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Co-ordinator Martin Richards

This is a very active, popular and sociable group who enjoy each otherís 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 80 members of whom the majority are active.

We currently average around 18-25 members per walk with a high of 36!  We walk in most kinds of weather with one major exception being snow! And in the 13 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 3 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: ramblers@balsallcommonu3a.org .  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.

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

Walk Leader Schedule 2019  (You will need your normal U3A username and password to access this list. If you have forgotten it click on this link)

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Please Note:

We have just become aware of an occasional walker who was not on our e-mail listing. 

If you don't get regular e-mails from Martin or Richard and want to be kept up-to-date on walks let one of them know and they will add you on.

Email either ramblers@balsallcommonu3a.org  or treasurer@balsallcommonu3a.org

Second July Walk

When:       Wednesday 17th July 2019

Where:      Meer End

Meet:         10am at the Tipperary Inn Ė Meer End Road CV8 1PW

Travel Details:   Leave the centre of Balsall Common, following the A452 towards Kenilworth. At the island by Evesonís Fuels, bear right towards Warwick on Meer End Road. The Tipperary Inn is on your right. Approx 2 miles.

Walk details:      A gentle walk, of just over 4.5 miles. We pass through woodland and fields, some with crops, plus a stretch on a very quiet bridle path/road. Long trousers might be advisable unless the crops have been cut. The brambles are also very prolific at this time of year There are 3 stiles.

Lunch:       At the Tipperary.  Click here for the Main Menu      Click here for Lunch menu   Click Here for Sandwich menu

Please email Lynda with your choices by 6pm on Tuesday 16th July lyndamoore983@gmail.com

Walk Leaders:   Paul and Lynda Moore

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First August Walk



Second August Walk 2019

When:       Wednesday 21st August 2019

Where:      Aston Cantlow  

Meet:         Kings Head, 21 Bearley Rd, Aston Cantlow, Henley-in-Arden B95 6HY

Travel directions:       (16m 30mins). From BC take the A452 towards Kenilworth. Then TR onto A4177 towards Warwick.  At 5 ways roundabout take Fiveways Rd to Claverdon and TR onto A4189 towards Henley. Shortly after the Crabmill pub TL onto Pettiford Lane and continue to a T junction with A3400 where you TR towards Wootton Wawen. After Ĺ m TL onto B4089 Alcester Rd to Little Alne. Stay on this road and after crossing the Alne river TR onto Bearley Rd to the pub in Ĺ m

Walk Details:     (5m, 8 stiles). The walk starts by going through the churchyard by the pub (the church where Shakespeare's parents were married) into the pleasant Warwickshire countryside, south through fields to Aston Grove, which is a wood designated as an SSI. We then go through the attractive hamlet of Walcote before passing Great Alne Mills, which still has its large air chimneys, returning to Aston Cantlow via Maudsley. After Maudsley there is a short stretch of the Alcester Road to be walked, where care will need to be taken. Unless we have heavy rain, there should be no problem with mud.

Lunch:       Food orders please by 6pm on Tuesday 20th August.    Click here for Menu

Leader:      Geoff Kennedy, tel: 01676 535094 email, kennedy@tiscali.co.uk

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