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IMPORTANT NOTICE - PLEASE READ!

(Last updated 26 July 2020)

Organised club walks have now restarted but must comply with current Covid-19 restrictions. The following procedures apply until further notice:-

ALL WALKS

  • Limited to a maximum of six people in any one group (i.e. leader + five). Anyone wishing to attend a walk MUST contact the leader in advance to book a place and leave contact details.
  • Leaders are required to record details of all members attending as they might need to be traced if any walker subsequently develops Covid-19 symptoms. After the walk, the leader must report names of those who attended and their contact details to the Syllabus Secretary who will retain them for this purpose for a minimum of three weeks.
  • Social distancing must be observed during the walk where possible, especially at gates, stiles, road crossing points and lunch/drink stops.
  • Face coverings must be worn on all buses and trains. Members should where possible check the bus & train times shortly before the walk as there have been frequent changes and times in the syllabus may not be up to date.
  • Car sharing is not permitted, either for car rambles or just to reach the start of any other walk. Car Rambles will show only the starting point and time of the walk.

COACH TRIPS – SPECIAL PROCEDURES

The trip to Grosmont and Goathland will run on 6 September as planned but to cater for social distancing the coach can only take 30 people, and each walk group is limited to no more than six. Normal booking procedures are replaced by the following arrangements:-

  • Bookings will open on 1 August and close on 15 August, at which date the trip may be cancelled if insufficient people have booked. The price has been increased from £11 to £13 but even if all places are taken the trip will still make a significant loss.
  • There will be four walks (A, B, C and D) plus the possibility of a second C group if numbers require it. For walk leader details, see the syllabus entry for 6 September below.
  • All members must first contact the leader of their chosen walk to reserve a place and confirm where they wish to board the coach. If there is a free space they must send payment to Helen Simpson before the closing date. If all spaces are full their name will be placed on a waiting list and they will be contacted if someone withdraws. (If they are prepared to choose a different group they can try contacting the other leader in case they have a free space on their walk).
  • Leaders must send their lists (with boarding points) to Jim Armstrong as soon as all spaces are filled, but in any case no later than the closing date so that a decision can be made as to whether we have enough people to go ahead with the trip. Jim will liaise with Helen to check payment has been received from all members who have reserved a place.
  • Anyone wanting to join the trip but not walk must apply direct to Jim Armstrong for a place on the coach. The request will be noted initially and when the walk lists are received the applicant will be notified whether there are any spaces available. (Due to limited spaces, walkers will have priority).
  • Members who have booked and then are unable to go must tell the walk leader as soon as possible, but will be required to pay unless a replacement can be found to fill their place.
  • The coach will be operated by Blue Sky Coaches and all passengers will be scanned on boarding. Anyone displaying a raised temperature will be refused travel.
    Face coverings MUST be worn whilst on the coach.
  • The first pick up point will be at 8.45 in Rothwell on Oulton Lane at the entrance to Springhead Park (car parking available there), then 9.00 at King Street, then the usual stops at Oakwood and Seacroft Red Lion PH, York Road. Please note there will be no pick up from Sandbeds Lane. All members must tell the walk leader which pick up they require when reserving their place so the leader can pass details to Jim to co-ordinate the numbers.

(In view of coach numbers being limited to 30 people, the planned coach to Grange Over Sands in October has been cancelled)

FUTURE UPDATES

We plan to update the website towards the end of each month with the latest details of the following month’s events, and when there are any other major changes to the Covid-19 rules.

We also intend to notify the changes by email to all members who have supplied their details, so if you are happy for us to email you and we don’t yet have your contact details please let John Platts know and we will include you in the circulation. Not all members have access to the internet and it will not be possible to contact everyone individually each time, so if you know a member near you who cannot receive emails it will help if you can please make them aware of changes as they are announced.

DETAILED WALK INFORMATION

AUGUST EVENTS (also including the coach on 6 September) have been updated, with changes from the previous listing highlighted in blue. Please note that many walks have been cancelled or venues changed and all places on walks must be booked in advance with the leader.

OTHER WALKS LISTED FOR SEPTEMBER ONWARDS are not yet confirmed – these will be reviewed towards the end of the previous month and updated as necessary.
These notes will be updated here when changes occur.

2021 SYLLABUS

We intend to prepare a full programme of events for the next syllabus (January to June 2021) in the hope that restrictions will have been relaxed by the New Year. In the coming months all section leaders will be contacting members as usual for provisional walks and dates.

Leeds CHA Rambling & Social Club was formerly part of the Countrywide Holidays Association which is a national organisation set up to encourage participation in, and enjoyment of, the countryside.

Leeds CHA was established in 1898 and we currently have over 200 members. Despite our size, we remain a friendly club and welcome any new members wishing to come along and join us for walks and get a taste of what our club has to offer. We cater for all levels of fitness and often run several walks each week that vary in distance and difficulty.

We publish all our walks and events well in advance to give our members the chance to plan ahead. Our syllabus is published every 6 months and is available on our web site by selecting the month you wish to view from the syllabus page. The syllabus page also details relevant information on the meeting places and travel for the walks and social events.