Walks longer 1
Witney U3A Longer Walking Group 1
Group Leader: David Bettle
At the moment, because we are such a large group, the Longer Walking Group is not meeting due to COVID 19 regulations, but information on future activities will appear asap. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact David Bettle by email and I will keep them informed on progress.
Under normal circumstances walks start at 10.00am on 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month (unless otherwise stated),usually between 6 & 7.5 miles (lasting approx 3 Hrs). We aim to start and finish at a Pub with the option to stay on for a Pub Lunch. NO DOGS –Sometimes our walks go through fields of livestock.
Please ring the Group Leader on the day if you are running late.
This popular group is usually oversubscribed but our leader David Bettle is happy to add names to the waiting list and will let new members know when places become available.
An email reminder with up to date information will be sent out a few days before each walk. SO THAT THE GROUP LEADER KNOWS WHETHER OR NOT TO WAIT FOR YOU, IT HELPS TO BE INFORMED IN ADVANCE IF YOU PLAN TO COME ON THE WALK.
The walking group can be contacted in the first instance via the Groups Administrator or by contacting the Group Leader David Bettle Anyone wanting to join this group will be put on a waiting list until there is a vacancy. The group leader will let you know how long you may need to wait.
Our Recent Walks
The autumn weather has not been kind to walkers, but the group still managed to complete a
number of interesting, albeit muddy excursions into the unknown. On 26th November we did a 7 mile circular walk starting and finishing at the Red Lion Yarnton who provided an excellent lunch for about 20 hungry walkers. On December 10th the annual Christmas ramble took place in rain and high winds along the Oxford Canal. This 5.5 mile walk started at the Jolly Boatman Thrupp going past the Gibraltar Inn at Enstone. Even the Muscovy duck forsook the canal for a towpath that was almost as
Our leader David Bettle provided much needed mulled wine and mince pies under the shelter of a railway tunnel at the half way mark, before the group returned to Thrupp for a hearty Christmas Lunch. The annual competition for the 'naff-iest Christmas attire' was won by Norman seen here holding his salt and pepper pot prize.
Summer saw a great selection of varied walks reaching as far afield as Mickleton in Warwickshire where we circumvented Meon Hill on abeautiful summer's day in July.
The annual picnic walk started at Cuttislowe Park Oxford. On a very hot day we set off on thislovely pan handle ramble with much interest including the River Cherwell, wild meadows, an ancient bridge and a folly as well as a good view of Water Eaton Manor. On our return from this 7.5 mile hike we enjoyed a much needed picnic and drink in Cuttislowe Park (photo). Eastleach Turville was our starting point on the 13th August for a very pretty 7 mile walk in the rolling Cotswold countryside, past fields of wild flowers where we saw lots of butterflies. We walked close to the River Coln, mostly dried up at this point, with justa few mild inclines and descents through
valleys and woods. Those who stayed for lunch at the picturesque Victoria Inn said that it was a clear hit. Our last walk in August was a flat walk from Wolvercote walking out on the Thames Path and back along the Oxford Canal Tow path. We diverted to see the Church of St Margaret of Antioch in Binsey and had a well earned coffee break while examining the deep well in the graveyard
The River Coln featured again in our walk on 10 September which started from the pretty village of Coln St Aldwyn. Meandering uphill out of the village heading in the direction of Bibury we enjoyed a coffee break in a childrens playpark (apologies to the kids for taking over!) and returned eastwards along the river for a most enjoyable lunchin the garden of the cafe in Coln. We were pleased that the river was actually flowing for this walk.
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