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Whitwick & District U3A

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Saturday, 21 May 2022

Saturday, 21 May 2022

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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


New members are most welcome but are asked to contact Ann before the event in order to join in with the walk.

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 has provided the committee with a risk assessment for the group.


Tue Jan 4th To kick off our 2022 walks, an amendment to the walk previously advertised as that route has proved to be too muddy, we will be walking an approx 5 mile route along the tramway at Calke Abbey. The route is a very easy one with no stiles and hopefully very little mud. A bonus at this time of year! Starting from Ticknall Village Hall and with an optional lunch afterwards at The Greyhound at Boundary. All lunch bookings to Ann by Friday 31st December.

Tue Feb 1st Tony will be leading our walk from The Windmill at Brascote. A 5.5 mile route of mainly flat country tracks with a little undulation and a couple of short road sections. Only 19 stiles. It could be the record? There will be an optional lunch afterwards at The Gate at Osbaston. Lunch bookings to Ann by the previous Friday please.

Tue Mar 1st Our walk will be led by John from Hartshorne to the southern end of Foremark Reservoir. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at The Bulls Head in Hartshorne. All lunch bookings to Ann by the previous Friday please.

Tue Apr 5th Pete will be leading our walk from Ratby which will be approx 4.6 miles long, with some ascent/descent, possibly some mud but only 4 stiles and we may see bluebells if we are lucky. The walk will cover Ratby Burroughs, open country, woodland and the golf course. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at The Plough Inn in Ratby. Lunch bookings to Ann by the previous Friday please.

Tue May 3rd Led by Ann; Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Woods.

Tue Jun 7th Led by Ian, starting from Quorn. A 5 mile flat route with no stiles going towards Woodhouse, Woodthorpe and then returning to Quorn. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the Manor House in Quorn.

Tue Jul 5th Led by Owen and Jenny; Tba

Tue Aug 2nd Led by Pearl; Tba

Tue Sep 6th Led by Sue G; Ibstock

Tue Oct 4th Led by Alison; Tba

Tue Nov 1st Led by Elaine and Martin; Melbourne to Breedon

Tue Dec 6th Leader needed


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 - April's Walk

On Tuesday 5th April Pete led 12 Five Milers on a 4.75 mile walk from Ratby. It should really be called the "Woodland Walk" as we passed through Pear Tree Wood, Crow Wood, Burroughs Wood, Hollow Oak Wood, Change Spinney and the wonderfully named Wirlybone Wood. With fine weather and spring flowers and blossom to see it was a most enjoyable walk.

Wlakers standing in front of trees
5 Milers in the woods

A carpet of white flowers interspersed with fallen branches
Spring flowers

Walkers going along a path with hedges of white blossom either side
Blossom trees


5 Milers - March's Walk

14 walkers enjoyed a completely new route devised by John on a beautiful winter's morning. There was plenty of mud, but so buoyed up by the glorious sunshine, nobody moaned! The route started at Hartshorne and followed in part the National Forest Way, miraculously leading us to the southern end of Foremark reservoir and the Carvers rocks SSSI nature reserve. We found seating with a view of the reservoir for our banana break and then made our way back to Hartshorne, retracing some of the route along the way. Most of us then enjoyed lunch at The Bulls Head.

Sign board for Buildings Farm at Hartshorne

Group of walkers in sunshine standing either side of a muddy track


5 Milers - February's Walk

10 walkers enjoyed a delightful walk from Brascote led by Tony, in an area fairly unfamiliar to us. The weather had been especially arranged and was sunny and relatively mild. All 19, or was it 20, stiles were duly counted along the way. Despite the stiles the walk was a fairly easy one with very little ascent. Some of us enjoyed a well earned lunch afterwards at The Gate at Osbaston.

9 well-wrapped walkers standing in a gap in a hedge

A white painted thatched cottage

group walking across a grassy field with woods and a pylon in background

A wind turbine ountined against a clouded sky

walkers on a path  crossing a filed in the sunshine

walkers posing in front of a hedge


5 Milers - January's Walk

18 walkers turned out for our first walk of 2022. It was a beautiful cold, but bright and sunny day for our walk. We chose to walk the Calke tramway as it was easy walking on paths with hardly any mud and we made quick progress even with the large group. We finished the walk soon after 12 and the majority of us went to the Greyhound at Boundary for a hot lunch.

well-wrapped walkers crossing a field

walkers standing next to a hedge for their banana break

group posing for their photo on a path

line of walkers on path with fence one side, and a hedge with large trees on the other

walkers on a curving path in the sunshine


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