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Short Walks Group

Short Walk Thursday August 27th 2020

Our first official U3A short walk started from the Hucknall tram stop car park (plenty of space currently).
15 members walked in 2 smaller groups with a 30/40m gap between them.

Our route took us through a short section of the Papplewick Green estate before taking the ‘yellow brick’ bridleway alongside the Leen Valley golf course before branching off to the footpath alongside the River Leen which emerges on Papplewick Lane.

The next 2 sections were Moor Pond Wood and Papplewick Dam Wood where we stopped for a group photograph. From 1782 to 1828 the power of the river was harnessed for cotton spinning at Castle Mill .Cutting edge technology in its day. A meander up a gentle slope took us into Papplewick Church for a look around and a drinks stop.
The final section was through Linby village and across to The Ranges, the former Linby Colliery spoil heap, now redeveloped as country/recreational park. At the top there are expansive views in all directions.

Next Walk: Thursday, September 17th, 2020 – details later.

The photograph background is the waterfall at Top Upper Dam. The group are standing apart or in households.

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The next walk on March 19th, led by Roy Brown, is to the beautiful Lumsdale Falls between Tansley and Matlock. It is 4.25 miles with a gradual walk up the falls and back down the other side with no stiles.

Our starting point is The Tavern at Tansley, Nottingham Road, Tansley DE4 5FR

Travel distance 18/20 miles, allow 45 minutes, and it is on the main road between Alfreton and Matlock. Meet at 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start. The Inn has a very large car park and they do a very good value lunchtime menu for anyone wishing to stay for a meal.

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Our Christmas walk of 2019 started from The Horse and Groom in Moorgreen.
The first half along the road past Beauvale Priory was a good walking surface. However, following more overnight rain the footpath downhill towards Greasley Church was akin to a mud slide. This certainly slowed down progress but we all got back rather muddy but in one piece.

We were then joined by some non walking colleagues for a good value lunch in the pub.

Next Walk: Thursday January 16th, 2020 starting at the Thorsby Hall estate, details to follow.

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Short Walk – Thursday, 21st November 2019

Short Walk details as follows, meeting at Cotgrave Country Park car park on Hollygate Lane at 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start.

Turning off the A46 Cotgrave on to Stragglethorpe Road then left onto Hollygate Lane. The car park is on the right after the mini-roundabout for the new housing estate.

The walk is 4 miles along the Grantham Canal then across fields and through Cotgrave – all flat in general. Afterwards just down the road is the Rose and Crown in Cotgrave for drinks and/or food.

This is a relatively new country park and a new area for us.

Walk Leader: Greg Umney

(Car share recommended: please contact Greg or myself on the form below if a lift is required)

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Short Walk to Portland Park

Blessed with glorious autumn sunshine the Short Walk ramblers enjoyed something quite new with an undulating (there were some who called it something else entirely) stroll through Portland Park in Kirkby in Ashfield, led by Roy Brown.

After coming across a group of diggers (no, I don’t mean Australians) it was discovered that historians are excavating in the woods to find the 200 year old railway line that ran from Mansfield to Pinxton.

Following the walk an excellent meal was then taken at the Duke of Wellington.

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