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Whitwick & District U3A

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Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Wednesday, 4 Aug 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 Led by Elaine and Martin - Broombriggs and Beacon Hill

Tue Oct 5th Led by Sue G - Ibstock

Tue Nov 2nd Led by John

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 - 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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