Shorter Walks Group

(About 3 miles 90 Minutes)

Co-ordinator Richard Drake

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When:  Last Thursday of each month, most walks start at 11:00.
Where:  Various locations as chosen by each walk leader.
Cost:  Just £2 to join the group; no charge for each walk.

This is a popular and sociable group who enjoy walking local fields and paths marvelling 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 normally meet once a month, on the last Thursday at 11.00 am. However, in August we normally have an "Afternoon tea walk" and the December walk is on New Years Day to "clear the cobwebs".

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.)

We average 10–20 members per walk (although over 40 made it to a New Years Day "clear the cobwebs" walk). We walk in most kinds of weather.

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

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.

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 led 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 sites:

Where's The Path

Millennium Way website — lists of walks


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

Click here for Ramblers Risk Assessment Statement

June Shorter Walk
When: Thursday 27th June 11.00AM
Where: Balsall Common
Other details: To be confirmed
Walk leader: Richard Drake 07777 663349

Shorter Walk July 2024

When:  Thursday 25th July 2024
Where:  Leek Wootton
Meet:  11:00 a.m. At the car park of The Anchor Inn, Warwick Road, Leek Wootton, CV35 7QX.
Leave Balsall Common on the A452 to Kenilworth, and continue on the B4103 through the high street and turn right at the A452 junction, then left onto the Warwick Road leading to Leek Wootton. The pub will be on your right. The turn into the car park is quite narrow. Please park at the rear of the car park. (5 miles).
A 3 mile walk. From The Anchor Inn we cross the main road and take a fenced path, by fields with ponies and a spectacular oak tree. The walk continues through a spinney, crossing the A45 via a rail bridge. We pass through further wooded areas, the quiet village of Hill Wootton and join Hill Wootton Road, then onto the B4115 for a short way before returning through spinnies to our starting point. Please note the latter roads require single file as they are quite busy. Sticks are advised for uneven areas. No shorts due to brambles and nettles in the first section.
Afterwards:  The Anchor Inn, Leek Wootton. See menu at Please advise me if you wish to stay for lunch and your menu choices by the evening of Mon 22nd July.
Walk Leaders:  Sandra Heard 07762 077798
and Sue Simpson 
NB. Health and Safety requirement:
All participants will need to sign an attendance list and provide an emergency contact number prior to the actual start of the walk.

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Shorter-Walk Leaders 2024

Date Walk Leader
1st January Richard Drake
25th January Keith & Sue Simpson
29th February Matthew Stephens
28th March Lin & Don White
25th April Barbara & Phil Hammonds
30th May Ian Lester
27th June Richard Drake
25th July Sandra Heard & Sue Simpson
22nd August Richard Drake — Afternoon Tea Walk
26th September Judy Hornigold
31st October Peter Calver
28th November
1st January Richard Drake


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