A list of our documents including our Constitution, Insurance and other matters is now available on our documents page.
Covid 19 Rules
When we return to offering real life walks, then it is recommended that you apply for the Good to Go kite mark https://goodtogo.visitbritain.com/home as reassurance for your customers . Before real life walks can be added to the IGW a risk assessment form for each walk should be completed and returned to [email protected] where it will be added to the Dropbox. Once this has been sent you can then load a walk to the website. You only need to submit one form for each walk (each form can cover multiple dates), But please review the form after each walk and update it if necessary in line with changes to government guidance and / or as a result of experience. Please remember that your guiding insurance does not include COVID 19 cover and so customers should be aware that they undertake the walk at their own risk. Also local lockdowns may come into force, necessitating cancellation at short notice.
It is now possible to add Virtual Walks. These need to be clearly listed as such (title should start Virtual Walk), and we suggest that you price them at around £5/person. We recommend using Zoom, use screen sharing with lots of slides and maps, and be sure to keep the time to under an hour.
Adding a walk to our home page – simple way
Go to submit proposed walk form and fill in the fields:
- Add event name (you can copy and paste from your Eventbrite event) , start date and time.
- Note you must set “no end time” otherwise the walk will be rejected (there is a bug in the current system I’m trying down)
- Fill out event details (you can copy and paste from your Eventbrite event)
- Tick virtual walk – at this point it will add a set of fields that allows you to enter the Zoom call address if you wish – but I’d recommend using the Eventbrite ticket booking link (you have to provide a link for the walk to register as a virtual event – but if you use the Zoom details, you may be leaving Zoom details open to users of this form, and you probably prefer them to use Eventbrite instead)
- Choose your name from the saved organizers (or add yourself)
- Learn/more Eventbrite should be the link to the Eventbrite booking page (this is the same as view page in Eventbrite)
- Add walk type category and local area category
- If you are not signed in to WordPress, and you are probably not, then the option to upload an image won’t appear – let [email protected] know you have added a walk and send me a picture, or let me know what kind of picture you want and I’ll find one for you.
- If you are signed in, and if it is the first time you have added the walk upload an optional image if you like (if you don’t have one, contact Dave and he’ll find one on the site for you, and if you have done this once don’t do it again please). You must own the rights to this image if you upload one. The Eventbrite image is a good choice.
- Hit submit event – and the event should then appear on our walks.
If you are going to do a lot of walk entry, or want to duplicate or edit an existing walk, then you need to use the more complex way
Adding a walk to our home page – using WordPress
You will need a username (usually this will look like firstnamesecondname all one word, all lowercase) and a password (get this from [email protected]) and then sign in at https://islingtonguidedwalks.com/wp-admin/. When you sign in the system will remember you for a while, but will eventually need the password again – so keep it somewhere safe.
You should arrive at a dashboard screen – this includes a black row at the top of the page and at the right it should say hi, firstnamesecondname. This shows you have signed in successfully. You need to be signed in to go to the next step.
In the left hand margin you should see Events. To add a new event, Click on Events, and then on Add Event. This takes you to a form in two columns, and has many different things that you could fill out. All you need to do is
- where it says “ADD TITLE” at the top of the left column, replace with the title of your walk (you can copy and paste from your Eventbrite event)
- Where is says “Start writing or type / to choose a block”, replace with the description of your walk (you can copy and paste from your Eventbrite event)
- Please ignore Event subtitle
- Under Time and Date, select the start and end date and time of the event.
- Ignore the timezone
- Select Virtual Event – at this point it will add a set of fields that allows you to enter the Zoom call address if you wish – but I’d recommend using the Eventbrite ticket booking link (you have to provide a link for the walk to register as a virtual event – but if you use the Zoom details, you may be leaving Zoom details open to users of this form, and you probably prefer them to use Eventbrite instead)
- Select Organizer (should be you – create one if you are not on the dropdown list – should read your name, Islington Guided Walks)
- Learn More Link should be the Eventbrite Booking Link.
- now move to the second smaller right hand column (or click the gearwheel at the top of the page if it is not present), and ensure that the Event tab is selected
- Change the author to you in the dropdown list
- Select right categories for Walk Type and Local Area
- Under Event Image click on “Set Event Image” – this allows you to select an existing image in our library of images, or upload a new one (you must own the rights to this image if you upload one). The picture used for the Eventbrite booking is a good choice. If you do upload a new image, please save it in the “Guides Walks” gallery.
- Now hit publish at the top right of the page (it’s easy to forget to do that, and nothing changes on the live site until you do.)
- And the walk should now be live.
If you want to alter a walk go to Events and find your event in the list of events. When you run your cursor over the title of your walk you will get options to Edit, Quick Edit, Trash, View or Duplicate. Use Edit to make changes. If you use Duplicate you can modify the copied walk – changing time and date (and eventbrite link, and then publish it).
Any questions or problems please contact the Webmaster at [email protected] who would be delighted to help you in getting your walks on the system.
For turn up and pay on the day walks
You can use any internet page that describes the walk, the starting place, and the cost of the walk. Good examples are those at:
- Murders, monasteries and martyrs: a walk through Smithfield (starts at Barbican)
- Radicals, religion and rivers – a walk through Clerkenwell (starts at Farringdon)
- The Angel’s delights: a walk through the heart of Islington (starts at Angel)
- Canonbury Square, the Tower and the New River – a walk through Canonbury (starts at Highbury and Islington).
- Islington, Town and Country, Rich and Poor http://ciga.org.uk/our-walks/islington-town/ (starts at Highbury and Islington)
If you have a walk you want to do and do not have your own web page then we can add one to the web site. Please let our webmaster ([email protected]) know what the page should say and it will be loaded on our site and the webmaster will provide you with the title of the page.
For book in advance walks
You need to use a booking service. We strongly recommend Eventbrite. You can use your own entries in Eventbrite, or join a guiding group like Footprints of London, or create your own entries on the CIGA Eventbrite service. We are happy to help CIGA members to get to grips with using Eventbrite – again contact the webmaster ([email protected] for assistance).
If there are any problems with adding a walk to our web site, please let our webmaster know ([email protected]).
(c) Clerkenwell & Islington Guides’ Association, 2021