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?
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
There will be no walk on the first Tuesday in January as this will be a Bank Holiday. However, subject to sufficient interest, Ann will lead a walk on Tue Jan 8th . An easy route around Calke Abbey Park mainly on the new tramway trail to avoid mud! This route can easily be cut short if the weather is inclement. A lunch will be arranged for those that want. Full details will be sent to group members
Tue Feb 5th Led by Phil; setting off at 10am will be leading a 5.3 mile route from Thornton. The route goes past the reservoir and joins the Leicestershire Round footpath and over towards Markfield, the return journey coming back via the reservoir dam. There are 3 stiles on the walk. Optional lunch afterwards at the Bricklayers Arms in Thornton. Please let Ann know by Friday 1st if you plan to walk and lunch..
Tue Mar 5th John will be leading our walk setting off at 10am from the Queens Head in Heather. The 5.1 mile route (and only 1 stile!) will go along the side of Sence Valley Forest Park, through Kelham Wood, returning along the banks of the Sence and skirting the edge of the Diamond Jubilee Wood. Please let Ann know by Friday 1st if you plan to join us.
Tue Apr 2nd WALK CANCELLED, but lunch still going ahead. Lynda will be leading our walk from Packington setting off at 10am. We will join the National Forest way going into Normanton and then onto the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood and return to Packington. Approx 5 miles with 8 stiles. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the Beeches in Ashby. Please let Ann know by the preceding Friday if you plan to walk and lunch.
Tue May 7th Our walk will be lead by Pearl from Woodhouse Eaves, setting off at 10am. The route will take us through Swithland Wood and Bradgate Park (where there is an option to climb Old John). There will be an optional lunch afterwards at The Copt Oak. Please let Ann know by Friday 3rd if you plan to walk and lunch. New walkers will be made very welcome.
Tue Jun 4th Led by Pete; a 5 mile route covering Markfield, Copt Oak and Ulverscroft area. The walk includes fields, woodland and a little road walking. It will be a little undulating but the good news is only 3 stiles! There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the Coach and Horses on the A511. Please let Ann know by Friday 31st May if you plan to walk or walk and lunch.
Tue Jul 2nd Led by Phryne and will go by Grace Dieu Woods, through Thringstone and across fields to Whitwick. It then continues through Cademan Woods and back to Grace Dieu. Optional lunch afterwards at the Bulls Head. Please let Ann know by Friday 28th if you plan to attend.
Tue Aug 6th Lynda will be leading us on a 5 mile route from Packington, along the National Forest Way into Normanton and the Diamond Jubilee Wood, and then back via an easy track. 8 stiles. This was a walk that was planned for April but cancelled due to bad weather. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the Beeches in Ashby. Please let Ann know by the preceding Friday if you plan to walk or walk and lunch.
Tue Sep 3rd Led by Jenny and Owen; Donisthorpe area.
Tue Oct 1st Sue G will be leading our walk from Sunnyside Garden Centre in Ibstock. The route goes over fields, through woods and National Forest planting. Optional lunch afterwards at Sunnyside. Please let Ann know by Friday 27th September if you plan to join us.
Tue Nov 5th Di will be leading us on a walk from Sence Valley Country Park to Heather and skirting the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood, returning to Sence Valley. An approx. 2 hour walk with a couple of stiles. There will be an optional lunch afterwards, venue to be decided. Please let Ann know by the preceding Friday if you plan to attend.
Tue Dec 3rd This walk will be led by Sue from Long Whatton setting off at 10am. The route takes us in the Belton direction through pleasant sections of Long Whatton village and taking in extensive views of the surrounding countryside. The land is undulating with 8 stiles and could be a bit muddy. Lunch afterwards is already arranged but if anyone else would like to join in we will try and add them to our booking. New walkers always welcome. Please let Ann know asap if you would like to join us.
Tue Jan 7th Our first walk of 2020 will be led by Ann setting off at 10am. The walk will be an easy circuit around Moira, from Black to Green, visiting the site of Moira Furnace, Newfield Pipe works, Hicks Lodge (previous open cast), Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe Collieries. Mainly on tracks but may be muddy in places. Less than 6 stiles. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at Lakeside in Moira. Please let Ann know by Friday 3rd if you plan to join us.
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Below are some pictures from a recent walk.
Pictures from other walks are in the gallery.
5 Milers - November's Walk
12 hardy walkers braved the cold, wet and windy weather to enjoy a bracing 4.5 mile walk around Heather. We all thought we knew what Heather had to offer but we were taken on routes we had no idea existed! A lovely varied walk, but shame about the weather.