Group Leaders: Barry & Sarah

Venue: Meet at published walk starting point

Days: 2nd & 4th Thursdays in month, 10:15 for 10:30 start + 3rd Thursday in month (from July 2021), 10:00 start

RESTARTED THURSDAY 29TH APRIL. 

Although the group has been out of action during the various Lockdowns, we have now RESTARTED OUR WALKS following strict guidelines for the time being. You can get a taste of what is in store by clicking on the Program link further down the page.

Please click on the link below for our current guidelines

(last revised 17.5.21).

Guidelines for Plymouth U3A Long Walks Group Members

Welcome to the Plymouth U3A Long Walks Group. I hope you will find the page informative and interesting enough to perhaps join us on a walk!

All year round we head out on a varied and interesting selection of walks in many beautiful locations, from Moor to Sea and the rolling countryside in between.  Sometimes our walk leaders take us to places we know well but offer new perspectives or unusual routes.

You will find details of both our next outing and our last walk in the Newsbox below, whilst the prospective Walks Program for the next few months can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Walks Program

We are always on the look out for new locations and routes, so if you do join us then please don’t be afraid to put new ideas forward. Even more importantly this is a very sociable group and we are always delighted to meet new people. This is not a group with a fixed upper limit on membership and we currently have around 45 on the register/mailing list. There are usually 15 – 20 people on most walks; whoever turns up we always enjoy our day. So join us when you can!

Please note however that the group has a good level of fitness and stamina, although obviously we all stop to catch our breath from time to time! It is rare that walks do not have hills or mud or otherwise difficult going for at least a small part of the route. Most walks are generally between 7 and 10 miles in length (although there will be a longer, more arduous 10 – 12 mile walk once a month), usually with 1 or 2 coffee breaks and a longer lunch stop somewhere en route. We carry our own lunch and drinks. Walks usually start at 10.30am and finish from 3.00 – 4.00pm, occasionally later.

Your don’t need expensive kit but proper walking boots, warm clothing including hat and gloves, waterproofs and a comfortable day rucksack are essential. We can certainly give you plenty of advice and help on what to buy and where to get it if you are unsure.

We also suggest that joining the Emergency SMS (Texting) Service with your mobile phone is a good idea.

Details can be found at  https://www.emergencysms.net/files/3649_esms_6.pdf

Every year (except 2020 sadly) we have had a group, coach and hotel based, walking holiday in another area of the country. The next one is provisionally scheduled for either April or September 2022, when we have planned a 5 night stay near Fishguard in Pembrokeshire, although this could obviously change. In the meantime we are having a smaller, more informal trip to North Devon for 4 nights in early October this year.

If you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to email me at the following address:

barryjcopeland2@yahoo.co.uk

See you soon hopefully

Barry

(17 May 2021)

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Our Next Walk
David will be leading the next walk on Thursday 10th June. This is an 10 mile route starting at Ivybridge, taking in Western Beacon, Butterdon Hill, Three Barrows, Sharp Tor, dropping down to Piles Copse following the riverside path to Harford, before climbing back up to Weatherdon Hill and back to Ivybridge on the Two Moors Way.
The meeting point will be the free car park at Ivybridge Railway Station Park & Ride SX647565
Our Last Walk
Barry led 14 of us on a lovely 8.7 mile walk, in beautiful weather, from Yelverton on Thursday 27th May taking in Buckland Monachorum, Bucktor, the River Walkham riverside path to Grenofen Bridge and back up through Sticklepath Wood to the higher ground again.

NEW Extra Walk Each Month!
There is now an extra, longer walk planned for each month. Starting in July 2021 on the 3rd Thursday a 10-12 mile route is being offered for the diehards amongst you/us. These will be slightly tougher than the usual walks and often in more rugged or exposed terrain, but hopefully still suitable for everyone who is so inclined. They will entail an earlier start and we are also hoping to travel slightly further afield at times.
North Devon Trip: Monday 4th - Friday 8th October.
We will be based in the charming village of Lynton, which is ideally placed to access both Exmoor and the South West Coastal Path. 7 of us have booked into Gable Lodge Guest House, which is now full. Attached is a list of some similar accommodation nearby, with contact details.
I would suggest that if you are interested in joining the trip that you book yourself a room sooner rather than later, safe in the knowledge that you don't have to pay until you get there and can cancel without charge right up until the last minute if you change your mind or if circumstances alter. You can either book through Booking.com or deal directly with the accommodation, whichever is your preference.
As far as the walking side goes, I am aiming to walk for three whole days and two half days. However others can join as many walks or come for as long as they wish. There is some lovely walking in the area. For example, the Valley of the Rocks will make a fine afternoon walk, the beautiful Doone Valley is a great day's outing in good weather and the awesome route along the South West Coastal Path from Porlock Weir to Lynmouth will definitely occupy one day!
How many cars we take will ultimately depend on how many are going, who is staying where and for how long etc. Likewise evening meal arrangements can be sorted out nearer the time, as we will probably need to book tables in the local pubs (there are some nice ones in Lynton).
Accommodation List
Holiday 2022
Our 2022 holiday will hopefully be to the glorious Pembrokeshire coast of Wales, either in April/May or September.
Click on the link below to see more provisional information about the trip!
Pembrokeshire Holiday 2021
Post Lockdown 1 Photo Gallery
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Pre Lockdown Walks Photo Gallery
These group walk shots were taken in more normal times!
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Lunch at Shaugh Bridge
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