Walking - Strollers

Group Leader: Elaine Hauser
Telephone: 01777 705274
Email: walking-strollers@retford-u3a.org.uk
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday @ 10.30am dates announced in Newsletter
Venue: Venue and distance published in Newsletter

The Strollers meeting time is 10.30am.  For more details of next walk see the Programme below or the Newsletter.


16th January Elaine Gringley-on-the-Hill  Leaving the Blue Bell pub,High Street Gringley-on-the Hill, DN10 4RF. Refreshment stop will be of your choosing, possibly Saundby Garden Centre or Torworth Grange.
20th February David Meden Vale Postcode NG20 9PG  

20th March


  Ranskill Ranskill Bowls Club, Station Road, Ranskill (same as the starting point for the last two Christmas walks) Blue Bell Pub, Ranskill
17th April Irene Carlton in Lindrick Meet in the layby opposite Carlton in Lindrick Church at 10.30am. nearest postcode is S81 9EF King William, Oldcotes (Brewers Fayre)
15th May Judith Everton Meet at Everton Church at 10.30am. Nearest postcode - DN10 5BB Ship Inn, Bawtry (on right, just before traffic lights) 

19th June


Perlethorpe Leaving Thorsby Courtyard at 10.30am t.b.a

17th July


Barbara and Beryl Ranskill Leaving Bowls Club, Station Road, Ranskill at 10.30am Bluebell Inn, Ranskill
16th October  Elaine Idle Valley Meet at Idle Valley at 10.30am  Idle Valley
20th November Arthur Perlethorpe Meet at Perlethorpe village green at 10.30am Bay Tree, Thoresby


Walking Groups Xmas lunch 

Once again we are holding the above event at Ye Olde Bell , Barnby Moor. Many thanks to Elaine for negotiating a reduction of around £6 off the usual price yet again.

Attached is the menu, cropped from official paperwork relating to the transaction, so not particularly festive looking at this stage!

The cost is £22 per head, with coffee or tea extra. We've had some lovely meals on our two previous occasions, so demand is likely to be high.

We'll be taking monies at this month's GM, just a week on Thursday, 27th September and also at October's meeting on the 25th. However, in the words of the inimitable Fred Pontin you would be well advised to "book early"!



Recent Walks


May 2018 - Harwell Woods

The Strollers enjoyed their walk, enhanced by excellent weather in a delightful environment. Many thanks to Judith for leading the walk and to Marjorie for the photos.

For photos please click:   HERE

February 2018 

The Strollers experienced a pleasant walk at Meden Vale with dry weather, though slushy underfoot. 9122 steps were walked , equating to 7km ( a little under 4.5 miles ) in 1 hour and 52 minutes. Lunch was taken at nearby Thoresby Hall. An enjoyable day all round. Thanks are due to Marjorie for photos and information, also to Jo for her photos, plus David for organising and leading the walk.

For photos click HERE


January 2018

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Christmas 2017

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Canal Walk - September 2017

Many thanks to Dave for leading the above walk and to Jo for supplying the photos, which can be seen HERE.

Canal Walk - September 2017

Lovely warm sunny day for the Strollers walk starting at the Hop Pole with Jo leading and Elaine bringing up the rear and taking in a particular picturesque part of the canal. Butterflies a plenty hops growing as well as rose hips. Down to Whitsunday Pie lock. Why you may ask ? Well one story is that they finished building the lock on Whit Sunday and a local woman made a pie to celebrate. The actual recipe is lost in the mist of time but I would guess potatoes and onions, stored over winter and any spring vegetables that were available. Perhaps a rabbit. The other story is that pie is a derivation of an old word for tithe or rent that was due on an adjoining field on Whit Sunday We left the canal bank further along but not before we were overtaken by another group of walkers who definitely were not strolling! Back across the fields we came over a rickety bridge (thanks David for seeing everyone across safely) and before you knew it we were at the end of Bigsby Road and on our way back to the Hop Pole.

Some walkers went to The Boat at Hayton others went on their merry way. Hope you all enjoyed it. I haven't lead a walk before so I would like to know what you think. Good or bad. I can take it!


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Langold Woods - June 2017

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Harwell Woods - May 2017

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Boughton Woods - March 2017

On the first day of Spring 22 members of the Strollers walking group met at Boughton Pumping Station and had a lovely walk through Boughton Woods. The weather was very kind to us, a cold wind but bright.

We covered 2.4 miles, and due to modern technology were informed that we had managed 7,250 steps and used up 235 calories, all of which were put back on when we had lunch.

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