Shorter Walks Group

(About 3 miles 90 Minutes)


Co-ordinator Richard Drake


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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 1st Wednesday at 11.00 am. However, in August we normally have an "Afternoon tea walk" and the January 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.

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

October Shorter Walk 2022

When:  Wednesday 5th October 2022

Where: Kenilworth

Meet:   11:00 am, Brays car park, Kenilworth, CV8 1NF

Travel Directions:   Head south on Kenilworth Rd/A452 towards Arden Close, follow the A452 for 3½ miles, then continue on Clinton Lane, following the B4103 for half a mile, go around the castle to the entrance and turn right into the castle entrance. Brays car park is on the left.

Parking:   We can park in Brays Car Park (opposite the entrance to the castle) Parking is free for English Heritage members and £3 for everyone else.
(There is alternate free car parking about half a mile away at: Castle Farm Recreation Centre — oops, sorry, there was a car park there, but unfortunately it is currently a construction site, so we can't use that one.)

Walk Description:   This is a 3½ mile ramble over agricultural land starting at Kenilworth Castle and heading west towards (though not reaching) Beausale. The walk is over fields with a short section on a country lane. It is easy flat walking with no stiles. It is walk M (short cut) in the Kenilworth and Beyond Country Walks book.

Afterwards:   A table has been booked at the Clarendon Arms, 44 Castle Hill, CV8 1NB. Please read the menu on their website and let Judy know your choices no later than 3rd October.

Walk Leader:   Judy Hornigold, 07414 719189

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Shorter Walk Leaders 2022


Walk Leader

5th October

Judy Hornigold

2nd November

Lin & Don White

7th December

Juliet Hancox 




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