2018 Walks Programme – Long Walks

Walks Programme 2018 – Long Walks 
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
12-Feb Gentle Marlene & Mark 07801 745433 Cancelled and moved to 26th March
Strenuous George 07872 184340 Cancelled
26-Feb Gentle Alan Corbett 07881 871642 Circular walk  near Alkincoats park, Colne. 6 stiles
Strenuous Brian & Linda 07958 679514 / 07949 666170 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 07857 694922 Start Hollingworth Lake visitor centre car park, Watergrove Reservoir, about 9miles.
26-Mar Gentle Marlene & Mark 07801 745433 Dovestones, ‘A muddy mile plus 4.5 easy walking, one stile’
Strenuous Guy & Viv 0161 728 3598 Anglezarke, Healey Nab and White Coppice,
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
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 07872 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 07958 679514 / 07949 666170 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 07857 694922 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 07857 694922 Shaw circular, about 7miles, meet at OL2 8QQ, Road Knowl.
13-Aug Gentle Sue & Lynn 07812 391863 Dunham Canal (bus pass required)
Strenuous Margaret 07857 694922 From the  White House on the A58,  Halifax Rd beyond Littleborough, OL15 0LG
27-Aug (Bank holiday) Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Worsthorne and Hurstwood reservoir, near Burnley. 2 stiles, gentle inclines and a rocky road
Strenuous No walk
10-Sep Gentle Janet & Ken 0161 288 5860 Kirby Lonsdale, moderate 5 miles, 7 stiles, beautiful views. Bring walking boots, sticks and packed lunches. Evening pub meal.
Strenuous George 07872 184340 From Abbey Village PR6 8DP, park opposite Hare & Hounds. Easy going 8.1 miles through fields, nature reserve etc, good views.
24-Sept Gentle Lesley & Sylvia 01204 604885 Top Lock & Withnell Fold  ( easy , 6 miles)
Strenuous Brian & Linda 07958 679514 / 07949 666170 Walk changed due to weather. Now Alderley Edge, mod 7.5mls, usual time!
08-Oct Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Delph circular walk, one steepish Hill
Strenuous Alan & Linda 01925 729526 Dunham Massey WA14 4SJ, meet at NT car park (£7 for non-members) RHS on entering ca park. National Trust members bring your card!
22-Oct Gentle Florence & Sheila 0161 789 7931 / 07891 102291 Clifton to Prestwich
Strenuous Carole & Marjorie 0161 790 2372 The Tonge Heritage Trail, Bolton. 8 miles, flat
05-Nov Gentle Alan 07881 871642 Alkincoats Park  Colne. 6 stiles
Strenuous Guy 0161 728 3598 Belmont-Rivington-Winter hill (7mls). Walk starts from Black Dog pub, BL7 8AB.
09-Nov Planning meeting Hazel & Joy’s 0161 794 9580 58 Ashley Drive, M27 OAY, from 10-12noon.
19-Nov Gentle Marlene & Mark 07801 745433 Changed to Dunham Massey (less mud!). Bring National Trust cards, if you have, for parking.
Strenuous George 07872 184340 Piccadilly over Great Hill to White Coppice and back via Brinscall, the height gain is only 250 metres. 7.5 mile ‘moderate’ walk.
03-Dec Walkers’ Xmas lunch Hazel & Joy 0161 794 9580 Ristorante Vesuvio, Boothstown M28 1FB, meal 1pm. £20.50p includes tip.
17-Dec Joint walk Harold & Yvonne 0161 702 0620 Gidlow Hall & America Wood, followed by ‘light bites’.

 

