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Whitwick & District U3A

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Saturday, 15 May 2021

Saturday, 15 May 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 Led by Pete

Tue Aug 3rd Led by Jenny and Owen

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 - February's Walk

Owen and Jenny led this walk round the Coleorton and Swannington area, and typical of the area the walk included quite a few gradients and stiles. Lunch afterwards was at the Angel Inn, Coleorton.

Walkers on a path
Approaching Hough Mill...........

A windmill and field

Group of walkers stood by mill
The group at the base of Hough Mill

View of windmill across a pond
Another view of Hough Mill

Walkers standing under bridge
Banana break under Church Lane bridge at the bottom of the Swannington Incline, with Potato Lane bridge in the distance.

Group looking at site of old pump house
The group viewing the site of the old engine house at the top of the incline

Walkers walking alonside disused rail track
This used to be a double track in the days of the Swannington Incline

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