B Group Summer 2016

DateVenueMilesWalk Leader TerrainLunchStart Time
6 AprMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
Eric Newton on "The Life and Times of a Busker"
13 AprKingsley5.76Essaji Raniwalla & Martin HoldenModeratePub10:30
Start : Horseshoe Inn, Hollow Lane, Kingsley, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 8EF Order food before start. Toilets available.
Walk : Mainly Cheshire fields, back lanes, and a short bit of main road walking. May be livestock (cattle or horses). 6 Stiles (one awkward); one fairly steep incline. Good views on a clear day. Will be muddy if wet beforehand .
Directions: 9 mile ( 18 mins) from junction 10 M56. From Junction 10 M56 take A49 going south for 4.6 miles until you cross the swing bridge over the River Weaver. Take the next right (Acton Lane ) and follow the road (bear right onto Strawberry lane then immediate left onto Hill top road) for 1 mile until you reach the junction with the B5153 ( Station Road) . Here the Hazel Pear pub is on your right. At this road junction turn right over the railway bridge and follow the B5153 for 3.3 miles to Kingsley. As you come through the village the Horseshoe pub is on the left about 200 yards after the Coop.
20 AprHartford5.5Nina KingstonEasyPub10:30
Meet : Hartford Hall Hotel, near Northwich. CW8 1PW. GR 643716. Order lunch before walk. Loos available.
Walk : Mostly easy with some climbs and steps near the end. No stiles. A pretty walk through woodland and along the riverbank, spring flowers should be bloomin’ lovely but no promises!
Directions:- 16 miles/20 mins from M6, J20. Take M6 to J19, take A556 from roundabout towards Northwich/Chester (3rd exit). Follow A556 for about 8miles, until you cross a large blue bridge over the river. Turn right at the next traffic lights (400yds) and the Hotel is on the right shortly. Please drive through the top car parks and go under the archway to the lower car park.
27 AprBrereton Green5.5Jeff BrookesEasyPub10:30
Miles: 5.5 miles for “B” walkers & approx. 4 miles for “C” walkers as there will be a short cut back to the pub for those who are less energetic which would be suitable for “C” walkers.
Meet: Bears Head, Newcastle Road South, Brereton, Sandbach, CW11 1RS. Toilets & pre-order lunch if required.
Walk: The walk is approximately 5.5 miles. From the Bear’s Head we will take a gentle walk past Brereton Hall to Brereton Heath Nature Reserve. The Brimstone Trail will take us on a circular route around the Heath and water filled quarry to the Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre has excellent toilets and a room to shelter but no catering facilities so bring your flask and biscuits for a short pit stop. The rest of the walk takes us on footpaths and bridle paths to Smethwick Green and then on a country lane back to the Bear’s Head.
Directions: Take the M6 south to Junction 18. Take A54 to Holmes Chapel (1.3miles). Turn right onto A50, London Road for 1.8miles and Bears Head is on left. It’s 21 miles from Warrington and takes about 40 mins if no traffic.
4 MayMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
Howard Green on Heraldry
11 MayWeaver Valley/Dutton5.5Jeanette Morgan & Anne MurrayModerateCafe10:30
Meet : Sutton Fields Livery Centre (formerly the Golf Driving Range) Chester Rd, Sutton Weaver, Runcorn WA7 3EY
Walk : Fields and woodland with the hope of bluebells. A few stiles. May be livestock and mud.
Directions: From Warrington Bridgefoot take Chester Road A5060 then on to A56 Walton Daresbury towards junction 11 of M56. Keep on A56 for Preston brook and Frodsham passing Beefeater on right. Turn left for Frodsham before the BIG roundabout. Go under the railway bridge then take a track on the left. Follow through to the car park on the left. You may have to double park. 7.4 miles from Bridgefoot.
18 MayAppleton Thorn5Andrew Young & Stuart RoylanceEasyPub10:30
Meet : Thorn Inn, Grappenhall Lane, Appleton, WA4 4QX. Order meal before walk, Toilets available.
Walk : Gentle walk around the Dingle, Grappenhall Heys and Appleton.
Directions : From the M56. Leave at junction10 and head towards Warrington. At the first set of lights turn right into Stretton Lane (opposite the Cat & Lion). in 1 mile go straight ahead through the roundabout and continue until you reach the Thorn Inn on the left.
From Warrington. Take the A49 south passing through Stockton Heath. Continue for a further 2 miles until you reach Stretton and a set of lights with the Cat & Lion pub on the right. Turn left at these lights. In 1 mile go straight ahead through the roundabout and continue until you reach the Thorn Inn on the left.
Distance : 3 miles from M56 junction 10, 7 miles from centre of Warrington.
25 MayPickmere5.25Eileen JonesEasyPub10:30
Meet : The Red Lion, Park Lane, Pickmere WA16 0JX. Toilets available & lunch can be ordered.
