The Walking Group meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 10:30pm, the walk will take between 1-2 hours.
The walks are at a moderate pace - not a march! - and each one has a leader, more walkers are always welcome. Everyone welcome, Please volunteer to lead a walk in 2019!
Please notify the Group Leader or Group Organiser, in advance, whether or not you are attending, so that they know how many are coming and do not leave anyone behind. Help with transport can be arranged. Read all about our invigorating New Year walk.
Winter Walk the lovely Twyford Downs
Our last walk started from the Hockley Link where 8 of us met on a bright and sunny day.
We started off following the footpath and soon came to the old viaduct, which use to carry the railway from Andover, had a photo stop and then continued parallel to the Itchen Navigation Canal, and looked up at St Catherines Hill.
Continuing on we walked uphill and over the M3 motorway stopping to admire the amazing view of Winchester in the distance, and looking skyward seeing the low aircraft descending for Southampton Airport.
Through narrow paths we continued to Twyford Down and taking care for any stray golf balls that may be coming our way as we skirted Hockley Golf Course and back to the main road, through the woods and to our cars.
We then drove to the Bell Inn nearby for food, so thank you Ann for an interesting walk.
A great September morning in Bishopstoke woods
"On our Fungus Foray” in Stoke Park Woods one sunny morning, we didn't find a lot but Ann and Mary came up trumps with some little baby Penny Buns (Ceps, Porcini, Boletus Edulis)...the most delicious and expensive wild mushroom!
U3A WALKING GROUP BECOME SWINGERS!!
On January 2nd 2019 the Walking Group celebrated the New Year with, not just a lovely walk around the Itchen Valley, but coffee halfway round and lunch afterwards. In between one or two members became Swingers. Read on.
Eight intrepid walkers met in the little village of Easton to walk off the indulgences of Christmas. After a short stroll through the fields we came to the River Itchen (previously the Arle) which flows from Cheriton to Southampton only to find a windscreen wiper blade chained to a post. Why we asked ourselves? Ready to wipe the information board of course. We gazed into the fast, clear waters and admired the local inhabitants. Two beautiful swans. Once across the river we visited the 12th century Church of St. Swithun in the hamlet of Martyr Worthy where ‘in 1639 the vicar was accused of defrauding the parishioners and also thinking it lawful to have as many wives as his estate would keep’. We then made our way north across the B3047 towards the dismantled Mid Hants Railway Line commonly known as the Watercress Line which ran from Winchester to Alton from 1982 until my namesake closed it in 1973. We proceeded along the track to Itchen Abbas to indulge in the facilities and coffee at the welcoming Plough PH. After availing ourselves of the facilities we crossed the road to view St.John’s Church, a Norman church rebuilt in the 1862, and from there started our walk back along the Itchen. On the way we viewed Avington Park a privately owned 16th century stately home, extended specifically to provide Charles II and Nell Gwinne a comfortable place to stay whilst the King was in Winchester. (open to visitors and cream teas on Sundays in the summer). Whilst we walked we admired the beautiful houses and gardens with their riverside views and came across a large and robust swing hanging from a beautiful old tree, who could refuse such an opportunity? Clearly not Heather and we have the proof!!
We meandered or marched onwards enjoying the good weather, crossed the Itchen again and returned to the village of Easton where sadly we found the Chestnut Horse PH closed! Panic but like the good village that it is, it had another so a number of us indulged ourselves with lunch in the Cricketer PH undoing all the good we had done on the 2 hour walk.
Oh well there will be another walk soon so come and join us!
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