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Co-ordinator Martin Richards

This is a very active, popular and sociable group who enjoy each other’s company and tramping the local fields, highways and byways, marveling at the wonderful Warwickshire scenery so close to us.

We meet twice a month, on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday at 10.00 am.

We have a number of walk leaders who take it in turns to select a walk of between 4 and 6 miles. They choose where to go and where we meet.  I like to encourage newer members to offer to lead a walk after they have settled in with us but there is no compunction to do so!

We try to start within 10 miles of Balsall Common and most frequently find pub car parks very suitable for our starting/finishing points! Many members stay for a drink and /or a meal after the walk.

We currently have 70 members of whom the majority are active.

We currently average around 18-25 members per walk with a high of 30!  We walk in most kinds of weather with one major exception being snow! And in the 10 years the group has been running have only cancelled half a dozen walks due to weather conditions.

The cost is very low - we have a joining fee of £2 and to date no other costs.  We do, however, ask members to pay for their own drinks/meals after a walk!  With the joining fee money raised so far we have bought and kept up to date 2 first aid kits for the leaders to take on their walks and future funds will be available to buy maps, written up walks, etc.

If you would like to join or require any other information please contact Martin Richards by telephone: 01676 533429, or email: mwlrichards@gmail.com .  Prospective new members can also "try us out" by just turning up at a walk starting point and joining us for that particular walk. Please note, however, if you are not already a U3A member you will not be covered by the U3A insurance scheme.  Following that if you wish to continue you will need to join the U3A and the Ramblers group.

Walk Leader Schedule 2018  (You will need a username and password to access this list if you have forgotten it click on this link)

If anyone wants to lead a walk please contact Martin Richards.  Help is at hand for anyone who has never lead a walk before.

If anyone wants to create a ramble route, either for the U3A or for personal reasons try out the following site:  http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm

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Second March Walk

Warwick and the Kingmaker Walk

When:       Wednesday 21st March 2018

Meet:         10:00 am St Marys Lands (area 3) car park Warwick  CV34 6HN

Directions:                   Take the A452 South out of Balsall Common, and take the right fork for the A4177 towards Warwick. At the Five Ways roundabout, take the first left, to stay on the A4177 for Warwick. Go straight over the roundabout above the A46, towards Warwick town centre. At the next roundabout, take the right turning, to continue towards the town centre.

Go through traffic lights and slightly uphill where you will see signs for racecourse parking. Take the right turning at the roundabout, still following signs for racecourse parking. Continue along Theatre Street and Bowling Green Street, following racecourse parking, and turn right into Friar Street. Now look out for ‘Parking St Mary’s Lands (Area 3)’, which is before the actual racecourse car park. Turn right for ‘St Mary’s Lands (Area 3) parking’, and then almost immediately right, where it is signposted for Golf Centre, and Hill Close Gardens. The parking is now straight ahead. Fees are £2 for up to 2 hours, or £3 for 3-4 hours. The walk itself will be 2hours (+) so 3 hours is safest. Car sharing is advised.

The Walk.          This is mostly on canal towpaths, and park paths, returning back across town. Due to riverside path flooding, there is a short section on wide pavements along a busy road. There is one section at the start which is a bit muddy and slippery, but there is no deep mud. Sticks may be needed. No stiles. 5 miles

Lunch.       After investigating various Warwick options, lunch has been arranged at The Hatton Arms, which is on the A4177, on the way back to Balsall Common, on your left, as you reach the top of the incline at Hatton. Please make your lunch choice from the menu here  and let Margaret and Chris know by 6pm on Tuesday 20th, so a pre-order can be emailed to the pub. (Sandwiches with chips can be found at the end of the menu)  

Walk Leaders :  Margaret and Chris Burleigh email chrisburleigh0@gmail.com  Tel: 01676 533762

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First April Ramble 2018

When:       Tuesday 3rd April 2018

Where:     Lapworth (4.75m)

Meet:         10.00 am at the Navigation Inn, Old Warwick Rd, Lapworth, Solihull B94 6NA (01564 783337, info@navigationlapworth.co.uk)

Directions:         (6.5m 16min) From Balsall Street East TR down Holly Lane towards Chadwick End. At the cross roads with Table Oak lane TR and continue to the junction with Fenn End Rd and Honiley Rd. Go straight across into Oldwich Lane. Continue to Chadwick End junction with A4141 Warwick Rd. TL and take next R into Rising Lane. Continue to Lapworth and T junction with Station Lane. Here TL into Station Lane and continue to T junction with Old Warwick Road. Here TL and the pub is shortly on LHS just over the canal.

Walk details:      Leave Navigation Inn heading across fields to Baddesley Clinton (possibly a patch of mud). Pass the Church and turn right south across fields towards Rowington a short stretch of road here but on a footpath. Turn right by St Lawrence’s Church to the canal, head north-west along the towpath to return to the start. There are no stiles, no hills and some good stretches of track but there is a risk of mud if we have a lot of rain the week-end before.

Afterwards:       at the pub. There are two menus, one general Click the other for sandwiches.  Click here for General Menu  and here for Sandwich menu  Please let me have your food orders by 6.00pm on Monday 2nd April.

Leader:     Peter Whalley, tel: 01676 532478, p.h.whalley@btinternet.com

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