Long Walks Programme


Date Leader Venue
13 January Joy & Hazel Styal village, 6miles, might be muddy and 2 ‘very long and steep flights of steps’,
27 January Viv & Guy Zig-zag through Worsley woods, 6 and a bit miles, not too muddy!
10 February Carole & Marjorie Walk cancelled, due to weather. (Rock & Water, Anglezarke, 7miles)
24 February Lesley Top Lock. Moderate 6 mile walk.
9 March Mark, Joy & Hazel Dunham Massey, please bring National Trust cards.
23 March Pat & John Cancelled The Last Drop village about 6 miles
6 April Sylvia & Brenda Cancelled Foulridge. Park at Cafe Cargo, Warehouse Lane, Foulridge, Colne  BB8 7PP
20 April Ken & Janet Around Aluanley
4 May Guy & Viv TBA
18 May HF Walking holiday, Sedburgh  
1 June Kath & Bill TBA
15 June Florence & Mark Dovestones
29 June Lynn & Sue Silverdale, meal at Ship Inn, later
13 July Harold & Yvonne TBA
27 July Pam & Ken TBA
10 August Ken & Janet Barnoldswick
24 August Sheila & Brian Mere Sands woods
7 September Fred & Marlene TBA
21 September Pat & John TBA
5 October Chris & John TBA
19 October Alan TBA
2 November Joy & Hazel TBA
6 November Planning meeting, Joy & Hazel’s Ashley Drive, Hazel & Joy’s
16 November    
30 November Alan TBA
7 December Xmas meal  
14 December    


Date Type Leader Venue
11 January Strenuous walkers’ planning meeting Carole At Carole’s house, 10.30am
14 January Gentle Joy & Hazel Styal & Bollin valley, 5mls, 3 stiles and 2 flights of long steep steps
Moderate Jenny Start from Lymm dam (by the railings on the A56). Park at WA13 0UG or Crouchley Lane.
28 January Gentle Margaret Lytham, fish & chips lunch optional
Moderate Margaret Culchet Linear Park,  8 miles and flat. walk start from car park WA3 4NF
11 February Gentle Carole & Marjorie Tonge Heritage Trail, Bolton, 7mls flat
Moderate Alan & Linda Walton, Hatton, Daresbury,  Moore – start Walton Hall car park WA4 6SN, about 8m almost flat no stiles.
25 February Gentle Jean, Mark, Audrey Lymm, several styles
Moderate George Waterhead OL4 2JW, Oldham area, to Huddersfield, 6.5mls along memorial forest, riverside and open areas. Muddy in parts.
11 March Gentle Joy & Hazel Witton country park, Blackburn. 6 miles 2 or 3 stiles, 1 hill.
Moderate Margaret Newhey  to Shaw, but bring bus passes. Starting OL16 3QZ, no parking on road but try opposite Bird in Hand pub.
25 March Gentle Joy & Hazel Lyme Park & Macclesfield canal. A couple of stiles and a couple of inclines
Moderate George Tacklers Way from Darwen,  9mls with couple of short steep slopes.
8 April Gentle Sylvia & Brenda Foulridge – park at Cafe Cargo, Warehouse Lane, Foulridge, Colne BB8 7PP
Walking poles advisable.
Moderate Alan & Linda Shutlingsloe – park by side of Ridgegate Reservoir
22 April
(Easter Monday)
Gentle Joy & Hazel Worsthorne and Hurstwood reservoir, a couple of hills and stiles. (changed programme)
6 May (early May Bank holiday) Gentle Pam & Ken Tockholes, some hills
20 May Gentle Mark & Margaret Delamere Forest. Pleasant easy walk. No stiles, a couple of easy inclines
Moderate Alan & Linda Dunsop Bridge car park BB7 3BB – hills
3 June Gentle Jean & Audrey Northwich
Moderate David Pierce (Guest Leader) Etherow Country Park, starting from SK6 5JD like last year.
17 June Gentle Lynn & Sue Rudyard Lake
Moderate Carole & Marjorie Rocks and Water at Anglezarke, 7miles, 11.3km
24 June HF holiday Ken & Ken Malhamdale, for 4 nights
1 July Gentle Marlene & Fred Capenwray & Lancaster Canal
Moderate John Orson (Guest Leader) 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 July Gentle Janet & Ken Ball The Wirral
Moderate Jenny Cancelled
29 July Gentle Harold & Yvonne “Walton Summit Branch” near Chorley. Parking at “The Malthouse Farm Pub” Post Code PR6 8AB. Bring a torch!
Moderate Linda & Brian 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 August Gentle Florence & Chris Goyt Valley from Vernon Park. About 6.5 miles , few ups and downs but no hills.
Moderate Alan & Linda Dunsop Bridge to Whitewell – Dunsop bridge car park BB7 3BB – hills
26 August
(Bank holiday)
Gentle Hazel & Joy Pleasington, nr Blackburn. Has some steeper bits and 6 stiles
Moderate No walk  
9 September Gentle Sheila & Brian Mere Sands Wood/nature reserve. Easy walking 51/2 miles.
Moderate George 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 September Gentle Fred, Brian, Tony Anglezarke, 5-6miles, walk starts from car park off Moor Rd
Moderate Margaret Ogden Reservoir, free car park at postcode OL16 3TQ. Exit 21 from M62 then follow signs for Milnrow/Shaw/Newhey. Not hilly 7-8miles.
7 October Gentle Janet & Ken Ball Marbury country park and around Budworth Mere
Moderate Margaret Stoodley Pike from Lumbutts. Meet at OL14 6JJ near Shepherd’s Rest pub, after leaving Worsley. Park on road.
21 October Gentle Pat & John Last Drop Village  6 miles, steady climb near the end.
Moderate Alan & Linda Nicky Nook from Scorton picnic site PR3 1BU, one short steep climb, 8mls.
4 November Gentle Harold & Yvonne Entwistle & Wayoh Reservoirs. 6 miles.
Parking in Batridge Barn Car Park off B6391.
Moderate Linda & Brian Jumbles country park
8 November Planning meeting Hazel & Joy’s from 10-12noon
18 November Gentle Sylvia & Brenda 6 miles Wigan to Appleby Bridge. Bus passes needed. Meet 9.55 at Walkden Station (please allow sufficient time for parking)
Moderate Jenny Around Lymm, 4-8miles, start ‘from railings by Lymm dam’.
2 December     Vesuvio in Boothstown M28 1FB, for the Christmas meal, 3-courses, £22 to Joy & Hazel with choices.
16 December   Carole & Marjorie Joint Christmas walk with pub lunch. Menu available at planning meeting

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