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WALKS PROGRAMMES  Nos 168,169,170, 
  2021 

 

 

Due to the unpredictability of numbers attending each walk it will be appreciated if members advise the leaders by the dates shown. The leaders may wish to limit the numbers, which they feel, are manageable, taking into consideration car parking, lunch arrangements and the number of obstacles en route which could slow the walk. Additionally by leaving your telephone number you can be contacted in the event of cancellations etc.

A walk number that is underlined has been altered since its original posting or is a new inclusion

Earlier walk programmes have now been removed from the web pages to save space, but copies including the reviews going back to 2001 may be obtained from Stan

 

Walking Group Mobile phone numbers are : 0754 6069085 and 0752 2958435  -  Please note that the phones will only be operative on the morning of a walk to enable members who are running late, are lost or delayed, to contact the walk leader.  If one number does not work, try the other



NB   1.   Walkers are requested to carry both their U3A membership cards and their ICE (in case of emergency) cards with them on all walks and strolls.
NB   2.   Members may bring a guest but the guest must not displace a member if spaces on the walk are limited.
NB   3.   Members should always carry hand sanitizer and a face covering.
NB   4     In future unless a walk leader specifies 'picnic en route' then lunches will be own arrangements be that pub, home or picnic until such time as the hospitality industry achieves some new-normal status.

 


 

Walk Programme November 2021



Walk    1440   

Wednesday 3 November    5 miles    Easy    Lunch own arrangements
Meet        Outside the Roses theatre, Sun St, Tewkesbury GL20 5NX  9.45 for 10.00a.m. start
Contact    Barry    01242 522973 or 07751170833     the week before
Directions    Off Tewkesbury High Street
Details          The two rivers walk out along the Severn, back along the Avon. Possibly some stiles and mud.

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Walk    1441   

Thursday 4 November  5 miles  Moderate/Energetic   Poss. pub lunch
Meet        The Glasshouse, May Hill GL17 0NN  Grid 709214   9.30 for 9.45 start
Contact    Terry and Margaret  01684 772278   the week before
Directions    From Gloucester bypass, then A40 towards Ross, through Huntley then take 2nd right after Huntley Church. The pub is approx a mile further on the right.
 Please park just after the pub beside grass.
Details    The walk starts easy through Newent wood to Clifford's Mesne, then the long climb up to May hill. Some quiet lanes and tracks, a couple of stiles.
NB. If we cannot arrange a pub lunch it maybe a November picnic.

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Walk     1442   

Wednesday 10 November   5.5 miles    Easy   Lunch own arrangements.                            
Meet        Outside Tewkesbury Library, Sun St, Tewkesbury GL20 5NX  9.15 for 9.30a.m. start (note early start time)
Contact    Sue  01684 298085 the week before
Directions    Off Tewkesbury High Street
Details    From Tewkesbury to Twyning and back. At Beaufort bridge we join Shakespeare’s Avon Way to Twyning. From the village we take field paths and tracks until we meet up with the river path again.  Several stiles.

Sue gathered eight of us at Tewkesbury Library for her return walk to Twyning village on a damp, misty morning. Though wet underfoot, the weather stayed dry but misty. We walked along the Avon riverbank footpath to Twyning where we stopped for coffee at the village green. Fortunately, the Village Inn pub was closed, so did not see us occupying their tables. After coffee we returned via the higher paths by the riding school area and the old salt road, eventually back to the Avon footpath and Tewkesbury. We negotiated 11 stiles, but did two twice, just to prove we could.

(Thanks Bob M or the report and pictures)

With the sheep

some water

Stop for a chat

Walk    1443   

Thursday 11 November   6.5 miles Easy/Moderate  Pub Lunch en route
Meet        Stanton Village Club car park  WR12 7NE  Grid 068344   9.30 for 9.45a.m.  start
Contact    Graham & Betty 01684 594331  or graham.mealand@btinternet.com  the week before.
Directions    A46/B4077  Tewksbury-Stow road, turn left at Toddington roundabout, turn right to ‘Stanton’, turn left to Stanton Village Club when entering village.
Details    Undulating walk through 2 Cotswold Villages, Stanton & Snowshill with Lunch stop at Snowshill Arms Pub three quarters of the way round. 2 miles mostly downhill after lunch takes us back to cars. (See Pub Lunch Menu online info@snowshillarms.co.uk )  Make your selection and Email or phone Graham & Betty and we will inform the pub.
If your circumstances change at the last moment please inform the pub direct (01386 852653)

