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Saturday, 15 May 2021

Saturday, 15 May 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.

We are planning to restart the group with a walk on May 7th. 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. The route we have chosen has several opportunities for side by side walking.

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.

Fri Jul 2nd - tba

Fri Aug 6th - Led by Terri and Brian

Fri Sep 3rd - tba

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


Owen Bailey at ramblers at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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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.


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 field 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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