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 Led by Phryne
Fri Jun 7th Led by Alison
Fri Jul 5th Led by Joyce
Fri Aug 2nd Led by Andrea
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
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In spite of the very cold morning, twelve members turned out for the February meeting of the Ramblers walking group. The walk, led by Sue, began in Ibstock and was based upon "The Miners' Way", a circular walk created in memory of the hundreds of miners who walked on local footpaths to and from collieries in the area.
The 6.5 mile route began by walking along High Street in Ibstock. U3A members Paula and Terry had passed some fascinating historical information to Sue about this central part of the village and she was able to share this with the group. After leaving the village, there were footpaths to follow through Grange Wood and Battram Wood where we saw lots of catkins.
After a walk around and through Battram and more woodland paths (where a few new hawthorn leaves were spotted), we turned towards Ellistown. There was a short section of walking by the road before we turned back towards Ibstock along a track that eventually becomes the residential Pretoria Road. Along this route, we passed the boundary of Ibstock Brick's clay pit where there was lots of activity. Everyone seemed to enjoy the walk in an area that has been transformed by the National Forest during recent decades.