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Monday, 1 March 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.

Please note that in line with Government instruction re Covid 19, physical group meetings are currently suspended.


The walk Fri Jan 8th 2021 has been cancelled due to the renewed Covid restrictions.

Participants should also complete a personal risk assessment - this does not need to be shared with the Group Leader.

December - pictures below We will start from the Diamond Jubilee Wood car park off the road between Heather and Normanton. The route goes to Packington, Swepstone then back towards Normanton. It's a mix of quiet country lanes, tracks, bridleways, footpaths and fields. The distance is eight miles, there are two stiles and good long distance views.

Wed 4th Nov - pictures below

The starting point is Ticknall Village Hall. The walk is approx. 6.75 miles and there is one step-thru stile. The route avoids the confined spaces of the Tramway tunnels and the visitor centre where more people are likely to be. There will be a "Banana Break" but no lunch stop. We will be walking in time-separated groups.




1st Friday of the month.


January - NO WALK

Fri Feb 7th - Led by Ann, we are starting at Moira Furnace where there is plenty of free parking and toilets and will meet in the small surfaced car park nearest to the furnace. From there we will walk north along the canal passing Conkers and on to the hamlet of Boothorpe, then take a quiet lane into Blackfordby where there are a couple of seats with a view near the church for banana break. Then there is a mainly straight downhill route in the direction of Ashby. Before hitting Ashby we will turn off to cross the Moira Road and join the Ivanhoe way for a while before reaching Hicks Lodge. Here we can use the facilities and have our lunch. Maybe walkers would like to buy a hot drink/lunch/cake and we can use their benches to sit on without a guilty conscience! From Hicks Lodge we will be going through Newfield Colliery Wood back to Moira Furnace. Approx 7.5 miles, some uphill stretches, very few stiles


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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December's Ramblers

December Ramblers took place over two sessions on Friday 11th and Monday 14th to comply with Covid regulations. We assembled on the Friday morning in heavy drizzle. However, by the time we set off the rain had stopped and the walk was completed in the dry. Monday was a different matter, it was a lovely day with almost constant sunshine. The route from Diamond Jubilee Wood to Packington, Swepstone and back towards Donnington was eight miles, around three miles on country lanes and the rest on tracks, footpaths, bridleways and fields. The short lunch stop was on conveniently socially distanced wooden bollards. Friday was wet underfoot and Monday wetter after the heavy rain on Sunday. There was only serious mud for a few yards in a couple of field gateways and where a tractor had been working.

Six members standing socially distanced
Friday Group in Diamond Jubilee Wood.

Members sitting on roadside bollards
Socially distanced lunch stop.

One member astride a style with two others waiting
Socially distanced queue for a stile.

Five members standing apart
Monday Group in Diamond Jubilee Wood.

Members standing in a filed with open water in the distance
Long distance view from a high point on the way to Swepstone.


November's Ramblers

The November Ramblers for 17 members that was planned as three groups over Friday 6th and Monday 9th had to be cancelled after the imposition of Lockdown 2. However, eight members were able to participate in a rescheduled walk on Wednesday 4th. We set off from Ticknall in two groups of four, in lovely sunshine, and walked for six and a half miles around Calke Park using some lesser known paths as well as part of the Tramway.

Four members standing in car park
Group one about to set off from Ticknall Village Hall.

Trees starting to lose leaves
Autumn colour in Calke Park 1

Trees with autumn leaves
Autumn colour in Calke Park 2.

Parkland with Calke Abbey in middle distance
Calke Abbey

SWalkers on path with church spire showing in the distance
Heading back towards Ticknall.

Four walkers standing - at a sensible distance from each other
Group two arriving back at Ticknall Village Hall.


February's Ramblers

Well-wrapped walkers on a track
Gorse Lane towards Boothorpe.

Crossing a rather muddy field
From Blackfordby towards Ashby.

Eating lunches at benches in the sunshine
Lunch at Hick's Lodge.

Standing on a footbridge over the canal
Back at Moira Furnace.

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