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Whitwick & District U3A

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Monday, 1 March 2021

Monday, 1 Mar 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.

Please note that in line with Government instruction re Covid 19, physical group meetings are currently suspended.




Monthly, normally first Tues of month



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.

Tue Feb 4th Owen and Jenny will be leading our walk in the Swannington and Coleorton area. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the Angel Inn Coleorton. Full details will be sent to group members, and bookings, particularly for lunch, by the preceding Friday please.

Tue Mar 3rd Setting off at 10am, John will be leading us on a 4.7 mile route from The Bricklayers Arms in Thornton. The route takes us along field paths, through Bagworth Heath Woods, Manor Wood and joins the Leicestershire Round to return to Thornton. Hills, approx. 8 stiles and mud guaranteed! Optional lunch afterwards at the pub. Please let Ann know by the preceding Friday if you plan to walk and lunch.

Tue Apr 7th To be led by Elaine and Martin.

Tue May 5th To be led by Sue G in the Ibstock area with lunch at Sunnyside.

Tue Jun 2nd To be led by Pete.

Tue Jul 7th To be led by Owen L and Tony.

Tue Aug 4th To be led by Evelyn and Steve.

Tue Sep 1st To be led by Phryne.

Tue Oct 6th To be led by Sue C.

Tue Nov 3rd To be led by Di in the Melbourne area.

Tue Dec 1st To be led by Pearl.


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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