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 6/8 miles 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.
WATCH THIS SPACE !
The Spring Programme was suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic. Further guidance on permitted outdoor activities is expected as the Scottish Government moves into Phase 4 of its crisis management in early August 2020. It is hoped that some limited resumption of walking activity can take place after that date. Please ‘watch this space’ for further updates.
Thursday 26th March Seamill Circular with Sheena McDonald
Thursday 9th April Ness Glen from Dalmellington with Tom Mitchell
Thursday, 23rd April Lugar Walk from Auchinleck, with Pat McHarg
Thursday, 7th May River Irvine Loop, Kilmarnock to Galston with Tricia Hamilton
Thursday, 14th May Lynn Glen, Dalry with Sheena McDonald
Thursday, 28th May Bargany Gardens, Dailly with Gordon Phillips
JUNE 2020 Additional walk offers have been received as follows: 'Three Towns' (North Ayrshire);Shewalton
Nature Reserves, Irvine); Cumbrae and Bute; Crawick Multiverse (Sanquhar); Three Glasgow Southside
Proposed Outing (June, TBC); Perth via X77/ Citylink Coach with scenic walks at Rodney Gardens and
along the River Tay. Watch this space for confirmation of all the above....
Full details of each walk will be posted on this webpage about 7/10 days before the walk date.
U3A Walking Group and Leaders - Guidelines February 2020
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 email@example.com
Permission needs to be given by everyone on the walk that they are happy to be seen on the website.
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.
Here is a link to Recent Walks.
Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.