A Group Winter 2016-17

DateVenueMilesWalk LeaderTerrainLunchStart time
5 OctMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
My Life in Entertainment by Rebecca Done
12 OctAinsdale Nature Reserve8Alan OsborneEasyPacked10:30
Meet : Formby beach carparkVictoria road National Trust Formby. Freshfield ,Formby ,Liverpool Explorer 285 GR SD 274082, Postcode L37 1LJ. Toilets just after entrance to site. Carpark free to NT members
Walk : Easy. Tracks through pinewoods. dunes, wetlands, scrub and seashore
Distance : Time & mileage from M62 Jt10 40mins. & 28 miles.
Suggested route:. M62 westbound exit J6 onto M57 towards Docks/Prescot/Southport. After 10 miles Slight right onto Broom’s Cross Rd/A5758. At roundabout take 2nd exit onto Southport Rd/A565 .At roundabout take 1st exit onto Liverpool Rd/B5424. At roundabout take 1st exit onto Raven Meols Ln. Turn right onto Kings Rd. At roundabout 1st exit onto Formby Bridge. Continue onto Kirklake Rd Turn right onto Woodlands Rd. Continue onto Harington Road. Turn left onto Victoria Rd. Carry onto Beach carpark
19 OctNo walk - Walking Group Holiday
There is a 5.5m 'B' walk available
26 OctDunham Massey8.5Allan RogersonEasyPacked10:30
Meet: In Dunham Massey NT car park nearest main gate. Show an NT card for free entry - £6 per car otherwise. Alternative free parking on Park Lane Little Bollington near Swan With Two Nicks pub which we pass 10 minutes into walk, or on Woodhouse Lane just around junction for Dunham Town. I can offer lift for non NT members. Toilets and Cafe in Dunham Massey Visitor Centre.
Walk: On well defined footpaths along Bridgewater Canal, through Dunham Town, skirting Dunham Golf Course, to Denzell Gardens (lunch), back through Golf Course and then around Dunham Massey Deer Park.
Directions: Dunham Massey entrance is on A5160 (Woodhouse Lane) between Warburton and Dunham Town. Park Lane is off A56 (Lymm Road) between Lymm and Bowdon Roundabout.
2 NovMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
Fifty Shades of Grey (The Fascinating world of Radiography) by Gill Baynes
9 NovLoggerheads & Cilcain8Jen RandleModeratePacked10:30
Cancelled
Meet : Loggerheads country park. Pay and display, toilets, cafe. CH7 5LH
Dirctions : Follow M56 towards N Wales and come off sp Mold. Then follow road to Ruthin. The park is signed off the Mold - Ruthin road on the RH side.
16 NovWhittle-le-Woods7Peter & Evelyn MeyrickModeratePacked10:30
Meet: Malthouse Farm C.P. GR 592203 Explorer 285 Approx. postcode PR6 8AB. The parking is free but we will be expected to buy drinks at the end of the walk. Toilets in Pub.
Walk: Tracks, field paths, canal towpaths with some road walking. Muddy in places. BRING a TORCH.
Directions: M6 North to J28 T.R. onto B5256. At TL’s (A49) carry straight on to A6 R-a-bout T.R. towards Chorley. After about 2 miles (oppo Spar Petrol) T.L. into Moss Lane (B6229). Go over canal bridge to mini R-a-bout T.R. & R again into Malthouse Farm C.P.
Distance: from M6 J22 about 35 mins. & 25 miles respectively.
23 NovPlumley7.75Graham EddyModeratePacked10:30
Meet : Golden Pheasant, Plumley. Park at the far end of the car park please.
Packed lunch but request by landlord that we buy drinks at end of walk. No toilet facilities at start but some hedges and trees on route.
Walk : Could be muddy in places.
Directions : M6 to junction 19 then take the road to Northwich A559 just after clock Museum turn left to Plumley go past station and the Pheasant inn is on the right.
30 NovDove Stones and Pots& Pans7David HowarthModeratePacked10:30
Meet at Dove Stone reservoir car park. Pay and Display. Post Code OL3 7NT. Toilets available. Start 10.30 am. Packed lunch.
Walk: Route is through lanes,bridleways,fields and pathways. Muddy in parts, walking poles recommended. Some hill ascents and descents. May amend if weather conditions poor.
