21st August – Footloose Extra

The Footloose Extra programme will resume with a walk on Tuesday 15th September. Details will be sent by email to members who have registered their interest in Extra walks.

Because of Coronavirus it seems wiser to only have a maximum of 12 per walk.  This of course is if the leader is happy with that number.  Most members are on WhatsApp and this can be used as a method of letting a leader know that you wish to walk on a specific day.  For those not on WhatsApp, please text the leader by 6 pm at the latest the day before to check there is a space.  If having booked a place and then not being able to walk please let leader know ASAP.  Whether you travel to the venue alone, or not, is up to the individual. The tea and cake treat at the end of the walk is again up to members to decide.

14th August – Walking Resumes!

The Ramblers Association are now organising group walks of 30 people and local walking clubs have restarted organising walks. As we are affiliated to the Ramblers Association, your committee has decided that it is appropriate to re-open Footloose, with the first walk being on Sunday 16th August.

We are resuming with the following guidelines:

– We can have no more than 29 people, plus leader, on the walk. To exceed this number is highly unlikely but the leader must remove people if this is the case.

– The leader makes a note of the people on the walk and sends details to the secretary afterwards.

No lists will be produced but details of the next walk will be provided by email one week before the walk date. This means that walks can be stopped immediately if the local area is closed down or there is a second wave.

– Existing members only – no new members will be allowed to walk.

The following rules apply to each walker.

  1. Please do not go to a walk if you are feeling unwell or have any coronavirus symptoms.
  2. Lift sharing and public transport are high risk and not recommended.
  3. Bring your own food and drink as shops and cafes may not be open.
  4. Be prepared – in addition to your normal walking kit, always carry:
    a. A fully charged mobile (switched on)
    b. A first aid kit (your own is safer than using the walk leaders)
    c. Food and drink
    d. Gloves for hygiene
    e. Face covering in case of incidents (compulsory)
    f. Hand sanitiser that is a minimum of 60% alcohol (compulsory)
  5. During the walk follow the latest government guidelines on social contact and physical distancing.
  6. Avoid touching gates, stiles and seats where possible. Gloves can help with this and regularly use hand sanitiser during the walk.
  7. Do not share food, drink or equipment.
  8. Follow the instructions and guidance of the walk leader.
  9. Walk responsibly and follow the countryside code.
  10. Let the walk leader know if you are having any problems or are unwell. Make a note of the walk leaders mobile number before the walk in case you lose touch with the group.
  11. Enjoy your walk and remember to wash your hands afterwards.
  12. If you become unwell with coronavirus within 7 days after the walk, please inform the walk leader for contact tracing reasons.

12th May – Lake District Weekend Cancelled

The weekend away in the Lake District, planned for the start of July, has now been cancelled, as accommodation is unlikely to be open by then.

24th March – North Wales Weekend Cancelled

The weekend away in North Wales planned for early May has now been cancelled due to the ongoing health crisis. Hopefully it can be rearranged for a future year.

17th March – All Walks Cancelled

Due to Government advice following the Coronavirus outbreak, all walks are suspended from Sunday 22nd March until further notice.

15th March – Walk Postponed

The walk planned for Sunday 15th March has been postponed due to parts of the route being under water and further heavy rain being forecast. This walk has been provisionally rescheduled for Sunday 31st May.

3rd March – Ivanhoe Way Challenge

We’ve been asked by Ashby-de-la-Zouch Round Table to invite members to form a team to participate in an event they are arranging called the ‘Ivanhoe Way Challenge’, taking place on June 20th 2020.

This is a sponsored walk raising funds for a fantastic local midlands charity called Wishes 4 Kids.  The charities aim is to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses and create a moment that will be treasured by them for the rest of their life and provide a time which parents will remember – that time when their child forgot about suffering. 

The challenge itself is a 37 mile walk for teams of at least 2 people starting and ending in Ashby-De-La-Zouch on Saturday June 20th 2020.  This is a massive challenge, stretching from Donisthorpe in the west to Bardon in the east and Staunton Harold in the North to Nailstone in the South, but do not be put off, our dedicated team will be supporting everyone along the way with opportunities for refreshments and food at regular checkpoints.  

If you’d like to know more about the Ivanhoe Way Challenge, or wish to apply, please visit the following website http://ivanhoewaychallenge.co.uk

29th February – New Walks Added

Walks for March to May have been added to the website. Apologies for the slight delay in doing this, but your webmaster has been enjoying sunshine and blue skies in Andalucia.

29th February – Tea and Cakes

Footloose member Jo supplied this photograph of Footloose Extra walkers enjoying tea and cakes after their walk from Farnsfield a couple of weeks ago.

After walk refreshments

23rd February – Walk Cancelled

Unfortunately the walk planned for Sunday 23rd February has had to be cancelled by the leader,

22nd February – Replacement Walk

A walk has been arranged for Saturday 22nd February to replace that cancelled on the following day. For details, please visit the February walks page.

20th February – North Wales Weekend – FULL!

A further update on May’s weekend away in North Wales – 20 members have notified John that they booked accommodation for the weekend, which matches the number of people for which Sue has reserved a place at the meal on the Saturday. Anyone else deciding to attend should note that they are not guaranteed a space at the meal.

16th February – Walk Cancelled

Unfortunately the walk planned for Sunday 16th February has been cancelled due to the forecast stormy weather.

19th January – Walk Report

Eighteen people enjoyed a lovely walk on a sunny day through the gentle hills and dales of eastern Derbyshire. Starting from Risley, we headed north to the village of Stanton-by-Dale, then west to the hamlet of Dale, where we ate a picnic lunch next to the abbey ruins. A short visit to the Hermit’s cave preceded a coffee stop at the Cowshed, before a return via the bridleway to Hopwell Hall and Risley Park, site of the discovery of the Risley Park Lanx. Thanks to Peter for leading the walk, which provided some excellent views over to Nottingham and Leicestershire.

1st January 2020 – New Website

Happy New Year and welcome to our brand new website. Comments, contributions and suggestions are welcomed and can be sent directly to the webmaster.

December – Where we walked in 2019

Footloose member Jerry has supplied this interesting map tracing the Footloose walks he enjoyed in the past 12 months. Not an exhaustive list, but an interesting study of the diversity of our walks, although the area northwest of Bakewell does seem particularly popular.

December 22nd – Walk & Social

On a rare dry and mainly sunny day, 19 Footloose members enjoyed an 8 mile walk from Farnah Green, near Belper. This was followed by some seasonal food and drink at John & Louise’s house nearby. A big thank you to all of you who attended and coped admirably with the mud and to Louise for organising the food.

December 14th – Christmas Dinner

Footloose’s annual Christmas dinner was held at the Derwentwater Arms in Calver on Saturday 14th December. Some 25 members enjoyed excellent food and drink, preceded by two walks – The official version being led by Nick and Tricia, with a small breakaway group opting for an easier alternative. A big thank you to Sue for organising the meal and to the management and staff of the pub for making it such an enjoyable experience. We also experienced our first snow of the winter, just to add to the occasion.

Here are some photographs from the day.