Walking Group

Kibworth & District U3A​ ​Walking Group

For any information, membership queries or to join us.

Contact: kdu3awalkers@gmail.com

Group Leaders: Malcolm and Celia Lever-Jones 

Membership Secretary​: ​Sue Dargie

We welcome new members to join us.

This group has about 70 active members. Often, more than 30 members are present on our walks. This number increases in good weather.

We have a committee who ensure the smooth running of the group. Group Leaders are voted in and usually have a 2/3 year tenure. 3 is the maximum tenure to ensure fresh ideas in the group.

We listen to the group members and try to implement what they would like!

New members pay a one-off joining fee of £3, to help cover group expenses. This money is kept as a group fund for incidental expenses incurred on behalf of the group. Walkers must be current members of the K & D U3A to join.

You can sign up to join the Kibworth & District U3A (£10 currently) at the same time as joining the Walking Group, plus the £3 one-off joining fee.

Please note: If you do not walk in a year, your membership to the walking group is cancelled.

A 12 month rolling programme of walks is updated regularly on the website:

www.kibworthdistrictu3a.org.uk >interest groups> Walking

Our walk schedule is​ (subject to having volunteer walk leaders!):-
1s​ t​ Friday of the month​: A short walk of​ 3 – 4.5 miles
Also: ​An extra-long walk ​(8+ miles​) or an all day walk. These run April-October.

Please note: These walks have no joint lunch venue.

3r​ d​ Friday of the​ m​ onth:​ A longer walk of ​4.5 – 7 miles​ (might have a different starting point/ venue to the short walk).

Also: ​A short walk of ​3 – 4​ miles might be available, with as few obstacles (e.g. stiles), as possible.

These walks, again if possible, have a joint venue for lunch.

5t​ h​ Friday of the month​: A ‘further afield’ walk of​ 5 – 7+ miles​.(eg; Pitsford Reservoir, Cold Ashby, Bradgate Park, Tissington Well Dressing).

Also​: A short walk ​3-4 miles​ with as few obstacles (e.g. stiles) as possible, might be available. A joint venue for lunch may be possible.

Mileages on walks are for guidance only​.

Please refer to the information given by email from the walk leader for an accurate

mileage for any walk.

NB. We encourage (U3A philosophy) as many members as possible to take their turn as a volunteer walk leader or back marker. We have many people with experience in the group who would help newcomers to do this.

Generally, we meet at 10am on all walks. Start time varies depending on walk. We usually take a pub lunch between 12:30 & 13:45.

Emails are sent to all walking group members at least a week in advance with full details of the forthcoming walk/s and lunch arrangements. Confirmation of attendance on walk and/or lunch ​must ​be emailed to the walk leader ​before ​the cut off time and day specified.

Boots or walking shoes are required​. Please bring a change of footwear if taking lunch in a pub​. Walking poles can be useful.

Drinking water is advisable – a must in hot weather.Jeans and trainers are not suitable for countryside walking

Adequate wet-weather clothing should be worn when appropriate Non U3A members and dogs are not allowed on walks

All members must be aware that they walk at their own risk.

The person responsible for their safety and happiness on a walk is the individual. Walks organised by the U3A groups have only Public Liability Insurance, provided the walkers are U3A members. However, this is ​not a personal accident insurance policy.

Walk Leaders​ are U3A members and spend time and effort to prepare our walks fully. We welcome new leaders and training is available if needed.

o They give advice of obstacles to be faced on their walks eg. the number of stiles and terrain covered, instructions for start time and place, parking and lunch arrangements. They may advise that the number of people who can be accommodated on their walk and /or at the lunch venue is restricted.

o They accept no responsibility for members’ property, injuries, health or safety.

Walkers should have their own First Aid Kit or arrange to share.

As part of Public Liability Insurance, walk leaders, back marker and every

tenth person should have a Hi-viz item (ie. waistcoat, backpack, strap etc) on.

If road walking, all walkers​ should have some item of Hi-viz on.

 If you take medication, bring it with you.

Leaders have discretion to:-

* Start their walk on time without waiting for missing members to turn up;
* Cancel or modify their walk e.g. owing to extreme weather or unexpected hazard. (NB.If a walk is cancelled, decision is made by midday Thursday and members emailed).
* Advise those with inadequate clothing or footwear that they walk at their own risk; 

* Advise those who have not pre booked walk and/or lunch that they may not be guaranteed a place. Should there be spare places, they are welcome to join us.

