2019 Walks Programme – Long Walks

Walks Programme 2019 – Long Walks 
Date Type Leader Contact Venue
11-Jan Strenuous walkers’ planning meeting At Carole’s house 0161 790 2372 14 Harbourne Avenue, Worsley, M28 7UD, 10.30am
14-Jan Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Styal & Bollin valley, 5mls, 3 stiles and 2 flights of long steep steps
Moderate Jenny 01925 754454 Start from Lymm dam (by the railings on the A56). Park at WA13 0UG or Crouchley Lane.
28-Jan Gentle Margaret 0161 799 8350 Lytham, fish & chips lunch optional
Moderate Margaret 07857 694922 Culchet Linear Park,  8 miles and flat. walk start from car park WA3 4NF
11-Feb Gentle Carole & Marjorie 07780708855 Tonge Heritage Trail, Bolton, 7mls flat
Moderate Alan & Linda 01925 729526 / 07787 363425 Walton, Hatton, Daresbury,  Moore – start Walton Hall car park WA4 6SN, about 8m almost flat no stiles.
25-Feb Gentle Jean, Mark, Audrey 01942 793685 Lymm, several styles
Moderate George 07872 184340 Waterhead OL4 2JW, Oldham area, to Huddersfield, 6.5mls along memorial forest, riverside and open areas. Muddy in parts.
11-Mar Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Witton country park, Blackburn. 6 miles 2 or 3 stiles, 1 hill.
Moderate Margaret 07857 694922 Newhey  to Shaw, but bring bus passes. Starting OL16 3QZ, no parking on road but try opposite Bird in Hand pub.
25-Mar Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Lyme Park & Macclesfield canal. A couple of stiles and a couple of inclines
Moderate George 07872 184340 Tacklers Way from Darwen,  9mls with couple of short steep slopes.
08-Apr Gentle Sylvia & Brenda 0161 790 1804 Foulridge – park at Cafe Cargo, Warehouse Lane, Foulridge, Colne BB8 7PP
Walking poles advisable.
Moderate Alan & Linda 01925 729526 / 07787 363425 Shutlingsloe – park by side fo Ridgegate Reservoir –
D22-Apr (Easter Monday) Gentle Joy & Hazel 0161 794 9580 Worsthorne and Hurstwood reservoir, a couple of hills and stiles. (changed programme)
Moderate
06-May (early May Bank holiday) Gentle Pam & Ken 0161 723 5438 Tockholes, some hills
Moderate
20-May Gentle Mark & Margaret ‭0161 478 7643‬ Delamere Forest. Pleasant easy walk. No stiles, a couple of easy inclines
Moderate Alan & Linda 01925 729526 / 07787 363425 Dunsop Bridge car park BB7 3BB – hills
03-Jun Gentle Jean & Audrey 0161 794 6053 Northwich
Moderate David Pierce (Guest Leader) 0161 427 4412 Etherow Country Park, starting from SK6 5JD like last year.
17-Jun Gentle Lynn & Sue 0161 747 7188 Rudyard Lake
Moderate Carole & Marjorie 0161 790 2372 Rocks and Water at Anglezarke, 7miles, 11.3km
24-Jun HF holiday Ken & Ken 0161 723 5438 Malhamdale, for 4 nights
01-Jul Gentle Marlene & Fred 07801745433 Capenwray & Lancaster Canal
Moderate John Orson (Guest Leader) c/o 07857 694922 Grains Bar near Shaw, OL4 2JZ.  At junction turn R then L. After 20 yds pass Kings Arms bear R up Ship Lane. CP is 100yds on R.
15-Jul Gentle Janet & Ken Ball 0161 288 5860 The Wirral
Moderate Jenny 01925 754454 Cancelled
29-Jul Gentle Harold & Yvonne 0161 702 0620 “Walton Summit Branch” near Chorley. Parking at “The Malthouse Farm Pub” Post Code PR6 8AB. Bring a torch!
Moderate Linda & Brian 07958 679514 / 07949 666170 Woodhouse Hill Fort and Cheshire lanes, 7 miles. Please wear long trousers, parts with nettles. WA6 6HQ Small car park on right at the base of 2 Beacons. Just up road from entrance to Frodsham Golf Club. Jnct 12 off M56
12-Aug Gentle Florence & Chris 0161 789 7931 Goyt Valley from Vernon Park. About 6.5 miles , few ups and downs but no hills.
Moderate Alan & Linda 01925 729526 / 07787 363425 Dunsop Bridge to Whitewell – Dunsop bridge car park BB7 3BB – hills
26-Aug (Bank holiday) Gentle Hazel & Joy 07875766001 Pleasington, nr Blackburn. Has some steeper bits and 6 stiles
Moderate No walk
09-Sep Gentle Sheila & Brian 07875766001 Mere Sands Wood/nature reserve. Easy walking 51/2 miles.
Moderate George 07872 184340 Around Hoghton Towers Estate, through one of the most impressive gorges in Lancashire and over some beautiful countryside; 7 miles. Only bit of a hill and some mud!
23-Sept Gentle Fred, Brian, Tony 07727 826390 Anglezarke, 5-6miles, walk starts from car park off Moor Rd
Moderate Margaret 07857 694922 Ogden Reservoir, free car park at postcode OL16 3TQ. Exit 21 from M62 then follow signs for Milnrow/Shaw/Newhey. Not hilly 7-8miles.
07-Oct Gentle Janet & Ken Ball 0161 288 5860 Marbury country park and around Budworth Mere
Moderate Margaret 07857 694922 Stoodley Pike from Lumbutts. Meet at OL14 6JJ near Shepherd’s Rest pub, after leaving Worsley. Park on road.
21-Oct Gentle Pat & John 0161 281 0758 Last Drop Village  6 miles, steady climb near the end.
Moderate Alan & Linda 01925 729526 Nicky Nook from Scorton picnic site PR3 1BU, one short steep climb, 8mls.
04-Nov Gentle Harold & Yvonne 0161 702 0620 Entwistle & Wayoh Reservoirs. 6 miles.
Parking in Batridge Barn Car Park off B6391.
Moderate Linda & Brian 07958 679514 / 07949 666170 Jumbles country park
Nov-08 Planning meeting Hazel & Joy’s 0161 794 9580 58 Ashley Drive, M27 OAY, from 10-12noon
18-Nov Gentle Sylvia & Brenda 07925325876 6 miles Wigan to Appleby Bridge. Bus passes needed. Meet 9.55 at Walkden Station (please allow sufficient time for parking)
Moderate Jenny 01925 754454 Around Lymm, 4-8miles, start ‘from railings by Lymm dam’.
02-Dec Vesuvio in Boothstown M28 1FB, for the Christmas meal, 3-courses, £22 to Joy & Hazel with choices.
16-Dec Carole & Marjorie 07780708855 Joint Christmas walk with pub lunch. Menu available at planning meeting

 

 

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’.

 

 

 

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