B 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 OctHigher Poynton5John WarmanEasy / ModeratePub10:30
Meet : The Boars Head 2 Shrigley Road North, Higher Poynton, Stockport. SK12 1TE. Grid ref. SJ 943 833 Please arrive in time to pre-order your meal. Toilets available at start.
Walk : The easy/medium walk is just under 5 miles and takes us into Lyme Park, passing The Cage and back via the Middlewood way. There are 2 gentle climbs and 5 stiles and a short flight of steps. The route is mainly good tracks with a few field paths. Good views, weather permitting.
Directions: M56 to J6, A538 to Wilmslow, A5102 to Woodford and A5149 to Poynton. From the roundabouts in the centre of Poynton take the road that goes between Bridgefords Estate agents and Mates DIY stores. Continue up the road past Waitrose supermarket and through a pedestrian crossing. Just beyond the pedestrian crossing the road forks, take the left-hand fork sign-posted 'Anson Engine Museum'. Follow the road and take the first right turn, sign-posted "Nelson Pit" and "Anson Engine Museum". Follow th road until you reach a crossroad. The Boar's Head is on the right at the crossroads. Turn right, the pub car park is just past the pub on the right.
Distance : 21 miles and about 45 minutes from M56 J9.
19 OctFrodsham5.5Linda YoungModeratePub10:30
Note: This is a new walk
Meet: Ring O' Bells, Bellemonte Rd, Frodsham WA6 6BS
Walk: a repeat of an old favourite moderate walk with beautiful views across Cheshire. There are steps and hills and can be muddy if wet.
Directions: travel towards Frodsham either over Runcorn Bridge or M56. Before the village turn left up Fluin Lane just after a metal pedestrian bridge over the road. At the end turn left and immediately right into Church Rd. The pub is opposite the church entrance. Turn left before the pub for the car park. Extra parking can be found at the church car park.
Distance : 25 mins from Stockton Heath
26 OctFrandley5Pam HoughtonEasyPub10:30
Meet: Antrobus Arms, order food before walk, toilets available, park at far end of car park.
Walk: Easy, paths and roads some stiles.
Directions: Leave Warrington by A49 London Road. At M56 motorway roundabout take A559 Northwich Rd. Pub is on left approx 2 miles from roundabout.
2 NovMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
Fifty Shades of Grey (The Fascinating world of Radiography) by Gill Baynes
9 NovNether Alderley5.5Linda SkelhorneEasy / ModeratePub10:30
Meet: The Wizard Pub, Macclesfield Rd, Nether Alderley, Alderley Edge SK10 4UB. Grid ref SJ859772 Toilets on car park.
Walk: Paths/Tracks and some lanes, 5 stiles.
Directions: Several ways to get there, this is one, M56 to junction 6, then A538 for Wilmslow/Macclesfield,at roundabout stay on A538. At traffic lights turn R. onto Alderley Rd B5086 [signed for Knutsford], at roundabout 1st exit onto Alderley Rd B5086 [signposted Congleton A34], At Whitehall Bridge roundabout take 2nd exit onto Alderley Rd B5359 [signed for Alderley Edge B5087],after just over ½ mile bear left onto B5087 [signed Macclesfield] after approx ¼ mile turn left [one way] then immediately left again onto B5087 [signed Macclesfield via Over Alderley, continue for just over 1 mile then turn left, continue short distance to pub on the left. Go past the pub to the National Trust car park, it is £4 if you are not a NT member. There is also a pub car park although it is often locked this early. There are a few spaces in front of the pub as well.
Distance: Takes approx 30 mins and is approx 17 miles from junction 9 M56.
16 NovArley & Great Budworth5.5Anne Murray, Mary BarbourEasy / ModeratePub10:30
Meet: The George and Dragon, High Street, Great Budworth, Northwich, CW9 6HF. Order food before walk, toilets available.
Walk: Paths, tracks and some minor roads. A few stiles.
Directions: From Stretton roundabout, take the 3rd exit A559 Northwich Road) and follow this for 4.2 miles. Turn left up High Street towards Great Budworth. The pub is opposite the church on the left. The car park is not very big so car share where possible. If the car park is full, turn left after the pub and there is a car park opposite the village hall, and another one on the left in a field a little further on.
We checked out this walk again last Thursday. EXPECT MUD!
23 NovCulcheth Circular6Hilary Pownall, Carole RowlinsonEasy / ModeratePub10:00
Please note early start at 10.00 am
Meet : The Raven Inn, Warrington Road, Glazebury, WA3 5LA. Order at pub before walk, toilets available at start.
Walk : Mostly through fields. Some stiles.
Directions From the centre of Warrington follow the A574 signed to Birchwood and Leigh. Go through Risley and Culcheth towards Glazebury. Approx 1 mile from the centre of Culcheth, Raven Inn is on the RHS. Approx 8 miles from centre of Warrington, 30 mins.
30 NovDidsbury & Mersey Valley5Ian & Barbara RichardsEasyPub10:30
Meet: The Didsbury Pub, Wilmslow Road (A5145), Didsbury M20 2SG
Walk: Pavement, tracks, a bit of grass. It will probably be muddy in a couple of short spots, so walking boots (and sticks if you need them!!)! No stiles.
Directions: Take the M56 to Junction 1, then pick up the A34 towards Didsbury/City Centre. In just under a mile, take the slight left fork onto the A5145 towards city centre. The pub is about half a mile on the left hand side, set back from the road by Stenner Lane, just before the A5145 bends to the right. It is next to another pub called the Olive and Vine, and a couple of cafes. Also, look out for the Botanical Gardens, which are just before the pub. There is a pay and display car park - a sign says you can get a refund in the pub, but we haven't tested this theory!
Distance: Takes approx 35 mins and is approx 25 miles from Warrington.
7 DecMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
The Science of Chocolate by Dr Clare Hampson
14 DecLiverpool Town Walk (With C walk)4Jeff BrookesEasyPub10:30
Meet: at the “Lions statues” outside St Georges Hall, Liverpool.

