Ramblers Group

Co-ordinator — Martin Richards

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When:  First Tuesday and third Wednesday of each month, most walks start at 10:00.
Where:  Various locations as chosen by each walk leader.
Cost:  Just £2 to join the group; no charge for each walk.

This is a very active, popular and sociable group who enjoy each other’s company while tramping the local fields, highways and byways, marvelling at the wonderful Warwickshire scenery so close to us.

We meet twice a month, on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday at 10.00 am. Details of the next walk are given below.

We have a number of walk leaders, from the membership, who take it in turn to select a walk of about 5 to 6 miles. They choose where to go and where we meet. Newer members are encouraged to offer to lead a walk either singly, as a couple or a small group, after they have settled in with us but there is no compunction to do so!

We try to start within 10 miles of Balsall Common and most frequently find pub car parks very suitable for our starting/finishing points! Many members stay for a drink and/or a meal after the walk.

The membership of the group is about 80 of whom most are active.
A walk averages around 18–25 members with a high of 36! Walks take place in most kinds of weather with one major exception being snow!

This is a rambling group and for safety and insurance reasons dogs are not allowed.

The cost is very low — there is a joining fee of £2 and to date no other costs. However, members are asked to pay for their own drinks/meals after a walk!

With the joining fee money raised so far we have bought and kept up to date three first aid kits for the leaders to take on their walks and future funds will be available to buy maps, written up walks, etc.

If you would like to join or require any other information please contact Martin Richards (the co-ordinator) by email: ramblers@balsallcommonu3a.org. Prospective new members can also "try us out" by just turning up at a walk starting point and joining us for that particular 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 Ramblers group.

If anyone wants to lead a walk please contact the co-ordinator. Lots of help is at hand for anyone who has never led a walk before.

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

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From 19th July 2021 all Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, however walkers must read the new Ramblers Risk assessment shown below.

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Second November Walk 2023

When:  Wednesday 15th November 2023
Where:  Meriden
Meet:  10:00 a.m. Queen’s Head, Old Road, Meriden, CV7 7JP.
Travel:  From Balsall Common travel along A452 towards Stonebridge.  At the Hampton in Arden roundabout turn right onto B4102 towards Meriden.  At the roundabout in the village turn right. Note 20 mph speed limit through village. After almost 1 mile, take left fork into Old Road. Queen’s Head is approx 200 mtrs on left hand side.
An alternative route is Meriden Road out of Berkswell and turn right at duck pond in Meriden. Old Road is approx half mile on left.
Through Eaves Green, east to Harvest Hill, north along country lanes past Couchman’s Farm. We then take bridleway south west and through Meriden Shafts, returning to the Queen’s Head via Lodge Green Farm and Walsh Hall. Open farmland, paths, bridleways, woodland, quiet lanes. We have once again opted to use quiet roads rather than open fields in certain sections of the route to avoid meeting up with cows. There are some short inclines but generally easy walking with only two stiles. Despite the recent rain, there were no serious muddy areas when Peter Calver and I did the recce. Distance approx 5.5 miles.
Afterwards:  The Queen’s Head would like bookings in advance. If you wish to have lunch, would you please let me know your choice by 6.00 pm on Monday 13th November. I will confirm the booking with you. The lunch menu pdf can be downloaded from queensheadmeriden.com.
Walk Leader:  Alan Buckland 01676 534357 / 07973 130269 / alanbuckland1945@gmail.com (note new email address)

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First December Walk 2023

When:  Tuesday 5th December 2023
Where:  Balsall Common
Meet:  10:00 a.m. The White Horse, Kenilworth Rd, Balsall Common, Coventry, CV7 7DT.
This is a mostly flat walk with hard surfaces and no stiles. We will walk from the The White Horse to Meeting House Lane and then via Kelsey Lane/Windmill Lane to Hob Lane. We road-walk for a while to a footpath across a couple of fields to cross the Temporary Greenway and make our way to Burton Green bridge to view progress on the HS2 tunnel. A short walk to Red Lane to view the new Village Hall. Returning to the bottom of the Temporary Greenway we walk back to Balsall Common, crossing Waste Lane to Station Road. Returning to The White Horse via Sunnyside and Meeting House Lanes. Distance approx 6.0 miles. Currently the fields are not unduly muddy. I will do a final recce and there are options to shorten the walk if the weather is inclement and/or we are not making good time.
Afterwards:  Lunch will be at The White Horse (Main Menu (https://thewhitehorseatbc.co.uk)). I have provisionally booked a table for 8. If you want to stay for lunch please let me know by Sunday 3rd December 6.00 PM.
Walk Leader:  Richard Drake 07777 663349 richarddrakeu3a@yahoo.com.

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Walk Leaders 2023

Date Walk Leader
3rd January Liz Cowley & Sheila Jones
18th January Angela Reid
7th February Jim/Bernie Henry
15th February Martin Richards
7th March Judy Hornigold
15th March Matthew Stephens
4th April Richard Glynn
19th April Liz Cowley & Sheila Jones
2nd May Keith Simpson
17th May Richard Drake
6th June Alan Buckland
21st June Christine Harris and Merryl Muat
4th July Sandra Heard & Frances Critoph
19th July Keith Simpson
1st August Peter Calver
16th August Geoff Kennedy
5th September Richard Drake
20th September Richard Glynn
3rd October Leslie & Carolyn de Chernatony
18th October Liz Cowley & Sheila Jones
7th November Matthew Stephens
15th November Alan Buckland
5th December Richard Drake
20th December no walk — Xmas lunch?

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