Old Moor & Dearne Way Walks - July 8th & 9th

Posted 9/7/2020

It was a long time coming but DVWGs return to group walking has proved to be a resounding success.

In accordance with current guidance only small groups was possible and we were lucky enough to receive pre-bookings for two groups on Wednesday evening followed by a third group on Thursday too.

Meeting and concluding formalities at the Old Moor Tavern we set off along a path aside the River Dearne. This led onto a disused railway line which runs behind RSPB Old Moor.joining the TPT near Bolton Upon Dearne and then onto a very muddy, (as usual) Dearne Way back to Broomhill.

The rain certainly didn’t dampen spirits and everyone from Wednesday’s groups reported that they were pleased to resume.

Thursday brought more rain and just 5 in our third group as we commenced along the old railway line, we decided that the Dearne Way would be too muddy by now, therefore we turned right instead of left and joined the path around Manvers Lake and eventually joining the TPT again back to Broomhill and the end of our walk. 

The group were also in high spirits enjoying resuming group walks.

Thank you to the 15 people who walked over two nights for turning out in poor weather and helping us resume with a flourish. Further thanks go to everyone who worked in the background to make the restart of DVWG possible and continued to support us too.

Don’t forget to watch out for the places becoming available for next week’s Harley & Tankersley walk.

It is truly great to be back.

...And we're back

Posted 4/7/2020

Of sorts, at any rate.

DVWG will be commencing the 2020-21 season by arranging a limited number of walks with limited numbers of participants.  Regretfully at this time, we will not be in a position to welcome new participants on our walks.  There will be no quarterly diary at this stage and walks will be organised on a more ad-hoc basis than we are all used to.  Walk details will be disseminated by text message to those who have opted in to our SMS service and places allocated by reply to our messages, on a strict first-come-first-served basis.

Our walks will be subject to additional degrees of regulation, to prevent potential spread of Coronavirus and thus hopefully ensure the safety of walk leaders and participants alike.  The rules of participation will be handed out on paper forms by walk leaders at the start of walks.  They are also available in the Download section of the site, so we would ask participants to take the opportunity to familiarise themselves in advance of the steps we are taking.

We are thrilled to be in a position to offer this tentative resumption of group activities and ask you all for your continued patience and co-operation, in order to assist us with our plans going forwards.

Thanks to all who continue to support our group and we hope to see you soon.

DVWG Update

Posted 3/7/2020

DVWG are making significant strides in preparations for a return to group walks.

During the course of this week we have worked as a committee and with our insurers to compile a COVID-19 risk assessment and a set of walk safety rules which will be distributed at the start of each walk.

We intend to next quickly work on a method of processing your £1 donations electronically, bring our text communication lists up to date and hopefully we will then be able to re-start some walks in a modest and of course socially distanced way.

Thank you for your patience, support and offers of help and hopefully we will start to see some of you again soon.

 

The DVWG Management Committee

DVWG Announcement - COVID-19

Posted 28/6/2020

DVWGs management committee have held a discussion following questions from our regular walkers about resuming DVWG group walks.

Following this discussion our committee agreed that in principle some limited group walks will be able to resume provided that current government guidance around the COVID-19 pandemic is respected. In the short term we are going to explore ways of carrying out some evening walks in a safe manner, hopefully using any learnings to be able to roll out some weekend walks too, eventually.

As you can imagine there is a huge amount of preparation work to do in readiness for just one walk. 

Taking a safety first approach, we intend to carry out a risk assessment and put some group safety rules in place prior to any walks taking place. It is important to note that walks would only go ahead ensuring that government guidance around social distancing is maintained. 

In order for any walking activities to work successfully everyone involved will need to co-operate and stick to the rules. For this reason DVWG will exclude from further participation any walker who flagrantly fails to follow the applicable current guidance.

We also intend to put a walk booking system in place to ensure that the limited number of places are allocated fairly when we resume.

Upon resuming walks, sadly we will not be planning any family walks or be accepting bookings from anyone who has not attended a walk before. Our club championship will remain suspended until the restrictions of numbers of people on walks is lifted. Individual walker mileages will still be logged towards cumulative walking targets and prizes.

We thank everyone who has enquired for their continued support of DVWG and ask you to please bear with us just a little longer while we make some initial preparations for some very limited resumption of DVWG activities.

Get Well Soon, Tony!

Posted 3/5/2020

As some of you will already be aware, one of our participants, Tony Littlewood, has recently been hospitalised with COVID-19, shortly after his father sadly succumbed to the same illness.

Whilst wishing our condolences to the family, we are very pleased to report that Tony himself is now out of hospital and recuperating at home.

I am sure I speak for everyone associated with DVWG, in wishing Tony all the best in his continuing recovery.

DVWG Statement - Coronavirus

Posted 16/4/2020

Following today’s government announcement of Coronavirus social distancing precautions staying in place for a further three weeks, DVWGs organising committee have reviewed our current position on the continuation of group activities.

Sadly at this time we have taken the decision to suspend all group activities indefinitely, but will continue to review our position regularly following the receipt of updated advice or any easing of restrictions by the UK Government.

We trust that everyone will understand our current position and will wish to walk with DVWG again once the current situation has passed.

We urge everyone to respect the UK Government’s social distancing rules at this time.

Note: This cancellation means that our Lake District Weekend will not go ahead as scheduled, we urge anyone with accommodation booked to cancel before incurring costs. This is particularly important if you have booked on an internet booking service such as Trivago

We sincerely hope that you and your families remain safe and well.

 

Kind Regards

The DVWG Organising Committee.

DVWG Statement - Coronavirus

Posted 17/3/2020

Sadly DVWG’s organising committee have decided to suspend all group walks and activities for a period of one calendar month, effective immediately from today, March 17th 2020.

We have taken this step in response to the current Coronavirus pandemic listening to the advice from the UK Government and observing the position of other larger organisations who promote country walking both nationally and locally.

We have also considered our own public liability position as a group of walk leaders and find that it is not possible to continue the current group programme of activities and be certain our walk participants are completely free from risks.

At this time as an organising committee DVWG are not recommending anyone  take part in walking activities in a large group for their own safety and will not lead groups on behalf of DVWG either formally or informally at this time.

Our current position will be reviewed in one calendar month, when hopefully we can re-instate group activities and indeed walking.

Thank you to everyone who currently supports DVWG walks and we ask for your understanding at this time and hope to be back walking with you all again in the very near future.