Tuesday Striders - Walking
This Group has started up as Striders is full with a waiting list. Please use the link to the right to contact the Group Leader if you want to apply to join.
Members of the existing Striders Group will also be welcome on Tuesday Striders walks while membership develops.
Note this group meets on the FIRST TUESDAY of the month.
The ethos of the group is that of the original Striders group, and this is repeated here:
The ‘Striders’ walking group evolved from the original U3A walking group and was set up on 1st September 2015 to cater for members with the fitness level and aspiration to tackle longer walks and/or significant ascents. The applicable U3A grades for our walks are loosely described below:-
Blue: A moderate walk up to 12km (8 miles), with ascent of up to 200m or 720'. This allows 2 ascents of the Sandstone ridge.
Red: A more demanding walk which can be longer, up to 18km (12 miles) and/or have more ascent, up to 600m or 2000'. This could include many of the peaks in Snowdonia and the Peak District.
Black: A walk usually visiting mountain tops with over 600m (2000') of ascent. This could include Snowdon, the Glyderi and the Carneddau. (Note that black walks are only for those who are reasonably fit and may be arranged by the group on an ad hoc, unofficial basis, outside the programme.)
Our walks are, initially, on the first Tuesday of every month and predominately fall into the Blue+ or Red grades with some Blue grades and also an occasional black grade thrown in for those who like a tougher challenge. Typically, starting at 10:00am, our walks are in the region of 7 to 10 miles, taking 4 to 5 hours including breaks, though this may be slightly shorter in winter or inclement weather. We have rest breaks as required and one stop for a packed lunch. Ideally we end the walk by visiting a nearby pub or tearoom to recharge our batteries.
Walks are over varied terrain in equally varied weather conditions, so appropriate clothing and footwear are essential. Some walks are local, but most are further afield and we car share wherever possible to get to the starting point. Group members take turns to lead, but we don't expect new inexperienced members to lead straight away and, in line with the U3A ethos of self-learning/helping and supporting others to learn, help is always available for planning and checking out walks.
Walk descriptions/walk programmes are circulated to members by e-mail and our convener, Gwyn Jones, holds records of walks and a register of members in the group.
The first walk of this new group was on the 5th June 2018 with 8 members enjoying fine weather on 2 ascents of the Sandstone Ridge including Raw Head, its highest point.
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