Short Walks Group   (about 3 miles, 90 minutes)

Co-ordinator TBA (Richard Drake temporarily)

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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 ( ).

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

Afternoon Short Walk Monday 23rd July

A Short Walk starting at 2.30 from Lavender Hall Café finishing at 4.00(ish) for Coffee/Tea & Cake.


We will walk to and down the station ramp.  Along the verge to Baulk Lane, a short distance to the footpath and then head across fields to loop back and cross Truggist Lane and head for the Greenway.  A short (shady) stretch and then we turn off for Old Waste Lane and back across Barratts Farm.  There may be some route variation here depending on livestock!  

I'll do a final recce in the next couple of days equipped with clippers but long sleeves and trousers advised on all walks at the moment.


No need to pre-order but I will give the café a count before we set off. Coffee and Cake is £3.

Long-range weather forecast on BBC is sunny intervals and gentle breeze, hopefully cooler than present.


This is a one-off for now but if popular we might try some more.


Leader Richard Drake

Short Walk August 2018

When:         Wednesday 1st August 2018

Where:       11.00 AM from The Hickory Smokehouse, Burton Green.

Walk:         3 miles. We will walk a short distance towards Tile Hill along Cromwell Lane and then turn left down a short track.  We cross fields back towards Hodgetts Lane.  Crossing we loop behind sub-station.  Crossing the Greenway on a bridge we then cross fields to take us back to join it. From the Greenway there are 3 options. A) go straight across and through the wood coming out on Hodgetts Lane and a pavement walk to the pub; B) walk a while down the Greenway and then turn up the ramp emerging onto Cromwell Lane and a pavement walk to the pub; or C) a few yards further and we turn left and walk across fields behind the water tower, emerging on Cromwell Lane a few yards from the pub.

Lunch:         Richard has booked their largest table of 12 so first with orders get to be on it (although I am sure they can accommodate all-comers).

Click here for main menu.  or here for Lunch menu Orders in advance or before we start.

Leader:    Richard Drake



We have walks and leaders in place as follows: 

If you can fill one or more of the Leader Wanted months please contact Richard Drake


Date Walk Leader
01 August 2018 Richard Drake
05 September 2018 Linda & Gary Carey
03 October 2018 Jan Baylis
07 November 2018 Leader Wanted
05 December 2018 Merryl Muat


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