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Covid 19 Guidelines

Club events should follow the general Covid 19 guidelines for England (link) and Wales (link).

Until 17th May we will be sticking to rule of 6 for walks, bike rides and climbing. The leader will have an option to agree a 2nd leader to lead the 2nd group, but that 2nd group really needs to be distinctive 2nd group during the event.

Organised clubs can have more participants, but this is subject to requirements that are quite onerous for the leaders and for the club. We will therefore stick to the rules that apply to the general public. We also think most members will feel more comfortable with groups of 6 anyway.

The fairest way to police numbers is first come first served, so email or text the organiser before joining in, and the organiser will limit numbers. Please don’t just turn up unannounced or you may have to go home. We really don’t want to break any rules.

Avoid car shares therefore meet at the start.
Stick to local routes to limit travel time.
Follow less popular routes so not too crowded.
Sadly no Pub/Café stops.
Avoid more difficult walks for now so not increasing the risk to Mountain Rescue.
Observe social distancing as best we can on the walk or ride.
Lastly and most important ‘no hugging/kissing’.

Current Events

April

Saturday 3rd Ride out to Tarporley area
Approx 35 miles
Grade: Intermediate
Bernard G
Sunday 11th Bike ride to Beeston
Grade: Intermediate
Malcolm B
Sunday 11th Walk from Church Stretton
10 to 12 miles
Grade: Intermediate
Teresa M
Tuesday 13th Evening bike ride
Road ride
Grade: Easy
Angela T
Sunday 18th Day Walk
Away from the crowds on Clywdians
Grade: Intermediate
Janet W
Tuesday 20th Evening bike ride
TBC
Mick C
Thursday 22nd Evening Walk
Christleton amble
Grade: Easy
Janet
Saturday 24th Walk on Angelsey
Grade: Intermediate
Angela T
Tuesday 27th Evening bike ride
Road ride
Juliet H
Thursday 29th Evening Walk
Grade: Easy
Clive G

May

Sunday 2nd Mountain bike ride around Moel Fammau Nich S
Tuesday 4th Evening bike ride
Road ride
Nicky & Simon
Tuesday 11th Evening bike ride
Road ride
Pete N
Tuesday 18th Evening bike ride
Road ride
Vijay S
Thursday 20th Evening Walk
Grade: Easy
John C
Sunday 23rd Walk around Dovedale area
12 miles
Grade: Intermediate
Nich S
Tuesday 25th Evening bike ride
Road ride
John C
Thursday 27th Evening Walk
Hopefully the traditional Penycloddiau route!
Grade: Easy
Vijay

June

Sunday 6th Walk around Holyhead mountain
15.5 miles
Grade: Intermediate / Hard
Magda W
Tuesday 8th Evening bike ride
Road ride
Paul M
Thursday 24th Evening Walk
Near the longest day so expect a longish walk!
John C

July

Saturday 3rd Walk up Moel Siabod from Dolwyddelan
13 miles of pleasure
Grade: Hard
Neil C
Saturday 10th Walk in Snowdonia
Grade: Intermediate
Ian B
Sunday 18th Walk from Minera Lead mine
8 to 10 miles taking in parts of Offa's Dyke
Grade: Intermediate
Sarah C
Saturday 24th Evening walk up Snowdon
Full moon, hope for a clear sky
Grade: Intermediate
Neil C

August

Sunday 1st Pen yr Ole Wen walk
9 miles
Grade: Hard
Nich S
Thursday 5th Evening Walk
The delights of Rawhead
Grade: Easy
Sarah J
Sunday 8th Ride from Trevor
43 miles
Grade: Hard
Sarah C
Saturday 14th Local walk in Cheshire Ian B
Sunday 22nd Betws-y-Coed walk
13.5 miles. 4 lakes & 2 cafes
Grade: Intermediate / Hard
Magda W

September

Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th Weekend in Barmouth Catherine E
Wednesday 22nd - Sunday 26th Hostel - hostel Poland trip
Beskid Slaski
Grade: Hard
Magda W

November

Weekend 26th - 28th Christmas weekend away

April 2022

Weekend 8th - 10th Weekend in Snowdonia
Grade: Intermediate / Fun
Alison M

May 2022

Saturday 14th - Saturday 21st Scotland Week
Kylesku

October 2022

Weekend 15th - 16th Lake District Weekend at High House Mike S

Participation Statement

Participation in outdoor activities such as hill walking, climbing and cycling (on or off road) is inherently risky. You should only get involved if you are personally prepared to accept these risks and recognise that you may be exposed to potentially life-threatening situations. You are responsible for your own actions and involvement, and must be aware that your actions may affect the health and safety of others, both members and non-members, and act accordingly.

Grading of Walks

Easy:

Straightforward walking.
Short day - 2-3 hours.

Intermediate:

Mixed terrain.
Average distance may be testing for some but within most people's reach.
Longer day - up to 6 hours.

Hard:

Technically and/or physically difficult.
Experience is a must!
Longer, tougher days to push your skills - 5-6 hours and over.

Grading of Biking

Easy:

Easy / gently undulating terrain, social pace to suit all riders.
Typically: 10-13 mph average speed (road); family trail / "Green-Blue" grade MTB.
Frequent refreshment / picture stops.
Suit novice, infrequent and social riders.

Intermediate:

Mixed terrain, some more challenging / faster sections.
Typically: 12-15 mph average speed (road); "Blue-Red" grade MTB.

Hard:

Technically and/or physically difficult due to terrain, distance or speed.
Typically: 14–18 mph average speed (road); "Red-Black" grade MTB.
Refreshment stops on the move.
Suit regular riders wanting a more challenging / adventurous ride.

"Hard+" Events

Primarily these would be walks (including scrambling) in high mountains and/or in winter conditions, but could also be very challenging cycling events.

They can be one-off day events, or be part of a Club weekend, or a longer trip away.

On such events the risk is inherently greater.

Leaders of these events are expected to give clear instructions to club members before such an event, outlining not just the route and expected conditions, but also the maximum number of people that will be able to join them.

Leaders should ensure that they are comfortable with the ratio of 'experienced' to 'less-experienced' members attending the event. They need to be able to explain to members, in a considered and reasonable manner, why they may not be able to take them on the event, at that particular time.

If you wish to attend these events you need to have the required equipment and have some experience in how to use it. You need to be prepared to discuss your experience and expectations, in a considered and reasonable manner, with the event Leader, and accept any judgement they may make, either before or during the event.

The Club encourages members who wish to participate in such events to attend suitable courses in winter skills.

The Club has no liability for members attending such events and it is imperative that you ensure that not only are you suitably skilled and experienced, but that you have personal insurance to cover you for all activities that you participate in.

Climbing

Beginners are welcome by arrangement with the event organiser, in order to ensure that there is an adequate ration of experienced to new climbers.

Questions and Updates

If you have any questions about events or any event updates, please email the Events Co-ordinator.