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

6th Sept. Godrevy. NGR581432. TR27 5ED. Meet at NT car park by the cafe.A lovely coastal walk tracking long sandy beaches from the wildlife-rich cliffs to Hell's Mouth and back. Toilets and cafe. Jen(01326 212773 and 07786 436984).SVA.

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.

27th Sept.  Chapel Porth. NGR697495. TR5 0NS. Meet at NT car park at Chapel Porth at the foot of a steep valley between high heathery cliffs. A cliff walk steeped in mining history and a World Heritage Site. Toilets and cafe renowned for hedgehog ice creams. Mary (01872 870547 and 07944 174433).

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

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  



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Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator