Our rambling group started in 1992, when Bert and Lois Harrison invited residents of the local community of Kibworth to their monthly walk. Bert's widow is now the KRG President.
Bert had at that time completed work, with the support of Leicestershire County Council, of re-establishing and marking out the footpaths, bridleways and by-ways around Kibworth and its neighbouring villages.
This work was the prelude to the extremely useful and fairly unique yellow post markings on footpath routes. These are sorely missed when walking through the countryside of other shires, where they are absent.
We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2017, and at the end of December 2019 there were 109 members on our books. Our walks are weekly, with 'B' walks of between 10 & 12 miles and 'C' walks of between 4 & 6 miles, each regularly made up of around 20 walkers. You can read more about this on our Walks page.
We also organise annual spring and autumn walking holidays, as well as various other social events. We are a friendly group of walkers who welcome and encourage new members. Why not get in touch and join us for a trial walk or two?
Covid 17 update
The events of Spring 2020 are unique in our lifetime. The scale of the Covid 19 outbreak has been so large that writing about how these events affect KRG might seem trivial in comparison, but our lives have to continue and our activities are a part of them.
First I hope that all our members have weathered the present crisis so far (weathered is not a bad word here as, for once, the British climate has somewhat come to our rescue). The period of lockdown has been upsetting for us all and very upsetting for some. This applies particularly to members living alone. The Club has tried to keep in contact with members as best we can by the various digital methods that now exist.
I thought this was a suitable moment to let everyone know what our Committee has been doing during lockdown and to give what news we can about the activities of KRG now and later this year,
Lockdown has now eased and six people can meet and walk outdoors while socially distancing. KRG itself will not organize any walks at present. Members who decide to walk in groups of six should make contact directly with other people. If knowing who to contact might be a problem, please contact any member of the Committee who will try to help.
The normal April–October walking programme for 2020 has now to be considered NOT to exist. Sadly, all the planned B and C walks, reccy walks, pub bookings, and David Scott’s organizational work have come to nothing for the moment. Please could Walk Leaders cancel any pub bookings as soon as practicable. What is going to happen to country pubs as we come out of all of this is another matter.
Our Committee is keeping an eye on developments and will contact members if anything changes. It is possible that normal B and C walks will not resume this year.
This is cancelled and Hilary is informing the Cricket Club. This highlight of our social year sadly will not take place. We do not know what will happen about the Christmas Lunch. As with the other items, we will update members as we can.
The Isle of Wight holiday had already been postponed until next April. Brian is monitoring this situation.
We are waiting developments regarding the Abingworth holiday (Sept 28 Sept-Oct 2). If the Holiday Fellowship are satisfied as to the safety of their own arrangements and offer the holiday, individual KRG participants will then have to decide whether or not to pay the balance due and take part in the holiday. At this level it is an individual not a Club matter. HF is a member-owned organization and I think we can expect a good level of responsibility regarding their actions and decisions. Pauline is monitoring and will contact participants as events unfold.
Well I hope this helps. It is a sad time for the Club as it is to all of us. Our Committee is keeping a close watch on events and will do what we can to keep in touch. Meanwhile we can hope that the summer will prove as helpful as did the spring. Stranger things have happened.
Peter C, Chair