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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021

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Whitwick & District U3A - (Summer?) Saunters


This is a new group for those wanting a little bit of fresh air and exercise in the finer weather but not too much walking, much less than the Swans group, and be just a very short amble on pathways, suitable for those who may use a walking stick or not be able to go too far. The amble will end at a nearby tea shop of course!

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

The October 21 walk was due to be the last of the season for the Summer Saunters but it was suggested that it would be good to have another walk in November. It has therefore been decided that the group should be renamed ‘Saunters’ so that we can meet throughout the year on the first Thursday of the month, weather permitting.




1st Thursday of the month usually at 10.00 am

Thu May 6th Our first walk of 2021 will be at Sence Valley. It is a circular walk 'around the lakes' on cinder paths with plenty of stopping points and waterfowl to watch. It will be a leisurely 30-40 minutes. There are no facilities for refreshments afterwards, but if walkers wish to bring their own flasks then good use can be made of the picnic benches - observing social distancing measures.

Thu Jun 3rd Snibston Country Park - meet at Grange Nature Reserve car park, 10am.

Thu Jul 1st Bagworth Heath Woods, which was originally part of Desford Colliery. Meet at the car park at Heath Road, Bagworth, postcode LE67 1DL, at 10am. There is no café at the park but there are picnic benches so please bring your own flasks, biscuits etc for refreshments.

Thu Aug 5th Bradgate Park - meet at Newtown Linford car park, 10am for a leisurely stroll of about a mile to the Deer Barn tea rooms for a coffee etc before the return walk. The paths are tarmac and the walk will take us past the deer sanctuary and the ruins of Bradgate House.

Thu Sep 2nd Christine and Steve will lead a walk around Bagworth Heath (the walk postponed from July). Meet at the car park at Heath Road, Bagworth, postcode LE67 1DL, at 10am. There is no café at the park but there are picnic benches so please bring your own flasks, biscuits etc for refreshments.

Thu Oct 7th The final (?) walk for this year will be a walk along the Ashby canal and through a wooded trail leading from Moira Furnace, all paths are cinder paths and fairly flat. Meet in the car park at Moira Furnace at 10am. Afterwards we can visit the Hub Café at Moira which offers drinks and light snacks.

Thu Nov 4th We will visit Jubilee Woods near Ibstock, postcode LE67 2TD (on the road between Heather and Normanton-le-Heath). The walk will be on surfaced paths from the car park down to the lake and then back via the Bird Hide. After the walk we will go to Sunnyside Garden Centre for coffee.


Sheila Fletcher, saunters at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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Below are some pictures from previous Saunters.

September 2021 Saunter

The walk in September for the Summer Saunters group was led by Christine and Steve Smith around Bagworth Heath and they both had a lot of very interesting information about the area to tell us. It was a lovely walk around the lakes and through a wooded area.

4 members taking a break within a gazebo


August 2021 Saunter

At the beginning of August four members of the group had a most enjoyable walk at Bradgate Park from the Newtown Linford car park to the Deer Barn for a coffee and a stroll back to the car park. We saw many deer, and good views of the ruins of Bradgate House.

3 members in front of low stone wall with deeer grazing in the distance


June 2021 Saunter

At the beginning of June seven members of the group enjoyed a relaxing walk around Snibston Country Park and the fishing lakes in lovely sunshine. We were all impressed by the number and size of the fish that were in the lakes! The park was once the gardens of the Colliery Manager and includes an arboretum, with lovely trees, bushes and plants.
However, we did all feel that up to date information about the park, flora and fauna, would be helpful and promote more interest in the area. The information boards already there are, in the main, old and out of date. After the walk we all met for a coffee and chat.

Lake with trees in middle distance

lake with trees all round


March 2019 Saunter

Well - planning to Saunter anyway.


October 2018 Saunter


7 members standing looking over a wooden fence


September 2018 Saunter

A walk around Ulverscroft Grange and coffee at the Manor

5 members seated at tables with coffe mugs and empty plates


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