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THE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE

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York U3A

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Current "Outdoor Pursuits" Groups.                      Members: to find more details/dates/news or to contact a Group Leader, go to our Member's Page

                                                                                            Interest Groups are open to York U3A members only.

Bird Watching

A continuing course: The group’s programme includes visits to sites suitable for bird watching in the area with a maximum journey time (each way) of 90 minutes, using car sharing where possible, which individuals arrange among themselves.  We usually finish by mid-afternoon.  

 

This is an active group and a certain level of fitness is required as the sites are varied, can be hilly and the walks around the site can be 2 to 3 miles.    

 

Longer day trips are also occasionally arranged.

 

Venue: Various sites. Meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

 

 

Geology, Landscapes and Building Stones of N & W Yorkshire

Bird Watching Group 2

Short Country Walks

Rambling

Walking Group - Enjoying the Countryside

Walking on the Wolds

Thursday Monthly Rambles

Over the Hill Walking Group

Boots by Bus 1

Wild Flower Walks 2017

Cycling Group

Explore York Walks

Wildlife Walks by Public Transport

The group usually meets on the third Thursday of the month, visits to reserves and sites are within 90 minutes’ drive from York

 

We plan to arrive around 10.00am and leave between 3.00 and 4.00pm .

 

Members should wear stout footwear and be able to walk up to 4 miles during the visit.

 

The group leader emails details of the visit to all members approx. 7 days beforehand and wherever practical members car share

 

 

 

We will use buses and car-sharing to study:

    ·The Yorkshire coast and countryside

    ·Towns, villages and churches

We will consider how the geology has influenced the land forms, industry and buildings.

 

Group members will be invited to contribute their own knowledge of flowers, birds, architecture etc.  

 

We may walk up to 4 miles in possibly adverse conditions.

 

Venue:  Various outdoor locations, programme to be communicated.  Visits will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, leaving York around 9:30 am.

Cost of car sharing around £5 depending on distance and number of passengers per car.

 

 

 

We walk at a brisk pace for between 5-7 miles depending on the season. Walking boots and waterproofs are required.

 

Fuel costs are £4 per head if a lift is needed.

 

Venue: Fortnightly on Tuesdays starting at 10.15am. Beginning 6th September 2016.

 

 

 

We take walks of approximately 10 miles in the Yorkshire Dales and on the Yorkshire Moors and Wolds.  

 

Members share cars and passengers pay the drivers £5.00 towards the cost at present.  Car sharing is a private arrangement and cannot be organised by the group leader.

 

The group warmly welcomes new members.

 

No dogs please.

 

Venue: The walks take place fortnightly on Tuesdays, meeting at the walk start point at 10:00 am for a 10:30 am start.

 

 

 

Our walks are held on the third Friday of each month from January to November, and are planned to be up to 6 miles in length.  We try to find a variety of countryside for our walks, generally within an hour’s drive of York, and sharing transport wherever possible.

 

They are likely to take most of the day, as we stop to look at anything of interest along the way, and we usually end with tea and cake if there is a convenient tea shop nearby.

 

New group members are welcome to join us at any time of the year.

 

Venue: Walks are held on the 3rd Friday of each month, meeting at 10.30 a.m. There are no costs other than contributions to shared transport and very occasional entrance fees.

 

 

 

We walk for 2-2½ hours.  Maximum distance is 6 miles, but often 5 miles. Please bring walking boots, waterproofs, a snack and a drink.  

 

Venue: We meet fortnightly on Fridays at the starting point of the walk. Walks start at 10.00am.

 

 

 

Walks take place on the last Thursday of each month and you should make your own way to the start point ready to leave at 10:30.

 

We walk about 7 miles in around 4 hours and usually go to a cafe afterwards for tea.  Please bring suitable footwear, waterproofs and a packed lunch.

 

If this course is oversubscribed a waiting list will be started.

