About the Countryside Walking Group
Countryside Walking Group 1 is a group of members who enjoy not-too-strenuous monthly walks. We do 3-4½ mile walks, mainly within a 10 miles radius of Bath at venues previously agreed. Occasionally we go further afield, and usually finish with a pub lunch.
We achieve a varied and interesting programme by sharing the leadership of the walks. In January we meet to discuss where we are going to walk in the coming year, and who is going to lead each month. We ask for volunteers in pairs − two for each walk (a leader and a back-stop).
We are an easy-going and friendly group; we like to pause and enjoy the scenery, look at buildings, examine plants and flowers, identify birds as we go along, and always rest after climbing a steep hill. We carry a snack and drink. We walk along footpaths through fields, bridleways and quiet lanes. The only agility test we have is to be able to get over stiles, and we do also need to be able to walk up to 4 (and very occasionally 4½) miles in 2½ hours, so that we do not keep a pre-ordered pub-lunch waiting.
Countryside Walking Group 1 has a limit of 22 active members. We regard this as a sensible number as it normally results in about 14 members participating in one walk. More than that and the queues for getting over stiles become extended. The number walking also affects where we can arrange to go for lunch. We mostly use smaller country pubs, where food is generally cooked to order, and a large party could easily overload kitchen and bar staff to the detriment of locals and ourselves.
We are a fairly stable group and often have people on our waiting list, but vacancies do occur from time to time and we'd welcome anyone for a “taster” walk.
If you'd like more information, please contact our convenor (details in the members' newsletter) or email us at the address below. Please state in your email whether or not you are a Bath U3A member.