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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 !
The proposed walk is under water at the moment and even if the floods go down, the walking will be very soggy, so we will postpone it until the next programme. The substitute walk is below. It is still an Easy walk.
Walk 1341 Wednesday 6th November Easy 3,4 or 5 miles own arrangemnents
Meet Pittville Pump Room car park Cheltenham 9.45 for 10.00
Contact Richard & Eileen 01684 274197 the week before
Directions A435 Bishops Cleeve to Chelt. Left at racecourse and follow signs to Pump Rooms.
Through Pittville Park and along
the old Honeybourne line track to Chelt railway station. You can catch the D bus from here back
to Pittville if you want to.
Then through Regency Cheltenham to the town centre for the D bus. If you are feeling fit, you can walk
back to Pittville. No hills or
Barry Walks. Barry runs a small walking group (not part of the U3A) where the walks are 3-4 miles long and are easy+. On 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, he invites people to join him if there is no suitable EASY walk of our own on that day. There would be non-U3A members on the walk and you would not be covered by U3A insurance. There may also be dogs present. As details are decided near the time, please phone Barry on 07751170833 if you are interested.
Walk 1348 Wednesday 4th December 5 miles Energetic Pub lunch
Meet Star Inn Ashton under Hill WR11 7SN Grid 997377 9.30 for 9.45
Contact Noel 01684 772526 the week before
Directions A46 towards Evesham and take left turn signed Ashton. Park in front and at rear of pub.
Details Long climb up east side of Bredon Hill; going occasionally uneven/soft - walking sticks advisable. A walk of two vales: Evesham to N and E and the Severn to the S
Please book for walk AND LUNCH . Details to Noel when you book on. http://www.thestar-ashtonunderhill.co.uk/lunchtime-menu.php
(Cheaper in a pair with some dishes) by Saturday before. Pub can take 50 for lunch, so anyone wanting to book for lunch ONLY will be welcome!
Thursday 5th December
Walk 1349 Wednesday 11th December 5 miles Moderate Pub lunch
Meet The Crown, Kemerton.GL20 7HP Grid 946372. 9.30 to order food
Contact Sally and Margaret 01684 274440 the week before.
Directions Left turn off A46 or through Bredon. Park in side road.
Details We share cars to drive a mile to Overbury, turning left in village to park in road near the church. Then 10.00 start. We walk a steady, gentle climb up Bredon Hill and return via Overbury estate road.
Walk 1350 Thursday 12th December 5m Easy/Moderate Pub Lunch
Meet Swan Inn Staunton GL19 3QA Grid 793297 930 for 10.00
Contact Margaret & Terry 01684 772278 week before
Directions From B4211 Corse Lawn take B4213 to Staunton pub at Roundabout.
Please car share if possible
Details The walk on the Whitmore way has one short steep incline to Corse Wood Hill. The remainder is easy on fields tracks and quiet lanes. A few stiles.
Walk 1351 Thursday 19th December 5.5 miles Easy. Cafe Lunch
Meet Wyre Forest of Discovery car park DY14 9XQ at 9:45 for 10:00 start. NB it is £5 to park for more than 5 hours but the cafe on site Is very cheap! And there is no need to pre- book. Loos available.
Contact Andrea and Bob 01684 294676 the week before.
Directions J 6 on M5, A449, A4025 to Stourport and Worcester, A451 and turn Left on to B4195, then at roundabout 2nd exit to Long bank A456. The Forestry Site is on the right.
Details This is an easy walk through the forestry commission land on mostly well defined paths, although we do share some of these with horses and bikes so they may well be muddy.
Walk 1352 Friday 27th December 4.5 miles Easy/Moderate Pub Lunch
Meet Duke of York, Berrow,. WR13 6JQ, grid 782355. 9.30 for 10.00
Contact Graham & Betty 01684594331 the week before
Directions From Tewkesbury take the A438 Ledbury Rd , the DofY is on the left.
Details We drive to Hollybush
CP for our walk start at approx 10.15 for a familiar trek via the side of
Ragged Stone & Chase End Hills and across Bromsberrow Estate for coffee-to
return through the woods to the CP.
Many will remember that Anne Trott loved this walk and so we are dedicating our ‘Pudding Buster” this year to her memory.
The Duke of York is now under new management and is being completely refurbished.
Walkers are invited to bring with them any Christmas left overs (apart from Turkey etc) or other contributions towards our Annual Raffle .
January 2020 (Happy Hew Year to all our readers! SF & Stub)
Walk 1353 Wednesday 8th January 5 miles Easy/Moderate Pub Lunch
Meet The King's Head, Birdwood, Huntley, GL19 3EF Grid 737188 9.30 to order food at 9.45
Contact Hugh 01452 780460 or Fran on 01684 491698 the week before
Directions To Gloucester, then A40 west, direction Ross on Wye, for 5 miles, pub is on the left (south) side of the A40
Details We walk part of the Gloucestershire Way, to Huntley Church and return via Solomon's Tump. Footpaths, minor roads and tracks, some stiles. Mainly flat with some gentle slopes, could be muddy in places.
Walk 1354 Thursday 9th January 6 miles Energetic Pub lunch
Meet Kemerton GL20 7HP Grid 946 371 9.00 for 9.15
Contact Mike & Jenny 01684 772194 week before
Directions B4080 Tewkesbury to Bredon. Carry on through Bredon to Kemerton . Park in side road just after The Crown.
