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Whitwick & District U3A

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021

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Whitwick & District U3A - 5 milers

(Previously called Short Walks Group)

If you look at our title quickly, it looks like 'Smilers', which I assure you we are, so do come and join us and we promise to put a smile on your face!

We are a friendly group who go for a leisurely local walk of up to 5 miles. There is plenty of time to stop and admire the view or take a look at something of interest. There is an opportunity for revival after the walk with a lunch stop at a nearby pub or cafe, but this is optional. We try to share transport whenever possible. We regret that we are unable to allow dogs to come along on these walks.

Why not join us on our next walk and give it a try? Newcomers always welcome to this very friendly group.

You may also be interested in a programme called SWANS - short walks and no stiles. This is an easy walk of 2 to 3 miles taken at a leisurely pace. It is mainly on pathways and tracks with no muddy fields, or stiles or hills to climb. The walk will be followed by refreshments at a nearby cafe when possible.

There is also the Strollers group, doing 3 to 4 miles walks taking approximately 2 hours.




Monthly, normally first Tues of month


Hooray! We are walking again! On Tue Jun 1st Steve and Evelyn will be leading a 5 mile route from Moira Furnace. An easy route to break everybody in gently with no stiles and just some gentle slopes going through beautiful National Forest areas and woodland which are looking splendid at this time of year. Members of the group will be emailed with full details a week before the walk and a chance to sign up. New members are most welcome but are asked to contact Ann before the event in order to join in with the walk. There will not be a lunch arranged on this occasion.

Walkers will be expected to undertake a personal risk assessment i.e. do I have any possible COVID symptoms, have I been in contact with anyone with Covid in the last few days? Will I be able to travel alone, or with family/members of my bubble to the location of the walk?

The group leader will be providing the committee with a risk assessment for the group.

Initially there will not be any organised lunches for the group, but walkers are welcome to make their own arrangements.

Tue Jul 6th Pete is planning a route just short of 5 miles from Thornton reservoir over to Bagworth via woods and return passing through Bagworth Wood and Thornton Plantation. It takes us through a mixture of fields, woodland and a green lane with 5 stiles and a little undulation. Arrangements for lunch cannot be finalised as yet, but guidelines permitting it will be at The Bricklayers Arms in Thornton.

Tue Aug 3rd Led by Jenny and Owen. A walk in the Coleorton area, with an optional lunch at the George afterwards

Tue Sep 7th Setting off at 10am from Woodhouse Eaves. Elaine and Martin will be leading us on a 4.5 mile route around Broombriggs Farm and Beacon Hill. No stiles, but a long haul uphill! Optional lunch afterwards at the Fieldhead. Names to Ann by the previous Saturday.

Tue Oct 5th Phryne will be leading us on an interesting route in the Thringstone area through Grace Dieu and Cademan woods and over fields. There is some uphill walking on this route. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the Bulls Head.

Tue Nov 2nd John will be leading our walk from Lount. The walk is a mixture of woodland, fields and tracks and at a high point extensive views towards the north. There will be an optional lunch afterwards possibly at the Ferrers Arms but tbc. All bookings to Ann by the previous Friday.

Tue Dec 7th Led by Owen, Donisthorpe area.

Volunteers to lead the walks would be much appreciated. Please contact Ann as soon as possible if you be interested to support the restart of the group and lead a walk.


Ann on 5milers at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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Below are some pictures from a recent walk.

Pictures from other walks are in the gallery.


5 Milers - October's Walk

18 brave walkers faced the elements on a dreary, drizzly morning! A couple of very brief sunny spells but the rest of the morning was as above. We saw a very gushing Grace Dieu brook after all the heavy rain. Some places were a little muddy underfoot, and there were plenty of challenging high stiles. Despite all this, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the walk and were glad they turned out. It was a lovely route through woodland and across fields with great views along the way. The walk was finished off with a very nice meal at the Bulls Head where service was excellent.

A brook in full spate

Members taking banana break in open field surrounded by trees

Members walking along path in woods

Walkers on a path through bracken

Walkers on a path through open fields


5 Milers - September's Walk

13 walkers braved the 29℃ temperatures on a lovely 4.5 mile route led by Elaine from Woodhouse Eaves up to the Beacon via Broombriggs. Thankfully we spent a lot of time walking in the shade and found the perfect shady spot for our banana break.

A line of walkers heading into dappled shade

Members seated in shade for banana break

Members seated in dappled shade for a break

Walkers standing in a row in fron of trees

Walkers standing and seated in shade of a low-hanging tree


5 Milers - August's Walk

20 members enjoyed a 5 mile route led by Owen from The George at Coleorton.

A line of walkers on path at the edge of a field of barley

Members crossing a style on a path amid trees

A line of walkers crossing a corn field

Some walkers sitting having a break near some old engine room foundations


5 Milers - July's Walk

A near 5 mile walk from Thornton, and walking through Bagworth and Bagworth Wood, led by Pete. The weather was mostly very kind to us with just a few spots of rain to keep us cool. Lunch was at the Bricklayers Arms in Thornton.

the walkers standing in Bagworth Cemetery
The group at Bagworth Cemetery the site of two former Bagworth Churches and the former Bagworth School.

Walkers walking through a field of corn with a view of fields in the distance
Cloudy but clear

Walkers walking through a field of corn,3 in foreground, more in middle distance
Not quite as high as an elephant's eye

Group of walkers having a break - some seated some standing
Bananas all eaten


5 Milers - June's Walk

At last Covid restrictions have been eased and we are allowed to walk again in large groups after 15 months. 12 walkers enjoyed the first walk from Moira Furnace and through lovely National Forest areas towards Hicks Lodge and back.It was a beautiful day and everyone was so pleased to be able to meet up and walk and chat together again. Thanks to Evelyn and Steve for finding a gentle route and ordering the good weather!

11 of the 12 walkersstanding either side of a track

Walkers on curved path with a field of yellow

Group of walkers seated at wooden bench in field

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