Strollers - alternate Saturdays at 10:20
Group A - alternate Mondays at 10:20
Group B - Thursdays at 10:00am - weekly
Group C - alternate Saturday mornings at 9:50
Group D - Tuesdays at 9:50 - weekly
Group M - alternate Mondays at 10:20
Group W - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 9.45
Dog Walking - Wednesdays, 10:00am - fortnightly
The Strollers, who walk fortnightly on a Saturday at 10:20, take gentle strolls at a very leisurely pace with, usually, a pub lunch afterwards. If the weather is unfavourable, then they adjourn to a local garden centre for coffee.
Walking Group A, walk on alternate Mondays at 10:20. We have about 18 people who walk on a regular basis, but this can fluctuate from 8 to 25 people! Our walks rarely go beyond 4 miles which is proving popular with those who just enjoy a morning hike; plus the venues are not too far away. We have a coffee break about half way round, giving us a breather and a chance for a 'chinwag'. Walk leaders arrange for a pub lunch on completion of the walk but this is entirely optional. We encourage those who have walked with us regularly to eventually lead a walk, however this is not compulsory. Both the co-ordinators are willing to try any walk out with you before you do it with the group.
Walking Group B, walk on Thursdays at 10:00, alternate between short walks of up to 6½ miles with a coffee stop en route (bring your own) and an optional pub lunch afterwards, and longer walks of 7 to 9 miles where a packed lunch is taken. These walks are slightly more challenging and some involve ascent of over 1000 feet.
Walking Group C, who walk on alternate Saturday mornings at 9:50 (opposite the Strollers) cover 4½ to 6 miles with no more than 800 feet of ascent. There is a coffee stop en route (bring your own) and an optional pub lunch afterwards.
Walking Group D, who walk every Tuesday morning at 9:50 either in the Chesterfield area or further afield into Derbyshire. We always have a coffee stop and lunch. For lunch we either stop for a picnic or, on some shorter walks, go to a cafe or pub at the end of the walk. We take things at a fairly gentle pace and walks vary from about 5-7 miles. Some of us share lifts, so don't let transport be a problem.
Walking Group M, walk on alternate Mondays at 10:20. Distance and difficulty similar to Group A.
Walking Group W, meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 10:00 (excluding December & January). Our walks, some of which are linear, last all day and are 8 miles and upwards in distance so we always take packed lunches. Some of the walks are quite challenging. We walk in the Peak District and enjoy walks around the Roaches, the Dark Peak and the White Peak.
All U3A members are welcome to join any of these walks, meeting points are published in the U3A newsletter.
'Dog-friendly' countryside walks of approx. 6 miles, (3-4 hours duration). Each walk is tested to provide ample time 'off-lead', avoid livestock & difficult stiles where possible, and ensure that it's not too strenuous for the canines' companions. Usually meet 09.45 for 10.00 start every fortnight on Wednesdays. Optional pub lunch or occasionally packed lunch 'en route'. Non-dog owners welcome.
In addition to these 7 groups, both Bird & Field and the Wild Flower groups provide some short country walking outings.