Runnymede

WALKING

Walking group 1 - Meet the 2nd Thursday of each month (except August)
This group traditionally did walks of approximately 5 miles but the longer and more challenging walks have proved to be much less popular with members over recent years. So the decision has been taken to reduce the distance for this walking group. From now on, the walks will be approximately 3 miles. Depending on the feedback from members longer walks may well be included in future programs.

Walking group 2 - Meet the 4th Thursday of each month (except August)
Walks are up to about three miles and are proving popular with members who prefer a more relaxed pace and easier going. Leaders often plan their walks with the opportunity for a mid way refreshment stop.

Walking group 3 - meet the 3rd Thursday of each month (except August)
This walking group is about having an enjoyable day out that includes a walk. The day is planned around visiting a place of interest. Often starting with a coffee, a walk of about three miles followed by lunch (pub, National Trust cafe or similar), and then another short walk in the afternoon. The day starts at a given meeting point at 10.30am and aim to be finishing by about 3.pm. Previously the group has visited Cliveden, Hatchlands, Farnham Castle and Waverley Abbey, Polesden Lacey and Painshill Gardens. Please note that this group is currently full but you can add your name to the waitlist by contacting the Group Leader.

To limit cost we try to share transport where possible .

Groups 1 and 2 have now effectively merged and are open to all members but it is up to the individual member to satisfy themselves that they are fit enough for the walks they choose to join. Group sizes are not currently restricted, so do come and join us!

Group 3 now requires separate registering as it is numbers restricted. It is currently full as at 14 February 2020.

Registering as a Walking Group member allows the member to partake in walks with any of the three groups (but see above). Before members walk with the group for the first time they will be supplied with details of the U3A's policy on insurance Disclaimer and will be required to sign that they understand and agree to the conditions.

The U3A is a self help organisation and does rely on members being prepared to assist in the organising of walks.The groups are always extremely grateful to those members who offer to lead walks. Planning a walk usually proves both informative and enjoyable. Previously the groups have walked along riverbanks and towpaths, across Chobham Common, visited Hampton Court, Woking Palace and the Magna Carta sites at Runnymede.

Groups do not allow the weather to put them off - come rain, wind or sun nothing deters them– waterproofs are hastily donned and off they go – please don’t let the weather put you off – come and join your fellow U3A members and enjoy the exercise and getting to know Surrey!

ALL WALKERS MUST NOTE THAT THEY:-

  • Take part entirely at their own risk.
  • Are required to supply their Membership No. and to complete a Disclaimer Form.
  • Must provide an emergency contact telephone number

Please also note:
It is strongly recommended that members wear suitable footwear, especially in winter. A walking stick(s) may prove helpful.
In warm/hot weather walkers should have an adequate supply of drinking water.
Many walks finish near pubs/eating places so that walkers can enjoy refreshments in good company.
Please check with each walk leader if you wish to bring a dog, which must be kept under strict control and on a lead.
Suggestions and offers to lead walks are always welcome. There are walk books to borrow, and help for those who would like to lead a walk.

Enquiries to Malcolm Stewart (1), Linda Haller (2) or Caroline Thomas (3) who can be contacted via the Group Leaders' Coordinator - 'GROUPS' OPTION ON THE CONTACT PAGE.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Feb 27th Additional walk
Wentworth Golf Course and Coworth Park. 10:00-12:00 4 Miles
Leader: Richard Mason 01932 564773 Mobile on the day 07858 648997
Surrey/Berkshire border. Gentle walk with no stiles taking in Wentworth Golf Course and Coworth Park.
Meet in Sunningdale village free car park in Bedford Lane. (Postcode SL5 0NN)
Directions – from the Wheatsheaf on the A30 at Virginia Water go towards Sunningdale level crossing for about 1.5 miles and turn right into Bedford Lane. The car park is on the left just beyond a row of bungalows. Copy the Google Maps link into your browser for a map.