Walk: Picturesque walk along Pickmere Lake then through the lovely village of Gt Budworth. Country lanes, farmlands & fields (3 stiles) Nice views.
Directions : M6 to Junc 19. Take A556 exit to Northwich/Knutsford. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Chester Rd/A556. Then turn immediate right at the Windmill Pub onto the B5391, signposted:- Pickmere. The Red Lion is just over 2 miles on the right.
1 JunAnnual General Meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
Brian Hallworth on George Formby
8 JunAntrobus5Anne Murray & Jeanette Morgan EasyPub10:30
Meet-: Antrobus Arms, Warrington Rd Northwich CW9 6JD. Pre order meals at Antrobus Arms. Toilets available.
Walk: An easy mostly flat walk through quiet lanes and over farmland with 2 short spells of road walking. Shorts wearers be warned there will be nettles!
Directions: Take the A559 Northwich Road from Stretton roundabout (3rd exit). Follow this road for approx 2 miles. The pub is on the left. Turn into Meg Lane for car park.
15 JunRivington & Leadmines Clough6Lynda Ralphson, Linda Skelhorne & Nina KingstonModerateTea Room10:30
Meet : At parking area in woodland before Rivington village.
Landranger 109 Manchester, Explorer 287 W.Pennine Moors. G.R. 625145. Postcode for Tearoom BL6 7SD. BUT see directions for where to meet.
Walk : Terrain rough in parts, 1 very steep ascent, rest up and down. Paths, country lanes,tracks. Cows and sheep with young.
Meal : Eat at Rivington Tearoom at end of walk. Full meals and light snacks.
Directions : Find your way to Westhoughton, (A580 E. Lancs Leigh turnoff, A579 Atherleigh Way, B5235 Lover’s Lane, A58, A6.) Turn L. on to A6 towards Chorley, continue to Rivington Grill traffic lights.Turn R. Follow road to junction (Crown Hotel opposite.) Turn L. then immediately R. into Lever Park Avenue between stone pillars. Follow road past school to Great House Barn on L. Toilets here if required. Continue 1/4 mile towards Rivington. Park in woods on R. before village.
Alternative route : M6 to Junc.27, R through Standish or M62E, M61 W to Junc.6, through Horwich to Crown Hotel, then as above.
Distance : Takes 45-60 mins.
22 JunWhitegate5.5Martin Holden, Essaji & Gianna RaniwallaEasyPub10:30
Meet : Plough Inn, Beauty Bank, Whitegate, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2BP. Order food before start. Toilets available.
Terrain: Easy: Mainly Cheshire back lanes, fields, woods, lakeside and a bit of main road walking. May be livestock (horses). 1 Stile + a couple of steep bits with steps. Will be muddy if wet.  May be nettles along some paths so shorts not advised.
Directions: 10.6 mile (18 min). From Junction 10 M56 take A49 going south for 5.9 miles until you reach the roundabout at Weaverham. Stay on the A49 (2nd exit) and follow the road for a further 2.4 miles until you reach the traffic lights at the main Chester road (A556 - Shell petrol station on left) Turn left onto A556 then in 0.7 miles at traffic lights turn right ( Dalesford Lane) Follow this  road  for 2 miles then turn left into Beauty Bank -  pub is on left in about 200 yds
29 JunPiethorne Valley6Linda SkelhorneMod/StrenuousPub10:30
Meet : THE BULLS HEAD, LANE BOTTOM, NEWHEY, ROCHDALE OL16 3TD. Order food before walk, toilets available.
Walk : A challenging moorland walk past 5 reservoirs and with lovely views. There are several v steep climbs and descents, bogs, fields, woodland tracks and overgrown paths. Approx. 10 stiles.
Directions : East on M62 to junction 21 Milnrow Interchange, keep left and follow signs for Milnrow/Shaw/A640. At roundabout take 2nd exit onto A6193 then take 1st exit at next roundabout onto Sir Isaac Newton Way/A6193.At next roundabout take 2nd exit onto A640 for 0.6 of a mile then turn left onto Huddersfield Rd/A640. Continue for approx. 1 mile then turn left onto Ogden Lane just after Piethorne Valley camp site on the left, continue for ½ mile to junction, then go right onto Lane Bottom to the pub on the left, car park opposite. Allow 1 hour from junction 11 M62. Take my mob number from walk programme if you think you might need it.
6 JulGrappenhall & Grappenhall Heyes5.5Martin Holden, Essaji & Gianna RaniwallaEasyPub10:30
Location : Rams Head Inn Church Lane , Grappenhall ,WA4 3EP Order food before start. Toilets available.
Terrain :  Easy   Mainly Cheshire, fields, woods, back lanes and a bit of main road walking. No livestock encountered on recce. 1 stile.
