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


20th Dec. St. Day and Vogue. NGR723424. TR16 5NP. Meet at the Star Inn Vogue car park. A walking quiz round The St. Day Town Trail, well it is nearly Christmas.There will be prizes. Toilets. Jen 07786 436984 and Wendy 01326 378862 and Sandra 07969 611446.SVA.

27th Dec.Trelissick. NGR837396. TR3 6QL. Meet in the National Trust car park at Trelissick. Blow away the cobwebs with a group lead walk through the beautiful gardens and estate with extraordinary maritime views. Toilets and cafe. Contacts and enquiries as below.SVA. 

3rd Jan.Argal and College Reservoirs Part Two. NGR772336.Meet at ASDA car park near the petrol station and recycling bins. An easy walk full of wildlife, through woodland and meadows.Toilets and cafes.Jenny 07551 927258 and Sue 07468 488370. SVA. 

10th Jan.Perranuthoe and Trenow Cove. NGR540294. TR20 9NP. Meet at Perranuthnoe car park (free in Winter) .A gentle climb up to Victoria Inn and then a circular walk viaTrenow along the coast with spectacular views of St Michael's Mount, passing an ancient field system and a landscape dotted with disused copper and silver mines. Toilets and cafe.Peter 01872 264820 and 07907 738267. SVA.

17th Jan.Marazion Marsh, Ludgvan Leaze, Longrock. NGR514310. TR17 0EG. Meet at Marazion main car park just to the west of the village, by the seashore. Ideal for train and bird spotters. Care necessary on crossing 2 main roads and the railway. Nearby toilets and cafe. Eric and Sandra.01326 712204.

24th Jan. Coombe. NGR838408. TR3 6AR. Meet at the creekside Coombe, parking on roadside and top of the creek. A circular walk on lanes and footpaths with scenic views. No toilets in this rural area. John 07964 257169.

31st Jan. Lanhydrock. NGR086639. PL30 4AB.Signed just off the A30 at Bodmin. Meet at the upper car park (NT) near the road. The Deer Wall Walk. We will follow the remains of the wall originally built to keep the deer on the old estate. A wooded circular walk passing the River Fowey,Jacob's Quarry,Station Drive and the house itself with Spring foliage in the gardens.On paths. Jen(07786 436984) and Wendy(01326 378862 and 07766838942).SVA.

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.



So what does the discerning rambler wear for protection when the sun blazes? Cricket cap, baseball hat, bush hat,golf cap, wide brimmed, foreign legion style, fishing hat? Our group had them all but for sartorial elegance the prizes have to go to John and Gordon in their stylish Panamas. And yes, that is Duchy Nursery in the background and yes, we did relax in their marquee for a drink halfway, but still had a delightful four and a half mile walk from Lostwithiel, through the lanes and along beside the Fowey river with views of Restormel castle.
Previous weeks saw us finally walking from Rinsey Head to Praa sands ( it had poured with rain the first time we tried), past the mysterious Pengersick Castle,a fortified manor house, whose original owner was ( I quote) " something of a psychopath", returning along the coast path. We  also visited the World Heritage Luxulyan valley, with it's interesting industrial past still in evidence and where the cool of the woods was most welcome in the heatwave.Equally welcome was the excellent and very reasonably priced lunch at the Kings Arms in Luxulyan Village.
And then last week all change: waterproof jackets, waterproof trousers, boots at the ready. But amazingly, despite the terrible forecast that could have tempted us to cancel, we enjoyed a lovely walk from Nansidwell, along the coast path round Rosemullion Head and back up the Carwinion valley in a strong but warm wind and sunshine and only two five-minute showers. It just goes to show it is always worth turning up and seeing what the weather is actually doing on the day.  

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

Five Banana Walks Group

On Friday 6th September, 13 members of the Five Banana Walkers set out from St Just Churchyard on one of our easier walks led by Jon and Anne Skelton.  It was a pleasant morning and we were about half way round the walk and on the coast path opposite Mylor Harbour and near to Messack Point on the Roseland when disaster struck.  One of our walkers, Barbara, tripped over a tree root and fell heavily breaking her wrist.  As she was shocked and faint it was obvious Barbara could not continue.  Being about a mile from the nearest road or habitation this was quite a problem so the decision was made to call 999 (thank goodness for mobile phones) and ask for ambulance or coastguard assistance.  Two of the group set off back to the nearest road junction to meet and direct any assistance vehicle, 8 continued on the walk and back to St Just leaving Jon and Marina to keep Barbara warm and to keep chatting to her as she was in danger of drifting into unconsciousness.
Within half an hour of requesting assistance, a coastguard search and rescue truck from Portscatho came into sight across the fields and at the same time the RNLI inshore boat was racing across the water from Falmouth.  This was the brand new boat ready to be named and commissioned on the following day so they were very anxious not to scratch it on the rocks!  What a relief to see them all.  Barbara’s arm was swiftly immobilised and strapped and then she was helped to make her way across the rocks to the lifeboat who rushed her off towards Falmouth.  Fortunately a friend met her  
and was able to take her to Treliske where her wrist was x-rayed, manipulated and put in plaster.  Later that evening she was once more chatting and laughing, but walking might be out for a few weeks.
Even Barbara will admit that it was all very exciting, but more than that.  We were all so grateful to the volunteer crews from the Coastguard Search and Rescue and the RNLI who drop everything and come to the aid of those in difficulty.  We are very fortunate to have them.

01872 865767


Rosalind Smith   vmandrsmith@outlook.com






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