Nat Grid Ref SU 955675
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/psFvCcks2XrUvMEX8
Sat Navs 51°23'54.5"N 0°37'42.4"W
51.398469, -0.628454
Thu Mar 12th Additional walk
Thursley Common 10:00 – 12:00 Just under 3 miles.
Leader Peter Hambrook: 01932 346565. Mobile on the day: 07908 899344
This is a classic lowland heathland site and home to Dartford warblers, woodlarks and, stonechats. The tracks are either firm sand or wide boardwalks, so offer easy walking. Some gentle slopes. If you are interested in birds, bring binoculars – you never know what may show.
Meet in the Moat Pond car park, off Thursley Road, Elstead. About 1.5 miles south of Elstead.
Copy the Google Maps link into your browser for a map.

Nat Grid Ref SU 900417
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/c36fipk61nN2
Sat Navs 51°10'00.4"N 0°42'54.3"W
51.166766, -0.715076
Thu Mar 19th Little Venice London mystery trail -Carol B
Meet at Waterloo station opposite platform 19 at 10.30am. You will need a travel card and pen/pencil. Finding and solving puzzles and clues to get directions for the walk.
Thu Mar 26th Dorney Court (3miles) 10:00 start

Leader Anne Bennett 01344 843101
Meet at Dorney Court Kitchen Garden Nursery. SL4 6QP. Village Road off Court Lane, Dorney.

Nat Grid Ref SU 925791
Sat Nav’s 51.30.14 N 0.40.03 W
51.50386 N 0.667664 W
Thu Apr 9th Thames Path from Laleham to Penton Hook (3.3miles) 10:00 start

Leader Sue Ewen 01932 254540
Start Car Park at Laleham Park, Thames side, Laleham KT16 8RN (on side of river).

Nat Grid Ref TQ 052677
Sat Nav’s 51.23.57 N 0.29.16 W
51.39938 N 0.48794 W
Thu Apr 16th Painshill Park -Di H
Meet carpark Painshill Park ( Portsmouth Rd, Cobham KT11 1JE Closest sat nav ref is KT11 1AA) Entrance concessions £8.
If the weather is awful, we will meet at Wisley RHS as there is very little shelter at Painshill park! Please bring your RHS membership card if you are a member. I will let everyone know on the day via email by 9.00 if the venue is not Painshill Park-Caroline
Thu May 14th Ranmore Common (short walk) 10:00 start

Leader Carol Beasley 07512 553 677 01932 888615
Start at Stony Rock National Trust Car Park. Hogden Lane, Ranmore Common, approximate Postcode RH5 6SY (This is part of the Polesdan Lacy Estate)

Nat Grid Ref TQ 124504
Sat Nav’s 51.14.31 N 0.23.26 W
51.242219 N 0.390661 W

A short easy walk on Ranmore Common.
Thu May 21st Westminster and Whitehall – Joan
Meet at Waterloo station opposite platform 19 at 10.30 then walk along to Westminster Bridge, cross river to Parliament Square then a circular route taking in some landmarks (e.g. Victoria Tower Gardens; Smith Square; Whitehall; Downing Street; Great Scotland Yard) before returning to Waterloo, stopping off for lunch and coffee along the way.
Thu Jun 11th Basingstoke Canal & Hook Heath (4 miles) 10:00 start

Leaders Lynda & Richard Mason 01932 564773 Mobile (on day of walk only) 07858 648997

Start at Car Park in St.John’s Ly, Off St John’s Road, Woking GU21 7SQ
Nat Grid Ref SU 979579
Sat Nav’s 51.18.41 N 0.35.47 W
51.31030 N 0.59660 W

Pleasant canal side walking and Hook Heath. (Lunch if required at The Rowbarge)
Thu Jun 18th Twickenham-Katie and Ken
meet 10.30am
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
Thu Jul 9th Wraysbury and Ankerwycke (3 miles) 10:00 start

Leader Malcolm Stewart 01932 841919 07891 104 635
Start at car Park adjacent to Wraysbury Lawn tennis Club, The Green, off B376 Windsor Road, Wraysbury. TW19 5NA.

Nat Grid Ref TQ 004741
Sat Nav’s 51.27.28 N 0.33.18 W
51.45783 N 0.33.18 W

Level walking across riverside meadows in this historical site.
Thu Jul 16th Polesdon Lacey – Anne B
Meet in the car park at Polsedon Lacey . Please use post code KT23 4PZ. National trust property so free for NT members, please remember to bring your NT membership card!

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