Directions  From Bridge Foot  3 miles  Follow Knutsford Road (A5061/ A50) through Latchford, cross over swing bridge continue along Knutsford Road  to the traffic lights where the Springbrook pub in on left hand side  . Go straight across lights then take the first right into Bellhouse Lane,. Follow this road, cross over hump back bridge onto Church lane (cobbled) , pub is on the right 100 yards past the church.
From M6 Junction 20 ( Woolston)  5miles Take M6 south cross Thelwall viaduct the exit motorway at Lymm ( junction 19) turn right at roundabout  go straight on at next roundabout ( traffic lights) following signs for A50 Warrington. In 100 yards at roundabout take 2nd exit ( A50) . Follow A50 for approximately 1.3 miles cross over bridge then take first left Bellhouse Lane. Follow this road, cross over hump back bridge onto Church lane (cobbled), pub is on the right 100 yards past the church.
13 JulHilbre Island4Carole Rowlinson/Hilary PownallModeratePacked Lunch10:30
Meet: Pay and Display Car Park between Morrisons and the sea. CH48 0QA. Pay for 4 hours £2.10
Walk : Wet sand, some slippery rocks. Strong shoes or boots needed. Mostly flat but some shallow Channels. Stop for 1 hour on island. PACKED LUNCH, or buy in town on return. Toilets at Car Park. Composting toilets on island. No food or drink available on island. Binoculars useful to see basking seals, birds, Welsh coast.
Directions: Take M56 towards Chester, continue to end. Continue on A494 for short distance, turn right on A540. Continue through Heswall, following signs for Hoylake and West Kirby. In centre of West Kirby turn left into Dee Lane. Continue towards
Morrisons car park, turn left then immediate right into Pay and Display car park.
Distance : approx 45 miles. Travelling time approx 1 hour.
20 Jul Moore/Daresbury5Babara Ambler & Margaret OwenEasy/ModeratePub10:30
Meet : Red Lion, Moore - order food before walk, toilets available.
Walk : Easy, one moderate climb. Lanes, canal and woods. Recommend long trousers and sturdy footwear.
Directions : A5060 from Bridge Foot towards Chester. Turn right at traffic lights just after Walton Arms pub towards Moore for 1.3 miles - Red Lion on the left.
27 JulRingley & Clifton Country Park5Mary BarbourModeratePub10:30
Meet: The Horseshoe at Ringley, Fold Road, Ringley, M26 1FT. Pre-book lunch and use toilets before the walk.
Walk: From interesting Ringley village, around Clifton Country Park, the site of Wet Earth Colliery, and along the Irwell Valley. Mostly good paths with one steep section that may be slippery.
Directions: From Winwick about 16 miles, 30 mins. Take M62 towards Manchester, at Junction 12 turn Left (M60 North/M62 Leeds). At Junction 15 take M61/A666 and follow A666 to turn off at Junction 3 (Kearsley). Turn Right at the roundabout A667 then at the first Traffic Lights turn left A667 at the White House Pub. Follow the road and immediately after the bridge across the River Irwell take the first right turn into Fold Road at the sign “Giants Seat”. Pub is on the left, with a small car park, or you can park on the road.
3 AugDelamere Forest4.6Andrew Young & Stuart RoylanceEasyPub10:30
Meet : Vale Royal Abbey Arms, Chester Road, Oakmere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2HB. Order food before walk. Toilets available.
Walk : We will then drive 2 miles to the free car park adjacent to Delamere Forest enabling us to walk the wide range of paths and tracks throughout the forest. No stiles, cows, horses but some aquatic bird life for the twitchers. Fairly dry underfoot.
Directions : Follow A49 south out of Warrington crossing junction 10 of the M56. Continue for 8 miles on the A49 until you meet the major crossroads with the A556. Turn right and continue for 1.5 miles on the A556 until you pass the Vale Royal Abbey Arms on the left. Immediately turn left into Abbey Lane and the car park entrance is on the left.
10 AugHale, Merseyside5.5Eileen JonesEasyPub10:30
Meet :- The Childe of Hale Pub, 6 Church End, Hale Village, Merseyside, L24 4AX . Meet in car park. Order lunch, toilets available.
Walk : Historical Hale Village and Nature walk along the Mersey Estuary. Easy, no stiles but with 50 steps.
Directions :- M62 – Junc 6. At roundabout take 2nd exit A5300. At next roundabout take 3rd exit A562 (keep in left hand lane) and bear left. Take immediate left, signposted HALE into Higher Road, then turn right into Ramsbrook Lane (past Ramsbrook Farm) At the T junction turn left into the village onto High Street. The Childe of Hale is on the right near the war memorial .
Distance : Approx 30mins from M62.
17 AugAshley 5Mike McNameeEasyPub10:30
Meet :The Greyhound,order food before walk. Toilets available.
