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Coronavirus update:

The good news is that walking is still allowed. It’s great for our mental health during crisis times like this. But we need to make some common sense changes.

Protecting our own and each other’s health is now a top priority.

Social distancing means you shouldn't go out walking in groups. Look at our past walks for directions and routes, choose a walk and go and explore.

Guidelines say anyone with a high temperature or new continuous cough should self-isolate for 7 days. This means staying at home, avoiding public places and group activities (including Dynamos walks) – even if your symptoms are mild.

Spending 15 minutes within 2m (6ft) of someone with the virus, or having face-to-face contact, is judged as close contact and a significant risk.

This way we can look after our medical and mental health without spreading the virus. We'll monitor the situation for updates.

Thank you everyone for your cooperation in this.

Andrea

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the Belfast Dynamos hill walking group. I'm Andrea McKernon (Morrow), a journalist from Belfast.

The purpose of this group is to bring people together on lifestyle walks to enjoy Northern Ireland's beautiful landscape.

We meet for a few hours, walk a path or hill, smell the flowe

rs, see the sights and amble along getting to know our fellow walkers. Our membership includes dog owners. We are dog-friendly.

Women especially should join this group as it's run by a woman and you have the opportunity to walk routes with a group in safety. We only walk as fast as the slowest person. Average fitness is fine.

With our emphasis on social interaction and combatting loneliness and isolation in Belfast, we often go for a coffee after our walks.

It costs £20 a year to become a member of this group.

Each walk then costs £1.

The cost per walk for non-members who have not paid £20, is £

6.

Guests of members pay £6 for each walk.

Ways to pay:

You can pay cash membership on your first walk or:

You can pay your £20 by bank transfer to: Ulster Bank

Account no: 12739736

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Or via PayPal http://paypal.me/BelfastDynamos (also with credit/debit card) prior to your first walk. You don't need a Paypal account to do this.

Unemployed people pay £1 per walk and are exempt from the £20 subscription. So if you're out of work email me in confidence to avail of free membership.

I also waive the £20 subscription fee for people recovering from depression. Again, email me in confidence.

ESSENTIAL KIT Good sturdy boots/shoes designed for countryside walking and wet/cold weather are essential for joining the group so please invest.

I will refuse anyone who turns up ill equipped. Trainers, step ups etc are not suitable. Post up on the group if you'd like to borrow shoes, poles, coats etc. Many members will have extra kid and may be your size. Charity shops are good for kit also.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below, which will probably serve to answer any of your queries. It's quite an independent group, but if there's anything else you need to know that isn't dealt with below, feel free to email me through the group.

FAQs

Am I fit enough for the walks?

We do various grades of walk from the novice building up their fitness levels, to the seasoned hill walker.

I will mark walks EASY, MODERATE or CHALLENGING. Remember, these walks are only for adults.

Medical conditions?

If you have a medical condition ie diabetes, allergy etc please make the organiser aware in confidence.

Dogs? Dogs are very welcome in this group.

Age limit? - You must be 18 to join. The group is not suitable or designed for children.

What if I change my mind about attending a walk?

That's no problem! We don't keep tabs! Just update your RSVP. There's no need to write apologies, or explain and no need to text or call me as I need to keep my phone free for people who are lost or running late. However if you are involved in car sharing, make sure you notify your fellow passengers/driver.

Profile requirements?

For reasons of common courtesy to fellow members, pseudo profile names will not gain online admittance to this group, so join up using something that resembles the name your mother gave you.

How do I get to the meetups?

It is up to members to make their own way to the meetups.

The best way to get to the walk locations is to download the Meetup app on your smartphone. Once you have that, when you tap on the location, the app will go to map directions and just like a satnav, will bring you from your door to the Meetup.

No smartphone? There are corresponding detailed instructions and a location map of the venue supplied in details of each walk posted on the desktop site.

Members who don't drive or who car share usually post up where they are coming from and get transport organised with drivers in the group. You can arrange then to tip your driver. For longer journeys it's at least £5.

Please don't organise lifts or offer lifts unless you definitely intend to go on a walk.

Privacy

Please use your usual worldly discretion when organising lifts or communicating on the site, and be careful of publicly posting your phone, address, car details. Every member can be emailed privately through the site.

Big fat no nos

No advertising of any shape or form is allowed on this site either through profile name, profile blurb, on greetings bar or discussion forums, through the email facility or any other means. Walking it is and walking it stays thanks very much.

Trolls This is neither Facebook nor Twitter. We message each other with courtesy, kindness and goodwill at all times. Please respect this very important rule. Anyone posting inappropriate messages, trolling, triggering or abuse will be dealt with by me (by removal or reporting to PSNI).

Please don't engage in online exchanges with trolls (they may as a result get your personal email address) - leave them to me.

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Postponed to 2021 Bellagio, Lake Como - Walking in Italy

Bellagio

£550.00

We're returning to the Lombardy region of Italy for a 5 day walking trip to gorgeous Lake Como. We'll be staying in hotel accommodation in the lovely, bustling old town of Bellagio where there's a terminal for getting around by ferry as well as plenty of restaurants, shops and wine bars. Prices include Italy airport transfers, 5 nights in hotel accommodation with breakfast and 3 walks. An optional boat ride can be paid for as an extra at location. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ITINERARY 19 Aug Day 1: Transfer from Milan Bergamo to Bellagio and accommodation. It should take more than an hour to get to our destination from the airport. Settle in, go walkabout and get a meal or catch some rays down at the lake. 20 Aug Day 2: Get breakfast and meet up at 9am for first of three walks. We take a ferry to Varenna to walk Sentiero del Viandante 1: Varenna to Bellano. We get the train back to Varenna. 21 Aug Day 3: Get breakfast and meet at 9.30am to go on second walk. Excursion Nesso to Bellagio: We take the C30 bus and walk 6 miles along an ancient path overlooking Lake Como. We'll stop off along the way for lunch. We'll end with a swim in the lake. 22 Aug. Day 4: Get breakfast for pick up to final walking tour - an excursion to Monte S. Primo by private bus. We'll climb to highest peak of 1,685m in the Bellagio area to enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Como and southern plains. 23 Aug Day 5: Free day. Boat tour if group wants it. 24 Aug Day 6: Transfer to airport for homeward flight from Bergamo to Dublin. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOLIDAY PRICES: 3 OPTIONS: PLEASE INDICATE CHOICE 1, 2 OR 3 PRICE 1. HOTEL BELLAGIO - TWIN ROOM/CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST £570pps (partial lake view) PRICE 2. HOTEL CENTRALE - TWIN ROOM/BUFFET BREAKFAST £550pps PRICE 3. HOTEL CENTRALE - SINGLE ROOM/BUFFET BREAKFAST £690supp (secured with deposit) SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE AT Miralago B&B and Apartments - £740sup NOTE: Hotel Centrale was no rooms with views. Choice of rooms are first come, first served. Rooms with lake views are limited to 5 twin rooms in Hotel Bellagio. There are no single rooms with lake view. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FLIGHTS - RYANAIR www.ryanair.com/gb/en WEDNESDAY 19 AUG 11.25am - BELFAST INTERNATIONAL TO BERGAMO (FR 1377) MONDAY 24 AUG 10.05am - RETURN- BERGAMO TO DUBLIN (FR 9429) NB: Cited flights are the only ones serviced by our group's airport transfers. If you book alternative flights, you will be responsible for paying to get to accommodation. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PAYMENT: Please make cheques payable to Mrs Andrea Morrow. Bank transfer to: Mrs Andrea Morrow,[masked]/[masked] with reference Como20. DEPOSIT PAYMENT OF £100 TO BE PAID NO LATER THAN APRIL[masked]. PAYMENT IN FULL TO BE PAID NO LATER THAN JUNE[masked]. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CONDITIONS: Prices do NOT include: Flights, Dublin to Belfast return, lunches, evening meals, drinks, local ferry and train tickets, taxis, buses or transport to walks (apart from excursion to Monte S. Primo). Price of flights fluctuate It's suggested to bring: Walking boots/shoes, walking poles if you wish, water shoes/jelly sandals (pebble lake). CONDITIONS OF TRAVEL: 1. You must provide a next of kin name and contact number to Andrea. 2. You must take out travel insurance and provide name it is booked under, company and insurance policy number to Andrea. Accommodation, prices and itinerary may change due to circumstances.

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