 

A list of walks is sent to all members by email at the end of the previous year or in paper form on the last walk of the year; also on our website for members

Walks of 7–8 miles in the Yorkshire countryside, on the second Thursday of every month, with particular reference to the seasons.

 

Waterproofs, walking boots and packed lunch essential.  

 

Make your own way to the starting point for 10:30 am departure.

 

New walk list out in November. Offers to help lead walks welcome.

 

 

 

 

We walk on the third Thursday of every month, using buses and/or trains to travel to and from the walk. Walks are from 7 - 9 miles in length and are usually linear.

 

Wearing boots and waterproofs can make the walk more comfortable and a packed lunch is needed as we rarely pass a cafe, although we usually find one at the end of the walk.

 

We walk in all areas of Yorkshire that have convenient bus or train connections but with a particular bias towards the South Pennine area.

 

Details of the walks are given in the Newsletter and an email reminder is sent out before each walk to confirm the transport details.

 

New members are very welcome to join at any time of the year and offers to lead walks would be appreciated.

 

Venue: Wherever there is a starting point for a good walk.

Participants on these walks use local buses (and occasionally trains) to travel to and from the walks.

 

Walks vary between seven and nine miles in length. They are scheduled to take place on the first Thursday of each month. Walking boots, water proof jackets and a picnic lunch are essential.

 

Most group members use their bus passes to travel to and from the walk so the only expenses incurred are when we travel by train or if members wish to visit a cafe at the end of the walk.

 

The group is already well-subscribed but there are currently one or two places.

 

The continuation of the group depends on members volunteering to research and lead walks or to contribute in some other way to the success of the group, for example, by researching an interesting feature or helping with the website. Therefore from September 2016 onwards, members will be asked to commit to making a contribution of some sort.

Details of relevant bus times and stops are published in the U3A Newsletter and appear on our website.

To explore and enjoy the wonderful countryside and wildlife of Yorkshire, according to the seasons and members’ particular interests, including birds, butterflies and dragonflies, mammals, flowers, trees and fungi.

   

Trips are arranged each month throughout the year, usually on a Monday.  Details of meeting place and transport (bus or train) will be provided in each Newsletter.

 

All participants need to be able to walk 4-5 miles in the countryside, and will require walking boots.  However walks may be shorter than this as the aim is to study the wildlife rather than to achieve a specific target distance.  

 

Please bring a packed lunch to eat en-route, but we will also try to finish the walk at a suitable point for refreshment before returning to York.

 

 

 

 

Boots by Bus 2

These leisurely-paced walks of 2-6 miles give group members the opportunity to identify some of the common and not so common wild flowers seen in the countryside.  The walks are all day usually finishing by mid-afternoon so a packed lunch and drinks are required.  

 

Walking boots are advisable because some of the paths may be uneven, slippery or steep. It is also recommended that a waterproof jacket is carried.  Insect repellent may be needed on some walks.  

 

A notebook, wild flower identification book(s) and a hand lens can be useful.

 

Venue: Nature reserves, Wildlife Trust reserves and access land within a 35-mile radius of York are some of the places visited.  Group members are expected to make their own way to the venues but it may be possible for car sharing to be arranged after the first walk.

The walks are on Mondays at 2-4 week intervals, meeting at 10.30hrs.  It is anticipated there will be 6 walks starting in April and finishing in late August/September. The dates and locations of the walks will be sent to group members in February 2017.

Walks in and around York, using public transport if possible.  

 

Length: about 3-6 miles.

 

Venue: Normally 3rd Monday in the month. Full details will be printed in the Newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

We cycle to places 12 miles or so from York, have a leisurely lunch and then return. Most of the rides are along Sustrans or Cycle Streets routes and so are along cycle paths wherever possible.

 

We meet at different places depending where we are going and we also pick people up along the way so that people don’t end up cycling into town only to cycle out again.

 

I send maps by email before each ride and people say where they want to join along the route.

 

Dates: We go out on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

 

Destinations:Over lunch at each ride we decide where we’re going next time. New ideas are always welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

Details will be available in August 2017