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

13th Sept. Falmouth circular  NGR 822322. TR11 4NJ. Meet at Ships and Castles car park for a walķ with views of the docks, castle, beaches, university and the Dell. Toilets and cafes. Sadie and Gordon. (01872 241574). SVA.

20th Sept.  Daymer Bay and St. Endoc Church. NGR942763. PL27 6LU. Meet at Trewint Lane car park in Rock. From Main Street in Rock turn right opposite Texaco garage into Trewint Lane. After 200 yds approx. turn left into the playing fields car park or park on road. Toilets. A beautiful cliff and golf course walk to the church where John Betjeman is buried.
Ah! Seaweed smells from sandy caves
And thyme and mist in whiffs,
In-coming tide, Atlantic waves
Slapping the sunny cliffs,
Lark song and sea sounds in the air
And splendour,splendour everywhere.
Wendy(01326 378862 and 07766 838942) . SVA.


25thOctober. Flushing and Mylor Churchtown. NGR812336 TR11 5UB. Meet on Trefusis Road, Flushing, by the quay at the entrance to Kilnquay Wood. Drive down into Flushing past The Standard Pub, bear right at bottom and follow Trefusis Road all the way through the village and turn sharp left past the sailing club and there is on road parking 300 yards further on. A circular walk  from Flushing to Mylor Churchtown, with cafe and toilets, with magnificent views over the river alongside Carrick Roads; returning via Trelew through woodland to Flushing.Cafe and toilets at Flushing and Mylor Churchtown.  Geoff and Jackie (01326 319761 and 07904326932). SVA.

1st Nov. IDLESS WOODS.  NGR821478. TR4 9QT. Meet at Idless woods free car park alongside Woodman's Cabin. A circular woodland walk with autumnal colours. It will probably be muddy but the path is quite solid. Toilet and cafe. Jen 01326 212773 and 07786 436984. SVA.

8th Nov. HEWAS WATER, TRETHULLAN AND STICKER. NGR971496. PL26 7JH. From Truro take A390 towards St. Austall. 2 miles after Grampound turn right into Hewas Water and follow brown signs for Griggs Country Store. Park in overflow car  park. Guaranteed  to be full of interest.Toilets and Cafe. Eric and Sandra 01326 712204. SVA.

15th Nov. PENROSE. NGR653270. TR13 0RA. Meet at Helston Fairground free car park opposite the Boating Lake. A circular wooded walk around the Penrose estate.A good solid path with beautiful views. Cafes and toilets. Jackie and Geoff 01326 319761 and 07904 326932.SVA.

22nd.Nov. TRURO. NGR811447 TR1 3PY. Meet at County Arms (use bottom car park). An interesting walk following the . cycle path to Hendra  through Truro via the Leats,  down to Newham and then back along the old Newham Railway track to Highertown. Toilets. Ken 01872 279356. SVA.

29th.Nov. TEHIDY. NGR650433  TR14 0EZ. Meet at South Drive car park. A circular walk through the wildlife reserve (squirrels a speciality) and woodland of Tehidy Country Park to Deadman's Cove and the North Cliffs where many sailing ships were wrecked before Godrevy Lighthouse was built. Cafe and toilets. Sue 07468 488370 and Jenny 07551 927258 . 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