Ayr

Walking Group

The Walking Group generally meets on alternate Thursdays and undertakes routes on a variety of terrains, sometimes on the flat, occasionally stretching our legs a bit on the rolling hills around Ayr, and usually covering a distance of around 6 miles/10km or so. If you'd like a flavour of our activities, click the "Recent Walks" link at the bottom of the page to read some of our Walk Reports.

We all pitch in with suggestions of where to go, and those of us who feel competent to do so take turns in leading the walks. Walk leaders are often knowledgeable about what we encounter along our routes, and we take the opportunity on the way to learn from each other about local archaeology, political and social history, and natural history. Plenty of time is allowed not only to complete the walks but to socialise over refreshments too. Typically, six to ten members take part each time, so there's always someone to talk to and get to know without there being too large a group. All newcomers will be made very welcome, and if you'd like to join in just contact our Walking Group Facilitator by clicking the envelope link to the right and sending a message.

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Future Walks - NB Walks usually take place on THURSDAYS

Thursday, October 31st
Thank you to Tricia Hamilton for leading this walk. Two Rivers and Over The Moors.

Start from Irvine railway station at 10.00 and follow a foot/cycle path alongside the River Irvine on our way to the moors with open outlooks to north Ayrshire. We'll then be in sight of the River Garnock and the now disused WW2 Nobel Industry munitions factory buildings. After a short time, we'll follow a very pleasant footpath by the River Garnock, catching the last of the Autumn foliage as we make our way to Kilwinning for our return journey from the railway station.

This is a flat walk with good footpaths which may be a little muddy in places for which appropriate footwear is advised.

SUGGESTED TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS:

0936/0954 train from Ayr station to Irvine calling at Troon and Barassie. The walk will start from the front entrance to the station at 10.00. I suggest we break our return journey from Kilwinning at Irvine to have coffee at the "Puffer" Cafe or enjoy a curry and pint for lunch at the nearby Wetherspoons, before catching our train back to Ayr. We can decide on the day. Just bring a light snack/drink for a brief "pitstop" at the halfway point on the walk.

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U3A Walking Group and Leaders - Guidelines August 2019

Leaders:

Emails giving information on each walk must make clear the level of walking ie easy, climbing involved, rough going and whether or not the walk has been recced. Also whether or not toilet facilites are available. Weather forecast and travel arrangements must be included in the email. Leader can choose to be contacted directly by walkers or contacted via the facilitator. (Paragraph 1)

Depending on the weather, the leader makes the decision as to whether or not the walk takes place. The arranged walk cannot be changed without prior notice.

The leader should complete a sign in sheet and ask for a volunteer to walk at the back to ensure the safety of slower walkers.

Leaders should carry a basic first-aid kit eg blister pack, fabric plasters and antiseptic wipes.

If possible, a photograph should be taken of each walk and posted onto the website with a short paragraph on the outing. Email to Muriel Downie via ayru3a@gmail.com
Permission needs to be given by everyone on the walk that they are happy to be seen on the website.

Walkers:

Each walker is responsible for dressing appropriately and according to the weather forecast, bring adequate amounts of water and food and must have their ICE number on their person, not on their 'phone. And, if the walker has particular health problems, is taking medication, this should also be noted. Also, the mobile number of the leader should either be on their 'phone or on their person. Contact the leader if you are running late to join a walk or if you have changed your mind about joining a walk.

Walkers must be aware that they walk at their own risk.

Role of Facilitator:

To ensure that walks take place on date agreed. Email of walk to be sent to facilitator from walk leader ideally one week in advance of agreed date. Before sending, Email to be checked to ensure all details agree with paragraph one.

Guidelines to be sent to each new walker and with each new group walk schedule.

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Here is a link to Recent Walks.

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.

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