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.
Although current restrictions allow organised walks of up to 30 people, we're not comfortable with that and are thinking of having two groups of up to 10 people in each. That will allow social distancing without the line stretching back too far.
Participants should also complete a personal risk assessment - this does not need to be shared with the Group Leader.
1st Friday of the month.
Fri May 7th - Led by Owen and Jenny. Our walk will be starting from Ticknall Village Hall Car Park. From the responses to my first email it looks as if we will have at least a dozen people so, although not necessary by law now, we think it best to stick to having two groups this month to avoid queueing at stiles (3) and gates (about 10).
Experience has shown that the carpark can fill up quite early. Therefore, because there will be more cars than usual due to the advice not to car share we're going to start the first walk at 9am with the second group starting 10 minutes later.
The walk itself is 7¾ miles long and passes Seven Spouts, Ingleby Toft, Poppy Wood, Staunton Harold Reservoir and Ticknall Limeyards. It is mainly on tracks and bridleways with some opportunities for side by side socially distanced walking. We will have two breaks, one short one and the second at Staunton Harold Reservoir. As we're sure people will be keen to talk to each other there is ample space there for the two groups to meet up for a short while and have a quick picnic. It also has a take away coffee shop and toilets.
Fri May 28th - As the previously scheduled date (June 4th) is in the school half term and some members may not be available because of family visits, grandparenting duties etc. Therefore Joyce, who is leading that walk, has kindly agreed to have the date moved to a week earlier. Our walk will be starting at 09:30. The meeting point is the free car park on Occupation Road in Albert Village. It's marked on Google Maps as Albert Village Lake Car Park and the post code given is DE11 8HD.
Joyce says the route will take us to Spring Cottage, Overseal, Linton Heath and Swainspark Wood, is around 6.5 miles, has three stiles and is mainly on footpaths and bridleways with some linking roads. As usual there will be two breaks. Please let us know if you will be joining us.
Fri Jul 2nd - Led by Tony.The 7.5 mile walk heads north from Ticknall to Robin Wood, then west through the Bendalls to the village of Foremark, then north west across fields and by a river to Ingleby. We climb out of Ingleby heading south through woodland and fields and back to Ticknall.
Walk is a mixture of fields (mostly fallow or crops; no animals when I did he walk recently) and woodland. Well defined paths, some bridleways and one short stretch along the River Trent. Some thick undergrowth at this time of year so shorts best avoided and one muddy section so stout shoes required. There are five stiles all easy, two no more than step overs. Three short stretches are along roads without pavements, not busy but care needed. Fairly flat but two medium climbs towards the end of the walk.
Fri Aug 6th - Led by Alison. The walk will start by the Bulls Head Inn, Forest Rd, Markfield, LE67 9UN at 09:30. There is street parking by the Church (Church Drive opposite). The walk is mainly across fields starting by following the Leicester Round to Thornton then towards Forest Hill Golf Course and to the A50 before returning to Markfield. The distance is about 7.5 miles and there are approx. 8 stiles. There are some up and down hill sections, and, as you would expect at this time of year, some paths are quite heavily overgrown so long trousers necessary. Thanks to Alison for sorting this one out and finding a way round the most difficult part. Please let me know if you will be joining us.
Fri Sep 3rd - Led by Terri and Brian
Fri Oct 1st - Led by Marlene and Neil
Fri Nov 5th - tba
Fri Dec 3rd - tba
If you are able to lead a walk on any of the remaining dates please let me know.
Shown below are scenes from a recent walk. Pictures from other walks are available in the Gallery
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July 2021's Ramblers
On Friday 2nd July Tony Robb led 15 Ramblers on a 7.25 mile walk from Ticknall. The varied route went to Robin Wood, Seven Spouts Farm, Heath Wood, Foremarke Hall, Anchor Church Caves, a path beside the River Trent which is only passable during a dry spell and Knowle Hill House. A thoroughly enjoyable walk in fine weather.
June (!) 2021's Ramblers
On Friday 28th May, Joyce led a dozen Ramblers on a route from Albert Village through the old coal mining areas of Spring Cottage, behind Conkers, Overseal, Linton Heath and Tunnel Woods where lunch was taken at a very pleasant spot more or less on top of the tunnel. Nature, with a little help from the National Forest Company, has turned the area into woodland and countryside and it was a great walk in fine weather.
May 2021's Ramblers
On Friday 7th May 14 Ramblers set off from Ticknall in two groups and completed a 7.8 mile walk in the dry, and even with some sunshine. The route covered Seven Spouts, Ingleby Toft, Poppy Wood (the northern gateway to the National Forest), St Brides, Staunton Harold Reservoir where there was ample room for a socially distanced lunch break and the Ticknall Limeyards. Members enjoyed meeting people they hadn't seen for a while and we now hope that we can continue walking together regularly.