Walk : Paths,fields,some road walking.May be muddy in parts. 4 stiles.
Directions : A50 to Knutsford. Straight across at The Mere Golf Club. Take 2nd turn on left (0.7 miles). Take 2nd right signed Ashley (0.2 miles). Carry straight on for 3 miles. Turn left at crossroads. Greyhound pub is on your left. Turn left into car park.
Distance : Approx. 30 mins from Warrington.
24 AugOtterspool5.5Margaret DaviesEasyPub10:30
Meet : Harvester, Otterspool Dr, Liverpool L17 5AL
Walk : A parks and prom walk. Good walking shoes adequate. No cows , horses, or sheep! Harvester pub: Postcode L17 5AL. Toilets at start.
NB: No snacks eg. soup or sandwiches but on a fine day you could bring your own and sit on the prom.
Directions: This is one of various possible routes:
M62 to A5300( Knowsley Expressway), then A562( Speke Rd) continue on past airport the road becomes A561( Garston Way/ St Mary's Rd./Aigburth Rd. Look for blue shop "Coral Betting" on right of dual carriageway because you turn left at next junction( traffic lights) into Otterspool Rd. which becomes Jericho Lane. Look for sign to Otterspool Prom. At roundabout turn left (Otterspool Drive) continue until you see Harvester on left.
18.3mls, 30 mins from Junction 21A.
31 AugBack of Kelsall4.75Essaji/Gianna Raniwalla & Martin HoldenModerate / StrenuousPub10:30
Note : Change of Venue from advertised.
Meet : The Lord Binning, Chester Road, Kelsall, CW6 0RZ. Order food before start. Toilets available.
Walk : Mainly Cheshire fields, back lanes and a bit of main road walking. May be livestock. 3 stiles. Steep sections, long inclines , steps and a narrow path with a drop on one side
Directions : From junction 10 ( Stretton) M56.( 14 miles – 31 mins) . Take A49 Tarporley Road going south and follow it for approximately 8.6 miles until you come to the traffic lights at Blakemere. (There should be a petrol station on your left hand side). Turn right at the lights onto the A556 /Chester Road. Follow this road for approximately 4 miles (Where it becomes the A54 keep straight on). After you pass the Gesty Waste car park on the left hand at Delamare the road widen and become a dual carriageway. At the traffic lights at Kelsall ( Morreys Nursery should be on the right hand side) turn left into Chester Road . Keep straight on and follow this road for about a mile. The Lord Binning is on the left hand side. (The last intersection should be Old Coach Road on your right. If you reach Hollands lane you have gone too far)
7 SepEnrolment Day at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street1:00-3:30pm
14 SepAntrobus/FrandleyIan Fountain
21 SepThe Peovers4.4Jeff BrookesEasy / ModeratePub10:30
Meet : In the car park of The Plantation Garden Centre, Plumley Moor Road, Plumley, Cheshire, WA16 9SD. Tel: 01565 722315 ~ www.visitplantation.co.uk. Please park at the far end of the car park away from the entrance.
Catering : The Colonial Café opens at 9am so if you want to go for breakfast, great. Please order and pay for your lunch requirements before we walk so that we are not waiting too long when we get back. Toilets are in the garden centre area behind the café.
Walk : although easy/moderate there are approximately 6 stiles to negotiate and the walk includes fields, bridle paths and country. Shortcuts are available for those ‘C’ walkers who wish to join us.
Directions : Take the M6 south and come off at Junction 19 (Knutsford) taking the A556 Chester Road. At the 2nd set of traffic lights, turn left into Plumley Moor Road (The Smoker Inn). The Plantation is on the left after Plumley Railway Station, The Golden Pheasant, and the bridge over the M6. If you get to the T junction at the end you’ve gone too far.
Route : We will take a circular walk around Peover Inferior taking in Lower Peover Hall, The Tree of Imagination, a hidden mill pond, beautiful thatched cottages, plastic sheep, a Naturist Campsite, a famous pub and a beautiful church before heading back to the Plantation,
Distance : Google maps advise it is 14.3miles and takes 35minutes from Warrington Centre
28 SepThornton & Little Crosby5Margaret DaviesEasyPub10:30
Meet : The Nags Head, Green Lane, Crosby ( A Hungry Horse pub) L23 1TJ. Toilets at start.
Walk : An easy walk on paths and tracks , no livestock, no stiles. It takes in the historic village of Little Crosby.
Directions : M6 - M62 Liverpool. Take exit J6 to M57 Southport. At end of M57 keep in centre lane (A5758) and continue onto Brooms Cross Rd (A5758). At roundabout take first exit onto A565 (Southport Rd). At traffic lights turn left into Green Lane. Pub is on the left.
Distance : 27mls. 30 mins from J21 M6.

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