20 of us mustered at the Village Hall in Stanton on a somewhat grey and damp autumn morning. We walked to the war memorial in this most delightful of Cotswold villages where Betty appropriately acknowledged that today was Remembrance Day.
We set off up what was apparently the old stage coach route, wondering how on earth horses and carriages could have negotiated the steep incline. Thankfully, there were plenty of opportunities to stop and catch our breath and admire the scenery and the Cotswold Hills in their stunning multi-coloured autumn finery. It was clear to see why this area had been one of Graham and Betty’s favourite places for so many years.
We zigzagged up the hill to reach our coffee stop just before 11am and, suitably refreshed, we respected the 2 minute silence in the most beautiful of surroundings, with far reaching views over the outlying Cotswold Hills. Noel recounted the story of the soldier and poet Will Harvey and recited one of Will’s poems, written around 1916, which he had written to remind him of his home in Gloucestershire.
Onwards and upwards (how are there more ups than downs?) but with splendid views at every turn to sustain us, we negotiated the undulating hills to Snowshill, thankfully avoiding the beaters and the shooters who were gathering ominously nearby.
A transient damp drizzle didn’t stop us enjoying our lunch stop in Snowshill churchyard before we headed into the looming grey clouds, passing through the woods where trees were shedding their vibrant yellow and red leaves, before negotiating the steep descent back to Stanton. The threatening clouds held their cargo and we arrived back at the cars tired but dry and content after a delightful walk in the glorious Cotswolds. Thank you Graham and Betty.

Lovely Stanton

Last of the autumn leaves

Listen to Betty

You're being watched

                        
Walk    1444   

Wednesday 17 November     5 Miles   Energetic   Lunch own arrangements.
Meet         Leamington Road Car Park Broadway WR127ET ( Pay and Display £4) 9.45a.m. for 10.a.m. start
Contact    Steve  01684  295438   the week before
Directions    A46 to Teddington Cross Hands, B4077 to Toddington, B4632 to Broadway. Continue up Broadway High Street to the roundabout, turn left onto Leamington Road.  The car park is approximately 200 yards on the right, through a row of houses.
Details    A Fisher-Price walk leaving Broadway village via Bibsworth Covert, climbing steeply past Foxhill Manor and across the edge of the Cotswold Hills to the church of St. Nicholas, Saintbury. Return is via a tumulus, the edge of Broadway Golf Course and back to Broadway. 2-3 stiles, grassy uphill paths and a chance to cross the county border, twice. As the walk progresses the views and the path becomes increasingly breath-taking and panoramic.

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Walk    1445   

Wednesday 24 November    4.75 miles  Easy/Moderate      Lunch own arrangements
Meet         Ewe Pen Barn National Trust car park GL54 3DT Grid 158143   9.45 for 10.00a.m. start
Contact    Hugh    01452 780460 the week before
Directions    A40 East  from Cheltenham for about 15 miles, after roundabout junction with A429  look for brown Lodge Park NT right turn signs at crossroads. DO NOT  follow the Lodge Park sign, but instead turn LEFT at this crossroads. Entrance to car park 500m on right after trees.
Free parking for NT and NT for Scotland members, otherwise pay and display – coins only accepted. The car park is small, so share lifts wherever possible.
Details    We walk around the NT Sherborne estate and village. Footpaths and minor roads, sculptures in the woods, gentle inclines both up and down, some mud, no stiles.


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Walk    1446   

Thursday 25 November     5.5 miles     Moderate    Golf Club lunch
Meet        Cleeve Hill Golf Club Car Park, GL52 3PW, Grid 987272 for 10.00a.m. start
Contact    Andrea and Bob     01684 294676    the week before
Directions    The Golf Club is at the summit of Cleeve Hill off the B4632 and well signposted.
Details    This is an old favourite walk over Cleeve Common, past Postlip Hall, and with views over Cheltenham. The walk involves quite a long climb, but there are no stiles.
The restaurant at the Golf Club is under new management and the food is     now more varied and of better quality.