Our ​walkers​ must:

Inform the walk leader by email of their confirmation to walk, and if they require a lunch place, ​before ​the cut off time and date specified by the walk leader. (Walkers are always given priority for lunch places). 

If walk is​ full ​and you have NOT informed the walk leader, you may be turned away from the walk.

Check in with walk leader on arrival at venue and be ready to start on time.

Comply with all instructions and requests of the walk leader;

Comply with Public Liability Insurance by going no further than 10 metres ahead of the walk leader and staying in front of the back marker​ ​at all timesduring the walk and ​comply with the Countryside Code

Carry an ICE (In Case of Emergency) Card. Download free from: ​www.geticecard.com
See Health and Safety section for more information.

Our Walk Schedule is available on the K & D website and Newsletter. Updates are sent to all group members by email at least 7 days before a walk.

Walkers’ Information

*Emails and mobile phone numbers are used to contact group members​​Personal data is stored securely. Annually, your permission will be requested for this information to be kept. Failure to give the information requested would indicate you no longer wish to be part of the group.

* Emails are sent out with details of planned walks. These emails give information gained on the recce by walk leader.

* Emails can be sent out in consultation with the walk leader altering any details of planned walk/s owing to unforeseen circumstances. This will be no later than 12 noon on the Thursday.

*​ A​ ll walking group members are encouraged to lead walks, or be back markers, as part of their group membership. If all members do this, your contribution to the group is usually one walk a year.

Health and Safety

ICE (In Case of Emergency) Cards are an information card with: Name; Sex; Own Contact Details; Blood Group; Primary Contact, Relation & Phone; Secondary Contact, Relation & Phone; Health Information; and a Yes or No answer to’ I wish to donate my organs and tissues after death’. To obtain your free card, download from:-www.geticecard.com

ICE cards are recommended to be carried in a wallet or purse at all times. The website does NOT collect your data or share with any third party. This information can be stored under ICE on a mobile phone, as long as it’s unlocked!

Carry a basic medical pack with you and any medication you might need on the day. On longer walks (5+ miles) carry blister plasters, a drink & snack etc.

Walk Leaders’ Information

Send your walk details to the group email kdu3awalkers@gmail.com.​ approx. 14 days before walk which will be then forwarded to all members. Include your email address for walkers and/or members to email you that they are walking and/or lunching, and your mobile phone number for on the day contact.

Walk details to include​: start time; finish time, lunch time; pre booking of food(if required); venue & capacity; parking; description of walk & length, ​number of stiles and obstacles​, ​roads to cross/walk on​ etc; any other hazards or useful information.

Walkers that do not pre book for lunch can join us if venue has spare capacity.

Members not walking that day may join us for lunch if the venue has spare capacity and they have pre-booked a lunch place.

Please carry a mobile for emergency use. Have an OS map of area on you. if this is not accessible on your phone, maps can be borrowed from Sue Dargie.

In case of incident:


Ask back marker to move group away from casualty or any danger. Assess the casualty with the help of trained first aider in the group, if available.

If serious call 999 or 112.
Emergency services might ask you to stay on the phone (Mobile phones are used to

guide emergency services to you)

Give, if known, post code or OS map reference if possible. Send some members to nearest road to guide in emergency services to incident.

If minor injury occurs, some group members may be required to assist casualty if circumstances allow.

A Space Emergency Blanket to keep the casualty warm is carried on the walk by committee members for the group’s use.
Walk leaders accept no responsibility for members’ property, injuries, health or safety. This is a walker’s individual responsibility as an adult.

Links For Walk Leaders

Walking Members Attendance List.

After the walk forward this to: kdu3awalkers@gmail.com​ and suedargie@gmail.com

Please also send your walk report to Sue for inclusion in the newsletter.

Walkers Lunch List

Links for Finding Walks

Routes and walk maps that are free to download and print:


Includes parks, village and countryside walks


Part of John Harris’s ‘Walking England’( Leicestershire & Northamptonshire walks are included )

Walks by AA, other walking groups, councils , villages, and others are available.

Links to previous walk schedules: Walk programme July 16-March 17
Walk programme April 17 – December 18

Current Walk Programme 2019 Click here

The walking groups photos pages are here: Click here and here