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

15th Mar. Falmouth circular NGR 822322. Meet at Ships and Castles car park for a walk with views of the docks,  castle, beaches, university and the Dell. Toilets and cafes . Sadie and Gordon (01872 241574). SVA.
22nd Mar.  Luxulyan Valley. NGR 073562. From Truro take A390 to Tywardreath Highway. Soon after starting to climb Penpillick Hill take left turn signposted Ponts Mill. Meet at the car park at the end of road. We follow the route of the raging River Par passing under Ponts Mill and Rock Mill vaiducts before crossing the mighty Treffry aqueduct (1844). Return via the wheel pit and Carmears incline. Not a difficult walk.Toilets at St Blazey. Eric and Sandra (01326 712204)
29th Mar. Kynance Cove . NGR 686133. Meet at Kynance NT car park (£4 if not a member). A circular coastal walk on the Lizard with beautiful views and hopefully some seals. Toilets and cafes.  Jenny and Sue (01326 372840 and 07468 488370). SVA.
5th April. Playing Place. NGR 811415. Meet at Playing Place bus shelter. Parking at Kea village hall. A circular country walk via Quaker Meeting House , Tresithick, Playing Place. Pam (07480 230035).
12th April. Mawnan Church.NGR 787272. Park at the church and enjoy a coastal circular walk via Durgan . Toilets and cafe. Mary (07944 174433).( SVA ).
19th April. St. Blazey, Treesmill & Par Marsh. NGR 071 545. From Truro take A390 to St. Blazey. At traffic lights by church turn right for Par. After about 300 yds turn right into Town car park. We walk on road and footpath with good views to Treesmill. We then follow the river on the right with a primeval swamp to the left. Try not to disturb the alligators basking in the warm spring sunshine! There are toilets near the car park. There is a hill early on the first leg with easy walking from thereon. Eric & Sandra. 01326 712204 (or 07969083538 only on the day if you get lost).
26th April.Crantock. NGR 789608. Park at National Trust car park by Crantock Beach. A walk along the Gannel Estuary to the boating lake .Toilets and cafe. Wendy. (07766 838942). (SVA).
May 3rd.18th Jan. Wheal Maid and Poldice Valley NGR 760424. Meet outside Twelveheads Chapel. A circular walk described in Victorian times as the richest square mile anywhere on earth. Layby parking. No stiles no toilets, small cafe. Jenny and Sue (07551 927258 or 07468 488370)
May 10th.St Erth. NGR 550 350. When you arrive at St Erth go over the bridge and park by the church...if full there is more parking over the road.A circular walk via Tremelling- Trenedroa-Porthcollum and along the river to St Erth. Peter (07907 738267).

Despite the sometimes inclement weather the Ramblers have met every week and we have been pleased to welcome some new members as well as some past walkers. Seventeen people turned out for our Mike Tapp memorial walk in January, when we remembered Mike, who died a year ago and who had not only been a stalwart of the walking group but had also done so much for the u3a generally. Marion joined us for lunch at Mikes old local, The Star, in Vogue.
 We have also enjoyed three walks from Trebah, Devoran and the Penrose estate. On two further occasions the rain was such that we decided to go for a coffee first and squeeze in a short walk when the weather cleared.Our new motto has therefore become 'We never cancel, we just go for coffee'.
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.




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  



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