Short Walks

May 2021 – 1st walk of the year!

Convenors: Brian Pearson and Marlene Walker
To contact Brian and Marlene, please email marking the subject line of your email ‘FAO: name/job title’.

Normal venue and day/time: We meet on alternate Mondays at St Mark’s Church, Worsley, and leave promptly at 1pm (12:30pm during November, December and January).

Short Walks is a popular group that is sometimes at capacity for walking, so prospective members should contact Brian first. The walks are in interesting areas and typically cover 3-4 miles usually on good paths and with some short moderate uphill climbs, nothing that a reasonably fit person couldn’t manage.

We all take our time – no rush. Transport to the start of the walks relies on informal car sharing and expenses also being shared, a formula for which exists.

2022 Short Walks Programme

DateLead NameLocation
17 Jan*FlorenceChorlton Ees Nature Reserve
31 Jan*Brenda and SylviaClifton Country Park
14 FebJoy and HazelLever Park, Rivington; meet at The Great House Barn BL6 7SB; easy walk
28 FebPam and KenHurst Wood, Radcliffe; some inclines with no/few stiles
14 MarPat and JohnDuke’s Drive, Monton M30 8AP
28 MarMarlene and Jean Cuerden Valley Park, Clayton-le-Woods PR6 7EU; meet as usual at St Marks car park, Worsley at 1pm; for anyone driving there directly we will start the walk from the Town Brow car park on Sheep Hill Lane More info
11 AprSheila and BrianPennington Flash
25 AprBev and BrianDrinkwater Park. Walk mostly on the level with little mud. Please car share to the full as Forest Bank car park will be crowded.
9 MayHarold and YvonneBorsdane Wood
23 MayMary Werneth Low Country Park. 3 miles. An undulating walk with several gradual uphills, mainly in the first mile. Good paths, one field and a golf course. No stiles. Great views. More info
6 JunJoy and HazelDean Wood, Rivington. 3.5 miles. There is a long incline and a set of steps to go up. No stiles. If you are going straight there, meet at Rivington Hall Barn BL6 7SB or we’ll leave as usual from St Mark’s car park at 1pm.
20 JunSylviaGlazebury. A walk of around 3.5 to 4 miles on flat ground, and will probably finish at Bents garden centre for a coffee. We’ll leave as usual from St Mark’s car park at 1pm.
4 JulBrianAdlington (ice cream factory). A 3 mile walk, along the Leeds-Liverpool canal and back to sunny Adlington via Frederick’s ice cream shop. A gentle walk with the previous steep hill climbs removed. Don’t forget, the shop also sells meals so bring your rucksacks.
18 JulNo walk
1 AugMartinDunham area, via extended canal walk, into the park, out through golf course, and back to the Axe and Cleaver pub. Flat, good paths, 2 kissing gates and 2 sets of wide, easy steps into and out of the park. Toilets at beginning, middle and end. 4 miles, an easy but pleasant walk.
Meet at Axe and Cleaver, School Lane, Dunham Massey, WA14 4SE (parking allowed, I checked), or if full there is a parking bay for 15+ cars opposite the church 200 yds from pub.
15 AugMaryPlease note this walk has changed to:
Blackleach Country Park and Ashton’s Field. Just under 4 miles, good paths, minimal inclines. Start point: Blackleach Car Park off John Street, Walkden M28 3TD
29 AugBrianUpper Rivington Reservoir, 3 miles low level walk, wooded lanes and tracks with few inclines. Parking at Great House barn.
12 SepBrian and BevKersal Wetlands (the old Manchester racecourse). Undulating but easy. We will meet at Radford Street, Higher Broughton M7 4NT, near a small garden centre.
26 SepPat & JohnPennington flash. A walk on the flat starting from WN7 3PA for those going straight there. Otherwise St Mark’s car park, meeting at 12.45pm.
10 OctBrendaBoothstown. For those going straight to the start of the walk, the post code is M28 1YB – Boothstown marina. Otherwise, meet at St Mark’s car park 12.45. Flat walk with some wooded areas.
24 OctKen and Pamtba
Fri 4 NovPlanning meeting10:00-11:00 at Worsley Road United Reform Church, 310-312 Worsley Road, Swinton M27 OEF; free on site parking; bus services 21, 22 and 66 from Eccles. Disabled access and toilets are available. There will be cakes but please bring your own drink. Please note that a financial contribution towards the cost of the venue hire will be asked for: 50p per person.
7 Nov*MarleneWatergrove Reservoir, Wardle, Rochdale. In memory of Bill Charnley.
For those going straight there the post code is OL12 9EN Wardle.
21 Nov*Janet and KenThree parks in Irlam. More details to follow nearer the date. 
5 Dec*Hazel and Joytba
* Walk commences at 12:30pm

2021 short walks programme

Short Walks Group 2017