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Short and Tougher Walks 

ALL WALKS START AT 9.45 A.M.    (unless otherwise stated) 

If you are interested in where we have walked over the last 3/4 years see links at bottom of this page. 



U3A Summer Programme 2019




As you may already know, this year’s coach ramble on July 26th is to Tintern in the Wye Valley.  It is now an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but was once a very important part of the first industrial revolution in the 16th century, with extensive iron smelting works and a large, busy port alongside the River Wye.  Our walk will be about four to five miles to visit the industrial heritage of this area, including a stop at the now ruined church where many ironmasters and their workers are buried.  The walking is fairly level with no stiles but a couple of steps up, a short easy climb and a slippery descent where there is a handrail to hang on to.  After the walk there should be plenty of time to explore Tintern, famous of course for the Abbey celebrated in both paint and poetry, most notably by Turner and Wordsworth.  There are also several places to eat, including a real ale pub, and opportunities for shopping or more exploring.  Don’t forget your cameras, and if you are an English Heritage member your card will admit you to the Abbey without charge.

The cost will be £17.50 per person which includes the driver’s gratuity.  Unfortunately, I cannot refund money once seats are booked as the cost of the coach has to be covered.  As a group we do not hold any contingency funds.   The coach will pick us up from the bus stop outside the Leisure Centre at 9am and we hope to return to Pershore by 6pm.

I am starting to collect the money now, cheques payable to PERSHORE U3A please. They should be with me before the end of June, so that the Treasurer can bank them before the invoice is due.

Aug 9th              TEWKESBURY

Meet:                Picnic site at Lower Loade, just south of Tewkesbury Abbey, off the road to Gloucester.

Map:                  Exp 190, GR 880317

Length:                           5.5 miles to  Odda’s Chapel at Deerhurst and back via the site of the Battle of Tewkesbury.  There is one hill.

Distance from Pershore - 10 miles, driving time 25 minutes

Leaders:            Tony Neath and Evie Wright



Aug 23rd            UPTON ON SEVERN

Meet:                Park in layby (was the old road) just out of town on the A4104

Map:                  Exp 190, GR 850401

Length:                           5 miles. A varied walk in this interesting area

Distance from Pershore - 8 miles, driving time 15 minutes

Leader:                 Audrey Newstead


Sept 6th              U3A WALKING GROUP AGM

This will be held at Church View Cottage, Church Lane, Upton Snodsbury at 10.30am to discuss our plans for the coming year.  Please bring diaries and bright ideas for an exciting programme for the rest of 2019 and into 2020.


Chris Wood has passed the library of walks onto me as he has now left Pershore and is living in Swindon.  He has catalogued them excellently into length of walk and into areas, so if anyone needs a bit of help finding a suitable walk to lead for the group, I have 260+ walks to choose from, ranging upwards from 3 miles!  There is no excuse now, just give Rosemary a ring!!!!!!!!!!!

Distances and drive times to walks are from Pershore and are intended as a guide only.  When sharing cars we suggest that passengers offer the driver £1.50 for the first 10 miles, plus £1 for each additional 10 miles or part thereof.  In the event of severe weather, please contact the leader to confirm that the walk is on.  Leaders should always attend the starting point, even if the walk is cancelled.


Library of Walks

Don’t forget that we now have a library of walks which has been compiled by Chris Wood, See the bottom of this page under walks archive. It is for use by everyone, so there is no excuse that you can’t lead a walk because you don’t know where to go!


DISCLAIMER - Walking is one of the healthiest and safest of Outdoor Activities. However neither Pershore and District U3A, nor the Walk Leader/Orgainiser of the walk/s has control of the environment of the walks, the weather, any animals or indeed of any of the walkers themselves, and whilst taking normal precautions, providing reasonable help and assistance as necessary, they cannot accept responsibility for any circumstances affecting the health or safety of the walkers in the party.
Walks organised by Pershore and District U3A automatically receive Public Liability insurance cover, provided the leaders are U3A members, through the Third Age trust. This is designed to protect leaders against claims for damage to property and for injury or death which might have been occasioned on the walk. This is NOT a personal accident insurance and accordingly participants on walks are responsible for their own health and safety and the safe keeping of their equipment, clothing and belongings.
Participants on walks should follow the advice/instructions of the Walk Leader in order to minimise any risk to themselves and should also ensure that they do not endanger any others in the party. To help achieve a problem free walk U3A members may NOT bring children or dogs on a walk organised by Pershore and District U3A. 

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