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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 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 November Walk 2019

 When:       Wednesday 20th November 2019

 Meet:         10:00 am Fleur-de-Lys pub Lowsonford B95 5HJ.

Travel:       (9 miles – 20 minutes) Leave Balsall Common south on A452. At Evesons Fuels depot turn right into Meer End Rd., A4177 at Fiveways Roundabout take second exit into Five Ways Road. Continue to Give way sign turn left then immediately right into Shrewley. Pass through Shrewley, after crossing Motorway turn right signposted to Lowsonford. Follow this lane for 1¾ miles Pub is on right after crossing canal bridge – bridge is single track so care required. Pass the pub building and take the next entrance to the car park on the right. 

Walk:         5 miles, several stiles and bridges. The walk leaves the Pub and follows the canal to Yarningdale Common. Then turns across to All Saints Church near Preston Bagot. Then joins the Millennium Way northwards to Coppice Corner Farm and returning to Lowsonford. Walk is a mixture of canal towpath, fields, a short minor road stretch, woodland path and farm tracks. Near Coppice Corner Farm is a short steep section of path. When last recc’d the grass was wet some surface mud but any significant mud patches that could be bypassed.

Lunch:       At the Fleur-de-lys please let Alan have your orders by 6pm on Tuesday 19th.
The menu can be found by clicking this link link.      There is a sandwich selection at the end of the menu.

Leader:     Alan Buckland alan.buckland@virgin.net or 01676 534357.

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