Suggested route M62/M60 East. At Simester Island/ J18 take M60 exit to Oldham. Carry on M60 to J22 (5.5 miles). Exit left to Oldham A62. Continue towards Oldham A62 (1.8 miles) and go onto Oldham Way/A62(0.1 miles). Right at fork towards Huddersfield/A62 still on Oldham Way (0.1 miles). Turn right onto Lees Road/A669 (0.9 miles). Carry on for 3.4 miles then bear left onto Oldham Rd/A670. After 0.4miles right into Shaw Hall Bank/A669. Continue on A669 (0.4miles), which becomes Chew Valley Rd/A669. After 0.8 miles take first exit at roundabout onto Holmfirth Rd/A635. After 0.4 miles turn right into Bank Rd – signposted for Dove Stone Reservoir. Carry on down to Carpark on left under dam bank.
Distance 31 mils from J11 M62 Birchwood. Allow 1 hour.
5 DecMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
The Science of Chocolate by Dr Clare Hampson
14 DecWhitegate & River weaver8.25Ken & Elizabeth CockburnEasyPacked10:30
Meet : Whitegate Way Station Car Park, CW7 2QE Toilets: In car park
Terrain : Woodland tracks, field paths and lanes
Suggested route: From M56 Junction 10 take A49 South signed Northwich. After 5.9 miles turn left at the roundabout onto the B5144 (West Road) signed Weaverham. Immediately turn right into Forest Road and again immediately right into Gorstage Lane, signed Sandiway. Straight on for 2.0 miles over 2 crossroads, then turn left into School Lane. After 1.7 miles (going straight across traffic lights) turn right into Clay Lane. After 0.5 miles, the car park is a hard left turn after crossing traffic controlled bridge. Park at the bottom of the car park past toilet block.
Distance : From M56 Junction 10, 21½ miles and 40 minutes
21 DecLymm6 or 9Jen RandleEasyPacked10:30
Meet : to start the walk on the main road overlooking Lymm dam. You can park there or follow the signs to park behind the church on Crouchley lane. Depending on the weather we can walk between 6 and 9 miles. We can have refreshments in Lymm at the end of the walk.
28 DecDunham Massey (changed venue) 4Lynda Ralphson / Margaret DaviesEasyPub or packed10:30
Meet : in car park near pay booth. Free parking for Nationa Trust Members so try and get at least one in every car!
Walk : This is a gentle ramble round Dunham Massey Parks, suitable for all with the choice of 2 restaurants for lunch.
Probable length about 4 miles but you can do more or less if you want to. (There is no carouse here, sorry.
4 JanGarswood Loop7.6Alan & Linda BroadbentEasyPacked10:30
Meet : Car park on right behind the Ship Inn (WA11 0AB)
Directions : M6 to junction with East Lancs Rd (A580). Follow A580 to junction with A58. Left at traffic lights (signed A58 St Helens, Haydock). Follow brown signs for Sankey Valley Park - ¾ mile to car park on right behind the Ship Inn (WA11 0AB)
11 JanWarrington River, Canals and Waterways.6.5Eileen Bennicke & Mo Pathyjohns EasyPacked10:30
Come out for a bit of fresh air after the festive season for a local walk which can be shortened if the weather is bad.
Meet : Main Car Park of Victoria Park, Knutsford Road, Warrington, WA4 1DU.
Toilets: About half an hour from the end there is the chance of stopping at a cafe for a brew with a toilet.
Terrain: Easy – mostly good paths, might be a little muddy.
18 JanWalking Group Christmas LunchTo the bar and backNina Kingston & Linda SkelhorneCarpetedAmple1:00
12:30 for 1:00pm at the Fir Grove Hotel, Grappenhall

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25 JanDelamere7.5Alan & LindaBroadbentEasyPacked10:30
Directions : Coming into Frodsham from Warrington, turn left into Fluin Lane to T junction – left onto B5152 towards Delamere. Turn right into Delamere Rd (Brown sign – Delamere) to Hatchmere. At crossroads in Hatchmere turn right into Ashton Rd – after ¾ mile turn left into Barnes Bridge car park.
1 FebMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
The History of Cartoons by Ian Barclay
8 FebAppleton7Reg DaceyEasyPacked10:30
Meet: At the Thorn Inn in Appleton. Please park in Lower car park. No toilets at the start of the walk. After the walk the pub will be open to serve drinks and "cake". Grid Ref SJ638839 Post Code WA4 4QX.
