A Group Summer 2016

DateVenueMilesWalk LeaderTerrainLunchStart Time
6 AprMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
Eric Newton on "The Life and Times of a Busker"
13 AprManley Mere & The Sandstone Trail7+Ken & Elizabeth CockburnModeratePacked lunch10:30
Meet : WA6 0PE. Grid Ref: SJ 487 719
Walk : Footpaths, fields, quiet lanes, some high stiles
Parking: Manley Mere. £2 before entering (exact money), toilets at Cafe
Suggested route: M56 towards Chester. Exit J14, signed A5117 Helsby. After 0.9 miles, sharp right onto A56, signed Chester (brown Manley Mere sign). In 0.8 miles, at 30 mph sign, bear left onto Village Road. In 0.3 miles left into Barrow Road and immediately sharp left into Manley Lane. Manley Mere on left in 1.0 miles.
Distance : 20 minutes, 15 miles from M56, Jct 10
20 AprBiddulph Country Park7.5Graham EddyModeratePacked lunch10:30
Meet : 894 595 Outdoor leisure maps
Walk : Undulating field paths, some foot paths, and linear cycle way all part of the Staffordshire Moorland Way. After the walk there may be opportunity to find refreshments at the National Trust but only for card holders. There is an inn just up the hill called the Talbot that we pass on our return or there is the Castle Inn on our way back to Congleton that does scones and cakes last time I called there.
Directions: From Warrington M6 south to Holmes Chapel, A54 to Congleton, A34 up the hill to traffic lights turn right on the A54 then on to the A527 towards Biddulph. Just before entering Biddulph turn left on Grange Road passing NT garden entrance and taking entrance on the right into Biddulph Country Park 400 meters and car park is on the right just inside the gate. There are toilets at the visitor’s centre which we shall pass at the start of the walk.
27 AprHoghton Tower7.5Alan & Linda BroadbentModeratePacked lunch10:30
Walk : Climb at start, field paths, riverside and gorge, good views. Parking at Witton Country Park, Blackburn – approx postcode BB2 2TS – toilets at café.
Directions : M6 north to M65 – go east on M65 to junction 3 (Blackburn West A674). Follow A674 into Blackburn and brown signs to Witton Country Park. Turn left into main car park at traffic lights
4 MayMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
Howard Green on Heraldry
Meet: Leighton Moss RSPB reserve, car park on right opposite visitor centre (free, toilets in centre, excellent cafe) we have permission to park here if we use cafe after walk. Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale, Lancs. LA5 0SW tel 01524 701601 www.rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss
Walk: a pleasant stroll to Arnside tower, round Hawes water, past Leighton Hall and back through the RSPB reserve (some mud).
Directions: Leighton Moss is 4 miles North of Carnforth. M6 to J35 then follow A6 North (signed Milnthorpe). RSPB reserve is well signposted from the A6.
Distance : Approx 65 miles around 1hr 10 mins .
18 MayGlasson & Cockersands Abbey8Peter & Evelyn MeyrickEasy/ModeratePacked lunch10:30
Note: Change of Venue.
Walk : Track paths, canal towpaths, with a bit of road walking. May be muddy in places!
Meeting : Conder Green Picnic Site C.P. Explorer 296/LR102 GR SD 457562 (Satnav: LA2 0AN).
Suggested route: M6 to J33. Turn right onto A6 signposted Lancaster. Turn left at traffic lights in centre of Galgate. After about 120 yards turn left signposted Conder Green into Conder Green Road (Leachfield Close). Follow Conder Green Road to T junction with A588. Turn right onto A588 (Ashton Road). Turn left after about 200 yards at ‘The Stork’ inn & follow road/track, passing the café to C.P. There are toilets at the C.P. The café, sells a range of eats & drinks & is open from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm. It took us just under 1hr from M6 J22.
25 MayGt Mitton & Clitheroe9Alan & Linda BroadbentModeratePacked lunch10:30
Meet : Parking at Aspinall Arms, Mitton, BB7 9PQ – excellent for refreshments after the walk.
Terrain : Fairly level walking, quiet lanes, farm tracks, field and riverside paths, short stretch through Clitheroe.