Directions by Train: Meet on Platform 2 at Central station to travel on the 9.46am train to Liverpool Lime Street station. We will arrive at 10.25am and it’s a short walk to St Georges Hall opposite.

Directions By Car: There are numerous car parks in Liverpool but beware, they could be full due to Christmas shoppers. Allow time to walk to St Georges Hall.

The Tour: I have arranged for a professional tour guide (Richie the Ranger) to give us guided tour of St Georges Plateau which will last for about 90minutes and I can assure you will be of interest to all, even if you’ve done it all before. There will be a small charge of £2.00 per head but well worth it.

Catering: No arrangements have been made for lunch as this is a day to do you own thing with friends after the tour but here are a few suggestions.
• Liverpool One: must be top of the list.
• St Georges Hall: Heritage Centre & Café
• Walker Art Gallery
• World Museum
• Museum of Liverpool

The Walk:- walking today will be what you want to make it, if you fancy the Museum of Liverpool it’s a nice city walk, if you’ve got dodgy legs Liverpool Plateau has lots to offer.

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21 DecLymm & Dunham Massey6.5Judy PopleyEasy / ModeratePub10:30
Meet : Jolly Thresher, Higher Lane, Broomedge, Lymm WA13 0RN. Order our food before we set off.
Walk : A "Christmas Wander" along country lanes, through fields (expect mud and cow deposits!), canal footpaths, aqueducts, streams, walking through Dunham Massey park (and visitor centre) then back along the canal towpath. Stiles - lots. Mud - yes. Animals - possibly cows but unlikely. We walk through Dunham Massey park but you don't need your NT ticket and we also pass The Swan with Two Nicks (so we may well stop off for a swift half if the group says "yes"). The Jolly Thresher will be serving the main lunch menu and the Festive Menu and are delighted for us to join them. and I don't expect us to be back until 1.30-1.45 or maybe later if we stop for a half or linger in the Visitor Centre.
Directions : From Warrington A50/A56 towards Lymm, then A56 towards Altrincham.
28 DecDunham Massey (changed venue) 4Lynda Ralphson / Margaret DaviesEasyPub10:30
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 JanAppleton & Stretton5.5Barbara AmblerEasy / ModeratePub10:30
Meet at the London Bridge pub for 10.30 start . Toilets and order meal before walk.
Walk : Slight but fairly long incline, no stiles, probably muddy.
Directions : From Bridge Foot along A49 Wilderspool Causeway to Stockton Heath. Continue through village until you reach the London Bridge over the canal. Pub is just over the bridge and on the left.
11 JanMoulton & River Weaver Trail, Bostock Green5.75Jeff BrookesModeratePub10:30
Meet : The Hayhurst Arms, Bostock Green, Northwich, CW10 9JP, www.hayhurstarms.co.uk, Tel: 01606 541810, which will open at 10.15am ready for a PROMPT start at 10.30am.
Food : We have a reservation at the pub for 1.30pm but they have requested to know numbers asap and by Monday 9th January at the very latest. Please let Jeff Brookes know if you’d like to stay for a meal.
Walk : A circular pub walk from the Hayhurst Arms in Bostock Green near Middlewich, Cheshire. The walking route has plenty of interest for everyone, taking in pretty villages, the tree at the Centre of Cheshire, signs of the area’s historic industrial past and a picturesque stretch along the towpath of the Weaver Navigation. We can create a shorter ‘C’ walk of about 4 miles but please advise if your need this option so we can organise it before the walk.
Directions : Bostock Green is located a few miles north of Middlewich, Cheshire (NOTE: there is another Bostock Green within Ellesmere Port – don’t go there!). From the North, take the A556 and head towards Northwich. Take the exit for Winsford on to the A533 & follow sign for Bostock Green. The pub is about ½ a mile on your right. There is plenty of parking at the pub – follow the driveway to the left.
18 JanWalking Group Christmas Lunch
See "A" Walk for details
25 JanHassal Green5Nina Kingston EasyPub10:30
Meet : Wilbraham Arms, Sandbach Road North, Alsager, ST7 2AX. Use loos and order lunch before walk.
Walk : An easy 5 mile walk along the Salt Line Trail and Trent and Mersey Canal. No stiles or animals, towpath muddy but scenic!
Suggested route: M6 to J17, at T junction turn R on A534 for a mile to the traffic lights, then L on A533 towards Alsager. After about 2.5 miles turn R onto B5078 Alsager and the pub is on the L after just over a mile. Allow time for 50mph limit in road works, should take about 30 mins from M6, J20
1 FebMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
The History of Cartoons by Ian Barclay
8 FebArley & Budworth5.5Ian & Barbara RichardsEasyPub10:30
Cancelled due to extreme waterlogging
Note : This walk was extremely muddy when we completed it 2 weeks ago. We will try and check it again closer to the day, but it is probably fair to say that if there is heavy rain in the week preceding the walk it will be extremely muddy and may rule the walk out on the grounds of safety. Check the website 24 hours before to confirm that the walk is still viable. We will do our best to discover an alternative that sticks to roads rather than fields, but even that type of walk carries risk.
Meet : The George and Dragon, High Street, Great Budworth, CW9 6HF. Please arrive by 10:15 to use loos and order lunch before walk.
Walk : A moderate (and probably muddy) walk along roads, bridleways and footpaths taking in a lovely “off the beaten track”area of Cheshire. 5 stiles. Walking Boots essential, as are walking sticks to those who usually rely on them.
Directions : From Warrington take the A49 to the junction with the M56, and then take the A559 towards Northwich. The turning to Great Budworth is not clearly marked, but it is the next LEFT TURN after you pass the Cock of Budworth on the right.
Distance : About 30 minutes from Warrington Town Centre.

