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Whitwick & District U3A


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Saturday, 22 Sep 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 Led by Lorraine & Phil

Tue Nov 6th Led by Di

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 - September's Walk

A walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve led by Phryne, with lunch at the Visitors' Centre afterwards.

Outside the Visitors' Centre before the walk

On the path along the side of the railway

It's a floodgate!

This is a flock of geese!

A view of the reserve

A couple of views of the River Trent.........

and finally a couple of pictures of a swan and ducks.......

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