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The University of the Third Age - Welwyn Hatfield

Walking Group

Walking group, Thunderidge, August 24th.


We are sorry to say that we only accept walkers who enjoy social company, convivial chat, fresh air and healthy, if not overstraining exercise. This is not a Group for double-pole power walkers. Hertfordshire is a wonderful county to explore and there are numerous local walking groups to suit all types of walkers.

Our Group meets about once a month, sometimes twice in warmer months, for standard circular walks of about 4½ miles (2 hours), starting mid-morning and finishing close to places of light refreshment! We sometimes attempt longer walks (up to 7 miles). All our walks are advertised by a Newsletter usually circulated by e-mail. Walkers do not have to attend all of our walks but can pick and choose which walks they have time to go on.

We always try to be more ambitious. Future walks programme may include going out of County or even London walks. We are keen to receive details of Walker's favourite walks and any other suggestions which would make our walks more enjoyable

We also have an arrangement with Potters Bar U3A Walking Group where we are able to go on each other's walks without the need to join their U3A as associate members.

Whilst we do not have a limit on numbers joining the Walking Group, we will delete names of any Walker who has not been on a walk for 9 months.


Details for the next two walks are as follows:-

TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER - SANDRIDGE - HEARTWOOD FOREST - 5 miles/2.75 hours Start time 10.30am
Mobile phone numbers: Liz 07910 175352 Les 07942 462010
Email: lizpaulawhite@gmail.com

A walk to see how the new Heartwood Forest planted by The Woodland Trust is developing. We will go from the new forest across Nomansland Common and back via Hammonds Farm. There is a choice of pubs for lunch, more on this later. Park in the Heartwood Forest car park on the main road through Sandridge for a 10.30 am start. Sandridge is north of St Albans on the B653.

THURSDAY 16 NOV LAMERWOOD (CROSS KEYS PUB) – 4 miles/2 hours. Start time 10.30am
Mobile phone numbers: Liz 07910 175352 Les 07942 462010
Email: lizpaulawhite@gmail.com

This is apparently the first walk the group did when Mike set the walks up. We walk through lovely Lamer Wood, across a defunct golf course and get a sneaky look at the front garden of Bride Hall. Park in the Cross Keys pub car park, close to the road, in Gustard Wood, on the B651 between Wheathampstead and Kimpton. Those staying for lunch may order food before we start. OS Explorer map 182 GR 175 165 Nearest postcode AL4 8LA.

All walkers are advised to wear suitable boots, socks and take weatherproof clothing before attempting any of these walks, which are undertaken at your own risk. I would recommend that you use a walking pole or walking stick to assist in muddy areas. Please carry contact details, in case of emergency, and you may wish to include details of any medications and allergies that paramedics would need to make note of. Also, please carry this information where it can easily be found.
Bring your mobile phone with you and make sure you have the teams mobile numbers in it as well.

If you do not have transport and require a lift to the start point, please contact me and I will try and arrange a lift for you.

It would be very helpful if you would let us know in advance if you intend to go on a walk. We would hate to leave anyone behind if they arrive slightly late.

Keep on walking it’s healthy.

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