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

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.

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June Shorter Walk


WHEN:     11:00 a.m. Wednesday 5 June

MEET:       Tom o’ the Wood Pub Finwood Rd Rowington CV35 7DH


TRAVEL:  From Balsall Common it is a 15 minutes’ drive (7.8 miles).  Leave BC on the A 452 Kenilworth Road then turn right at Evesons Fuels onto  A4177 Meer End Road to Five ways roundabout.  Take second exit and then turn almost immediately right onto Case Lane. After 900m turn right, sign posted to Rowington.  At the next junction turn right signposted again to Rowington.  Take the next road on the left Rowington Green, cross Old Warwick Road onto Finwood Road. Tom o’ the Wood is on the left parking is OK anywhere in pub car park, but is not large ,so please car share if possible.


WALK DETAILS:       Approx 3½ to 4 miles. (One and a half hours.) Easy walking. One stile only ,at start of walk. Mostly flat.  Leave canal to pass through adjacent field and quiet road  to cross further  fields ,road  and path and reach Baddesley Clinton churchyard.  Skirt grounds of house to cross further fields and re-join canal, close to Navigation Inn. Then follow canal to return to pub.


LUNCH:   Tom of the Wood menu changes frequently, both regular menu and specials. The pub advises checking on line nearer the date. Main dishes can be quite expensive but range of starters and pizzas are usually available. Food pre ordering is not necessary ,but if you are likely to stay for lunch it would be helpful to know ahead to finalise table size.
Click Here for Menu


WALK LEADERS       Merryl Muat  07952 281917  Christine Harris 07845 467233






Shorter Walk Leaders

Below is a list of leaders for the remainder of 2019.

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

 Lots of help is available for anyone who hasn't done it before.



Walk Leader

5th June 2019

Merryl Muat and Christine Harris

3rd July 2019

Peter Calver

7th August 2019

Richard Drake  ** This walk starts at 2pm

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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