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 -

Each Friday a group of members meet together for a ramble (not amble) somewhere in Cornwall and details of the walks are at the back of the monthly magazine.
We generally walk between 4 and 5 miles, which takes about 2.5 hours,  and some of us then repair to a local pub or café for lunch, although this is up to individuals to decide on the day.  The walks vary in difficulty from pretty easy to quite challenging, most being somewhere in between.  Each member of the group agrees to lead one or two walks each year which means we have a real variety of venues and terrains.  Wet weather gear and good walking boots are essential as one never knows quite what will turn up; also the ability to get over stiles, of which there seem to be an awful lot sometimes, again of varying difficulty. And, of course, you do need to be a U3A member.  Like the other walking groups in U3A Carrick we do not have either dogs or children on our walks.
We are a friendly, happy bunch and if you would like to join the walks please contact me beforehand so that I can look out for you on arrival, and also let you know if any of the published walk details have changed, as occasionally happens.
Rosalind Smith
01872 865767


2nd March:  Terry & Do  01326 221819
NGR 720146  Cadgwith, Ruan Minor & Poltesco.  Meet in Cadgwith car park.  Short cliff section.  4.5 miles.  Toilets en route.  3 bananas

9th March;  Eric & Sandra  01326 712204
NGR 807317  Falmouth orientation walk.  Follow A39 into Falmouth.  At mini-roundabout adjacent to former Greenlawns Hotel turn right, then left along Spernen Wyn Road.  Take 2nd right into Boscawen Road and park on left alongside tennis courts.  3 miles.  Toilets at nearby Gyllyngvase beach.  3 bananas.

16th March:  Alison Vaughan  01209 890696  (07779 130932)
NGR 538295  Perranuthnoe to Cudden Point circular.  Meet in beach car park.  Some stiles.
3.5 miles.  2 bananas.

23rd March:  Jen Johnson 01326 212773
NGR 655272  Helston.   
Meet in car park opposite boating lake.
More details to be advised nearer the time.

30th March:  Janet Hinson 01326 377000.
NGR 592271  Rinsey & Pengessick.
Meet in NT car park Rinsey.  4.5 miles.  3 bananas.

6th April - NO WALK - U3A Annual Meeting, Perranwell.

13th April:  Gill Warden 01872 864603
NGR 710250  Trelowarren Woodland Walk.  Park and meet in Trelowarren Estate car park.
4.5 miles.  2 bananas.  Toilets.

20th April:  Rosalind & Martin 01872 865767 (0790 473 2250)
Pendent, Geevor and Lelant.  NGR 380359
From A3071 (Penzance to St Just road) take B3318 on right to Pendeen.  At crossroads at entrance to village go straight over and follow road to lighthouse.  Park in lighthouse car park.
Steep hills, rocky underfoot, spectacular views.
4 miles.  3 bananas.  Toilets.

27th April. Melanie Howes 01326 280195 (0783 771 5530)
Porthallow, Gillan & Nare Point.   NGR 797232
Park on Porthallow beach (honesty box)
4.5 miles.  3 bananas.

4th May.  Marion Clark 01637 860 068
Mawgan Porth to St Mawgan. NGR. 849672
Meet at Merrymoor Pub car park.
4 miles.  2 bananas

11th May. Eve Webb 01209 890053 (07812 506 729)
St Anthony’s lighthouse, Place Manor and Molunnan.
NGR 848314
Meet in NT car park at lighthouse.
4 miles.  3 bananas.


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  

NEW Short Walks - Sundays

Welcome to the new U3A Carrick short walks Group. Thank you to every one who responded to the first newsletter invitation. Due to popular demand the first walk started on Sunday 9th April from 2.00 p.m. until 4.00 p.m. at the Bissoe cycle hire car park , in the Carnon valley.

The second walk took place on April 23rd. This walk started at the National Trust car park at Durgan road, near Mawnan Smith, map reference 775 275 We started at Durgan car park and did a circular walk through the woods and down to the river and back.  A pleasant walk and good company too.

Photo below:

Durgan short walk

Bring binoculars and any small nature books if you have them.
I can be contacted by phone for queries on : 01872 865674.
Cheers, John Cox.


Any enquiries phone
John Cox 01872 865674




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

Richard Allen Groups coordinator