Ramblers Group


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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 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: 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

First February Walk 2019

When:       Tuesday 5th February 2019

Where:     Allesley, Coventry

Meet:         10.00am at White Lion,  Hawkes Mill Lane,  Brownshill Green, Coventry CV5 9FQ.

Directions:         From BC take Lavender Hall Lane to Berkswell and by the Bear cross over into Coventry Rd. This later becomes Broad Lane. At the roundabout with Banner Lane, (off to the right), bear left and stay on Broad Lane to the traffic lights with A45. TL towards Birmingham and take the first exit off down to the roundabout.  Take the 4th exit towards Coventry and at the next roundabout take the second exit onto Coundon Wedge Dr (B4076). At the next roundabout go straight across and continue to the next roundabout.  Here TL onto Wall Hill Rd and the pub is in about 400yds.

Walk details:      The 4 mile walk is over gently undulating countryside. There a few gentle hills and no stiles. Coundon Wedge is a legacy from the Anglo-Saxon period and the best example of unspoiled Arden in Warwickshire.  Allesley Village is a conservation area with a grade A listed church, a 16th century inn and a number of historic buildings lining the old Birmingham to London mail coach route.

Afterwards:       At the pub. It is a rustic, 19th century pub with feature fireplace that serves real ale and classic pub food. Please click here for the Fixed Price Menu.

Click here for All Day Menu and Light bites

 Please ensure that all food orders are placed no later than 6.00 pm on Sunday 3 February by emailing Jim Henry at  jimh31@hotmail.com

Leader:     Jim Henry, tel: 01676 533243

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