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The University of the Third Age - Welwyn Hatfield

Walking Group

Walkers, on Snowdrop Walk, 13/2/18


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.


We welcome any new members joining us.
If anyone receiving this email is no longer in the Walking Group, please let me know.

For those of you who like to have dates in their diaries, these are our proposed walking dates for 2018:-

We have 2 teams leading the walks this year so please note that there are the two different sets of contact numbers and walk leader’s car details.

Anyone who would like more frequent walks are welcome to suggest a walk you would like to lead, and a date. We have many walks books and maps to loan. Details for the walks planned so far:-

Thursday 22nd March
Wild Daffodil Walk starting from the Brocket Arms pub in Ayot St Lawrence, postcode Al6 9BT. The walk is 3.25 miles (about 1.5 hours). Start time 10:30. Leader Liz White

An easy flat walk. When I tested the walk this Wednesday, there were plenty of small, pale wild daffodils in the woods, and next week promises to see even more out. With only two walkers, we also saw two groups of deer and a fox, so keep your eyes peeled.

Please note that this walk was quite muddy and slippery and may be even more so next week, so I strongly recommend good walking boots and a stick for everyone who comes.

I have booked for about 12 people to have lunch at the Brocket Arms. The pub would like people to order food before we set off. You can look at the menu in advance on the website: www.brocketarms.com/en-GB/menus-and-wine-list

Contact details for Liz White mobile: 07910 17 53 52 email: lizpaulawhite@gmail.com Landline 01707 271054

We have 2 teams leading the walks this year. Please note the contact numbers and walk leader’s car details.

Contact details for Steph and John Horsford:
Steph: mobile 07720 290149 email: sjhorsford@gmail.com
John: mobile 07810 237449 email: rjhorsford@gmail.com
landline for both 01582 763320


Thursday 19 April
Cromer Hyde – Simonshyde – Coleman Green – Cromer Hyde, 5 miles/ 2 hours. Start time 10.30 am. Leader; Liz White, mobile phone nos: Liz 079 10 17 53 52, email lizpaulawhite@gmail.com

A walk through fields and woods and along quiet lanes from Cromer Hyde, taking in parts of Simonshyde Farm and woods. Lord Salisbury’s plans for a village of some 1100 houses here may be thwarted. The walk goes through the woods and past the John Bunyan pub at Coleman Green, before descending in an old green lane to Upper Cromer Hyde Farm, and then back to the start. We will pass “John Bunyan’s Chimney,” where he was said to have preached.

Meet at 10.30 in the Crooked Chimney car park. The Crooked Chimney is on the B653 out of Welwyn Garden City going towards Wheathampstead, Post Code AL8 7XE, Explorer Map 182, OS ref TL210123.

NB Anyone who would like more frequent walks is welcome to suggest a walk they would like to lead, and a date. We have many walks books and maps to loan.


Contact details for Steph and John Horsford:

Contact details for Liz White and Les Rayner:

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.

Web-site created by Roger Swaine.