Group name: Walsall
This group is a part of Staffordshire Area.
Our activities include:
Short and easy walks, Path maintenance
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Improvement works to M6 junction 10 are under way. This work is expected to take two years and members joining 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 footpath across the junction linking the two parts of Wolverhampton Road is closed.
The Group Led Walks programme has restarted. Full details of the walks will be added to the Group Walks and Events Manager as soon as we have them. Social Distancing will apply on all walks. It will not be necessary to book in the short term but we may introduce a booking system if the number of walkers gets too large or to limit numbers to comply with Forestry England regulations. Path maintenance has resumed. More information can be found here.
Central Office is updating its register of volunteers and their responsibilities. It is now an insurance requirement that all walk leaders and other volunteers have their details recorded on the Central Office Assemble system. Anyone who received the volunteer newsletter dated 16th June 2020 should sign up for Assemble and update their data. Any volunteer (walk leader, path maintainer or litter picker) 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.
Read the latest about the Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation Mitigation (parking) Plan here. It appears that for walks starting from Forestry England car parks (not only on the Chase) a permit will be required if there are more than 10 walkers.
The Group is now able to send out e-mails to its members again. To make it easier for 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. 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 normally also walk in the East Midlands and in summer in Wales, Cheshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. However at present the areas where we are allowed to walk are restricted by the Coronavirus regulations. We are advised to avoid Enhanced Response Areas; at present there are none within travelling distance.
Our primary Walks Programme normally provides two different types of walking experiences throughout the programme’s six-monthly period. We have Sunday Walks which are generally in the region of 7.5 to 10 miles . We aim to run one of these every Sunday in the Summer period (April to September) and fortnightly in the Winter period (October to March).
We also have a weekly Saturday Walks Programme throughout the year with walks up to 5 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.
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.
We also have a busy Footpath Maintenance Team, working in conjunction with Walsall Council's 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.