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You may have heard the recent announcement from the UK government that from the 14 September social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England – although there are some exemptions. The Ramblers group walks are one of those exemptions.

We’re happy to confirm that Ramblers group walks in England will continue to run, for up to 30 people (or less should your group or walk-leader set a lower limit), whilst following our guidance to keep walks safe and COVID-secure.

Why does the “rule of six” not apply to the Ramblers group walks?

Ramblers and Walking for Health organised group walks are categorised as ‘outdoor physical activity events’. These are exempt from the latest restrictions, as we have already met the protocols, and put extra measures in place to reduce the risks of COVID-19.

The group’s official winter programme is due to commence on 7 October
Please consult Walksfinder and contact the leader(s) to join any walk.
This enables them to ensure that it will be under government and Ramblers guidelines and allows them to contact you if there are unavoidable late changes.

Do keep an eye on your group’s website and social media channels, and our go walking page for up-coming walks near you. You may find your group needs a little bit more time to plan walks for you, so there may not be walks immediately available. 

We’re following government guidelines closely and will be in touch to update you if things change.

If you have any questions, please see our Coronavirus guidance and FAQ’s, which we are reviewing regularly. Our team are currently dealing with a very large number of emails and calls. We would be very grateful if you could refrain from contacting us by phone or email where possible. We will continue to update our website with the latest information.

We look forward to welcoming you to a Ramblers group walk soon, and hope you enjoy catching up with friends. Thank you so much for your support over this period, which means so much to us. 

Keep safe and happy Rambling!  


Central Office Head of membership 

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For those walking independently within the government limit of a group of six there is a selection of walks on the Ramblers website at Ramblers Routes

In addition we have a sortable library of some of our walks undertaken in the last five years in a GPS Walk Library

The condition of local footpaths can be checked, and paths that are not recorded rights of way can be logged, in anticipation of the 2026 deadline

Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Ramblers before coronavirus

The Lost Rambler

Where am I ?

Is the urban right of way in need of some resuscitation?

The Ramblers


Wednesday 9 September

Leader: Andrew    

Not much remains of the summer programme because of the ongoing coronavirus issue, but it was a welcome return to official activity for a group of six on a beautiful September day on a local walk.
The outing concluded with a guided tour of what remains of the Wingerworth Hall estate.

…. previously on chesterfieldramblers

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