Group name: Walsall
This group is a part of Staffordshire Area.
Our activities include:
Short and easy walks, Path maintenance
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In view of the situation regarding coronavirus and the Prime Minister's statement on the afternoon of 16th March, the Chair and committee have agreed that in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our membership our walking programme and social activities are suspended. The situation will be constantly reviewed and you will be kept informed, we deeply regret the necessity of this action. We would urge all members to keep in touch electronically with each other in case someone needs help. This is a Group decision. The Group is still looking for walks for the Winter programme (October 2020-March 2021) - follow the link in the grey panel on the right.
Central Office has now suspended all Ramblers group walks and social activities until the end of June. More information can be found here.
Central Office is updating its register of volunteers and their responsibilities. It appears that this is an insurance requirement. Anyone who received the volunteer newsletter dated 16th June should sign up for Assemble and update their data as described. Any volunteer (walk leader, path maintainer, litter picker or committee member) who did not receive the newsletter should e-mail their name, membership number, group, role(s), and approximate start date for each role to Volunteersupport@ramblers.zendesk.com and either the group chair or group secretary.
After preliminary works last Autumn, road works at the junction of Lichfield Road and Mellish Road have recommenced. Signs state that the works should be complete in the Spring, which is likely to be before the group restarts its activities. If not, members who travel through this junction to meeting points should allow extra time until the works are complete. Improvement works to M6 junction 10 have also started. This work is expected to take two years and leaders planning walks where the journey to the start will go through the junction should allow for disruption and be prepared to take an alternative route.
The Group is now able to send out e-mails to its members again. To make it easier for The Ramblers to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation rules on subject data access we will be using the e-mail addresses stored on the Central Office membership database rather than maintaining our own. Members who have not signed up to receive emails should go through the steps described on this link. There have recently been cases where the system has incorrectly set members as not wanting to receive programme information and members should check this. Logging in subsequently will grant access to the Ramblers discount scheme and parts of Ramblers Routes which are not available to the general public.
We're now on Facebook (follow Walsall Ramblers) and Twitter (follow @walsallramblers).
The Walsall Group seeks to bring the pleasures of walking to as many people as possible in the Walsall Metropolitan Area. We feel that being in a predominantly urban environment is no reason not to be involved in walking with the group. We have excellent motorway and road links from the town and hence we can be in many completely different areas of the West Midlands region within an hour of setting off. We also walk in the East Midlands and in summer in Wales, Cheshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.
Our primary Walks Programme provides two different types of walking experiences throughout the programme’s six-monthly period. We have Main Walks which are generally in the region of 10 miles or so and tackle slightly tougher terrain and also Leisure Walks which are up to 7.5 miles and are taken at a slightly slower (more leisurely) pace. We run one of these alternately on almost every Sunday throughout the year.
We also have a Fortnightly Saturday Walks Programme throughout the year with walks up to 4 miles for those who either are new to walking or have perhaps not walked for a while. These are designed to gently encourage potential new members to try us out in a safe and friendly atmosphere. These walks are generally held within about 30 minutes of travelling time from Walsall itself.
All of the above walks will have been checked out by our Walk Leaders ahead of the actual date on the programme, so there shouldn’t be any unforeseen issues ‘on the day’.
At the other extreme we have some Super Walks in the summer which are further away than our other walk offerings, hence we do them in the summer when daylight is longer. These are not always pre-walked and there are opportunities for members to hone their map reading skills by assisting the leaders on the walk itself.
Under normal circumstances the Walsall Group encourages car-sharing as it reduces travel costs and means we can use smaller parking areas which gives us more choice of start points. Anyone wishing to walk with the group but make their own way to the start point should contact the walk leader beforehand to confirm the start point and time. It may be necessary or advisable to suspend the car-sharing scheme when group activities resume.
We also have a busy Footpath Maintenance Team, working in conjunction with Walsall Councils’ Highways Department, who regularly go out to repair/replace footpath furniture and clear away overgrowth within the Walsall Borough.
The Group also organises occasional litter picking sessions in the countryside around Walsall, Contact Anne Ball for details.
Our group normally has an active Social Calendar with an event generally every month for those who wish to take part.
Information can be posted out to anyone making enquiries by using the e-mail link above or telephoning any Committee Member.