The Walking Group, which is open to all members of Thornbury U3A currently has some 125 members. Membership costs £1 per year per household.
Walks, which take place on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays of each month throughout the year provide exercise in a friendly, social environment. Generally there is a choice of two walks of different length and possibly difficulty which are led by group members on a voluntary basis. (All members are encouraged to lead a walk from time to time). “A” Walks are typically some 7 to 10 miles, whereas “B” Walks tend to be 5/6 miles in length. Walk Leaders will indicate whether there is a picnic or pub lunch. Members wishing to join a walk are asked to contact the Walk Leader, usually by phone on the Saturday prior to the walk.
It is the responsibility of each member to ensure they have appropriate walking gear/equipment and also that the walk they wish to join is within their level of ability.
A monthly newsletter is distributed to all members. It includes descriptions of forthcoming walks e.g. terrain and distance. It will also provide contact details of the leader in order that members can reserve a place on a walk.
Walkers usually meet at the Thornbury Leisure Centre car-park (rear) in time to arrange transport and leave by 9am. Car sharing is the norm and 10p per mile is paid to the driver.
Each January there is the AGM and meal and later in the year there is a Coach Trip/away day. Recent destinations have included Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Exmouth, Minehead and The Malverns.
This is an extract/example of a typical Walking Group Newsletter that our members regularly receive:
|Oct 15||3 Villages and 2 Ways||09:00||A Nother 400000|
|.||Starting from Tresham we go into a||.||Mobile 07000 123456|
|A Walk||valley where the wool trade flourished in|
|.||a bygone era and then climb to|
|.||Ozleworth. We go round by Newark Park|
|.||onto the Cotswold Way down to Alderley|
|.||and return to Tresham via the Monarch’s|
|.||Way. Distance 8 miles with two ascents|
|.||of note. Please bring a picnic lunch.|
|Nov 5||Warmley and Siston||09:00||Miles Post 456789|
|.||A walk following the Community Forest||.||Mobile 07000 666999|
|B Walk||Path, Bristol & Bath Railway Path and|
|.||finally the Kingswood Dramway. Fairly|
|.||level walk through countryside with some|
|.||styles. Interesting historic places on the|
|.||route including Siston Court. Circular|
|.||walk of about 6 miles. Picnic lunch.|
For further details on Walking Group membership contact Adrian Jones on 417378 or email Walking