Short Walks Group   (about 3 miles, 90 minutes)

Co-ordinator TBA (Richard Drake temporarily)

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This is a new, but already, popular and sociable group who enjoy walking local fields and paths marveling at the wonderful Warwickshire countryside on our doorstep.  These are rambles and may include the occasional stile as well as gates. Sensible walking footwear and clothing is needed. However, they are meant to be less demanding than the full Ramblers Group who typically walk for 5 miles plus.  We meet once a month, on the 1st Wednesday at 11.00 am.

A number of walk leaders take it in turns to select a walk of about 3 miles. They choose where to go and where to meet.  Members are encouraged to lead a walk but there is no requirement to do so (however, without leaders there will be no walks!).

The aim is to start in Balsall Common (or within 10 minutes of it) and normally find pub car parks for our starting/finishing points! Many members stay for a drink and /or a meal after the walk.  (Although a good tearoom or café should not be ruled out.)

Averaging 10-20 members per walk we have got off to a good start. We walk in most kinds of weather (although to date we have been quite lucky with conditions this cannot last!).

The cost is very low - we have a joining fee of £2 and to date no other costs (and it is free for anyone who is already a paid up member of the Ramblers Group).  You do pay for your own drinks/meals after a walk! 

If you would like to join or require any other information please contact Richard 01676 534932 ( richdrake@yahoo.co.uk ).

Prospective new members can also "try us out" by just turning up at a walk starting point and joining us for that walk. Please note, however, if you are not already a U3A member you will not be covered by the U3A insurance scheme.  Following that if you wish to continue you will need to join the U3A and the Short Walks group.

If anyone wants to lead (or help lead) a walk please contact Richard.  Support is here for anyone who has never lead a walk before.  All part of “lifelong learning”.  (NB New leaders often pair up with a more experienced leader for their first walk).

If anyone wants to create a ramble route, either for the U3A or for personal reasons try out the following site http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm

We have walks and leaders in place up until the end of 2017 (but need volunteers for most of 2018):

                                                                                                  2nd May 2018 - Leader required                            

4th October 2017 – Lin White                                                 7th June 2018 – Leader required

1st November 2017 – Jan Baylis                                               4th July 2018 – Leader required              

6th December 2017 – Peter Calver                                          1st August 2018 – Richard Drake

3rd January 2018 - Richard Drake                                             5th September 2018 – Leader required     

2nd February 2018 – Leader required                                       5th October 2018 – Leader required

7th March 2018 – Leader required                                           7th November 2018 – Leader required               

4th April 2018 – Leader required                                             5th December 2018 – Leader required


October Short Walk (Provisional Details)

 When:       Wednesday 4th October 2017

Where:      Hampton in Arden

Meet:         11:00 am The White Lion, Hampton in Arden (B92 0AA)

Travel:       Leave Balsall Common on the A452 northwards, pass the George in the Tree and then Blooms.  After Blooms take second exit at the roundabout and continue northwards.  At the next roundabout take the first exit signposted to Hampton in Arden B4102. Follow this road into Hampton in Arden, The White Lion is on the left just before a sharp right hand bend the carpark is on the left of the pub when looking from the front.  Please park at the furthest end of the car park.

Details:      This is only provisional details but the walk will be under 3 miles and will head towards the Hampton Sports and Social Grounds. Full details when available,

Lunch:       At the White Lion, details how to order later.  Click here for Lunch Menu

Leaders:    Lin White and Lynn Brinkworth