and the Carneddau. (Note that black walks are only for those who are reasonably fit and may be arranged by the group on an ad hoc, unofficial basis, outside the programme.)
Tuesday Striders’ walks predominately fall into the Blue+ or Red grades with some Blue grades during winter months. Typically, starting at 10:00-10.30 am, our walks are in the region of 7 to 10 miles, taking 4 to 5 hours including breaks, though this may be slightly shorter in winter or inclement weather. We have rest breaks as required and one stop for a packed lunch. Ideally, we end the walk by visiting a nearby pub or tearoom to recharge our batteries. We must insist, naturally, that drivers giving lifts do not take alcohol, especially as it can have an exaggerated effect if you have become dehydrated.
Walks are over varied terrain in equally varied weather conditions, so appropriate clothing and footwear are essential. Some walks are local, but most are further afield and we car-share wherever possible to get to the starting point. Group members take turns to lead, but we don't expect new and/or inexperienced members to lead straight away. In line with the U3A ethos of self-learning/helping and supporting others to learn, help is always available for planning and checking out walks.
We assume those wishing to join us are experienced walkers and will have suitable clothing and footwear and know to bring their own refreshments and first aid kit, including a fully charged mobile phone if they have one. However, if anyone wants to buy more kit, we can give you a code for a discount in a Chester shop.
We want to encourage you to share your favourite walks with the group. We know that there’s a lot to learn about walking and leading, especially regarding navigation and safety issues, but don’t worry, it will come gradually and there is plenty of time and help available. We are happy to help people with map reading and using grid references if needed.
Anyone can have an accident or become unwell while out on a ramble. It's common practice and recommended by Tarporley U3A and the Ramblers for walkers to carry with them an ICE (In Case of Emergency) card in an accessible place. Pro-forma cards for our Striders are available from either of the convenors which should be completed and carried on all Striders walks in a readily accessible place.
As you will be aware, there is much concern these days about security of personal info. From the above, you will have seen that we can only function by exchanging email addresses, phone numbers and addresses. Assuming the data will be used only in connection with Tuesday Striders matters, could you send confirmation that you are happy with this to Gwyn at email@example.com
The Usual Procedure
Normally, a walk leader will check out the route in advance, prepare a description and map and send it to Gwyn Jones for circulation to members by email. If you want to go on a walk, you let the walk leader and Gwyn know by email.
Gwyn or the walk leader circulates a list of those coming by email a few days beforehand, so the those living near to each other can arrange car-sharing amongst themselves. This is important to minimise parking problems.
If there is a late change of plan (say bad weather or you can/cannot come), this can be handled by email or, on the day, mobile phone with the leader. Should bad weather force the cancellation of a walk, we will make another attempt at the walk 2 weeks later i.e. the third Tuesday of the month.
We will meet at the walk start at the time given. The place will be given by post code and description, and, better still, the grid reference and a ‘What 3words’ app reference.
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