Shorter Walks Group

(About 3 miles 90 Minutes)


Coordinator Richard Drake


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This is a 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 normally meet once a month, on the 1st Wednesday at 11.00 am (however, on occasion there might be an "afternoon tea" walk).

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.

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 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:

Where's The Path

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

Click here for Ramblers Risk Assessment Statement

June Shorter Walk

When:     Wednesday 1st June 2022

Where:   Berkswell

Meet:     11:00 am The Bear Inn, Spencer’s Lane, Berkswell CV7 7BB.

Travel:   1) Assuming all roads open: From BC travel west along Kenilworth Road and TR into Lavender Hall Lane. At the junction with Spencer’s Lane / Coventry Road / Meriden Road, cross over and almost immediately TR into the Bear Inn car park. Park at the top end.

2) If Lavender Hall Road is closed due to HS2 works then take Station Road toward Coventry, go under the railway bridge and immediately TL into Baulk Lane. Continue to and TL into Spencer’s Lane. Proceed to cross roads as above.

3) If Station Rd and Lavender Hall Lane closed due to HS2 works then travel west along A452 to the Hampton roundabout and TR into Hampton Lane. At the roundabout TR into Main Road and shortly TR into Berkswell Rd which turns into Meriden Road. At the cross roads follow 1) above.

Walk:     3 mile walk, no stiles.  Easy walk, mainly on farm tracks, paths and fields.  Short stretches of quiet roads.  Slight incline on track to Blind Hall Farm.  Circular walk leave the Bear towards the crossroads, take footpath north and turn off Meriden road to Blind Hall Farm, pick up Coventry Way to Back Lane.  Return via Hill House Farm and Benton Lane returning to the Bear.

Lunch:    A table has been booked at the Bear Inn.  Please click here for their Lunch Menu.  You can order food on the day, before the walk. But it would be preferable if you could email me your food choices by 7pm Tuesday evening 31st May.

Leader:  Peter Calver email or 01676 535318




Shorter Walk Leaders 2022


Walk Leader

1st June

Peter Calver

6th July

Sandra Heard

3rd August - Afternoon Tea Walk

Richard Drake

7th September

Lin and Don White

5th October

Judy Hornigold

2nd November


7th December





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