Ashfield U3A Walking Group 'A' - Serious

CO-ORDINATOR(S): David Porter or Hugh Symonds (deputy co-ordinator)

TELEPHONE NUMBER(S): David: 01623-620892 or 07981-336276 / Hugh: 01623-443324


VENUE: Various

MEETING DATE & TIME: Second & fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10:00 at start of walk.



GROUP FULL: YES [but we don't turn any Ashfield U3A member away!]


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We offer moderate walks from 7 miles to 9 miles. Please note that walks may have to be changed at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or for other reasons.

Please do not bring dogs or children on the walks, which are over all types of terrain. Walkers should therefore be prepared for stiles and rough ground as well as mud. Remember that weather conditions can deteriorate very quickly, with little or no warning, particularly on high ground, so be prepared. We walk throughout the year, so we suggest the following items, some of which are seasonal:

  • Comfortable waterproof boots suitable for rough terrain
  • Waterproof clothing (e.g. cagoul and overtrousers)
  • Small rucksack
  • Packed lunch plus drinks (extra drinks for very hot days)
  • Light waterproof mat or stout carrier bag (to sit on)
  • Spare bootlace (a map of the area would also be useful)
  • Small, personal first-aid kit, including crepe bandage
  • Spare pullover, woolly hat, gloves
  • Change of footwear (essential for return car journeys)

All Walking Group "A" members are given a more detailed programme with start point details and phone number of walk leaders. Newcomers are requested to contact the Co-ordinator or Deputy Co-ordinator.

Lifts are by arrangement, so may we suggest a voluntary donation of 4.00 by each passenger to the driver.

Should anyone have to leave the walk for whatever reason, then the walk leader must be informed for safety reasons. Please note that all walkers walk at their own risk.

After the walk, why not round off the day by enjoying a relaxing drink with everyone at a local hostelry or coffee shop?

Date Departure Walk Details Distance Leader
11 January 10:00 Carsington Water 7.5 m Alan Davies
25 January 10:00 Langold and Hodsock 8.0 m Steve Evans
8 February 10:00 Lowdham 8.0 m Chris Blaiklock
22 February 10:00 Chatsworth 7.5 m John Ross
8 March 10:00 Monsal Head 7.5 m Chris Chamberlain
22 March 10:00 Wingfield/Pentrich 8.0 m Georganne Barlow
12 April 10:00 Anston Wood/Shireoaks 8.5 m Julia Porter
19 April 10:00 Win Hill Challenge Walk 7.5 m Alan Davies
26 April 10:00 Cheedale/Topley Pike 8.5 m Georganne Barlow
10 May 10:00 Calke Abbey 8.5 m Chris Chamberlain
24 May 10:00 Welbeck/Creswell 8.2 m Carol Green
14 June 10:00 Summer Walk Flamborough ? m Julia/David Porter
28 June 10:00 Ashover/Stubbing Great Pond 8.0 m Nona/Elaine

Christmas Walk - December 2017 & Bournemouth Winter Holiday - January 2018

  • Photo 1: Top left - Christmas Walk, December 2017
  • Photo 2: Top right - Bournemouth Winter Holiday, January 2018, Studland to Swanage Walk
  • Photo 3: Bottom left - Bournemouth Winter Holiday, January 2018, Studland to Swanage Walk
  • Photo 3: Bottom right - Bournemouth Winter Holiday, January 2018, Studland to Swanage Walk

Walking Groups Aand B - January 2017

  • Photo 1: Long walkers at the Yarborough Monument, Culver Down
  • Photo 2: Short walkers at Bembridge Windmill

Gibson Mill Bridge, Yorkshire - Summer Walk, June 2016

Turkey - September 2015

  • Photo 1: Lin and Ken ready for take-off from Mount Babadag
  • Photo 2: Lin flying above Olu Deniz
  • Photo 3: Group setting off into the mountains

Eastbourne - January 2015

The January 2015 Walking Holiday was at Eastbourne where we enjoyed hiking along the spectacular coastal path including the Seven Sisters, Beachy Head and parts of the South Downs Way. Once again, the weather was exceptional for this time of year.

Long Mynd, Shropshire - Summer Walk, June 2014

Kinder Scout - February, 2014

Annual Holiday to Newquay, Cornwall - January, 2014

Holywell Beach - a 9 mile walk in beautiful winter sunshine Bedruthen Steps - still in sunshine even in January 2014

Above Left: "Holywell Beach - a 9 mile walk in beautiful winter sunshine"    /    Above Right: "Bedruthen Steps - still in sunshine even in January 2014"

Trekking Holiday in Turkey - May, 2013

Blue Lagoon, Olu Deniz, from the Lycian Way Lycian Tomb

Above Left: "Blue Lagoon, Olu Deniz, from the Lycian Way"    /    Above Right: "Lycian Tomb"

Cruising - Fethiye Bay A well-earned 'tea-break' on the Lycian Way

Above Left: "Cruising - Fethiye Bay"    /    Above Right: "A well-earned 'tea-break' on the Lycian Way"

Walking Group A's latest challenge walk around Holme Moss, Yorks - March, 2013

Winter Holiday in Torquay, Devon - January, 2013
Once again 49 members and friends of Walking Group "A" enjoyed another January holiday, this year in Torquay. Both long and short walks were arranged each day. The scenery was spectacular but the going was tough along the coastal path due to the recent heavy rainfall. However, as you can see from the photos, we all had a great time.

Devon 2013 Devon 2013

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