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.


Tuesday 15th January 

Meet at Rufford Abbey Country Park in the car park at 10.30am. There is a parking charge. The walk will be led by Norma and we will eat either at the Saville restaurant or at the Alders nearby.


Recent Walks 

Xmas lunch - December 2018        
 The theory was that a good number of us would meet up at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, have a bit of a wander around, then move on to the Olde Bell down the road for a well-earned Christmas lunch and get-together. As it goes, a combination of non-compliant weather and common sense dictated that it would be  prudent to not get dishevelled and soggy, resulting in rather more dapper, chic and coiffed members turning up for their fare !

Besides the annual getting together of all three walking groups for the proverbial catch-up and chinwag, the occasion also recognised the end of an era, with Imelda and Joan soon to hand over the tenure of the Moderates group to David. To mark this, David presented gifts to those wonderful ladies, plus cards signed by the membership in appreciation of the hard work and dedication attributable to them both over these last three years.

Pictures of Xmas lunch, please click   HERE  

November 2018 - Perlethorpe

A good walk was led by Arthur, with the rain staying away until it was completed. A lovely presentation was made to Elaine for all her hard work over years. A lovely lunch was held after the walk at the Bay Tree, Thoresby. Many thanks to Marjorie for providing the photos and to all for making it such a memorable occasion.      

For photos please click      HERE                                                     

                                                     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

Click HERE

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.

Click HERE for photos.