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Whitwick & District U3A

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Saturday, 21 May 2022

Saturday, 21 May 2022

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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.


Every third Monday of the month


Mon May 16th Our walk will start from Netherseal village hall car park and Ann will be our leader

Participants should also complete a personal risk assessment - this does not need to be shared with the Group Leader. Can you confirm to the Group Leader if you will be walking please.

Shown below are pictures from a recent walk. Pictures from other walks are available in the Gallery


Vanessa at striders at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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March 2022

Striders walk on the 21st March was led by Pearl and started from the Bath Grounds car park in Ashby. We passed through Packington meeting 3 very colourful cows! Then onto Normanton Le Heath and Queen Elizabeth Jubilee park. A promising day weather wise starting with a beautiful clear blue sky but clouding over later. We also saw a lamb with its leg in a splint which none of us had seen before!

Three walkers standing next to three painted models of cows

Lamb in filed with back leg supported with a wooden splint


February 2022

The February Striders walk started from Martinshaw Wood near Ratby . We walked through Ratby Burroughs to circuit a choppy Thornton Reservoir and then returned over the fields to Martinshaw. The weather certainly made for challenging conditions but after starting off in the rain and wind the sun came out and it turned out to be an enjoyable 10 miles.

A pair of walkers leaning on a wooden rail alongside open water


January 2022

Our walk on the 17th January led by Ann Potterton began at Moira Furnace. North to Albert Village , via conkers to Hicks Lodge and then touching the edge of Willersley Wood. We returned to Moira Furnace along the Ashby Woods Heritage Trail. A perfect 10 mile walk for January avoiding the extremely muddy conditions over fields . An absolute perfect blue sky, winters day too made the walk all the more enjoyable.

Group of 5 members leaning on metal fence looking out over a lake

Approx 30 gulls settled on a narrow strip of land surrounded by water

Group of 5 members on bank of canal with brick arches behind


Individual walks

Some pictures by members from their own walks at Calke/p>

Flower border beside path

Purple flowers with raindrops

Unripe plums with raindrops on them

A glistening spiders web

Scarecrow surrounded by flowers

Raindrops into a pool


Some pictures by members from their own walks in 2019 and 2020. Holly Hayes Wood, Hermitage Lake and near Whitwick Church, and from Polly Botts Lane, John Lees Wood and Bradgate Park.

Woodland with white flowers


Open water

Old John against a clear blue sky


Path with trees either side


Some pictures from Pembrokeshire in May 2019, when it was almost as quiet as it probably is now

foreground gorse in flower with a bay and sea beyond

A headland, with no-one in sight

Coastal path dipping into a sea inlet

Estuary with moared boats

Gentle waves coming into a sandy beach

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.
On the way home we saw the quarter to eight 29 bus. Usually going to Burton the route has evidently been cut back to Swadlincote. The only person on board was the driver. We arrived home by eight o'clock having only met a couple of dog walkers, a jogger and the bin men on Hough Hill. All were passed at distance and we felt safe.

Sunrise over a tree rimmed pond

Stone mill building and its reflection in pond

March's Walk

Field with sheep and a background of low hills
A view over Leicestershire.

Six members standing on or near play equipment - no bananas in sight!
Banana break at Beacon Hill.

Stone building covered in a mass of scaffolding
Renovations at Ulverscroft Priory.

Bootprints in wet and muddy ground
There were some muddy stretches.

A line of pollarded trees with masses of light pink blossom
Blossom near Newtown Linford.

Raised beds with daffodils and colourful primulas
Spring flowers in Bradgate Park.

Old John monument
A well known Leicestershire landmark.


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