Walks Programme 2017 – Long Walks
Date Type Leader Contact Venue
16-Jan Gentle Sue & Lynn 0161 747 7188 Canal walk, Stretford to Altrincham, bring pack lunch and bus pass
Strenuous Alan & Linda 01925 729526 Garswood, ‘7.6mls easy’
30-Jan Gentle Harold and Yvonne 0161 702 0620 Lead Mines, Rivington
Strenuous Margaret & Marjorie 0161 775 8050 From Hollingworth Lake
13-Feb Gentle Marlene & Ann 07801 1745433 Clegg Hall and Rochdale Canal, 6miles, easy
Strenuous George 0161 736 2758 Adlington, parking opposite White Bear Marina (PR7 4HZ). 8miles, muddy in places, bring walking pole!
27-Feb Gentle Bill & Kath 0161 794 8848 Jumbles Country Park, post code BL2 4JS, 4miles, sound paths and tea room
Strenuous Guy & Viv 0161 728 3598 Haslingden, Three reservoirs (parking BB4 4AT). 7.5mls, no hills but some muddy stretches!
13-Mar Gentle Ian & Jan 0161 790 9926 City Walk & Canals. Meet at 10.30am, at Albert Memorial,
Strenuous Brian & Linda 0161 288 9542 Marbury Country Park, 7-7.5 miles, flat, parking £2.50 nearest post code: CW9 6AT.
27-Mar Gentle Janet & Ken 0161 288 5860 Mere Sands, Rufford
Strenuous Alan & Linda  01925729526 Delamere, 7.5miles and flat!
10-Apr Gentle Sylvia & Brenda 0161 790 1804 Foulridge, walking poles are recommended!
Strenuous Margaret 0161 775 8050 Irlam: Meet 10am at Irlam station, M44 5AB. Very flat walk, 7- 8mls
24-Apr Gentle Jean & Audrey 07999 419649 Lymm (mostly flat, some steps, several stiles, may be muddy, 6miles)
Strenuous George 0161 736 2758 Start/Finish: Crooke, near Wigan WN6 8LR, pass the Crooke Hall Inn and park on road. 8mls, easy going with last bit following canal with pub at the end!
08-May Gentle Ian & Jan 0161 790 9926 Stoneyhurst
Strenuous David Pierce (Guest Leader) 0161 427 4412 Marple area with the two Davids! Car park opposite SK6 7RJ, as before.
22-May Both Groups Florence 0161 789 7931 Manchester/Bolton/Bury canal circular beginning at Ringley village (HF holiday week).
05-Jun Gentle  Lesley 01204 604889 Top Lock – Withwell Fold (4mls, moderate)
Strenuous Guy & Viv 0161 728 3598 Anglezarke – White Coppice – Healey Nab, 7.3mls. nearest post code: PR6 9HA
19-Jun Gentle Sue & Lynn 0161 747 7188 Silverdale, meal after walk (optional)
Strenuous Margaret & Marjorie 0161 775 8050 Newhey
03-Jul Gentle Mark & Christine 0161 797 7188 Dunham Massey, members bring your National Trust card.
Strenuous Linda & Brian 0161 288 9542 Sale Water Park (M33 2LX) to Fletcher Moss gardens Didsbury. Bring bus pass.
17-Jul Gentle Brian, Fred & Tony 0161 799 8845 Copster Green
Strenuous Linda & Brian 0161 288 9542 Withnell Fold and Houghton Bottoms
31-Jul Gentle Sheila & Florence 0161 703 8728 Around Rivington
Strenuous John Orson, (guest) 0161 775 8050 Greenfield, start car park OL3 7HX, just after Royal George pub. (John’s mobile: 0759 353 1617)
14-Aug Gentle Janet & Ken 0161 288 5860 Sandstone trail,  Nantwich
Strenuous Alan & Linda 01925 729526 Dunsop Bridge car park BB7 3BB. 8 miles, moderate, field and woodland paths, a little bit of quiet road, one steep, short climb.
28-Aug Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Around Anglezarke, muddy!
Strenuous Walk postponed due to bank holiday Anglezarke – White Coppice – Healey Nab, 7.3mls nearest post code: PR6 9HA (but full and reverse this time!)
11-Sep Gentle Sylvia & Lesley 0161 790 1804 Barrowford walk cancelled due to weather, moved to 23rd October
Strenuous Brian & Linda 0161 288 9542 Wycoller country park . Nearest postcode BB8 7HX
25-Sep Gentle Sue & Lynn 0161 747 7188 Sutton Hall, meal after walk optional
Strenuous Jenny 01925 754454 Lyme park and Bowstones.  Moderate, 8 mls. Meet at Nelson pit Centre. SK12 1TH.
09-Oct Gentle Pam & Ken 0161 723 5438 “Hilly walk to Darwen Tower”
Strenuous Carole & Marjorie 0161 790 2372  Affetside Circular, 8 miles
23-Oct Gentle Sylvia & Lesley 0161 790 1804 Barrowford walk. Parking at Pendle Heritage Centre BB9 6JQ
Strenuous Margaret 0161 775 8050 Shaw (Knowl Rd OL2 8QQ) to Newhey returning from Newhey on the tram so please to bring bus passes.
06-Nov Gentle Bill & Kath 0161 794 8848 Smithills & Barrow Bridge. Parking Moss bank Park Ref. BL1 6NQ. (not Moss Lane car park). 4.5mls, easy severity, slight gradients, 3 stiles.
Strenuous Alan & Linda 01925 729526 Houghton Bottoms, park Witton Country Park BB2 2TP.
Friday 10-Nov Planning meeting Hazel & Joy’s 0161 794 9580 58,Ashley Drive, M28 7UW
 10-12noon
20-Nov Gentle Sue & Lynn 0161 747 7188 Canal from Stretford to Manchester. Lunch at pub (optional). Bring bus passes
Strenuous George 0161 736 2758 The Tacklers Trail (part of the Witton Weavers Way), 9.5 miles (15 km) with a couple of short steep slopes and some rough moorland paths. Parking at Sunnyhurst Wood Visitor Centre BB3 0LA
04-Dec Gentle Harold & Yvonne 0161 702 0620 Borsdane wood
Strenuous Margaret 0161 775 8050 Littleborough, park at Hollingworth country park visitors centre, OL15 oAQ (nearest post code!)
11-Dec Both Groups Hazel & Joy 0161 794 9580 Christmas lunch – Worsley Old Hall, 12.30 for 1.00pm. Pay with cash by 17th Nov.
18-Dec Both Groups Marjorie & Carole 0161 670 3764 Back by popular demand. A joint brisk 6 mile Christmas walk, followed by another mystery pub sandwich lunch, menu to be out by Nov. 10th at Joy and Hazel’s planning meeting.

 

Simister Memories by Stewart Bowler, November 2014

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