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
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.
September Shorter Walk 2019
When: Wednesday 4th September 2019
Where: Meet at 11:00 am Ye Olde Saracen’s Head Pub, Balsall Street, Balsall Common, CV7 7AS
Directions: The pub’s location will be well known to Balsall Common residents but for anyone travelling from outside the village, simple directions are as follows: From the roundabout at the village centre follow Station Road in the direction away from Berkswell Station towards Balsall Street. Turn right at the junction of Station Road and Balsall Street in the direction of Temple Balsall and Knowle. You will pass Oakes Farm on your left then continue straight ahead until you see the Saracen’s Head pub on your left. There is a large car park which should be able to accommodate us all.
Walk Details: This walk takes in parts of both the Millenium Way and Heart of England Way and is mainly across open fields, with some sections taking us along lanes which are relatively traffic free. The latter part of the walk does go through fields where the vegetation is rougher and there are some thistles and nettles, so trousers are recommended. This part is also a bit uphill although the climb is gradual.
We are also likely to encounter horses, sheep and cows (the latter separated from the path by an electrified fence though) so we’ve learned not to make eye contact with any of them and they shouldn’t bother us.
We finish up back on Balsall Street with a straightforward walk to the pub.
Walk Length: 3.2 miles. There are several gates and stiles, although only about 3 of the stiles have to be climbed as the others are low enough to step over.
Lunch: The Saracen’s Head Click here for Menu offers a main menu plus a limited selection of “lighter bites” which includes some main courses, baguettes and open sandwiches. The 2-for-1 Pizza offer is also available at lunchtime.
Food orders Please by 6pm on Tuesday 3rd September to Linda Carey on firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk Leaders: Gary and Linda Carey Tel: 01676 532913
Email : email@example.com
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 Treasurer@balsallcommonu3a.org .
Lots of help is available for anyone who hasn't done it before.
4th September 2019
Linda & Gary Carey
2nd October 2019
6th November 2019
Linda and Don White
4th December 2019