Whitwick & District U3A - Striders
(Previously called Long Walks Group)
This group is for those interested in walks up to 9 or 10 miles. It has been agreed by the membership of this group that no dogs are allowed on the walks.
All those members who feel able will participate in leading walks.
You may also be interested in the Ramblers group, whose walks are up to 7 or 8 miles.
NEW Striders will resume walking for the first time on Monday 19th. October. This will take place following Covid secure measures. The walk will be led by Vanessa with spaces for 5 other walkers in the group. If more than 5 wish to come along, then 2 groups will be formed, each with a leader. The groups will walk separately and keep well apart with staggered timings. The second group leader will be provided with a map by Vanessa.
Participants should also complete a personal risk assessment - this does not need to be shared with the Group Leader.
The walk will start, for the first group, at 9.30 from the car park in Woodhouse Eaves. There are usually spaces and toilet facilities. The walk will be about 8.5 miles.
If you intend to walk, you must inform the Group Leader, Vanessa on Contact details will be retained for all those attending the walk for Track and Trace.
Further walks will be on Nov16, Dec 21, Jan 18, Feb 15, March 15 and April 19
Shown below are pictures from a recent walk. Pictures from other walks are available in the Gallery
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Updated 21-7-20 Pictures from walks by individuals can be found below
Memories of yesteryear - well 2019 anyway Extended 12-8-20
A 9.5 mile walk starting from Ticknall and passing St Brides, Stanton by Bridge, Inglebury, Seven Spouts and Foremark.
An 11 mile walk starting from Swannington to Whitwick, Cademan Woods, Poachers Corner, Blackbrook Aquaduct, Osgathorpe and Thringstone.
Another 11 miles starting from Worthington then following the Cloud Trail to Tonge and on Diseworth, Belton and Osgathorpe
A 10 mile figure of eight walk starting from Swepstone The first loop was to Normanton-Le-Heath and the second to Newton Burgoland and Shackerstone
This month we completed the "Three Great Houses" walk. Starting from Staunton Harold car park we went to Calke Abbey, Melbourne Hall and finally back to Staunton Harold Hall, a distance of 10 miles.
A nine mile walk starting from Barrow upon Soar and visiting Mountsorrel, the Granite Café, Swithland Reservoir and Quorn.
A nine and a half mile walk from Melbourne. The route took us to Wilson, the Cloud Trail, the Trent and Mersey Canal, Swarkestone and Stanton by Bridge.
3rd Monday of the month
Mon Jan 20th Led by Owen, starting from the car park next to St John's Church, Church Street, Donisthorpe, DE12 7PY at 09:30. It's a 10 mile walk on a lot of tracks, some roads and some fields. We go through Oakthorpe Village, Hicks Lodge, Shellthorpe, Blackfordby and back along the canal from Moira.
Mon Feb 17th CHANGED As a consequence of the heavy rain, the walk will now be around the Calke Estate starting from Ticknall Village Hall at 9.30 am. Approx 8 miles on (usually) solid surfaces.
Mon Mar 16th Led by Alison leaving the village car park in Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves, LE12 8RZ at 09:30. The route of 10½ miles takes in Beacon Hill Park, Ulverscroft Mill, Bradgate Park and Lingdale Golf Course on the whole on good paths but with some mud expected in a couple of places. Alison suggests taking a walking stick / pole if you have one.
Mon Apr 20th Led by Pearl
Mon May 18th Led by Brian
Mon Jun 15th
Mon Jul 20th
Mon Aug 17th Led by Penny
Mon Sep 21st
Mon Oct 19th
Mon Nov 16th
Some pictures by members from their own walks at Calke/p>
Some pictures by members from their own walks. Holly Hayes Wood, Hermitage Lake and near Whitwick Church, and from Polly Botts Lane, John Lees Wood and Bradgate Park.
Some pictures from Pembrokeshire in May 2019, when it was almost as quiet as it probably is now
An Exercise Walk
After two weeks of confinement we decided that we needed a
walk. As the weather forecast for this morning was good we set off just
before dawn. From home we walked to Hoo Ash Roundabout, through Swannington
to the A512 and then Mill Lane. We paused at the Mill to watch the sunrise
and have a cup of coffee then down to Limby Hall Lane and through fields
passing Broomey Husk back to the A511 near Hoo Ash, a distance of just
on five miles. The field paths are drying out well now, what a shame
we can't make the most of them after all the wet and mud we endured
through the winter. We heard a woodpecker hard at work in the copse
where the Raper and Fenton mine used to be on Limby Hall Lane.