U3A Carrick has run weekly walking groups since 1990, when a group was formed by Stan Grey. Two members joined Stan on the first walk, gradually growing to fifteen. The formula which Stan initiated is still more or less followed today although recently there have been more than fifty walkers on occasions who have enjoyed getting to know and appreciate Cornwall's wonderful bridle ways, coastal and inland footpaths.

Check our walking calendars and routes, as published on the back page of the monthly newsletter, one month in advance; anyone is welcome to join us on an ad hoc basis. Check out your leader's contact information, including mobile number, where listed and make yourself known! Post Codes are included generally to indicate a nearby location and are provided solely to enter into a sat-nav, in order to get you close to the start! Check the description and perhaps the local Ordnance Suvey sheet to determine the exact location.


New U3A Walking Guides:

The Royal Geographical Society, (with IBG) has just published the first two of a series of walk guides created by U3A members as part of the Discovering Britain Design a Walk competition. One of the first two issues, at £3.75, describes a self-guided walk on Bodmin Moor, where you may learn more about five thousand years of human settlement. Click on this link for more information!


Current U3A Carrick walking groups are as follows:

Ramblers -



Fancy a ramble?
Friday ramblers’ walks start at 10.30 but please allow a few minutes to get your boots on .
If the weather forecast is uncertain please contact the person leading the walk on the phone number given in brackets or contact Wendy Morris or Sue Dell whose numbers are at the bottom of the programme. Walks are between 3.5 and 4.5 miles long, vary in shape and form. We have a short snack break and have time to look at views and take photos along the way. We usually finish around 1pm and adjourn to a nearby pub or cafe for lunch. SVA=shorter version available

5th July. Smokey Joes. NGR 725448,  TR16 5BJ. From Chiverton Cross roundabout on the A30 take B3277 towards St. Agnes, at the next roundabout take the Blackwater Road.Drive through Blackwater then after a mile , Smokey Joes is on the right. Plenty of parking, toilets and diner. An interesting walk through mining heritage terrain around North Downs, Wheal Rose, Radnor and back to Smokey Joes. Peter 07907 738267.

12th July.Trelissick. NGR 837396, TR3 6QL. Meet in the NT car park.A beautiful walk through the estate taking in Roundwood Quay, Kestle Hill and Lamouth Creek with lovely views throughout. Toilets and cafe at Trellisick.  Jenny (07551 927258) and Sue (07468 488370). SVA. 

19th July. Rinsey Head. NGR 592271. Meet at Rinsey Head car park.  A coastal circular to Praa Sands, toilets and cafe, passing the most haunted house in Britain and a Garden Party tea in Mabe on the way back,  in aid of Cancer Research. Wendy O1326 378862 and Jen 07786 436984. 

26th July. Luxulyan. NGR 059573 , PL24 2RZ. Meet at Black Hill Car Park. An easy woodland walk  through the World Heritage site of the Luxulyan Valley with its Victorian industrial heritage of leats and tramways. Annie and Gerry 07813 610955 but the signal may be weak there.

2nd August. Lostwithiel, Restormal. NGR 104593. Take the A390 from Truro to Lostwithiel. At light controlled crossing turn right into Fore Street. At bottom turn right into Quay Street. Proceed under low railway bridge and park on tbe right where directed. All facilities en route. Eric and Sandra 01326 712204 or 0796911446 (only if you get lost).


So where were our Ramblers if Cornwall was that away? Surely they hadn't gone to Devon for the morning?  Where else but down at Lizard village, with practically the whole of Cornwall to the north of them. A walk in glorious sunshine beside sparkling azure seas. What else have we been up to? A walk inland from Maenporth, taking in the wild flowers en route and camellias at Penwarne, a blustery walk round Pendennis Head and Falmouth seafront, returning by more sheltered hidden footpaths, a round tour of Stithians Lake that ended rather soggily but happily at The Golden Lion and a visit to the Luxulyan valley with its industrial archeology, the mighty Treffry viaduct and the raging river Par.

People might like to note that a short version of the walk is often possible ( marked sva on the listings) for those who might have difficulty with 4 or so miles. 
New walkers are always welcome.




Enquiries about the walks programme to jenniferjohnson@btconnect.com
Enquiries about the group and any other matters to Wendy Morris @01326 378862 or 07766 838942
Enquiries about walks on the day ,changes and cancellations to Sue Dell Suzanna746@btinternet.com

Until fairly recently Carrick U3A was offering four different walking groups suitable for a range of abilities and needs.  There were the Friday Ramblers, walking 3.5 to 4.5 miles at a leisurely pace followed by a pub lunch for those that wanted to stay; the Friday Day  Walks tackling ten miles plus of more challenging terrain usually with a picnic lunch; Tuesday Walks  between 6-8 miles sometimes with a picnic sometimes with a pub lunch and Sunday Walks of around 2 miles and mostly on the flat.  Members could move easily between groups and many of us walked with two or three different groups at the same time.  
Sadly our U3A now only has the Friday Ramblers but it seems to me that there are enough members of varying abilities and needs that we should be able to offer more.
I have decided that from January we could have a second group walking between 4 and 5 miles with perhaps slightly more challenging terrain and at a not quite so leisurely pace.  If anyone is interested I would be pleased to hear from you and to tell you more about plans.  This group will operate by e-mail rather than by publishing all the walks in detail in the magazine.
However, I am absolutely delighted that the Friday Ramblers will continue much as they are at present and will be very ably led by Wendy Morris and Jen Johnson.  This is a great group and everyone has been so supportive to me in co-ordinating a good programme of walks over the last five years and I have enjoyed walking regularly with the group for over thirteen years.  I know you will assist Wendy and Jen in the same way.     It is important that any groups are complementary  to each other and not in competition and my hope is that once again our members will have the choice of walking with either group, depending on ability and how they feel at any particular time.
Good walking - and good lunches!
01872 865767


Rosalind Smith   vmandrsmith@outlook.com


Kynance Cove to Lizard village, 20 hardy walkers. The views were amazing as was the weather perfect!

Here are 3 photos of our U3A walk on Friday 6th October.  Perranwell circular in warm sunshine including Greenwith Common and the cycle track.  We were well guided by Jon and Anne making this a very pleasant morning walk.

banana stop railway bridge cross country
our banana stop the railway bridge near Perranwell our walk across country
  Photos by Melanie Howes  



For all activities, please check our Google Calendar via the link on the front page, to confirm dates, times and locations

Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator