Short Walks Group (about 3 miles, 90 minutes)
Co-ordinator TBA (Richard Drake temporarily)
This is a new, but already, popular and sociable group who enjoy walking local fields and paths marveling at the wonderful Warwickshire countryside on our doorstep. These are rambles and may include the occasional stile as well as gates. Sensible walking footwear and clothing is needed. However, they are meant to be less demanding than the full Ramblers Group who typically walk for 5 miles plus. We meet once a month, on the 1st Wednesday at 11.00 am.
A number of walk leaders take it in turns to select a walk of about 3 miles. They choose where to go and where to meet. Members are encouraged to lead a walk but there is no requirement to do so (however, without leaders there will be no walks!).
The aim is to start in Balsall Common (or within 10 minutes of it) and normally find pub car parks for our starting/finishing points! Many members stay for a drink and /or a meal after the walk. (Although a good tearoom or café should not be ruled out.)
Averaging 10-20 members per walk we have got off to a good start. We walk in most kinds of weather (although to date we have been quite lucky with conditions this cannot last!).
The cost is very low - we have a joining fee of £2 and to date no other costs (and it is free for anyone who is already a paid up member of the Ramblers Group). You do pay for your own drinks/meals after a walk!
If you would like to join or require any other information please contact Richard 01676 534932 ( email@example.com ).
Prospective new members can also "try us out" by just turning up at a walk starting point and joining us for that 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 Short Walks group.
If anyone wants to lead (or help lead) a walk please contact Richard. Support is here for anyone who has never lead a walk before. All part of “lifelong learning”. (NB New leaders often pair up with a more experienced leader for their first walk).
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
Afternoon Walk Tea and Cake
Richard Drake is proposing another Afternoon Tea Walk on Thursday 20th September starting at 2:00 pm.
A gallant few (9 of us) braved one of the hottest afternoons of the year a few weeks ago and enjoyed a warm walk followed by excellent cake.
This will be from the same venue (Lavender Hall Cafe at the Fisheries) starting at 2.00 pm aiming to be back by 3.30 for tea/coffee and cake.
This will be just before the end of proper summer (the autumnal equinox is on 23rd September this year - I don't believe in Met Office definition it's just to make the statistics easy).
I hope you can join us.
Short Walk October 2018
Short Walk November 2018
When: Wednesday 7th September 2018 at 11am.
Meet: In the car park at Berryfields Farm, Berkswell Road, Meriden, CV7 7LB
Directions: From the roundabout in the centre of Balsall Common village, you have a choice of routes, all of which take about 8-10 minutes.
1. Take the A452 Kenilworth Road towards the Meriden/Hampton-in-Arden roundabout and turn right towards Meriden. On reaching the roundabout in the centre of Meriden turn right again and continue through the village, past the Bull’s Head pub until you see the duckpond on the right, where you will turn right onto Berkswell Road. Berryfields Farm is about half a mile along this road on the left. There is ample parking, some of which is on tarmac and the overspill car park on grass.
2. Take the A452 Kenilworth Road as above, but turn right down Lavender Hall Lane, across the narrow bridge towards Berkswell. Turn left at the crossroads beside The Bear Inn and continue for about 2 miles along Berkswell Road until you reach Berryfields Farm on the right.
3. Follow Station Road from the village centre, passing under the railway bridge at Berkswell Station, then turning first left into Baulk Lane. At the junction of Baulk Lane and Spencer’s Lane turn left again and continue along the road past The Bear Inn, proceeding as above until reaching Berryfields Farm on the right.
Walk: This walk might best be described as “a game of two halves”, bisected by Berkswell Road. Crossing Berkswell Road from the car park, the first part follows a circular route through open fields full of grazing sheep, with far reaching views towards Birmingham, but also incorporates fairly close encounters with a quarry and some sewerage works!
With some vivid imagination, you might convince yourself that the sound of rushing water at the latter is merely a babbling brook and if you can keep eyes focused on the path rather than looking around at this point, so much the better! This path has become rather overgrown but we’ve done our best to cut it back. Long trousers and sleeves advised. Elsewhere the ground underfoot is quite easy, certainly if it remains dry.
We continue back into open fields behind Meriden Hall and after climbing a stretch of slightly uphill ground we link up with part of the Millenium Way, bringing us back to Berkswell Road by way of a rather tricky stile.
For the second part of our walk, crossing back over Berkswell Road (care needed) we head through fields (stile-free path) towards Church Farm and St Laurence’s Church, which has some interesting history, and is located on the Heart of England Way. Just before the church we turn left down Church Lane towards the main road out of Meriden, then turning right and walking on pavement for about 200 yards before rejoining a public footpath to the right. This takes us back up to the church via a couple of fields (slight incline here).
From the church we have to return to Berryfields Farm using the same route we used to get there, and once back out onto Berkswell Road we turn left towards the farm, which will mean walking about 100 yards on the road.
There are 12 gates and 2 stiles.
Distance: About 3.4 miles, but there are a couple of options to shorten the route for anyone who wants to.
Lunch: Table for between 12 and 20 people (rough estimate!) booked for 12.45pm in The Barn at Berryfields restaurant. They’d like orders ahead of the day and the menu can be viewed at: www.thebarnatberryfields.co.uk Click Here for the Lunch Menu
If food choices could be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm on Tuesday September 4th (or phoned through to our home tel. no. below) we can pass them to the restaurant. Alcoholic drinks are available for those worried that it’s not a pub!
Walk Leaders: Gary and Linda Carey
Contact telephone no: 01676 532913
Click here for Printable copy of these notes
Shorter Walk Leaders
We now have Leaders for all the remaining walks in 2018.
However, we will shortly be thinking about 2019!
If you are interested in leading a Short Walk next year please contact Richard Drake
Date Walk Leader 05 September 2018 Martin Richards 03 October 2018 Jan Baylis 07 November 2018 Linda & Gary Carey 05 December 2018 Merryl Muat
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