Directions : M6 North to Junction 31 then A59 towards Clitheroe for 9 miles to roundabout by Northcote Manor Hotel. Take 2nd exit (signed Whalley) – Whalley Rd. Whalley Rd becomes King St as you enter Whalley – then straight ahead at 1st mini roundabout – at 2nd mini roundabout turn left to Mitton B6246. Aspinall Arms is 2 miles on right. Park at rear of car park.
1 JunAnnual General Meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
Brian Hallworth on George Formby
8 JunDouglas Valley & Harrock Hill7.5David HowarthModeratePacked lunch10:30
Meet : at Miller and Carter Restaurant, Parbold Hill. Post Code WN8 7TG
Walk : Route is through woods, fields, canal towpath and lanes.
Suggested route : M6 North to Junction 27. Left onto A5209 towards Parbold . Car Park at Miller and Carter Parbold Hill on right (3 miles). Park in car park away from restaurant. Parking free but toilet closed at start as it is not open until 11.30am. Toilets and drinks available after walk. Use if possible as a thank you for use of car park.
Distance 19 miles from J21 M6.
15 JunMoel Arthur8Jen RandleModerate/StrenuousPacked lunch10:30
Meet :   grid ref 139 668  Llangwyfan forestry carpark.
Directions : M56 towards N Wales, leaving on the exit for Mold A494. When entering Mold follow signs for Denbigh, A541.After a few mls turn off left for Nannerch and then take next left sp fisheries.  Follow this narrow lane for approx. 3 mls to the carpark at top of hill.  Takes approx. 1 hr from junc of m6 and m56.
22 JunFoulridge8Eileen Bennicke & Mo Pathyjohns ModeratePacked lunch10:30
Walk : Not strenuous but challenging. Lovely undulating countryside. A lot of stiles with varying complications. No toilets. No cafe but there is a pub nearby. Map Ref: SD 889421. Post Code: BB8 7NQ. Packed lunch.
Directions: One hour, ten minutes from Warrington, 54 miles. M6 to Junction 29. Third exit onto the M65. Drive to the end of M65 and take the first exit on the roundabout A6068 signed Keighley and Skipton. At the next roundabout take the second exit North Valley Road. After half a mile at traffic lights turn left into Langroyd Road. At second roundabout take 2nd exit still Langroyd Road. In three-quarters of a mile you will come to Foulridge. St Michael’s Church on the left. Take first turn left, Alma Avenue. Park in this residential area with care – parts of the road are narrow, use as few cars as possible.
29 JunRivington8John WarmanModeratePacked lunch10:30
Meet: Anglezarke Reservoir Car Park Moor Lane Rivington Grid Ref SD 621 161, use Post Code PR6 9DQ
Walk: Takes in Quarries, White Coppice, Healey Nab and the reservoir. It uses tracks, field and woodland paths, and some quiet road sections. It may be muddy in sections. No toilets at start but Rivington Village Green Tea Room is a short drive from car park at end of walk.
Suggested Route: M6 to junction 27. Turn Right at roundabout onto A5209 – Standish. Continue on to B5239. After 2.5 miles from motorway turn Left at roundabout onto A5106. Follow road for 3.5 miles and at T junction turn right onto A6 followed soon by a left fork onto the A673. At the next traffic lights turn left by Elephant & Castle. Pass the Bay Horse Inn and go Right cross the motorway and turn immediately Left. Continue past the Yew Tree Inn, cross the reservoir dam and keep left with the reservoir on your left. At a hairpin bend go straight on into Anglezarke Car Park and use open area at the top of the hill. Allow 50 minutes from M6 J20 (30 miles).
6 JulNewton-in-Bowland 7.8Alan & Linda BroadbentModeratePacked lunch10:30
Walk : Riverside and field paths, one short climb, lots of stiles.
Directions : M6 north to Junction 31 – take A59 towards Clitheroe. Turn left off A59 and follow Clitheroe sign with ‘i’ (for information) on it (Pendle Rd). Turn right at roundabout onto A671 - next roundabout take B4678 for Waddington then Newton-in- Bowland (also signed Slaidburn). After crossing the bridge on arriving in Newton fork right, then right again at T-junction – free car park is on left in 300 m – no toilets. Dunsop Bridge with toilets and ice cream is halfway round the walk!! Tea shop in Waddington afterwards.
13 JulLlangollen8Jenny RandleModeratePacked lunch10:30
Meet : Abbey Farm car park. Explorer map 255 ref 203443.
