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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Thursday, 21 Nov 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 Owen is leading our walk which will start in Ticknall and go to Milton and Carver's Rocks. A distance of around 8 miles with 13 stiles along the way.

Fri Oct 4th Led by Ann, the walk starts from the car park at the back of Staunton Harold nursery. We walk over fields to Heath End and then through Southwood, over fields and descend into Smisby where we have our banana break on some conveniently placed seats. Back up the hill to reach the top of Pistern Hills where we get a lovely view towards the Calke Estate and beyond. We then head for the new outdoor Calke Explore using part of the new tramway, and here enjoy the benefit of the facilities for our packed lunch stop (the kiosk will not be open but we will have seats and toilets). Then on tracks for a while and descend over fields back to Staunton Harold via Heath End. A lovely varied walk, just under 8 miles with a few rickety stiles.

Fri Nov 1st Brian is leading our walk starting from Groby Pool car park. It will be around 7 miles and take us through Groby village to Martinshaw Wood, on to Ratby Burroughs and back to our starting point.

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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September's Ramblers

On the path towards Milton from Ticknall.

Glimpses of Fourmark Reservoir.

Sheltering behind a high hedge for lunch.

Carvers Rocks Nature Reserve.

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