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Whitwick & District U3A


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018

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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?

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



Tue Jan 2nd Led by Ann. We will be walking off the Christmas excesses with an easy route along the newly opened part of Calke Abbey Tramway. No stiles and no mud! Lunch venue to be decided.

Tue Feb 6th John and Gillian will be leading us on an approx. 4.5 mile route from Battram. The route takes us along the National Forest Way to Battram New Wood and then Bagworth Wood with 7 stiles. Optional lunch afterwards at the Bricklayers Arms in Thornton. Bookings and menu choices to Ann by Friday 2nd please.

Tue Mar 6th Another shot at Pete's 5 mile circuit from the Belper Arms in Newton Burgoland on Tuesday March 6th. Let's hope we are not rained off this time! Optional lunch afterwards at the pub. All meals must be pre-booked by Friday 2nd March.

Tue Apr 3rd Sue will be leading us on a 5 mile route that begins in Nailstone, goes to Bagworth and then Barlestone before heading back to Nailstone. There will be an optional lunch booked at the Gate at Osbaston afterwards.

Tue May 1st Owen and Jenny will be leading our walk setting off from Ticknall Village Hall. An optional lunch afterwards will be available.

Tue Jun 5th Led by Lynda - from the Crewe and Harpur pub in Swarkestone. The route is just under 5 miles going from Swarkestone, past the church and folly and along the canal towpath to Barrow on Trent. Optional lunch afterwards at the pub. Newcomers always welcome but please contact Ann in advance. All lunch bookings by Friday 1st June.

Tue Jul 3rd Our July walk will be led by Elaine and Martin. The walk will be approx. 4.5 miles and fairly easy, taking in Dimminsdale, Lount Woods, the Ferrers Centre and the Staunton Harold estate with lovely views of the hall. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the Smisby Arms. Please book with Ann by Friday 29th if you want lunch.

Tue Aug 7th Evelyn and Steve will be leading us from Sutton Wharf through Ambion Woods to the Bosworth Battlefield Visitors Centre and then onto the village of Sutton Cheney. We return over fields and alongside the Ashby Canal. The walk is mainly flat with 5 stiles. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the tea rooms.

Tue Sep 4th Led by Phryne, we will be trying somewhere completely different! The beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve not far from the M1 junction 24/25, will be the location of our 5 mile route, with lovely scenery and birdlife. It is very easy flat walk with no stiles. There is a café on site for our lunch. Please let Ann know by Friday 31st August if you plan to join us.

Tue Oct 2nd Lorraine and Phil will be leading a route of just under 5 miles from Coleorton taking in Hough Mill, Swannington and back over the fields to Coleorton. There will be a couple of inclines and some stiles and risk of mud if we have a lot of rain. Optional lunch afterwards at the Angel Inn.
Please let Ann know if you plan to walk and lunch by Friday 28th Sept.

Tue Nov 6th We will be walking from Melbourne via Stanton by Bridge and back to Melbourne. There will be an optional lunch afterwards at the Bluebell Inn in Melbourne. Please let Ann know if you plan to walk and lunch by Friday November 2nd.

Tue Dec 4th Led by Bill & David


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 - October's Walk

A walk around Coleorton and Swannington led by Phil and Lorraine

Near Hough Mill

Near Hough Mill

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