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Whitwick & District U3A

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Saturday, 21 May 2022

Saturday, 21 May 2022

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Whitwick & District U3A - Saunters


This is a group for those wanting a little bit of fresh air and exercise but not too much walking, just a 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! Although originally this group only met in the summer months it has now been decided to continue the walks throughout the year -weather permitting.

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




1st Thursday of the month usually at 10.00 am


Thu Jan 6th For this walk we will meet at Mayflower Court, Markfield and have a stroll around Mayflower Park (weather permitting) followed by coffee at Mayflower Court. This will also be an opportunity to meet some members of the group who, for various reasons, have not been able to join the walks during 2021.

Thu Feb 3rd This walk will be at the Urban Forest Park in Coalville - weather permitting. Meet at 10am at the car park near the Recycling and Household waste site on Linden Way, off Ashby Road in Coalville - postcode LE67 3JY. It will be a walk on paths and a 'boardwalk'. Afterward we will visit the Snibston Colliery Park to have coffee at the café, this is a short walk along Linden way and across Ashby Road.

Thu Mar 3rd Hermitage Recreation Ground, Coalville Meet at 10am at the car park - satnav code LE67 5FU. We will walk around the lake, the path by the lake is flat although with the recent bad weather it may be rather wet in places so please wear suitable footwear! After the walk it is hoped we can go to the new recreation centre cafe for a coffee.

Thu Apr 7th Walk cancelled as date is inconvenient for too many members.

Thu May 5th The walk will be at the Royal Tiger Wood Arboretum, near Bagworth Heath Woods and Forterra. This is a change from the original planned walk. The postcode for the car park is LE67 1DL, but when this destination has been reached (according to most satnavs!) you still need to follow Heath Road to a T junction, turn left and then take first turning on right - signposted Forterrra. The walk will be led by Christine and Steve and as there is nowhere local for refreshments it is suggested that you bring a flask and a snack - there is a lovely 'seated bandstand' available for a rest. The wood is of historical military interest with links to the American War of Independence.

Thu Jun 2nd Whitwick Woods

Thu Jul 7th Alter Stones, Markfield

Thu Aug 4th Royal Tiger Woods, Thornton

Thu Sep 1st Grace Dieu Priory

Thu Oct 6th Calke Abbey

Thu Nov 3rd Beacon Hill

Thu Dec 1st Afternoon Tea


Sheila Fletcher, saunters at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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Below are some pictures from previous Saunters.

Saunters - May 2022 - Bagworth Heath Woods

Our May walk was led by Steve & Christine around the Royal Tigers' Wood Arboretum and the lakes of Bagworth Heath Wood. It was a lovely warm sunny morning, and a very pleasant saunter was rounded off with the group partaking of drinks and a snack in the woods.

4 members taking a break within a gazebo

4 members taking a break within a gazebo

4 members taking a break within a gazebo

4 members taking a break within a gazebo

4 members taking a break within a gazebo

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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