Strollers


Do you like going out for a walk, but not too far, and without stiles?  Do you like going to different places – parks or local villages or footpaths and towpaths?

 

And do you like having someone to talk to while doing so?  And having a cup of coffee or tea (and maybe lunch) afterwards?  Are you interested in improving and maintaining your mobility?

 

If the answer to these is Yes, then the Strollers group of walkers could be for you.  


The group goes out twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays and aims to walk up to 3 miles with no stiles. 

·        Meet at 10.00 - 10.15 am, depending on the location.

·        Wear sensible walking footwear and appropriate comfortable clothing.

·        Bring drink and medication if appropriate.

·        Transport: negotiate own lifts between members (list available from Ros) or use the X3 or X7 bus.

·        There is no charge for meetings; members pay for their own drinks or meals.

Leicester Botanical Gardens

 The group enjoying the stroll on 28th February



Strollers Leader's Hard Work Recognised


It's the end of the year and the first full year of The Strollers u3a Group.  Ros Holmes dreamed up the idea of running shorter walks with no stiles for people to be able to get out and get some exercise, have a chat and a cup of coffee.  The group has gone from strength to strength over the last year.  

To mark this occasion, members of the Strollers Group clubbed together to buy Ros this enormous bunch of flowers.  

Well done Ros!

Chris Bradburn


STROLLERS WALK PROGRAMME 2024


 13 March/Great Bowden/Gail & Mary          

 

27 March/Kibworth village/Josie & Chris P

 

10 April/Gilmorton/Phill & Carol 


24 April

 

8 May

 

22 May

 

12 June

 

26 June

 

10 July

24 July

14 August

28 August

11 September

25 September

9 October

23 October

13 November

27 November

11 December 

25 December :No walk



The first walk of 2024 took us on a stroll round Little Bowden, once a small village and now a suburb of Market Harborough.  The (almost) mighty River Jordan was crossed over, and the group paused in the churchyard before enjoying a welcome coffee stop in Harborough.   

Photo by Gail

The group's walk around the pretty village of Cosby in early November started in light rain, but dried off by the time we finished.  Trees lining Victory Park and the stream running through the main street looked absolutely stunning in autumnal colours and village ducks appreciated being fed by us. 

Photo by Gail  

A walking tour of the village of North Kilworth, on the borders of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, enabled us to see its wide variety of houses of different ages.  This historic village, once on the route from Leicester to Rugby, has a wealth of interesting buildings and a well-kept church.  Although it is on a busy main road, it was a pleasure to stroll around the quiet village streets away from the traffic.  Coffee was taken at a  nearby golf club after the walk.

The group returned to Wistow in early October 2023, on a breezy yet sunny day.  From the Rural Centre it was a short walk past an unusual newly-built house to the churchyard at Newton Harcourt (see photo below).  The route then followed the towpath of the Grand Union Canal, Leicester Line, across fields to Wistow church and back to the Rural Centre for a welcome cup of coffee.

A visit to Evington on the outskirts of Leicester enabled us to walk around Shady Lane Arboretum with its delightful woodland walks.  From there we went to Evington Park, a pleasant well-kept city recreation ground with views right across the city; it has impressive sculptures created from old trees.  From there we retired to a local pub for coffee ....

A favourite location for local walks is Foxton Locks.  The group were welcomed by volunteer lock-keepers who showed members round the site.  

The statue of a typical horse used in past times to tow canal barges is very popular with visitors.

Photos by Karen

In June 2023, the group visited Knighton Park on the outskirts of Leicester.  This has many lovely trees and open spaces, and the highlight was the Knighton Sensory Garden.

At East Carlton Countryside Park, visitors were rewarded with the sight of fresh green leaves on the trees and bluebells beneath them, and stunning views across the Welland Valley.

The group visited the Botanic Gardens at Leicester University, including glass houses and formal and informal gardens. . A refreshment stop at Zeph's Cafe in Oadby followed the walk. 

Bouskell Park in Blaby was the venue for an excellent, if damp, autumn walk


Enjoying Coffee in the garden of the Well.