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Walk Programme December 2021




Walk    1447   

Thursday 2  December   5miles    Easy       Lunch own arrangements.
Meet        Rear of Cheltenham Racecourse Park & Ride. GL50 4SH Grid 957242  9.45 for 10.00 start.
Contact    Bob and Kath 01242 232527 the week before.
Directions    A46 to Teddington Hands roundabout then A435 towards Cheltenham. Turn left at Racecourse Roundabout then left into the Car Park and park at the far end.
Details    The route will take us east from the car park, along the racecourse perimeter fence, before turning into Prestbury. Then by footpath, across fields to the Ellenborough Park Hotel, returning via the north side of the racecourse and the GWR station, passing the Grandstand on our return to the car park. No stiles.


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Walk    1448   

Wednesday 8 December    4.5 miles   Moderate (a few stiles) Pub Lunch
Meet        7 Tuns Inn Car Park, Chedworth Village  GL54  4AE   Grid  SPO52121  9.45am to book meals for 10.00am start.
Contact    Calvyn  01684 296684 the week before.
Directions    From Cheltenham take the A40 to Northleach. At Northleach take the A429 towards Cirencester. The turning to Chedworth should be the 3rd on the right, remember you need to go to Chedworth village and not the Roman Villa.
Details    A Fisher-Price walk from the delightful Cotswold village of Chedworth through Chedworth Woods to Yanworth Mill. Along a lovely valley passing the Roman Villa and returning via the Macmillan Way to the inn. Delightful views and valleys, a real Cotswold winter tonic.
 
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Walk    1449  

Thursday 16 December    Energetic    4 miles   lunch own arrangements
Meet         Hollybush Car Park   HR8 1ET(near)   Grid 758368     9.45am  for 10.00 am start
Contact     Mike and Jenny        01684 772194   the  week before
Directions    A438 from Tewkesbury. The car park is on the right at the top of the hill after you cross into Herefordshire.  Easy to miss the entrance.
Details    We walk to Whiteleaved Oak and climb Chase End hill. Return the easy way to Whiteleaved Oak and climb Ragged Stone Hill.  About 3 stiles.

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Walk    1450  

Thursday 30 December    5miles     Easy/Moderate      Pub Lunch
Meet        Duke of York, Berrow.  WR13 6JQ  Grid 782355  9.45am for 10am start.
Contact    Graham & Betty   Graham.Mealand@btinternet.com or 01684594331 by Thursday 9th December
Directions    A438 Tewkesbury/Ledbury Rd, D of Y on left.
Details    From the pub share cars to drive to Hollybush CP. A familiar trek via side of Ragged Stone & Chase End Hills across Bromsberrow Estate for Coffee stop, returning along woodland paths to CP.
Here’s your chance to book on our Annual Pudding Buster Walk (which we couldn’t enjoy last year).
More details about making menu choices from the D of Y Web will be circulated to those who book by December 9th.

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Walk Programme January 2022



Walk    1451   

Wednesday 5 January    5.5 Miles   Moderate    Lunch own arrangements      
Meet        Gupshill Manor car park    GL20 5SY      for 9.45am start
Contact    Tony & Jennifer     01684 276960         by the Tuesday before
Directions    Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury
Details    Through Southwick Park and Hoo Lane to Deerhurst, returning along the River Severn and back through Tewkesbury Park. One stile and one very short climb.

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Walk    1452  

Thursday 6 January      5 miles  Easy/Moderate   Lunch own arrangements
Meet        Tewkesbury  Nature Reserve car park   Grid 899319     10.00 start
Contact    Richard & Eileen         01684 274197  the week before
Directions    The car park is off the first roundabout on the Tewkesbury bypass from the Morrisons end.
Details    After leaving the Reserve we follow Rudgeway lane and cross fields to Tredington Church.  The return route follows the Swilgate.  Exact route depends on floods.  2 Stiles, quiet lanes and tracks, some mud.

