Whitwick U3A logo

Whitwick & District U3A

Registered Charity No. 1181238

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Saturday, 21 May 2022

U3A logo

Whitwick & District U3A - SWANS

We have a programme called SWANS - short walks and no stiles. This will be an easy walk of 2 to 3 miles taken at a leisurely pace. It will be 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 pub. Suggestions for walk locations are always welcome. We regret that we are unable to allow dogs to come along on these walks.

You may also be intersted in the 5 milers Group which is a small friendly group who go for a leisurely local walk of up to 5 miles, or the Strollers group who go for 3 to 4 mile walks taking under 2 hrs.




The 4th Thursday of the month at 11 am.



Leaders are still required for a couple of dates this year (see below). Please contact the Group Leader.

Thu Jan 27th Our walk this month will be in the Ticknall area and Helena and I will lead this one

Thu Feb 24th Bosworth Battlefield, led by Bill

Thu Mar 24th Bradgate Park, led by Lynda

Thu Apr 28th Market Bosworth, led by Fran

Thu May 26th Beacon Hill, led by Linda and Lynda

Thu Jun 23rd Whitwick Lake, led by Jenny and Janet

Thu Jul 28th Bagworth Heath Wood, led by Steve and Chris

Thu Aug 25th Walk leader required

Thu Sep 22nd Staunton Harold, led by Mark & Mell

Thu Oct 27th Walk leader required

Thu Nov 24th Thornton Reservoir, led by Fran


David on swans at whitwick u3a dot org dot uk

Please note that as an anti-spam measure e-mail addresses on this page are NOT links, but should be manually copied


Below are pictures from recent SWANS walks. More pictures are in the gallery.


SWANS - April's Walk - 2022

A 2.5 mile walk round Market Bosworth Country Park, organised by Fran and led by David. A pleasant day for walking with lunch at Ye Olde Red Lion in Market Bosworth.

The lake in the park

A male mandarin on the lake in the park

The 23 walkers near the lake in the park

The walkers at the wood carvings...........


SWANS - February's Walk - 2022

A 2.5 mile walk from Bosworth Battlefield, led by David. Although the weather stayed dry and bright for the walk the recent rain had created quite a challenge with the mud. However, the 20 walkers survived and enjoyed a lunch at the Gate Inn.

The battlefield flags flying high

At Sutton Wharf

.......Over the Ashby Canal......

Just some of the mud.

In Ambion Wood...

.....and at the cairn marking the well where King Richard III drank during the battle....


SWANS - November's Walk - 2021

A walk round Thornton Reservoir led by Mell and Mark, on a wonderfully bright November day, with lunch at the Bricklayer's Arms.

Heading towards the reservoir

Resting a while in the bright sunshine

Looking over the reservoir towards St. Peter's Church in Thornton

....and below are some of the reservoir and St. Peter's Church taken by Lynda.....


SWANS - October's Walk - 2021

A walk round Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood led by Christine and Steve, with lunch at the Sunnyside Garden Centre Cafe.

SWANS - September's Walk - 2021

A walk round Albert Village Lake led by Garry with lunch afterwards at the Greyhound, Boundary.

SWANS - August's Walk - 2021

A walk round Hicks Lodge led by David with lunch at the Halfway House in Donisthorpe.

............and there was time for a swing.......

SWANS - July's Walk - 2021

A quickly re-arranged walk due to road re-surfacing preventing access to Hough Mill. Bis took us on a short walk down Swannington Incline, giving us the interesting history of the Incline, on a very hot day. Lunch was as arranged at the Robin Hood pub.

At the wheel

At the Incline Engine House

Under Pudding Lane Bridge

SWANS - June's Walk - 2021

Here we are again - where we left off pre-pandemic. You will see below that in February 2020 our last walk prior to the lockdowns was from Donisthorpe. Here in June 2021 we are doing the same walk, but in the opposite direction. It is also led by David and Helena and we also ate at the Halfway House. Let's pretend the lockdowns never happened!! Here's a couple of pictures - 19 SWANS at Moira Furnace and 18 along the Ashby Canal (one was taking the picture).

SWANS - February's Walk - 2020

A 2.7 mile walk from Donisthorpe led by David and Helena, along the Ashby Canal to the Moira Furnace, and back along the Ashby Wolds Heritage Trail. We were very lucky with a perfect day for walking. Lunch was at the Halfway House.

Walkers waiting on a bridge looking back at other walkers approaching
Waiting for "catch-ups"

Walkers alonside the canal
Alongside the Ashby Canal

Page content updated 4-5-22