|Group Leader :- Doug K.|
|When :- 3rd Monday of each month.|
If you would like to join us on one of our walks, please sign in at the monthly meeting.
Our walks are fairly leisurely and cover some 3.5 to 4.5 miles.
We usually start from a pub, hotel or restaurant and "Take Lunch" there after the walk.
If you would like to lead one of our walks, please contact our co-ordinator below.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Mon Jun 21st|
Monday 21st June 2021
Walk Leader :- Doug K.
Walk Location :- Lakes and coal track to Doxford House and the Secret Garden, from Puma Centre.
Meet at :- Puma Sports Centre, SR3 1PD at 10:15 for a 10:30 Start
Length:- 4 Miles Good paths.
Lunch open to discussion during the walk.
This is our first Walking Group since Lock Down Rules stopped us, and we are looking forwards to seeing you again.
Covid is still amongst us, and until regulation removal is confirmed, we are still required to keep our distance so Please book a place on this walk by contacting Doug.
If you wish to undertake your own risk assessment, then a form is available on the National U3A web site.
From the Puma Centre car park, Silksworth Lane, we walk down hill, behind Sainsbury’s, and turn left towards the lower lake.
Follow the gentle path up the gradient to the upper lake. Count the ducklings.
Cross the road at the crossing, to join the path of the old mineral line.
[This route was planned by George Stephenson 200 years ago, for steam locomotives in 1822, and now gives a tree lined country walk through the heart of the City. At the Essen Way crossing, there is a commemorative emblem. It can’t be seen from the road, as it is below the line of sight.]
Cross North Moor Road and follow the well marked track, past Gilley Law flats, including Amble Tower, the former home of your U3A Computer Group, and past Farringdon School.
This is original track bed, now lacking rails but with occasional clues from old sleepers.
Turn left along Silksworth Road, cross the road at the sign for the Secret Gardens, and enter the former grounds of Doxford House.( 1780, Listed Grade 2.) This former home of the Doxford family, famed for the reliability of their ship’s diesel engines, had earlier been home to Johnsons, Robinsons, Hoppers, and General Beckwith. Walk through to the top of the park, and left into Warden Law lane, and down past the front of Doxford House, and some other fine dwellings. Left again back into the park. Explore the walled gardens.
Return past Silksworth Lakes.
To book a place please contact Doug.
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