Short Walks Group (about 3 miles, 90 minutes)
Co-ordinator TBA (Richard Drake temporarily)
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 ( email@example.com ).
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
Click here for the Short Walk Leader Schedule
December Short Walk
When: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Meet: 11.00 am at The Bear Inn Spencers Lane Berkswell CV7 7BB
Directions: From Kenilworth Road take the Lavender Hall Road to Berkswell. The Bear is at the cross roads in the village. Park at the top left of the Car Park
Walk details: The 2.75 mile walk crosses to Benton Green Lane and then turns north towards Hill House Farm and up to Back Lane before turning south along Meriden Road and back to Berkswell.
The walk is on field paths and farm tracks, short length of road walking NO styles. If it is clear there are superb views across to the Birmingham skyline and also as far as the Lickey Hills near Bromsgrove.
Afterwards: At the Bear Inn Menu can be found by clicking here
Walk leader: Peter and Christine Calver 01676 535318
We have walks and leaders in place as follows:
If you can fill one or more of the Leader Wanted months please contact Richard Drake
Date Walk Leader 01 November 2017 Jan Baylis 06 December 2017 Peter Calver 2018 3rd January 2018 Richard Drake 02 February 2018 Barbara & Phil Hammonds 07 March 2018 Linda & Paul Moore 04 April 2018 Sandra Heard 02 May 2018 Pam & Alan Buckland 07 June 2018 Merryl Muat 04 July 2018 Peter Calver 01 August 2018 Richard Drake 05 September 2018 Linda & Gary Carey 03 October 2018 Leader Wanted 07 November 2018 Leader Wanted 05 December 2018 Leader Wanted
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