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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 September Walk 2019

When:       Wednesday 18th September 10.00AM

 Where:      Warwick University

Meet:         The Varsity Pub, Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry CV4 7AJ

Car Parking       in the car park is £1 for 2 hours but £10 for the day!.  However, I have agreed with the manager that if we pay the £1 per car then I can give them a list of registration numbers so we won't be clamped or fined.  To facilitate this please all park at the far end of the car park and car share where possible.

Travel:      From BC take Kelsey Lane B4101 as far a Hodgetts Lane and turn right to Burton Green.  Turn left onto Cromwell Lane and then right onto Westwood Heath Road. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit and then turn left into The Varsity car park.  About 12 minutes.

(Handy to top up on shopping at Aldi and/or Tesco on the way home).

Walk Details:     This was the first walk I ever led for the U3A.  5 and a bit miles, a few easy stiles.  Quite a lot of hard surface walking but not much road walking.  From The Varsity we head up Westwood Heath Road turning down a footpath beside the church.  Crossing fields with a few narrow paths* and one short dogleg across Crackley Lane we reach the Greenway just north of Crackley Woods.  A long stroll slightly downhill to where the walk/cycle way leads back up to Cryfield. When we get near the university we'll cut off through a small nature reserve and across the bottom of the cricket fields to cross Gibbet Hill Road.  We then circle around the university along paths by ponds and get back to The Varsity.  There is always a chance on the day I decide to do it the other way round!

*On my first recce some of these were a bit overgrown so I'll take my clippers for the final one.

Lunch:       I've booked a table for up to 30 but I'll give them the numbers staying when I hand in the car registration numbers.  They don't want orders in beforehand but I suggest you decide in advance as it will speed things up when you order at the bar.

Menu:         Click Here for Menu

Leader:        Richard Drake 01676 534932 / 07777 663349 richarddrakeu3a@yahoo.com 

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When:       Tuesday 1st October 2019

Where:     Earlswood

Meet:         10.00am at The Bull's Head, 7 Lime Kiln Lane, Earlswood, Solihull, B94 6BU  (Please note this is not The Red Lion as in previous walk) 

Directions:         Leave BC on Balsall Street, to Knowle, then Dorridge and Hockley Heath.  In Hockley Heath turn left on the A3400 and then  turn right, after the canal and the Wharf Tavern,  into Spring Lane.  After about ½ mile on a bend take the next right  into Cut Throat Lane. Continue on this road until a give way sign.  Turn Right after a short distance at the cross road (Reservoir Pub)  turn right onto Shutt Lane.  After ½ mile turn right into Salter Street.  The Bulls Head is on the left at the next junction. Journey distance 10 miles, 22 minutes.

Walk Details: The circular walk is just over 4 miles from the Bull's Head and relatively flat, with a couple of slopes and no stiles.  It follows a mixture of canal towpaths, lakeside paths and country lanes.  The path around Windmill Pool could become a little muddy after rain.  We walk along the Stratford upon Avon Canal until we reach Lady Lane Wharf and leave the canal at Bridge 16 at Lady Lane. We walk on road sides to the site of Earlswood Lakes which consists of three 22 acre reservoirs (Terry's Pool, Windmill Pool and Engine Pool) via the kissing gate on the causeway road.  We progress from the lakes to the causeway road and along Shutt Lane (B4102) and Salters Street arriving back at the Bulls Head on the left.

Food Orders:     The menu can be found by clicking here  A reservation has been made for up to 20 but the Bull's Head would like a pre-order so could you please order by e-mail to walk leader by 6pm Sunday September 29

Walk leaders:    Christine Harris - christine.harris5@btinternet.com  Tel 01676 523140 mob 07845467233 

Merryl Muat - merrylmuat@hotmail.com Tel 07952 281917

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