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Covid 19 Guidelines

It is now possible for small groups do local walks and bike rides, subject to the following guidelines.

Limit numbers to a maximum of 6.
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

August

Sunday 2nd Local bike ride 30 to 40 miles. Details TBC
Grade: Intermediate
Malcolm B
Sunday 2nd Bike ride 25 miles
From the Grooves to Farndon
Grade: Easy
Sarah J
Tuesday 4th Evening road bike ride Steve W
Tuesday 4th Evening bike ride Delamere Forest Joe S
Thursday 6th Evening walk
Grade: Easy
Sunday 9th Walk in Llangollen area
Grade: Intermediate
Janet W
Sunday 9th Ride from Kinnerton around Clywd hills
Grade: Intermediate
Pete N
Tuesday 11th Evening bike ride Sarah C
Thursday 13th Evening walk
Grade: Easy
Karen J
Saturday 15th Lud's Church and The Roaches walk
Grade: Intermediate
Nich S
Tuesday 18th Evening bike ride Juliet H
Thursday 20th Evening walk around Christleton
Grade: Easy
Juliet H
Sunday 23rd
(Following the Bishop Bennett Way)
50 mile gravel bike ride
Grade: Intermediate
Mick C
Tuesday 25th Evening road bike ride Mick C
Thursday 27th Evening walk
Grade: Easy
Sunday 30th Ride from Malpas
40 to 50 miles
Grade: Intermediate
Teresa M

September

Tuesday 1st Evening road bike ride Pete N
Thursday 3rd Evening walk
Grade: Easy
Fiona T
Weekend 4th - 6th Weekend in Snowdonia
Grade: Intermediate / Fun
Alison M
Sunday 6th Wirral circular bike ride
Approx 40 miles
Grade: Intermediate
Mick C
Thursday 10th Evening walk
Grade: Easy
Neil C
Saturday 12th Dyserth Waterfall walk
12km in length
Grade: Easy
Cerries W
Saturday 19th 30th anniversary celebrations
Postponed, new date TBC

October

Weekend 16th - 18th Weekend
Borrowdale, Lake District
Grade: Intermediate/Hard
Mike S

November

Weekend 27th - 29th Christmas weekend away
TBC

September 2021

Wednesday 22nd - Sunday 26th Hostel - hostel Poland trip
Beskid Slaski
Grade: Hard
Magda W

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.