First-time visitors to Rotherham are frequently astounded to find that within a short distance of the town centre are green fields, hills and valleys, dotted with farms, woods, picturesque villages, parklands, and other green spaces. Sir Walter Scott described ‘a pleasant district of merry England which is watered by the river Don’ in Ivanhoe, and the area is still a truly rural setting, asking to be explored and enjoyed, preferably on foot.
All that’s needed is stout shoes, or even trainers in dry weather, and clothes to suit weather conditions. Walking improves strength, coordination and balance, and there’s little more uplifting than a walk ‘in the green’.
Rotherham u3a ‘Strollers’ is for those who like gentle, scenic walks over relatively short distances, mainly around Rotherham, with an occasional foray over its borders. The group meets on alternate Saturday mornings. Most walks are circular, allowing members to use buses if preferred, to travel to and from the meeting point.
Health benefits apart, members enjoy the company and an opportunity to talk as they walk through lovely surroundings. Afterwards, many members choose to eat together at a nearby pub or café.
Saturday 12th November sees a visit to Conisborough, a Saxon settlement in the Don Valley with a beautiful 8th century church and magnificent castle with a 12th century keep.
Then on Saturday 26th November, a walk to Whiston and Barfield Meadows. A pretty village with a grade II listed church dating from 12th century and a 13th century manorial barn.
Non-members are welcome to try out strolling with the Strollers on one or both November walks.
For more information about the walks, contact Margaret Tupling on 01709 371949.
For more information about Rotherham u3a, visit www.u3asites.org.uk/rotherham or call the Membership Secretary on 01709 379379.