Ramblers Group


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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

First April Walk

When:       Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Meet:         10:00 am Navigation Inn – Wootton Wawen B95 6BZ

Travel:       Leave Balsall Common south on the A452, at Evesons Fuel turn right onto A4177 signpost Warwick. At the five ways roundabout take second exit signposted to Shrewley and Claverdon.  Continue on Five ways Road until an offset crossroad.  Turn left then immediately right and pass through Shrewley.  Continue on this road to Claverdon, at the Give way sign turn right onto the B4189.  After 1¾ miles, after the Crabmill pub turn left onto Pettiford lane signposted Wooton Wawen.  Follow road the the end and turn left onto the A3400.  The Navigation is just under the Aqueduct on the left.  Please park near the Canal.  Travel distance 12 miles – 25 minutes.

Walk:         The walk is 5¼ miles no stiles, only slight incline on the road section. The walk is in three parts.  First we walk along the canal tow path southwards.  At the end of the canal section we cross the Edstone aqueduct, this is the longest canal aqueduct in England. We walk down a long staircase from the canal tow path to the road below.  The second section is a walk along a reasonably quiet road towards Aston Cantlow.  We turn onto the third section and walk back to the pub across several fields and alongside the River Alne. There are sheep and goats in some of these fields.  I did the recce on March 19th with Alan Buckland, on that day there was a fair amount of mud on the towpath, not deep but slippery. Walking poles recommended. The third section had some mud but most was avoidable.   I will keep my eye on the weather and check the conditions nearer the day.

Lunch:       At the Navigation Inn Click here for the menu.  Please let me have your lunch order by 18:00 on Monday 1st April.

Leader      Peter Calver petercalver@outlook.com or telephone 01676 535318.

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