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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 2020  (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 March Walk 2020

When:        Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Where:      Leamington Spa

Meet:          10.00am at the Newbold Comyn Arms, Newbold Terrace, Royal Leamington Spa, Leamington Spa CV32 4EU

Directions:           (10mls 30mins). From BC centre, take Kenilworth Rd/A452 to Kenilworth. Continue through Kenilworth and at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit towards LíSpa (A452).  At the next roundabout cross over the A46 and take the 2nd exit onto Leamington Rd/A452 Continue to follow A452 to the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Kenilworth Rd/A452. Continue to follow Kenilworth Rd through the next roundabout to the mini roundabout at the T junction take the 1st exit onto Clarendon Ave then turn 2nd right onto Oxford St.  At the traffic lights turn left onto Warwick St (Sign to Newbold Common). Follow the curve round to a set of traffic lights just before the Park turn left onto Newbold Terrace East; pass the Leisure Centre and Turn Left into the Car Park.

Walk details:       The walk is approximately 5 miles, and takes us on a Canal & Riverside tour of Leamington Spa, finally going through Victoria Park & Jephson Gardens before arriving back at the Pub. The whole of the walk is on firm surfaced paths, though some stickiness may be encountered in some places by the canal after heavy rain.

Afterwards:         At the pub. Click here for the menu  please let me have your choices by 6.00pm on Monday 2nd March.

Leader:       Peter Whalley 01676 532478   p.h.whalley@btinternet.com

 Click here for printable copy of this walk