Chelmsford Rambling Club

Coronavirus Update



The Government has announced that from 14 September social gatherings of more than 6 people will be banned in England - but there are some exceptions. Organized group walks of up to 30 people which follow the Ramblers’ operational guidance are categorised as ‘outdoor physical activity events’ and are exempt from the latest restrictions . However, this is only when walks follow agreed protocols and include extra measures to reduce risk of Covid-19 transmission.
We currently have informal walks that take place but when these are made up of more than 6 people they will have to become CRC group walks. However, there is no rush. We want to adopt a cautious approach, with decisions on when and how to resume to regular weekly walks left to the groups themselves. Currently things are so fluid regarding Covid-19 that nobody knows where we will be even in a weeks time!!
It is important to be aware that any group resuming ‘official’ Club walks must operate in a different way from in the past. The Government guidance requires the Club
  • to ensure that any ‘official’ walk is risk assessed in advance by the leader, focussing on issues of Covid-19 transmission , with a record kept for a year.
  • To keep contact details of everyone booking onto an ‘official’ Club walk to be kept for 21 days as there may be a NHS track and trace follow up. This may seem a bit daunting but in reality, we need to note if there are any styles or gates that require walkers to use hand gel, the leader needs to have a mask available in case they need to offer assistance and remind the Group to social distance at all times.
  • to publish walks at least a week in advance and
  • to ensure anyone wanting to walk should phone the walk leader and advise of their intentions to walk.

This is all essential information if we are to offer walks to our members.

Some groups may conclude that they are unwilling to resume regular walks - others may be willing to offer a trial walk for a limited number of people. We cannot produce a comprehensive walks programme and ‘official’ walks on offer will only be advertised on line a week or so in advance.
Details of the current walk leaders can be found in the latest Newsletter.
We are operating in very difficult times and no doubt there will be problems in coming to terms with the new norm.
Let’s walk forward together.

Any queries please contact me. Thank you.

Margaret Say

Walks will be published on Facebook and here.




You may have seen that the Ramblers Association website advises that groups of up to 30 can now walk, which seems to go against the directive from the Government which states that only 6 people from different households can socialise together at a safe distance.

We have queried this with them and considered their response. Although they advise that up to 30 people can now walk together, they also say that it is down to the discretion of individual clubs if and when they return to rambling.

Any return to walking would mean increased responsibilities being put on walk leaders (not all of whom would still wish to lead walks under the current circumstances) such as arranging pre-bookings, keeping a register of participants and in the event of issues, becoming a track and trace coordinator.

The Committee, having considered everything, and also taking into account the views of those members currently walking in small unofficial groups, have decided that the safety of our members is paramount and that the Club should not return to formal Club activities until such time the situation considerably improves.

We will, or course, continue to monitor the situation. For up to date information, please check the website, our Facebook page, sign up to the e-mail list or contact me at any time.

A newsletter will be issued within the next two weeks.

Maggie Say
6 August 2020


E-mail Distribution List

If you have not signed up to our e-mail distribution list and wish to be kept abreast of the latest position regarding our walking activities, please send and email to and ask to be added.

Update 18th May

All Walks and Club Activities are now cancelled until Further Notice.

Update 25th March

The Ramblers Association are reviewing their advice daily and we would recommend that their advice be followed wherever practical.

Update 17th March - All walks Cancelled until 31st May

Please note that all walks are cancelled until at least the 31st May.
As we are affiliated to the Ramblers Association we are following their advice for the well being of our members.
You will see that they are saying that walking independently is still permissible.
For full details of their statement please follow this link.
Thank you.

We are also suspending ALL club activities during this period too.


Coronavirus – Message from the Committee

We take our members' health seriously, and we do not intend to be prescriptive in our thoughts on whether walks should or should not take place. We feel we are all capable of making our own decisions about what is right for us.

Unless Government guidelines change our walks will continue.

However, if a walk leader wishes to cancel, for their own well-being, then they should be free to do so and members should respect that decision and they should not be under any pressure to find someone else to lead.

If anyone wishes to cancel a walk then please post on Facebook and /or contact Steve and he will send out an e-mail to the group. 

 Regarding the e-mail list please remind people on walks that they should request to be added to the list for up to date information, as this will be the quickest way to hear any updates.

Please pass this information on to anyone you know who does not have internet or e-mail access.

Thank you.

Additional support

NHS Advice

NHS 111 Online service

Government Updates

Ramblers Association Statement on Coronavirus


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