Walk : There are 2 climbs, but it is possible to miss out the longest climb up to Castell Dinas.
Suggested route - M56, M53, A55. L onto A483 sp Wrexham. Right onto A539 sp Llangollen. Go straight past the town, ( now A452) and past the Eisteddfod car park. Follow sp for Valle Crucis Abbey.Turn right for Abbey Farm and drive into their car park.
20 JulRuthin8Graham EddyEasyPacked lunch10:30
Note : This walk replaces Pym’s Chair.
Start : Ruthin car park at Craft Centre map reference 125 585 OS map 116
Directions : From Warrington M56: A55: A494 to Ruthin. Walk is 8 miles easy with views of the Clwydian Hills and two rivers. There is also the interesting town of Ruthin to explore if time permits.
Walk : Update on the proposed walk for your guidance. There are many stiles on the walk most of which are straightforward but there are four difficult ones where pieces are missing so please be aware if styles are a problem for you. The walk is an attractive one but if the weather has been wet then you will need garters as some of the grass is long in places. There is one ascent but this is gentle and though longish gives marvellous views of the hills across the valley including Mole Arthur and its nearby peaks.
Distance : From Warrington about 48 miles and approximately 1.25 hour drive. As you come into Ruthin the craft centre is well marked and there are toilets and refreshments available.
27 JulRowarth7John WarmanModeratePacked lunch10:30
Meet: Rowarth Car Park in Goddard Lane off Hollinsmoor Lane Rowarth Grid Ref SK 011 892, use Post Code SK22 1EF.
Walk: Goes along Cown Edge with steep drops to side and uses tracks, field and moorland paths, and some quiet road sections. It may be wet and/or muddy in sections. No toilets at start but The Little Mill pub is available for refreshments at the end.
Suggested Route: M56 towards Manchester, merge into M60 Ring Road (S & E) At junction 27. take the A560 exit Stockport East. At roundabout take the A626 to Marple and follow for about 5 miles. Just past Marple Station turn right at traffic lights into Town Street towards Mellor and Moorend. Follow road for 2.4 miles and turn sharp left into Shiloh Rd and then the next right (just past the Moorfield Arms) into Hollinsmoor Rd. After 0.8 miles take left and Car Park is a few hundred yards on the right. Allow 50 minutes from M56 J9 (27 miles).
3 AugBuckley Hill & Rawhead6.5Allan RogersonModerate/StrenuousPacked lunch10:30
Meet: Candle Workshops, Barracks Lane, Higher Burwardsley, Tattenhall, Post Code CH3 9PF.
Walk: Takes in quiet country lanes,clearly defined footpaths and fields. Some steeper sections up Bulkeley Hill and Rawhead, with ~ 100 steps up and ~ 10 down. 10 kissing gates. 6 Styles. Great panoramic views across the Cheshire Plain (weather permitting).
Directions : from Warrington follow A49 south to Beeston (~30 miles). Take exit on right (Dean Bank) signposted (brown signs) for Beeston Castle/Candle Workshops. Follow brown signs for Candle Workshops for 5 miles. Park in public car park at entrance to Candle Workshops car park. Toilets/cafe inside Candle Workshops. Distance : Total travel time 1 hr.
10 AugBollington7Paul & Rita RobertsModeratePacked lunch10:30
Meet : Adlington Road C.P. Bollington - GR SJ931781 OL Map 268.
Walk : A pleasant very scenic walk following grit paths, fields, farm tracks, woodland and tarmac. Near the end of the walk we have made a provisional booking for tea/coffee/beer and (hopefully home-made scones !) at The Cotton Tree.
Route : from Lymm took less than an hour - 24 miles. Follow A50/A537 through Knutsford and in Macclesfield follow the Buxton signs through the town, down a steep hill through traffic lights. At the bottom turn LEFT at the Tesco roundabout (signposted BOLLINGTON). At the end of the dual carriageway turn RIGHT ( SP Bollington). Follow this road for about 1 mile passing under the old railway viaduct, and then turn LEFT at the Dog & Partridge pub into ADLINGTON ROAD. The car park (free, with toilet facilities) is 100m down on the left.