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Walk    1453  

Thursday 13 January     6 miles    Moderate    Hotel lunch
Meet        Colwall Park Hotel car park  WR13 6QG  Grid 756424  by 9.45 am to order lunch.  Leave at 10.00 am.  Park at the hotel if eating, otherwise at the station or on the road.
Contact    Maggie  01684 773125 the week before  Maximum number 20 on walk.
Directions    Over the Malverns on the A449 towards Ledbury.  Take the first right, B4218, to Colwall.  After nearly 3 miles turn right at the station sign.  Hotel is on the left.
Details    A circular walk from Colwall Stone with views of the Malvern Hills above; a memorial garden, fields, woodland, a miniature rail track and the hazard of the footpath crossing a mainline railway.  Mostly flat, 9 stiles, and a couple of fields could be muddy.

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Walk    1454   

Wednesday 19 January       4 miles   Easy  Lunch  own arrangements
Meet        Lane alongside The Crown Inn Kemerton  Grid 946373  for  10.00 start
Contact    Sonia 01684 298409     the week before
Directions    Take B4080 from Tewkesbury through Bredon, then in Kemerton turn right
by the War Memorial.
Details    We walk along lanes, fields and tracks on the lower slopes of Bredon Hill.
It’s a mostly flat walk with 3 stiles around 3 pretty villages.

A message from Sonia re her walk Please book with Sonia by email (or failing that by phone if you can get through)


"We have just realised that our Landline was cut off yesterday, so anyone trying to book on my walk may or may not have been able to leave a message.
If people could email me at pwajer.redben@btinternet.com I can be sure I've not missed anyone. The landline should be up and running by Thursday early evening. There's plenty of room on my walk so no problem to book anyone on.
Sorry for this hiccup,

Sonia"

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Walk    1455   

Thursday 20 January    5  miles  Moderate  Lunch own arrangements
Meet        Beckford Village Hall Car Park  GL20 7AA   Grid 974357   9.45 for 10.00  start
Contact    Mike and Jenny  01684 772194   the week before 
Directions    A46 east passed Teddington Hands roundabout to left turn for Beckford
Details    We walk up the ‘yellow brick road’ to Shalden Farm and return via Conderton.  2 or 3 stiles

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Walk    1456    

Wednesday 26 January     5 miles  Moderate   Lunch in the Orchard Tea Room.
Meet         Orchard Tea Room, Hayles Fruit Farm.  GL54 5PB   Grid 050301   9.45am to order food.  10.00am start
Contact    Calvyn: 01684 296684   the week before.
Directions    A46 from Tewkesbury to Teddington Cross Hands Roundabout. B4077 to Toddington Roundabout. B4632 towards Winchcombe, passed Didbrook. Take left hand turn, signposted Hailes Abbey, drive passed the abbey up to Hayles Fruit Farm Shop.
Details    A Fisher-Price walk. This is an old favourite, but walking in reverse to normal. Initially, a short steep climb leads to ‘Cromwell’s Seat’ and Beckbury Camp. A flat field walking section to Stumps Cross, with impressive views across the valley. Descend past Pinky Dickens seat to Didbrook. A mixture of lane and field walking brings the walk back to Hailes Abbey and lunch at the Orchard Tea Room.
Please note that walkers not eating lunch MAY have to pay a £2.50 parking charge.

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Walk    1457   

Thursday 27 January   4.6 miles     Moderate/Energetic        Pub Lunch
Meet        The New Inn Willersey WR12 7PJ    GR 107394    Arrive 9.20  Choose from menu 9.30    Start 9.50
Contact    Noel 01684 772526    the week before
Directions    A44 Broadway Bypass, turn left onto  B4632 for 1km, pub on left corner entering village 'High Street'
Details    'Winter in Willersey' : Willersey War Memorial (Dam Busters), up to below Foxhill Manor, up to entrance (Farncombe House), edge of golf club path, down to Willersey via Saintbury Churchyard (one short part steep).  Note: lunch can be semi-outdoors OR indoors. i.e. individual choice.