Directions: Leave Warrington on A49 through Stockton Heath. Past the golf club on the right and turn left at the first set of lights onto the B5356 towards Appleton. Continue for about 1 1/2 miles on the left.
15 Feb Haigh Hall & Worthington Lakes8Alan & LindaBroadbentEasyPacked10:30
Meet : Haigh Hall car park (£3 fee) - Post code WN2 1PE – although we didn’t follow our sat nav as we found the route below better!!
Our route – M6 North to Junction 27 (Standish) - Follow A5209 to Standish. In Standish, straight across A49 at traffic lights (IGNORE brown sign to Haigh Hall!). Straight at r’about – under railway bridge – 3rd exit at next r’about – 1st exit at next r’about (this time FOLLOW brown sign to Haigh Hall!!). Where road turns left, go right to Haigh Hall – car park on right – pay on exit – toilets/café.
22 FebThurstaston Common and the Dungeon7David HowarthEasy/moderatePacked10:30
Meet : Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston - Post Code CH61 0HN.
Walk : Route is through woods, footpaths, lanes and Beach (if tides allow). Muddy in parts (certainly on recce), walking poles recommended.
Suggested route : M6/M56 to Parkgate Road/A540 junction. Follow signs to Hoylake A540. Through Heswall to roundabout and turn left into Station Road (also signed for Wirral Country Park, also just before Cottage Loaf pub). Carry on to bottom of road and turn left at GJ’s Café into car park at Visitor Centre. Free parking. Toilets available in Centre from 10am. Café open after walk.
Distance 38 miles from J21 M6.
1 MarMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
History of Barbershop Quartets by Phil Austin
8 MarVale of Clwyd6.5Wendy Brennan & Clare LancasterModeratePacked10:30
Meet : Car park and start of walk in car park of the shop "Homewood Bound", The Old Station, Rhewl, Ruthin LL15 1TN.
Walk : Riverside and woodland tracks and paths, fields and lanes.
Directions - M56. At junction 33B take A494 to Mold. Continue on A494 to Ruthin. Then A525 north to Rhewl. Just after entering Rhewl turn right into the lane signposted Llandyrnog (3 miles) and Gellifor (1.75 miles). Homewood Bound is on the left hand side just after the sports ground. There is a toilet and tea room in the shop.
15 MarMarbury & Saltscape Trail7.5Ken & Anne AinsworthEasyPacked10:30
Meet: At parking pay station (£2.50), Marbury park main car park, CW9 6AT
Walk : Easy but sometimes muddy walk along woodland/riverside/canal and parkland paths.
Directions : At M56 Junction 10 roundabout take A559 Northwich Road, after ~3.2m turn right into Gibb Hill signed Comberbach/Marbury Park, after a further ~1.5m turn left into Marbury Lane (just after the garden nursery) and take next left into the main car park (~15 minutes).
Toilets at car park. Possible after walk refreshments at Marina Moorings Restaurant.
22 MarSandbach7Peter & Evelyn MeyrickModeratePacked10:30
Cancelled
Meet : Chapel St. Public C.P. Sandbach (free parking). Explorer 268 GR SJ755610, approx Post Code CW11 1DH. Public toilets soon after start of walk.
Suggested route: M6 to J17. T.R. onto A534 towards Sandbach at traffic lights go straight on. Road No. changes to A533. At R-about take 2nd exit (still A533). At next R-about take 3rd exit & follow signs for long stay C.P. in Chapel Street. C.P. is near far end of Chapel St. on the R. It took about ½ hour from M6 J20.
Terrain: Easy/Moderate. Tracks, field paths, canal tow path & some road walking. Will be muddy in places.
29 MarHaslington8Ken & Elizabeth CockburnModeratePacked10:30
Meet: Village Public Car Park
Toilet: next to “Food for Thought” café on the main road (Crewe Road)
Walk: Tracks, lanes, fields and footpaths
Directions: From M6 south Junction 17, take the A534 right signed Nantwich. Go straight ahead at traffic lights. Turn left towards Crewe at the first roundabout (1 mile from motorway), still on the A534. After about 1½ miles, at the next roundabout, turn left signed Wheelock Heath, Haslington and follow the signs to Haslington village. In the village, turn left opposite the Broughton arms into Waterloo Road. The car park is on the left
Distance from Junction 21, M6 is 24 miles and takes approx 26 minutes.
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