Wednesday Walks 09:30 Coach

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This is a recent photo of Blencathra from near Tewet Tarn by Kathryn Howard. What a day!!


Wednesday 27 October - WHITBY via Loftus

COVID PRECAUTIONS : Do not come if you have any Covid 19 symptoms. Face masks must be worn on the coach, bring your own facemask, sanitiser etc. Please do not share food or equipment.


Destinations we plan to visit between now and January 2022


Information for New Members

Walks take place every Wednesday throughout the beautiful countryside of the north of England and Scottish Borders. We travel north to the Cheviots, Northumberland coast and southern Scotland; south to Weardale, Teesside, the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales; west up the Tyne valley, the Howgills and Lake District.

Each week a walks sheet is published containing details of the led walks for that week, normally ranging in distance from 6 to 14 miles and with various degrees of difficulty (see below). The coach drops off individual walk groups at their start points en route and all walks end at the published destination, hopefully in sufficient time to allow for some socialising in a pub or tearoom before re-joining the coach and the journey back to Newcastle.

Our coach departs at 9.30am from the Newcastle Coach Station, Churchill Street, St James’ Boulevard, NE1 4EE (near Newcastle Central station and the Centre for Life). For more distant destinations in the summer, it may depart at 9.00am. It begins its return journey at 6pm from March to October and 5pm for the rest of the year. New Members are most welcome: you can try up to 3 walks before joining the Ramblers.

The fare is currently £15 but, once we have built back up our finances after Covid, we expect this to reduce. Places on the coach are limited so, to be sure of a place, you need to book in advance. Send an email to the coach Booking Secretary, Gordon Lumsden, at gordon.lumsden@btinternet.com with your name & contact details or phone him on 0191 488 2251. Please make sure you receive a confirmation of your booking.

During the current pandemic, certain rules apply:

  • Bring a face mask and wear it on the coach.
  • Maintain social distancing as far as possible.
  • Do not share equipment or food.

All walks will follow Ramblers and Government guidance - full details on Ramblers advice for group walks are contained here.

OUR WALKS ARE GRADED AS FOLLOWS

  • EASY Up to 12km/7miles, up to 200m/500ft ascent
  • LEISURELY 12-16km/7-10miles, up to 300m/1000ft ascent
  • MODERATE 10-20km/8-13miles, up to 600m/2000ft ascent
  • STRENUOUS More than 20km/13miles, ascent may be over 600m/2000ft
The PACE of a walk will be determined by the Walk Leader and is stated on the walks sheet:
  • STEADY Up to 2.6 miles per hour actual walking speed
  • BRISK Up to 3.0 miles per hour actual walking speed
  • FAST Over 3.0 miles per hour actual walking speed

All walks will be on a mixture of surfaces, some paved or tarmacked but mostly on rights of way - footpaths and bridleways - that can be stony and of variable quality. Sometimes walks can leave designated rights of way (over access land) and may encounter rough or vegetation-covered areas. Be prepared and able to walk at least 8 miles as walks leaders may need to change their planned walk due to unforeseen circumstances.

Wear good footwear and weatherproof clothing (and perhaps a change of gear in your rucksack). Insect repellent and suntan cream is also advisable during warmer weather. Bring your own food and drink with you on the walk. Note that dirty walking boots are not allowed on the coach.