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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019

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Whitwick & District U3A - Ramblers

(Previously called Medium Walks Group)

This group meets for a walk of approximately 7 to 8 miles once a month. 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 Striders group, whose walks are up to 9 or 10 miles.




1st Friday of the month.


Fri Jan 4th Led by Owen. The route is a figure of eight with Newtown Linford as the cross over point. Starting from the car park at Groby Pool we have a short road stretch (pavement) before crossing fields and woodland to Newtown Linford. After walking through the village we follow the boundary wall of Bradgate Park to Hunt's Hill then on to the car park at the Cropston end of the Park before walking back along the main path to Newtown Linford. We then go across country back to Groby Pool with another road section (path) alongside the Pool at the end. There are three stiles and the distance is between 7.5 and 8 miles. We walked the Groby to Newtown Linford part during the week before Christmas after a couple of days with heavy rain and although there were some muddy patches it was all easily walkable. We shall start our walk at 9.30am as usual.

Fri Feb 1st Led by Sue and starting in Ibstock will be approximately 6.5 miles.

Fri Mar 1st Marlene and Neil are leading our walk which will start from Mount St Bernard Abbey and will be approximately 6.5 miles.

Fri Apr 5th Led by Pearl. It will start in Appleby Parva and we'll be going to Austrey, Newton Regis and No Man's Heath, a distance of about 7 miles.

Fri May 3rd CANCELLED due to weather. Led by Phryne. Our walk will start at Staunton Harold Reservoir, signposted off the B587 just before Melbourne. There is a £3 parking charge for 24 hours, courtesy of Severn Trent. There are toilets and a little cafe/shop on the site. We begin by walking away from the reservoir, past the 18th Century windmill. Our walk takes up to Ingleby Toft, cross fields, through woods, back to Ticknall and then into the Calke estate. 7.3 miles

Fri Jun 7th CANCELLED due to forecast weather. Alison is leading our walk which will be starting from Main Street in Markfield. We start by heading to Newton Linford and then towards the ruins of Ulverscroft Mill, past the ruins of Ulverscroft Priory and then back across fields to Markfield, a distance of around 7 miles with 9 stiles.

Fri Jul 5th Our walk is being led by Joyce. We will meet in Heather and the walk takes us to Newton Burgoland and Swepstone, approximately 7 miles.

Fri Aug 2nd Led by Andrea, we will start from Lount Nature Reserve. We shall head out to Coleorton Woods and through Farm Town, a distance of around 7½ miles.

Fri Sep 6th Led by Owen and Jenny

Fri Oct 4th Led by Ann

Fri Nov 1st Led by Brian

Fri Dec 6th Led by Rose



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


Rose at ramblers at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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April's Ramblers

The April Ramblers walk was led by Pearl. We set off from Appleby Parva and took a bridleway which led us to a rather muddy Salt Street at the end of which we reached the wireless station. We continued along another bridleway into the village of Austrey and then across some fields to reach the next village of Newton Regis where we had a civilised lunch sitting on benches overlooking the duck pond. The final section of the walk was a mixture of track, road and field walking through No Mans Heath and back to our starting point. At the end of each walk everyone consults their gadgets for measuring distance - step counters, fitbits, GPS etc - and we come up with a variety of distances. This time they ranged from 5.8 - 8.2 but we decided it was probably somewhere between 7.5 and 8 miles. A very enjoyable walk though.

A muddy Salt Street.

The first of three crossings of the M42.

Further along Salt Street approaching the wireless station mast that can be seen from miles around.

Banana Break with a panoramic view.

Two horses taking an interest in us.

Lunch by the duck pond at Newton Regis.

A carved owl.

The wireless station mast we passed earlier in the distance as we make our way back.


March's Ramblers

The walk was led by Marlene and Neil and started from Mount St Bernard Abbey and went through Oaks in Charnwood and Charley, a distance of around 7 miles.

A view of St Bernard's Abbey at the start of the walk.

There were a number of tumble down stone walls to clamber over in place of stiles.

Banana break near Bardon Quarry.

Another view of the Abbey, this time near the end of the walk.

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