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January 2022



Walk    1458   

Wednesday 2 February     5 miles   Easy (but some ascent)     Lunch own arrangements.
Meet         Layby outside The Deer Park  WR10 3DN   Grid 945410   9.45  for 10.00 start.
Contact     Mike and Jenny     01684 772194    the week before.
Directions     From B4080 Bredon - Eckington road turn right towards Great Comberton. In about 1 ¼ miles turn right to the Deer Park.  Layby is on the right.
Details    Easy walking on firm tracks, no stiles but some cattle grids. Three ascents (and descents) which will be taken slowly. We walk to Bredons Norton for the coffee stop in our garden. Make a loop around the village and return the same way.  The walk will be modified if there is ice on the road and it is slippery.

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Walk    1459   

Thursday 3 February     5.5 miles     Moderate    Pub lunch
Meet        Hunters Inn Buckbury GL20 6AR     Grid 846338     9.30 for 9.45 start
Contact    Terry & Margaret     01684 772278    the week before
Directions    From Tewkesbury Mythe on A438 turn right on B4211 pub on left in 1/2 m
Please park at far end of car park.
Details    The walk is over fields and quiet lanes to Bushley and Bushley Green; some good views, maybe muddy in places, a few stiles.
Menu choices are required when booking in the previous week please.

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Walk    1460   

Wednesday 9 February      5.5 miles   Moderate      Pre-ordered pub Lunch
Meet        Gardeners Arms, Alderton, GL20 8NL      Grid 999333        for 9.45 start
Contact    Sally and Margaret       01684 274440   by 1 February
Directions     A46 to Teddington Hands roundabout, B4077 towards Toddington, turn left to Alderton.  Pub is in centre of village, on the right.
Details    From the pub we head east up the road to pick up the Winchcombe Way and circuit the hill in an anti-clockwise direction via Dumbleton through woods and across fields.  Could be very muddy in places.  4 stiles.
NOTE: A pub lunch has been booked.  We need to give the staff a list of pre-ordered food a week in advance so please could you look at the Gardeners Arms website Main Menu and let Sally have your choice when you book on the walk by 1 February. We need to give a £5 deposit for each person so please give this to Sally or Margaret before 1 February.

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Walk    1461   

Thursday 10 February    5 miles     Moderate/Energetic     Lunch own arrangements.
Meet        Roadside parking at The Wyche, Malvern, meeting opposite Public Toilets         Grid 769437  Nearest post code WR14 4EQ.    9.45 for 10.00 start
Contact    Betty & Graham 01684 594331 or email graham.mealand@btinternet.com  When booking please give your telephone number in case of any change to arrangements.
Directions    From Tewkesbury/Upton/Welland to A449 Ledbury Road, turn right at British Camp car park onto B4232, then 2 miles to The Wyche.
Details    Walking the lower paths on the eastern side of the Malverns northwards via St. Anne’s Well, up to Lady de Walden path, around Worcestershire Beacon, and back  down to The Wyche. Good tracks/hard surfaces/no stiles, but recommend walking poles for wintry conditions. Walk will be at a steady pace, with no deadlines for return, but lunch at The Wyche Inn, or H20 Cafe nearby if required.

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Walk    1462   

Wednesday 16 February    5.25 miles        Moderate    Pub lunch
Meet        The Oak Inn     WR7 4NW   Grid 943543   9.45am to order food. Start 10.00am.
Contact    Steve on 01684 295438   the week before.
Directions    B4080 from Tewkesbury to Bredon and Eckington. Then A4104 to Pershore, then stay on the A4104, through Pershore, passing Pershore Railway station. The road crosses the A422 and becomes the B4082 to Upton Snodsbury. Turn left at the junction with the A422 and The Oak Inn and car park is down a small dip on the left.
Details    A Fisher-Price walk that is a mixture of field and lane walking. The walk starts by heading towards Crowle, passing Froxmore Court towards the side gardens of Huddington Court, described by Nikolaus Pevsner as “the most picturesque house in Worcestershire”. The route back leads across fields and passed woodlands leading downhill to a stone track and return to The Oak.

