Important News and Information

Ramblers GB is suspending all volunteer activities from Wednesday 18 March 2020. This includes group led walks, coach trips and holidays, meetings, group and social events. All Ramblers activities must stop until further notice. This applies from Wednesday 18 March, to at least until 31 May, subject to further developments.

What does this mean for the Ramblers group walks?
We have sadly had to take the decision to cancel all group walks and social activities from tomorrow (18 March 2020) onwards. This follows the government advice to avoid all unnecessary social contact. We have informed all volunteers today by email and will be updating our website shortly.

Does this mean I can’t walk?
Fresh air and gentle exercise can do a world of good for your mental and physical health. You can continue to access independent walking routes on our member app and on our website as a member of the Ramblers. The advice from the government is that you can continue to walk outside (staying a safe distance from others), unless you are showing symptoms.

Updates
We will keep you updated with the latest information on our response to the COVID-19 virus on https://www.ramblers.org.uk/coronavirus
On this page we will also add links to templates to help you communicate this information, guidance to help cancel walks/activities, and responses to frequently asked questions. These will be available at the end of today and will be regularly updated.
We will also be sending separate emails to all volunteers, members and partners. It would be great if you can support us by reinforcing the decision and messages above.

Questions
The best way to keep up to date is to first check the coronavirus webpage link for the latest information. If you have still have any questions, please get in touch via coronavirus@ramblers.zendesk.com and we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that our offices will only have essential staff, with most Ramblers staff working from home.

Walking independently
Subject to government advice and restrictions about those who are in households with symptoms or pre-existing health conditions: independent walks can continue and are an excellent way to maintain health and wellbeing – provided independent walkers can keep their distance from others. If walking in more remote areas, please stay well within your limits as this is not the time to be calling on the services of mountain rescue.

List of Walks

The Walks Programme for February-August 2020 is now available to download in A4 format for easy printing from this link: Programme 2020 A4

Here’s a link to the larger calendar version: The Walks Calendar
We have a Facebook page HERE.
Please have a look, add a comment, ask a question, post a photo.

Footpath Problems: how to report a blocked or damaged footpath or stile.


Leicester Ramblers Coach Trip
The coach departs at 8.00 am from outside the Premier Inn on Narborough Road, Leicester. Free parking is available courtesy of the Premier Inn. The coach fare is varied half-yearly. Passengers can also be picked up from Leicester City centre. An optional pub meal is available before the coach returns home, at additional cost. Please see calendar for details. There will be a choice of 3 walks, varying in distance and difficulty.
BOOKING and FURTHER DETAILS
Booking is essential. To get more details or book a place please contact the Coach Secretary, John Rhodes, on 0116 2402077 or by email at johnrhodes429@gmail.com. Coach walks must be paid for in advance and cost £15.

For nearly fifty years, Leicester Ramblers Group has promoted monthly coach trips to places of outstanding natural beauty and historical interest.These trips provide a great day out with the opportunity to get to know your fellow ramblers and walk at your own pace.
Three walks are provided, they are:-
A-Walk – This is for the dedicated walker and can be strenuous in places. A fairly high degree of fitness is required to complete the distance of 12-14 miles.
B-Walk – A more moderately-paced walk, suitable for those persons with previous experience of half-day walks, evening walks etc – 10-12 miles.
C-Walk – A leisurely-paced walk, ideal for newcomers with no experience of group walking, 8-9 miles, although if there is some difficult terrain this distance is reduced. This walk usually finishes earlier than the others and there is often the chance to visit a local tea room.

All the walks have a 10 minute tea break in the morning and afternoon sessions, with an approximate lunchtime break of 45 minutes in a local tavern. Details of the above walks together with the evening meal menu (see below) are circulated on the outgoing journey. If none of the above walks appeal, you can “do your own thing” and go for a walk on your own or just have a day out.
Before returning home, an optional evening meal is arranged at a local pub or hotel
The coach can be boarded in town at bus stop “FF” West Bridge at 7-25am, or car parking is available at our main pick-up point, the Premier Inn, Narborough Road ( entrance in Braunstone Lane East ) We are allowed free parking on their rear car park. The coach leaves from Narborough Road at 8-00am.
We hope to see you soon!


Social Events
Ideas to: Frank Russell, 0116 224 0605, fwrussell1948@gmail.com to book a place.


GPX tracks of some of our walks are now available on this site.
Use the ‘Tracks’ menu item or this link here to see the list of 295 (so far) and an example track and attendant information.


Public Rights of Way in Leicestershire
There is a link to this map here and on the “Links” page.


Leicester Ramblers
We are the largest and most active group in the Leicestershire and Rutland area: over the last year we had around 450 members and organise between 5 and 9 walks per week, and all are well attended, with some walks having over 40 people.
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