15 FebAughton & Gorse Hill Nature Reserve5Margaret DaviesEasyPub10:30
Meet: The Royal Oak pub, 134 Liverpool Road, Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 3LW. Toilets at start and pre-order lunch.
Walk : An easy 5 mile walk on paths and through fields taking in Gorse Hill Nature Reserve, no stiles or animals but could be muddy. We will be guided through the reserve by the warden for a donation of 50p to £1 each.
Directions: Take M6 and leave at J26 for M58 to Southport. At J3 take A570 to Ormskirk. Follow A570. At roundabout take 1st exit onto Ormskirk Road, A570. Left onto Scarth Hill Lane. Right onto Long Lane. Left at Liverpool Rd, A59. Pub is on the right just at beginning of dual carriageway. Distance 23.8 miles from J21 M6 : 30 mins
Alternatively, coming from West Warrington taking the M62, M57 and the A49 towards Orsmkirk might be quicker and quieter. The pub is on the left.
22 FebCrowton and Acton Bridge5.5Anne Murrey & Jeanette MorganModeratePub10:30
Meet: Hare and Hounds at Crowton, Station Road, Northwich, CW8 2RN. Order food before walk, loos available.
Walk: A moderate walk along country lanes and fields, was muddy both times we checked it out. Please note this walk has been classed as moderate as there are quite a lot of stiles and two bridges with steps up and down. There is a short section of busy road at the start of the walk.
Directions: Make your way to the Stretton roundabout, on the M56 junction 10, then take the A49 towards Whitchurch. Follow this road for 5 miles until you reach Acton Bridge. Cross the bridge (please note there are road works and temporary traffic signals here which may lengthen your journey time) then take the first road on your right, Station Road. Keep on this road as it bends to the left and pass two pubs, The Maypole and The Hazel Pear. Turn right just after the Hazel Pear by Acton Bridge Station. Follow this road to Crowton. The pub is on the left just after the church which is on the right.
1 MarMonthly meeting at the Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street14:00
History of Barbershop Quartets by Phil Austin
8 MarRixton5Mary BarbourEasyPub10:30
Meet: Ye Olde Red Lion, Manchester Road, Hollins Green, WA3 6JT. Pre-book lunch and use toilets before the walk.
Walk: an easy walk along country lanes bordered with wild flowers, and VERY MUDDY paths through fields, woods and Nature Reserve of Rixton Claypits. No stiles.
Directions: Take A57 Manchester Road from Warrington, cross M6 and after 3 miles at start of dual carriageway turn left into Hollins Green. Follow road through village, Red Lion is on the left.
15 MarGrappenhall5Doreen BoardmanEasyPub10:30
Meet : Springbrook pub, Stockport Road, Grappenhall, WA4 2WA Toilets available & order lunch beforehand.
Walk : Canal bank, fields, woodland and some road walking at beginning and end of walk. No stiles and mostly flat. WILL BE VERY MUDDY in parts if rain persists.
Directions Take A5061 (A50) from Warrington town centre, Knutsford rd, going over swing bridge. Keep on Higher Knutsford road till major traffic lights. Pub is on left. Turn left at lights into Stockport road then immediate left again into pub car park.
22 MarWhitegate (change of venue)6M Holden, E & G RanniwallaMod/StrenuousPub10:15
Cancelled due to very muddy conditions
29 MarTBA 4/5Lynda RalphsonModeratePub10:30
Cancelled due to very muddy conditions.
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