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

Short Walk December 2018

When:       11.00 am  Wednesday 5 December 2018

Where:      Kenilworth

Meet:         11am - Abbey Fields car park (access from Bridge Street).  Car parking is free for 2 hours, then  £1.80 for up to 3 hours (make sure ticket is put on car and time limit is adhered to (otherwise fine of £85 transmuted to £50 for payment within 28 days). 

Walk details:      Approximately 4 miles of easy walking mostly on pavement.  Starting from St. Nicholas Church’s West Door and Norman Arch, with the option of entering the church for a brief visit.  Taking the path through the graveyard to the remains of the Abbey of St Mary, bypass the Abbey Barn and take the path behind the Abbey Fields swimming pool. Having crossed the little bridge over the brook, we take the right hand path alongside the lake leading to Castle Road at the Ford where we turn right towards the castle.  Crossing the road; take the steepish narrow path to circuit the castle (ground conditions permitting) turning right to come up Purlieu Lane and face the old cottages on Castle Green. Continuing up Castle Hill with the restored cottages of Little Virginia on the right. Taking the second road on the left down Malthouse Lane and continue until we reach the Birmingham Road where we turn right past the Pugin Church of St Augustine’s.  We continue down Fieldgate Lane until we reach New Street crossroads where we turn right, up High Street, cross the road and cut down by the side of St Nicholas Church to the car park.

Afterwards:        Lunch at The Loch Fyne, High Street.  Menu to be confirmed but pre-booking essential.

Leaders:        Merryl Muat mob 0752 281917   Christine Harris 01676 523140


Short Walk January 2019

This walk on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 will start from The Railway Inn at 11:00am


Final route to be decided based on weather/underfoot conditions on the day.

More details later about lunch menu.



Shorter Walk Leaders

Below is a list of leaders for the balance of 2018.

Also Leaders for 2019

If you are interested in leading a Short Walk please contact Richard Drake


Date Walk Leader
05 December 2018 Merryl Muat 
2nd January 2019  Richard Drake
6th February 2019 Leader Required
6th March 2019  Lynda & Paul Moore
3rd April 2019 Barbara & Phil Hammonds
1st May 2019  Sandra Heard
5th June 2019 Merryl Muat and Christine Harris
3rd July 2019 Peter Calver
7th August 2019 Richard Drake
4th September 2019 Linda & Gary Carey
2nd October 2019 Jan Bayliss
6th November 2019 Leader Required
4th December 2019 Leader Required



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