Walking

Availability: Any member can attend


Enjoy the opportunity to walk with others, both for company and support.  Learn of unsuspected areas with experienced leaders.  Share your favourite walks.

We usually walk on the morning of the 4th Monday of the month.  There is no limit on membership of the walking group and no fees.

WalkingGroup2We usually meet at the public car park by the Hayling Community Centre around 9:15am where we arrange car sharing.  This cuts both the travel cost and reduces the number of vehicles at the start of the walk.

We create a walks plan at the beginning of the year, with the name of the person that has volunteered to lead the walk.  Walks are usually circular - they begin and end at the same point - but we have on a few occasions used bus passes to return to the cars.

We send email details of each walk around the middle of each month to everyone on our distribution list. We also show details on a poster at the Hayling U3A general monthly meeting. Apart from the starting time and location, we describe: distance, quantity of stiles and general terrain.

It is usual that the walk leader checks out the state of the walk for obstructions and difficult ground before the walk, and for those leading a walk for the first time, we can assist them in their reconnaissance.

During the walk we have a stop to gather breath and to take whatever snack and drink you bring.

WalkingGroup1At the end of the walk some will go to rehydrate, take lunch and socialise at a local hostelry, but it's not compulsory.  A key role of the walk leader is to make sure that such a hostelry exists close to the walk and that it will nourish the inner person on a Monday.

The walking group holds a small quantity of Hi-Vis jerkins for when we need to use roads between footpaths.  The group has a number of 1:25,000 (1 inch to 2½ miles) maps for use to investigate possible routes.  There is also a collection of booklets describing walks around various a such as; East Meon; Chichester; Winchester; West Meon; Hambledon.

These resources should make it possible for walks to be arranged at other times of the month should that suit the members.

Trish Farnham and Andy Henderson usually cycle to the walks. Let them know if you'd like to join them.