Diglis, in our home town of Worcester is in the running to win the very first Britains Best Walking Neighbourhood Award, which will be launched by the Ramblers on 26th February 2018. It is one of ten areas to make it to the final public vote in this new award that celebrates the places that put urban walkers first.
Voting on Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood Award is now live to members until 14 March.
Our members, Amanda & Mike Eley, nominated Diglis for the award. Amanda said "the area around Diglis was previously industrial and in disrepair. This has now been transformed into a lovely well kept space, which is perfect for walking. We rarely use public transport as walking is so easy. Our walking routes are used by people of all ages and abilities; they are buggy and scooter friendly, the new Diglis bridge has both step and ramp access. Even the wildlife has been taken into consideration - the lighting on part of the river path has been changed to ground lighting to protect a species of bat".
We want your help to promote the award and make as much noise as you can around the public launch on 26 February, so please don’t share this information with the general public until then.
The other nine nominations are: Dumfries, Hackney, Hastings, Kirkby Stephen, Newtown, Salford, Stocksbridge, Town Moor - Newcastle and Walthamstow.
View the attached Diglis Nomination video, the Ramblers article, see video clips of all ten nominations and VOTE FOR DIGLIS
Walking is a relatively low risk activity and an active lifestyle makes us all healthier and more productive. However, you should always be prepared to expect the unexpected. Accidents DO happen. Within our group in recent years, we have had a couple of serious incidents/accidents that have required first responder medical assistance.
That is why we are advising all members to carry an ICE card (In Case of Emergency) card within their rucksack. Some groups insist on this. In Case of Emergency cards allow walkers to fill in their emergency contact details and important medical information. Walkers should keep ICE cards in an accessible place so that if something should happen on a walk, the walk leader or emergency services know about any medical conditions and who to contact.
Top 5 Reasons To Carry ICE Cards
In an emergency, you may not be able to speak. ICE cards communicate your most important information.
ICE cards enable first-responders to contact your family, friends, or other care-givers, who can provide further medical information and directions.
ICE cards can communicate medical conditions, allergies, medications, and other important information.
ICE cards provide peace of mind, to you and to your loved ones. By carrying an ICE card you are not only protecting yourself you are protecting the ones that care about you.
ICE cards are durable, and highly visible. In an emergency, first-responders often do not have time to fumble through a mobile phone, which is invariably locked, or search through a wallet or purse to find your information.
Heather has a supply of laminated ICE cards which she will provide if you contact her. Once completed, they would remain personal and private to you and would only ever be used should the need arise.
Click on the In Case of Emergency Card under documents to download a copy of the card
A number of us have decided to undertake a seventh long distance linear walk, this year along the South Downs Way. A summary of the walk and its draft schedule can be viewed by clicking on the Links box.
We are in the late stages of planning this adventure and would like to give you visibility so that you can reserve the dates on your calendar.
11 members have already signed up for all or part of the trail so far. It is essential that anyone wishing to participate contacts Cliff D. in advance to register.
If you are interested in joining us for all or part of the Way and would like further, more detailed information, please contact Cliff D. by clicking on the ‘Contact’ box (or talk to me when you next see me). You will then be added to the walk information circulation list.
It is essential that we know well in advance if somebody is planning to join us in order to plan car sharing or in case there are any subsequent adjustments.
There is plenty of information on the South Downs Way via Google.
And the winner is………..
A vote was taken amongst members at the AGM last November to determine which of three trails should be undertaken in 2019. Twenty Nine people voted the Gloucestershire Way as their first or second choices and was preferred by a majority to the Heart of England Way and the Three Choirs Way. So the 100 mile Gloucestershire Way will be our trail walk for 2019
The walk will be in 8 sections of between 11 and 14 miles. The walk starts from Chepstow Castle in Wales and finishes at Tewkesbury. We visit the Forest of Dean, May Hill, Gloucester, the Severn Plain and the Cotswold villages of Stow on the Wold and Winchcombe.
Planning for this walk and further details will be given later in the year.