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Walk    1463     

Thursday 17 February  4.5–5.5  miles  Moderate/Energetic  Lunch  own arrangements
Meet         By Overbury Church  GL20 7NY   Grid 957374    9.45 for 10.00 start
Contact    Mike and Jenny  01684 772194   the week before
Directions    B4080 to Bredon, carry on through Kemerton to Overbury. 1st left.   Park in road by church.
Details    We climb up Bredon Hill hoping to see snowdrops.  Exact route will depend on the weather. There may be one or two stiles.


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Walk    1464   

Wednesday 23 February    5 miles     Energetic    Pub lunch
Meet        Royal William Hotel  Cranham, car park at rear  GL6 6TT  Grid 879127 please park at back of  pub car park. 9:30 for 9:45 start.
Contact    John and Sylvia      07811164417     the week before
Directions    Take M5 south to J11a, then A417. Take A46 south at first roundabout. Pub is about 3 miles on the left of the A46.
Details    Two long sections of woodland walking with extensive views if weather is good; we cross a main road several times and walk a short section of it twice. Long gradual up hill ascent near start and 2 long uphill sections after the coffee stop. Six stiles, some muddy stretches but nothing major. I will forward the menu for the Royal William nearer to the day, so we can pre order food.

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Walk    1465   

Thursday 24 February    3.5 miles    Easy/Mod (a few stiles)    Pub lunch in Upton (not in Hanley Castle)
Meet        Near pub/church   Hanley Castle  WR8 0BL  Grid 839420   9.45 for 10.00 start
Contact    Noel   01684 772526  the week before with on line lunch menu choice for Ye Old Anchor Inn Upton. Choice of indoors or outdoors; park free opp church or pay car park (nearer pub)
Directions    From Upton  B4211; 3rd on left to park near church/pub; PLEASE SHARE CARS!
Details    Undulating walk via Lodge Farm, Boynes Coppice Meadow (coffee), criss-crossing old Malvern railway line in 'forgotten' Worcestershire, return via site of Hanley Castle.  One small hill; total ascent 150ft with frequent views of Malverns.


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Notes for Guidance
        Information for all members (revised July 2020) 
          
Group Leader        Walks Co-ordinator                  Treasurer
Sylvia Murdoch           Hugh Bennett                              Tony Barrett
 01684 437462                          01452 780460     01684 276960
sylviamurdoch@outlook.com     candhbennett@gmail.com  tonyandjenniferbarrett@btinternet.com


Walking Group mobile phones:  07546069085 and 07522958435
  

 Details of all walks and reports can be seen at http://home.freeuk.net/stanfagg/u3a.html
 

Walks are graded to give some idea of what to expect:

Stroll: A short walk at an easy pace with frequent stops. Warning is given about inclines or difficulties       

Easy:  Undemanding and mainly level with occasional gentle ascents or descents.  There        may be a few stiles.

Moderate:  Some uphill/downhill stretches “ uneven walking“ several stiles.

Energetic:  Some longer steep hills and rough ground  - may be many stiles.


Please book with the leader of the walk by the date given and arrive in good time before the start to boot-up and order lunch etc.  Be sure to cancel with the leader if you are subsequently unable to take part; one of the group phones will be turned on on the morning of the walk so that you can make contact in the event of a last minute delay or you become lost.
Wear suitable shoes/boots and clothing for the walk and do not over-estimate your abilities. 
An attendance fee of 50p is charged for each walk attended. 
Dogs are not allowed on walks.
Members may bring a guest but the guest must not displace a member if spaces on the walk are limited.
We usually stop for a 15-20 minute coffee-break after about an hour; so, as well as refreshments, something to sit on can be useful on wet ground.


SAFETY POLICY

Walkers

 
Carefully read the walk description to ensure that you are capable of walking the route at a moderate pace (about 2 miles per hour) without risk to health.  Remember that a short moderate walk may be more demanding than a longer easy one.

Dress sensibly.  Make sure that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the weather expected.  A walking pole or stick can be of great help.

Remember to carry any medications that you might need.  There will normally be a coffee stop so carry food, and water, especially on hot days.  It is sensible to carry a small first aid kit.  A whistle is a good way of attracting attention if you need help.

Follow instructions given by the leader.  Keep those in front and those behind you, in sight all the time.

