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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021

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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.

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 - Our walk will be led by Terri and Brian. We will start from Whitwick Hermitage Leisure Centre, LE67 5EU at 09:30. The walkis of around eight miles; from the Leisure Centre we walk through to Green Lane, then Greenhill. Around edge of Bardon Quarry (banana break here), descend to cross Warren Hills Road and take lane then path through Charnwood Lodge Nature Reserve. Onto Abbey Rd and then Oaks Rd to Mount St Bernard Abbey ground - for lunch and toilets. Return to Whitwick via track behind the Abbey and Holly Hayes Wood. 4 sturdy stiles, one short steep ascent near the quarry, other climbs and descents are fairly gentle. Mostly on footpaths except for 200 yds along Abbey Rd where we need to be careful.

Fri Oct 1st - Led by Marlene and Neil. Our walk starts at Nanpantan Sports Ground then to the Outwoods, Buck Hill, Felicity's Wood, Beacon Hill, Woodhouse Eaves and return via the Outwoods again to Nanpantan. It will be approximately 7 miles There is a free car park at the Sports Ground and we had no problem parking. The post code is LE11 3TN. There are no stiles, a few gates, a little road walking and Wood Brook is crossed twice, once by a bridge and the second time by stepping stones. There is a short scramble and a rocky path at Buck Hill but the views from the top are well worth the effort. If we have any amount of rain during the next week it will be muddy and possibly boggy in places. Fingers crossed for good weather!

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


Owen Bailey at ramblers at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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October 2021's Ramblers

Our walk was led by Marlene and Neil. We left Nanpanton in bright sun which was surprising after the heavy rain earlier in the morning. The route took us through the Outwoods to a stiff climb up Buck Hill then to Felicity's Wood, Beacon Hill, Woodhouse Eaves and back by a different route through the Outwoods. The distance was 7.5 miles and despite being caught by a sudden heavy shower on Beacon Hill it was a thoroughly enjoyable walk.

Walkers standing on hilltop in sunshine
On Buck Hill.

Walkers helping each other by holding a walking pole when crossing a stream
An overflowing stream with submerged stepping stones.

Walkers seated and standing under a group of trees
Banana Break in the woods.

Walkers with hoods up under an isolated tree
Sheltering from a sudden shower.

view with broken tree in foreground, and power station in the far distance
A view from the Outwoods


September 2021's Ramblers

On Friday September 3rd, eight Ramblers led by Terri and Brian set off from Hermitage Leisure Centre on a slightly longer than average walk taking in Bardon Hill, Charnwood Lodge Nature Reserve, Mount St Bernard Abbey and Holly Hayes Wood. Terri and Brian had found paths that were new to many of us which was great. Although somewhat damp and murky at times a most enjoyable walk with some good views.

Walkers on path with trees either side
A woodland path around Bardon Quarry

Walkers standing with quarry behind
On the edge of Bardon Quarry

Walkers seated and standing alongside a large concrete base
Banana Break on a convenient picnic table

Walkers passing through shoulder-high bracken
A fine crop of bracken


August 2021's Ramblers

Our walk on 6th August was lead by Alison. 12 Ramblers set off from Markfield on an eight mile undulating route through fields and woodland with some great long distance views. Heading towards Thornton we passed the reservoir and went in the direction of Ratby before turning north passing the golf course and then Field Head. A most enjoyable walk even though there were a couple of quite heavy showers.

Walkers crossing an open field with grey clouds overhead
Heading towards Thornton

Walkers sheltering under trees with a roof of grey slates behind
Banana break at Thornton Reservoir.

Walkers seated and standing by a hedge
Lunch in a field.


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.

The group standing on wide drive with the Hall behind
Banana Break at Foremarke Hall (now Repton Prep. School)

Walker approaching caves in rock face, being watched by others
Anchor Church Caves

Walker on narrow path close to edge of river
A riverside path just passable after a dry spell.

River in middle ground with tree-lined banks and tall grassin foreground
View across the river Trent to old gravel workings.

Members seated on the ground with a herd of cows in a filed behind them
An audience for lunch.


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.

Rear view of walkers on a wide path
Walking away from Albert Village

Wooden fence with field behind and trees in distance
A field of buttercups.

Members seated and standing under a tree with gravstones in foreground
Coffee stop in Overseal churchyard.

Members seated at three tables
Lunch at Tunnel Woods.


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.

Members passing through gate
Group one leaving Ticknall.

Members standing by roadside gate
Group one having a short stop near Lane End Cottage looking over the River Trent and into Derbyshire.

Three cows staring through a metal gate
Interested spectators.

Five members standing apart
Group two at Staunton Harold Reservoir.

Swan standing at the edge of the reservoir
Staunton Harold Reservoir.

Members standing well apart with trees in background
Group two arrived back at Ticknall.


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