Details Meet at 9am on the corner. We walk over Bredon Hill to the Tower for coffee then to the Star at Ashton for lunch 12.30pm . Mainly on good paths and tracks. 2 or 3 stiles. After lunch return by Bus to Kemerton. Astons Coaches run bus 540 (Evesham to Tewkesbury) 2.04pm and 3.04pm from Ashton (20 mins)
or the more energetic can do walk 2 back to Kemerton.
Walk 2 4 miles Moderate After lunch at The Star we walk back through the villages. Not much ascent but more stiles and more mud. We aim to be back in Kemerton by 4pm. Total walk 10 miles
There is the option for people to only do the afternoon walk. Park at Kemerton as above and catch the 540 bus to Ashton to join us for lunch. Bus at Kemerton 12noon opposite The Crown arrives Ashton 12.19pm.
Meet Hunters Inn Buckbury GL20 6AR Grid 846338 9.45 for 10.00
Contact Terry & Margaret 01684 772278 the week before
Directions From Mythe on A438 R on B4211 pub on L please park at far end
Details A mixture of lanes and fields through the Rampings and Forthampton
Fairly flattish terrain, some stiles.
Please note: We require the food order to us by Saturday 11th Jan.
Meet Park on the road by Wormington Church. Grid 039364. 9.30 start
Contact Ian or Kathy 01684 290542, the week before
Directions From Tewkesbury take the A46, at Toddington roundabout take the B4077 for nearly 4 miles, then left onto the B4078. After 2.5 miles right to Wormington.
Details Good paths and tracks. Some lane/road. Across farmland and through quiet villages. 1 longish steep hill (Ascent 130m). 3 stiles.
Walk 1357 Thursday 23rd January 9 miles
Energetic Pub lunch
Walk 1357 Thursday 23rd January 9 miles
Energetic Pub lunch
Meet Stanton Village Club WR12 7NE Grid 068 344 9.45 for 10.00 start
Contact Betty & Graham 01684 594331 the week before
Directions Tewks.-Stow Rd, TL Toddington roundabout, TR to Stanton in approx 2 miles,TL to Stanton Village Club
Details Undulating walk
through 3 beautiful Cotswold villages, Stanton, Snowshill, & Stanway, with
lunch-time stop at Snowshill Arms Pub for a light lunch! In case of
inclement weather, the walk will be shortened if necessary,
Walk 1358 Wednesday 29th January 4.5 miles easy Own arrangemenMeet Catch the 351 bus at 10.05 outside Boots in Tewkesbury to get off in Apperley. Your leaders will join the bus a couple of stops later.
Contact Richard & Eileen 01684 274197 the week before
Details We walk down to Deerhurst and then follow the river back to Lower Lode lane and then into Tewkesbury. The only hill is down. Lots of eating places to choose from.
Meet Winchcombe Library Car Park, (fee) Back Lane. GR 023284. Meet 9.30
Contact Ian & Kathy 01684 290542, the week before.
Directions Past Winchcombe school, straight over at X roads and turn left after library.
Details The Sacred Tombs of Belas Knapp Following the Cotswold Way for the first half of the walk, then fields and lanes. 8 stiles. Long steep hill at the start (Ascent 216m)
The Walking Group has a mobile phone to be used before and during walks for emergency contact — see paper programme for number.
We are affiliated to the Ramblers Association and the membership card above may be used to obtain a 10 percent discount on walking gear in most local outlets.
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 at the U3A enrolment meeting. If you have internet access, then all information can be obtained by email, free of charge.
Walks are graded to give some idea of what to expect:
Stroll: A short walk at an easy pace with frequent stops.
Easy: Undemanding and mainly level with occasional gentle ascents or descents. There may be a few stiles.
Moderate: Some uphill/downhill stretches - unlevel 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 later unable to take part. 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.
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a) 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. Attention should be paid to the EASY/MODERATE/DIFFICULT grading as well as to any references to steep climbs, stiles, etc.
b) 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.
c) Remember to carry any medications that you might need. Carry food, and water, especially on hot days.
d) Follow instructions given by the leader. Keep those in front and those behind you, in sight all the time.
e) Keep to the route indicated by the leader: do not devise shorts cuts, etc.
f) Walk in single file on roads and heed any advice about crossing roads given by the leader.
g) Classify your walk as STROLL/EASY/MODERATE/ENERGETIC. Mention any steep climbs and stiles.
h) Limit your walk to a maximum numbers that you think you can safely manage, given the nature of your walk.
i) Have a co-leader to act as back-marker: count the party at the start and at suitable points during the walk
j) Carry a first aid kit or ensure that someone else in the group has one.
k) Set a pace of about 2 miles per hour plus coffee and lunch/tea stops. Ensure that those finding the pace difficult have sufficient time to rest and recover, even if this is not favoured by more energetic members.
l) Carry a map, the group mobile phone and GPS receiver to make emergency calls and give exact locations.
To download a copy of the Leader's Walk Plan Form (In Adobe Acrobat Format ie PDF) — Click on the following link FORM
To go to further advice for leaders - Click on the following link Advice
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