17 AugDunsop Bridge 7.5Alan & Linda BroadbentModeratePacked lunch10:30
Meet : Dunsop Bridge Car Park. Pay & display £1.80. Toilets. Café open 9 - 4
Walk : Easy riverside walking at start & finish – moorland in between – moderate climbs.
Directions : *Route (took us just over 1 hour from Gt Sankey) – M6 north to J 31A – B6242/3, follow signs towards Longridge. After passing Longridge town sign and entering 30 mph limit, bear left at mini-roundabout (signed Longridge B6244/3). Straight across at next roundabout (following Beacon Fell / Chipping). Next 2 roundabouts bear left (Beacon Fell ) then road turns sharp right for Chipping and Whitewell. After 2.5 miles turn right ( signed Trough of Bowland & Whitewell). After 1 mile turn left ( Whitewell). At T junction turn right ( Whitewell ). Next left ( Whitewell ). Pass the `Inn at Whitewell’ on left and follow same road bearing left. In Dunsop Bridge stay on same road which goes right, over the bridge. Car Park on left.

*There are other routes from Longridge (this is the easiest) or even via Clitheroe, Waddington & Newton (longer but straighter).
24 AugWeir & Upper Irwell Valley7Peter & Evelyn MeyrickModeratePacked lunch10:30
Meet: Roadside parking in end of Bacup Old Road, Weir. Explorer OL21 GR 866264 (Approx. postcode OL13 8RD). Sorry no toilets or café (both pubs on walk route closed).
Walk : Moderate. Tracks, field paths with some road walking. Muddy in places.
Suggested route: M62 J11 towards Manchester TL onto M60 N & E to J18. TL onto M66. At end of M66 keep R onto A682/A681 towards Bacup. In Bacup T.L. onto A671 (Burnley Road) SP Burnley & Weir. Follow A671 through Weir to sharp left hand bend then TL (opposite derelict ‘New Deerplay Inn’) into Bacup Old Road to park. Try to fill cars. (Room only for about 6 cars).
Distance : From M62 J11 about 1hr. & 34 miles respectively.
31 AugSalmesbury8Alan & Linda BroadbentModeratePacked lunch10:30
Meet : Parking at Witton Country Park, Blackburn – approx postcode BB2 2TS – toilets at café.
Walk : Climb at start, field paths, good views
Route – M6 north to M65 – go east on M65 to junction 3 (Blackburn West A674). Follow A674 into Blackburn and brown signs to Witton Country Park. Turn left into main car park at traffic lights.
7 SepEnrolment Day at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh 1:00-3:30pm
14 SepPickering Pasture / Hale7+Barbara BalmerEasyPacked lunch10:30
Meet : Pickering Pastures Car Park
Directions : Take the A562 from Warrington to Widnes following this road to major traffic lights. Take the left turn but follow the 3rd lane (still A562) - NOT the inside lanes - to traffic lights at cross roads. Diversion in place so turn right and follow these signs. At the large roundabout (lots of roadworks) take the 2nd exit signposted Halebank. Follow this B road over a brook and railway then after about half mile turn left at the the brown sign for Pickering Pastures. Continue to the end to the car park.
21 SepHolcombe Moor & Peel Tower7Peter & Evelyn MeyrickModerate/StrenuousPacked lunch10:30
Meet: Ramsbottom Railway Station C.P. GR 793168 Explorer 287. Approx. postcode BL0 9AL. There are lots of free parking spaces in Ramsbottom. Toilets in Morrisons.
Walk: Tracks, field paths with some road walking. Muddy in places.
Time & mileage: from M62 J11 about 30 mins. & 22 miles.
Suggested route: M62 East to M60(N) T.L. onto M60/M62 to J18. TL onto M66 towards Bury & continue to J1 SP Ramsbottom. TR at T/lights onto A56. At next T/lights TL down into Ramsbottom. TR immediately after crossing railway lines into Railway Street for parking.
28 SepSankey Valley7+Graham EddyEasyPacked lunch10:30
Meet : Malting’s public house next to Bewsey Old Hall Warrington. Chance to get a drink at the end and maybe in the middle if required. We have permission to park. No toilets unless Inn is open.
Directions : The Malting’s is off Old Hall Road and its approximate map reference is 590 894. Coming from south up Cromwell Avenue, Second roundabout TR into Old Hall Road and fourth turn off to right to the Inn.

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