Long Walks


IMG_0754Strenuous: Margaret Lohan, 0161 775 8050

Gentle: Hazel Walker/Joy Strangeways, 0161 794 9580

Venue and Time: We meet on alternate Mondays at St Mark’s Church Car Park, Worsley, for a 10am departure.

Please see the Walks Programme below. This programme is not yet complete, but walks earlier in the year are now confirmed. Please watch this space for updates.

There is a choice of either a gentle or strenuous walk led by volunteers. Could new members, especially for the gentler walk, please contact the convenor(s) before joining so we have an idea on numbers.

Transport to the start of the walks relies on informal car sharing and expenses also being shared, a formula for which exists. The walks are full days and you are required to bring a packed lunch.

Each walk is generally about seven miles (or a little shorter when daylight is limited).

The gentle walks are on predominantly flat ground involving little ascent. The strenuous walks usually, but not always, involve some hilly, steep sections but nothing a reasonably fit person would find too taxing. We are generally back in Worsley by four o’clock.

We would wish to encourage as many people as possible to lead walks.

Please contact Convenors to answer any query.

Walks Programme 2018 – Long Walks (in preparation)
Date Type Leader Contact Venue
15-Jan Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Billinge, Beacon tower and trig point. V. muddy on reccy
Strenuous Viv & Guy 0161 728 3598 Worsley woods and beyond
29-Jan Gentle Margaret 0161 799 8350 Lytham, Fish & Chip lunch (optional)
Strenuous Alan & Linda 01925 729526 Acton Bridge CW8 4QT , 7/8mls easy; (park in Legh Arms car park)
12-Feb Gentle Marlene & Mark 07801 1745433 Cancelled and moved to 26th March
Strenuous George 07872184340 Cancelled
26-Feb Gentle Alan Corbett 07881 871642 Circular walk  near Alkincoats park, Colne. 6 stiles ,some muddy areas, some inclines
Strenuous Brian & Linda 07958679514/07949666170 Rivington ramble of about 7.5 mls from the lower barn car park
12-Mar Gentle Florence & Sheila 0161 789 7931 07891 102291 Clifton Marina and Bury, Bolton and Manchester canal circular.
Strenuous Margaret 07857694922 Start Hollingworth Lake visitor centre car park,  Watergrove Reservoir, about 9miles.
26-Mar Gentle Marlene & Mark 07801 1745433 Dovestones, ‘A muddy mile plus 4.5 easy walking, one stile’
Strenuous Guy & Viv 0161 728 3598 Anglezarke, Healey Nab and White Coppice, 7.5miles, park Anglezarke pk PR6 9HA
09-Apr Gentle Lynn & Sue 07812 391862 Rudyard Lake (calvary lunch, optional)
Strenuous Jenny 01925 754454 Teggs Nose and White Nancy. Teggs Nose car park: SK11 0AP
23-Apr Gentle Harold & Yvonne  0161 702 0620 Walton Summit Branch (Whittle-le-Woods). A torch would be advisable!
Strenuous Carole 0161 790 2372 Ribble Way, starting  at the Anchor pub in Hutton on the edge of Preston. PR4 5SL, approx 7.5 miles, generally flat but boggy in places.
07-May (Bank Holiday) Gentle Kath & Bill 0161 794 8848 Around Smithills, 4.5 miles in reverse. No serious problems.
Strenuous  No strenuous walk due to Bank Holiday
21-May Gentle Pam & Ken 0161 723 5438 Singing Ringing Tree
Strenuous George o7872 184340 Pendle (not hill!) 8.4 miles via Black Moss reservoirs and Barley, start Pendle Heritage Centre, Park Hill, Colne Road, Burnley BB9 6JQ
04-Jun Gentle Sylvia & Brenda 0161 790 1804 Three Villages from Barley – 6 miles. Park at Pay and Display car park, Barley BB12 9JX £1
Strenuous David Pierce (Guest Leader) 0161 427 4412 Ethro Country Park, start at Pay and Display car park: SK6 5JD
18-Jun Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Macclesfield canal and Lyme Par
Strenuous Brian & Linda 07958679514/07949666170 Around Belmont, parking at Black Dog pub , BL7 8AB. Long trousers advised due to undergrowth!
02-Jul Gentle Sylvia & Lesley 0161 790 1804 Barrowford (5mls)
Strenuous Alan & Linda 01925 729526/07787 363425 Clitheroe, park at The Aspinall Arms, Mitton BB7 9PQ
16-Jul Gentle Brian, Fred & Tony 0161 799 8845 Copster Green, ‘a lot of styles’!
Strenuous John Orson (Guest Leader) c/o 07857694922 Marsden, meeting at the National Trust car park HD7 6DH, near Marsden Station. About 6 miles, only 1 hill!
30-Jul Gentle Jean & Audrey 01942 793685 Two Locks, Northwich
Strenuous Margaret 07857694922 Shaw circular, about 7miles, meet at OL2 8QQ, Road Knowl.
13-Aug Gentle Sue & Lynn 07812 391863 Dunham Canal (bus pass required)
Strenuous George 07872184340
27-Aug (Bank holiday) Gentle
10-Sep Gentle Janet & Ken 0161 288 5860 Kirby Lonsdale
Strenuous Brian & Linda 07958679514/07949666170
24-Sep Gentle Lesley & Sylvia 01204 604885
Strenuous Margaret 07857694922  TBA
08-Oct Gentle
Strenuous Alan & Linda 01925 729526 Clougha from Rigg Lane Car Park north of Quernmore
22-Oct Gentle Florence & Sheila 0161 789 7931/07891 102291 Clifton to Prestwich
Strenuous Carole 0161 790 2372
05-Nov Gentle
Strenuous Guy & Viv 0161 728 3598
Friday 09-Nov Planning meeting Hazel & Joy’s 0161 794 9580 at Ashley Drive
19-Nov Gentle Marlene & Ann  07801 745433 TBA
Strenuous George 07872184340
03-Dec ?Walkers’ Xmas lunch
17-Dec Gentle Harold & Yvonne  0161 702 0620 TBA
Strenuous Jenny 01925 754454

2017 Walks Programme – Long Walks 

Dovedale HF holiday 2017

Gallery – Long Walks

Long Walks – A few words by Stewart Bowler on Convening and Leading