Short Walks Group   (about 3 miles, 90 minutes)

Co-ordinator 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.

Email either  or

All Shorter walks have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 problems


Note:  The U3A Day has been moved to the 1st October.  Richard will lead a short walk on that day to mark the National U3A Day


Shorter Walk Leaders

Below is a list of leaders for 2020

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 Leaders 2020


Walk Leader

1st April 2020

Sandra Heard 

6th May 2020

Peter Calver

3rd June 2020

Margaret Burleigh 

1st July 2020

Lin and Don White 

5th August 2020 **

Richard Drake

2nd September 2020

Linda and Gary Carey 

1st October 2020

Richard Drake 

4th November 2020


2nd December 2020


** August Walk will be maybe an "Afternoon Tea Walk"



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