Convenors: Brian Pearson and Marlene Walker
To contact Brian and Marlene, please email email@example.com 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
|17 Jan*||Florence||Chorlton Ees Nature Reserve|
|31 Jan*||Brenda and Sylvia||Clifton Country Park|
|14 Feb||Joy and Hazel||Lever Park, Rivington; meet at The Great House Barn BL6 7SB; easy walk|
|28 Feb||Pam and Ken||Hurst Wood, Radcliffe; some inclines with no/few stiles|
|14 Mar||Pat and John||Duke’s Drive, Monton M30 8AP|
|28 Mar||Marlene 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 Apr||Sheila and Brian||Pennington Flash|
|25 Apr||Bev and Brian||Drinkwater Park. Walk mostly on the level with little mud. Please car share to the full as Forest Bank car park will be crowded.|
|9 May||Harold and Yvonne||Borsdane Wood|
|23 May||Mary||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 Jun||Joy and Hazel||Dean 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 Jun||Sylvia||Glazebury. 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 Jul||Brian||Adlington (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 Jul||No walk|
|1 Aug||Martin||Dunham 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 Aug||Mary||Please 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 Aug||Brian||Upper Rivington Reservoir, 3 miles low level walk, wooded lanes and tracks with few inclines. Parking at Great House barn.|
|12 Sep||Brian and Bev||Kersal Wetlands (the old Manchester racecourse). Undulating but easy. We will meet at Radford Street, Higher Broughton M7 4NT, near a small garden centre.|
|26 Sep||Pat & John||Pennington 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 Oct||Brenda||Boothstown. 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 Oct||Ken and Pam||tba|
|Fri 4 Nov||Planning meeting||10:00-11:00 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*||Marlene||Watergrove Reservoir, Wardle, Rochdale. In memory of Bill Charnley.|
For those going straight there the post code is OL12 9EN Wardle.
|21 Nov*||Janet and Ken||Three parks in Irlam. More details to follow nearer the date.|
|5 Dec*||Hazel and Joy||tba|