Keep to the route indicated by the leader:  do not devise shorts cuts, etc.  If you wish to leave the walk, you must let the leader know.

Walk in single file on roads and heed any advice about crossing roads given by the leader.

Be aware of the danger from ticks and hence tick-borne diseases, particularly in the summer months and near animals. Dress appropriately, e.g. long trousers rather than shorts; trousers tucked into boots, socks or gaiters.

Each walker is ultimately responsible for carrying out a personal risk assessment for every walk they undertake.

Carry identification in case of accident:  name, date of birth, emergency contact number, doctor's number, essential medications. (ICE Card)

Carry your U3A membership card which may be checked.
 
Leaders
 
    Classify your walk as STROLL/EASY/MODERATE/ENERGETIC.  Mention any steep     climbs and stiles.

    Aim to carry out a walk-over (with your co-leader) of your proposed route not more than     two weeks beforehand.

    Consider all the points in the national U3A walk leaders risk assessment (attached below).     Take action as you consider necessary.

    Limit your walk to a maximum number that you think you can safely manage.

    Have a co-leader to act as back-marker: count the party at the start and at suitable points during the walk. The back marker needs to know the planned route in case the party gets split.

    Liaise with Sylvia Murdoch to obtain the leader's pack (contains: phone & charger, first aid kit, hi-viz vests)

    Carry the walking group first aid kit; however remember that you may not be qualified to give medical advice. However there may well be a member with medical training and experience on the walk.

    Set a pace of about 2 miles per hour plus coffee and lunch/tea stops. Indicate on walk details if lunch is to be late. Ensure that those finding the pace difficult have sufficient time to rest and recover, even if this is not favoured by more energetic members.

    Carry a map, the group mobile phone (as well as your own).  A GPS receiver is useful for pinpointing location. Switch on the group mobile phone before you leave home and keep it on until the walk is over.

    If your walk is along roads where traffic is expected, use the Group yellow vests for the leader and back-marker.  Walk in single file and face on-coming traffic except where visibility is obscured.
 
Ask for volunteers to write a report on and take photos of the walk and forward them to:     stanfagg@btinternet.com.
   
Having collected 50p from each walker, pass the money together with a note of date, walk number, number of walkers and total to Tony Barrett or Sylvia Murdoch.

General Information
 
Walkers on the email list will be sent full details of walks every other month.  If you require a paper copy of the walking programme, there is a charge of £4 p.a., payable at the Walking Group AGM or  the Enrolment Meeting.  This will be sent to you by post.

Reports on walks already done can be seen at http://home.freeuk.net/stanfagg/u3a.html

We are affiliated to the Ramblers Association and the membership card may be used to obtain a 10%  discount on walking gear in most local outlets. Please contact Richard Hart or Tony Barrett if you need a copy of the card.

All walkers and leaders are covered by U3A third party insurance even in the case of negligence, although it is assumed that all will conduct themselves with common sense.
     Walk Details
    
Leaders, when sending details of their walks to the walks coordinator for inclusion in future programmes, need to supply the following details:

    Preferred date; length of the walk; grade, i.e. stroll/easy/moderate/energetic; lunch arrangements, e.g. pub, picnic etc
    Meeting Place with post code and/or grid reference; meet time and start time.
    Directions to the meeting place
    Details of the walk, e.g. outline of the route; type and state of ground; steep gradients;     number of stiles.
    Any special instructions or information.
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Nearly all the photos on this page have been reduced in size and resolution to save both space and bandwidth.  Should you want a copy of any of the photos, Stan would be happy to supply a copy of the original file - just quote the walk number and the photo title.
 

 


 

To go to The Tewkesbury U3A main site click here; Tewkesbury U3A

 

 

Contacts:

 

Sylvia (Group Leader) 01684 437462

E Mail  sylviamurdoch@outlook.com

 

Tony, (Administrator) 01684 276960 

E Mail  tonyandjenniferbarrett@btinternet.com

 

Hugh, (walks coordinator)  01452 780460

E Mail   candhbennett@gmail.com

 

 


Webmaster . . . Stan Fagg stanfagg@freeuk.com    Updated  17th October 2021