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

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.

1st June.  Paul and Dee  01872 264033
NGR 721514. St Agnes to Trevellas Porth.
Park at Trevaunance Cove car park and meet outside Driftwood Spars pub.
Steep climb to start.
3 stiles.  3 miles.  2 bananas.  Toilets.

8th June.  Alison Vaughan.  01209 890696. (07779 130932)
Perranuthnoe to Cudden Point.
Meet in beach car park.  Some stiles.  
3.5 miles.  2 bananas.

15th June.  Jen & Wendy 01326 212773 (077864 36984)
NGR 868329 Porth Farm to Portscatho.  
Park at NT Car park at Porth Farm.
4 miles.  Toilets. 2 bananas.

22nd June.  Mary Conway 01872 870547 (07944 174433)
NGR 791394  Devoran, Point & Penpol.
From A39 take turning to Devoran at roundabout.  Take next right and continue straight on at bend into road to small tramway car park on right.
4 miles.  Toilets.  2 bananas.

29th June.  Sue & Jenny 01326 372840/373051
NGR 555282 Prussia Cove to Praa Sands.
Meet in Prussia Cove car park.
4 miles.  2 bananas.

6th July.  Sue & Ray 01872 864494 (0774 971 8062)
NGR 776605  West Pentire, The Kelseys & Holywell Bay.
Park at West Pentire (£3 for 4 hours).
Some dunes.  4 miles.  3 bananas.

13th July.  Terry & Do 01326 221819
NGR 720146  Cadgwith, Ruan Minor, Poltesco
Short cliff edge section.
4 miles.  3 bananas.  Toilets en route.


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

Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator