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Skelmersdale Rambling Club

WEST KIRBY, WIRRAL

SUNDAY, 30TH JANUARY 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Keith Taylor   Distance: 9-10 miles
Please note the Strenuous team will leave the coach in New Brighton for a bracing walk along the promenade and beach past Leasowe and Hoylake and Red Rocks to West Kirby. A flat easy walk with wide views out to sea.
Moderate Leader: Leo & Jean Keenan   Distance: 8.5 miles
We start the walk along the Wirral Way and then comes a short climb (100 metres) to Mariners Beacon view point on Caldy Hill. From here woodland paths (can be muddy) lead to lunch stop at Royden Park (toilets). Then through Thurstaston Common with wide ranging views across the Dee to North Wales. We visit Wirral Country Park (toilets) and then make our way back either along the edge of the Dee Estuary or the Wirral Way, finishing off around the Marine Lake. Lovely views on a clear day!
Leisurely Leader: Joan McGlinchey   Distance: 6.5 miles
Our route takes us through the park, along Caldy Hill and then Thurstaston Hill where there are fine views of the Dee Estuary and across the Wirral Peninsula. We then go down a country road to meet the Wirral Way. Here there will be an opportunity to use the toilets at the visitor centre. We then take a footpath alongside Wirral Way and come back to town via the headland and promenade where there are numerous benches to tarry a while if the weather is kind. Apart from about 25 steps up Caldy Hill and a short steepish rise to the summit of Thurstaston, the walk is flat or gently undulating with no stiles.
Easy Leader: Ruth Melling & Cynthia Prescott   Distance: 4.5 miles.
A pleasant walk through woodlands, mainly easy terrain but with a few gentle inclines. Worth it though for the great views of the estuary and Hilbre Island.
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SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE DALES

SUNDAY, 27TH FEBRUARY 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Dag Griffiths   Distance: 12 miles
This is a linear walk from East Marton where the coach will drop us off, so it would be preferable to be "booted" and ready to go. NB there are no toilets at East Marton, the nearest are at Gargrave which we will reach after three miles on the Pennine Way. We head north from Gargrave through Eshton to Friar's Head before heading SE to Flasby, Flasby Fell and Sharp Haw (at 357 metres, the highest point of the walk). From Sharp Haw we continue in a SE direction to Skipton, eventually crossing a golf course to reach the town.
Moderate Leader: Philomena Walker   Distance: about 9 miles
We set off taking a path by the castle, over the golf course (watching out for low flying golf balls) and crossing the A59, and up to the Craven Heifer at Tarn Moor. We then follow paths towards Flasby Fell and turn left into Crag Wood. We circle around and through the woods back towards Tarn House Farm. We cut across behind a caravan park towards the A59 and back to Skipton along the road. Weather permitting, very scenic with nothing too strenuous.
Leisurely Leader: Sue Daniels   Distance: 7 miles
We leave Skipton town centre and head for the canal and follow the pathways over to Niffany Hill. From there we cross the fields over to Carleton-in-Craven, through the village and take a gradual climb up to Throstle Nest. We then head down the valley and back into Skipton. I have not been able to recce the walk so do not know what conditions will be like underfoot.
Easy Leader: Hazel Anderton & Margaret Black   Distance: about 5 miles
We start with quite a steep but short walk, bringing us to the edge of the town where we cross over the A65. This is banked on either side and may be slippy. However, from there onwards this is a pleasant walk mainly across pastureland, with just very short stretches of country lane - and, yes, a few stiles. We walk almost imperceptibly up to Tarn Moor with its super views, and perhaps some inquisitive sheep. After lunch we continue over pastureland and across a golf course. This brings us to Skipton Woods where we follow the path alongside Ellerbeck returning us into the town.
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SALTAIRE, WEST YORKSHIRE

SUNDAY, 27TH MARCH 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock   Distance: 11 miles (18 km)
We will head out through Saltaire west towards Bingley via Hirst Wood to the aqueduct. We will then follow the River Aire east for a short time before heading up into Shipley Glen and then on to Baildon Bank and into Baildon. From Baildon we will follow Gill Beck through the woods making our way round to the trig point at the top of Baildon Hill (overall height gain about 210 metres). From here we will pick up the Dales Way Link path back to Saltaire, hopefully in time for a well-earned cuppa.
Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon   Distance: about 9 miles
Saltaire - Shipley Glen - Dales Way Link - Faweather Grange - Sconce Lane - Gill Beck - Hazel Head Wood - Baildon Hill - Baildon Bank - Walker Wood - Saltaire.
A varied walk, taking in moorland, riverside, tracks and field paths. This walk can be shortened or lengthened in several places depending on weather and conditions underfoot (and the group's inclination!). Good views weather permitting.
Leisurely Leader: Sue Daniels   Distance: 7 miles
From the Salt Mill we walk over to the Tramway and follow the gentle slope to the top and over to Shipley Glen with views of Baildon Moor to our right. We then follow the paths over to the village of Eldwick, then make our way to the Heights (another easy climb.) The views from the top are worth stopping for (possibly have lunch here) and you can appreciate from here the distance you have already walked. From here it is all down hill as we make our way to Bingley Five Rise Locks which is well worth a visit and we shall spend some time here. We are now just over two miles from Saltaire and we follow the Leeds Liverpool Canal back to the coach. The day we did this walk it was sunny and mostly dry underfoot, with only two rather muddy parts - generally good paths throughout.
Easy Leader: Derek Lee   Distance: 5 miles
We start with an easy walk to the west along the canal and through Hirst Wood to Dowley Gap and then return part of the way on a path beside the River Aire before turning north and climbing about 250 feet to enter the woods on the west side of Shipley Glen. The return will be along the open east side of the Glen, mingling with the tourists and their dogs, before dropping down from the hill alongside the tramway (closed at present) and through Roberts Park back to town.
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FRODSHAM, CHESHIRE

SUNDAY, 1ST MAY 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Allan & Nicole Fraser   Distance: Approx 10.5 miles
The walk begins with a climb out of Frodsham, heading towards the Delamere Way. Early on there is a good view east over the Cheshire Plain. The Delamere Way zig zags to the Delamere Forest, including short sections on roads, but these are safe and comfortable for walkers. We then walk along the edge of the Forest to the Sandstone Trail from which there are fine views over the Mersey Basin (try to ignore the oil refineries). The Trail follows high ground back to Frodsham, taking in 'The Monument', the war memorial which overlooks the plain. There is then a short descent to the town. There will be plenty of time for refreshments.
Moderate Leader: Peter Denton   Distance: 8 Miles
We start with a testing climb to the summit of this walk, to join the Sandstone Trail, past Woodhouse Hill Fort. Turning inland to Riley Bank, then heading on to Newton and Fivecrosses then on back to Frodsham. This walk is better than the notes!
Leisurely Leader: Joan McGlinchey & Cynthia Prescott   Distance: 6 miles
This walk will be taken at a leisurely pace but starts with the climb up along the Sandstone Trail up to the monument at the top of the hill overlooking Frodsham. The views over the estuary are well worth the climb if you are up for it! There are no stiles on this walk, only good kissing gates and a good variety of woodland paths, tracks and lanes. There is quite a bit of fairly flat walking but there are also uphill and downhill sections, particularly at the start and towards the finish. We go along the Delamere Way for a short time and along a nature trail and have superb views when we stop for lunch.
Easy Leader: Irene Wilcock & Dianne Pennington   Distance: 6 miles
An uphill start as we make our way to the War Memorial and views over the Mersey. The walk continues to pass Heathercliffe, Shepherds Houses and on to the Lady Heyes Centre (coffee/toilet stop). Finally, we return to the centre on good paths after passing Belleair and then through Bradley.
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SHAP, CUMBRIA

SUNDAY, 29TH MAY 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Dennis Cookson     Distance: 11 Miles
From Shap we take the footpath past the Goggleby Stone to Shap Abbey before heading along the River Lowther to the village of Rosgill. We then follow a section of the 'Coast to Coast Walk' to Naddle Bridge via Rawhead. In the distance the dam wall of Haweswater Reservoir is clearly visible. Passing through Naddle Farm we pick up the bridleway on to Rosgill Moor affording a view of the northern end of Haweswater. To the east of Bewbarrow Crag the bridleway descends to the road at Swindale. At Truss Gap we cross Swindale Beck and make our way via footpath and quiet road to the village of Keld before returning to Shap.
Moderate Leader: Ruth Melling & Hazel Anderton     Distance: 8 Miles
To Keld, past Shap Abbey and eventually up to Bampton where there is a pub to slake our thirst. We then return to Shap via Rosgill. There are plenty of nice views. Generally the walk is undulating, over fields and along lanes, sometimes near the river, with only one part that could be called steep. Muddy in places near the gates. The downside is that there are numerous stone stiles over walls and we need to be goat-like and slim! We might change the last part of the walk to avoid some stiles.
Leisurely Leader: Peter Denton   Information available from Peter on the coach.
Easy Leader: Adelaide Houghton     Distance: 5.5 miles
A circular walk starting from Shap. We go through fields as far as Rosgill (lunch stop) then following the River Lowther to Shap Abbey (remains) with a chance to look around. Then back to Shap village. There are quite a few stiles to negotiate on this walk.
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BASLOW, DERBYSHIRE

SUNDAY, 26TH JUNE 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Jimmy Need   Distance: 12 Miles
Today's walk starts with a nice steady climb out of Baslow, which brings us up onto Eaglestone Flat. Wellington's Monument and Eagle Stone are to be found and the first challenge of the day awaits you. From here we make our way over to and along Curbar and Froggatt Edges. This should bring us nicely into our lunch stop, to build our strength up for the second challenge of the day. After lunch we make our way to Tumbling Hill which will lead down to the village of Grindleford. From here we have a nice amble alongside the River Derwent back to Baslow.
Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon   Distance: 8 Miles
From Baslow we make our way through the village for a steady climb along the hillside to Curbar, followed by a steeper climb through stony woodland and on to Curbar Edge. We follow the edge, enjoying fine views down to the valley of the River Derwent . This is followed by Baslow Edge past the Eagle Stone and Wellingtons Monument. Along a good track to cross the A621, then a thinner moorland path up to Birchen Edge which takes us onto the road at Robin Hood (pub). We then follow tracks and paths down through part of the Chatsworth Estate back to Baslow.
Two main roads to cross, and care needs to be taken climbing through rocky woodland.
Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee   Distance: 7 miles
A circuit of Chatsworth Park. We start off with a 400 ft ascent of the hill behind Chatsworth House to the Hunting Lodge and the Dell, then loop round the Emperor Lake and Stand Wood on almost level ground before coming down off the hill at Carlton Lees via Beeley Moor. For the last 2 miles we follow the riverside path back to base.
Easy Leader: Philomena Walker   Distance: 5 miles
A pleasant walk along the riverside from Baslow to Chatsworth House, crossing the bridge here to Edensor where, weather permitting, we have the perfect spot for lunch. When we tire of looking at the views we will cross over the river again and walk round the back of Chatsworth House, through Stand Wood, and up to the Hunting Lodge. From here we can access the gardens, café and shops of Chatsworth. Depending on time, we can spend some time looking around here before setting off back along the riverside to Baslow.
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CONISTON, LAKE DISTRICT

SUNDAY, 31ST JULY 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Jimmy Need   Distance:
This walk is a circuit of fells. What this walk lacks in miles, it makes us for in strenuous - the Old Man has still got a good kick. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you if weather is hot.
We make our way out of the village past the Sun Hotel - could this be a good omen for us? Church Beck is our next port of call followed by grassy and heather slopes which bring us up to Low Water and the old copper mines. From here we have a rather pleasant walk up to meet the old man and hopefully get some stunning all round views. After lunch, a nice ridge to Swirl How awaits us, followed by a descent to the gap between Swirl How and Wetherlam. We then make our way up to the summit of Wetherlam then have a ridge walk descending back to Coniston.
Moderate Leader: Peter Denton:   Distance: About 7 miles
From Coniston we have a steady climb along the road to Heathwaite where we take a path bringing us to New Intake and Little Arrow Intake to reach waterfalls at Torver Beck. Mostly climbing up to this point where we will find a nice spot for lunch. We then follow Torver Beck into Little Arrow where we cross the main road and through Heathwaite Farm and down to the shores of Coniston Water. The final two miles or so are a pleasant walk along the lake back into town. Note that the walk is mostly uphill during the morning, followed by an afternoon of downhill and level walking.
Leisurely Leader: Norma Carmichael   Distance: Approx 6.8 miles
The walk will start shortly after the toilet break and will walk up towards Shepherds Bridge. This leads on to the Cumbria Way towards an old building. There is a slight incline as we go towards Tarn Cottages. The walk is on grassy paths and tracks, and part road. There are a few stiles. Highest point 270 metres, and there are excellent views on Tarn Hows, weather permitting.
Easy Leader: Hazel Anderton & Ruth Melling   Distance: 5 miles
The walk takes us round the top of the lake and through part of Grizedale Forest. We gradually climb up into the forest with one or two short steeper bits, but nothing too strenuous, where we have some lovely views across the lake. We walk along forest tracks, then down footpaths through the trees until we meet the lane leading to Brantwood and the ferry back to Coniston. The fare is just over £3. There is only one stile, and it is generally good underfoot.
There will not be time for a coffee break before the walk today, sorry! It is more important to get to Brantwood and the ferry to make sure that we get back to Coniston in plenty of time.
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CLAPHAM, YORKSHIRE DALES

SUNDAY, 21ST AUGUST 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Dag Griffiths   Distance: 12 miles
Total Ascent 690m. The first part of the walk takes us to the summit of Ingleborough (720m) via the Ingleborough Show Cave, Trow Gill and Gaping Gill. That's the major climb over! We then head over Simon Fell which, weather permitting, affords excellent views of the Ribblehead Viaduct, Whernside and the Howgills. Turning south we eventually reach the Three Peaks path, and then head in an easterly direction towards Nick Pot. Turning south we return to Clapham via footpaths and bridleways passing Long Scar, picturesque Crummack Dale and the Norber Erratics (Silurian Sandstone boulders standing atop younger limestone). Please be warned that wet limestone can be very slippery.
Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon   Distance: 8.5 miles
From Clapham we follow field paths to Austwick village, then some enclosed bridleways to reach Wharfe. Shortly after this, we reach an attractive spot for lunch by a ford and footbridge. We are now in Crummackdale which we cross to climb up to Crummock and Long Scar. We then turn back towards Clapham passing Ingleborough Cave, following Clapham Beck, a short climb to Clapdale and down a stony track back to Clapham. I will echo Dag's warning about slippery limestone - please take care.
Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee   Distance: approx 7 miles
From Clapham we take a rising track from the north east end of the village to bring us up to Clapdale. We then drop down to follow Clapdale Beck past Ingleborough Cave and up onto Long Lane, which we take southwards to join Thwaite Lane. This good track takes us eastwards to austwick. After passing through the village of Austwick we will return to Clapham via field paths with lovely views over the valley to the south. Mostly walking on good paths and tracks. Please note I have not been able to recce this walk due to picking it up at very short notice!
Easy Leader: Phil Walker   Distance: 5.5 miles
A pleasant walk along bridleways and country lanes from Clapham to Austwick, returning to the village via the tunnels and visiting waterfall at the start of the 'Nature Trail' to Ingleborough Cave, before returning to Clapham village and access to the delightful cafes and pubs. Beautiful Dales scenery all around.
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HARTINGTON, PEAK DISTRICT

SUNDAY, 25TH SEPTEMBER 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock & Joy Mellor   Distance: 11.5 miles
This Dales Delight takes in five beautiful Peak District Dales.
From Hartington we head south into Beresford Dale, associated with the famous angler Izaak Walton who published 'The Compleat Angler' in 1676. Continuing south we can have lunch under the boughs of a beautiful tree in the picturesque village of Alstonefield. Our journey continues via Hope and Stanshope into Milldale, where we can glimpse the renowned Dove Dale. Crossing over the old packhorse bridge in Milldale we will head up to Shining Tor giving spectacular views of both Mill Dale and Dove Dale. Descending into Mill Dale we will follow the lovely River Dove into Wolfscote Dale, eventually climbing out via little known but very beautiful Biggin Dale. We will pass a cave on our right here for those of an adventurous nature! Heading out of Biggin Dale we make our slow descent back to Hartington to reflect on the day over some well earned tea & tiffin. Yes!
Moderate Leader: Hazel Anderton & Ruth Melling   Distance: 8 miles
This is a lovely area with many splendid views. We go east and south of Hartington on tracks, across fields, along part of the old railway line called the Tissington Trail. We pass through the village of Biggin where there happens to be a pub! We then go part way along Biggin Dale and return to Hartington along part of Beresford Dale and the River Dove. There are several stiles and a few uphill bits, but on the whole it is not strenuous at all, but there will be plenty of cows.
Leisurely Leader: Philomina Walker   Distance: 7 miles
We start off towards Harris Close Farm (the only uphill climb of the day), walking along elevated paths with wonderful views in all directions. Dropping down and crossing the River Dove we return to the village green for lunch by the duck pond. Should we choose to eat sooner, don't forget to save your crumbs for the ducks. We leave the village in the opposite direction towards the beautiful Beresford Dale, walking through woods along the River Dove and back once again to the village along quiet footpaths and grassy meadows.
Easy Leader: Adelaide Houghton   Distance: 5.5 miles
Starting from the Square in Hartington, following lanes and tracks down into Biggin Dale (a bit rough underfoot here) and then following the River Dove through Wolfescote Dale, Beresford Dale, and footpaths back to Hartington.
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SETTLE, YORKSHIRE DALES

SUNDAY, 30TH OCTOBER 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Dag Griffiths   Distance: 11 miles
Total Ascent 473m, Maximum Height 395m.
We head firstly in an easterly direction to Attermire Scar before heading north to pass Victoria Cave and Cowside to reach Westside House. Next objective is heading west to Cattrigg and Stainforth. Weather permitting lunch will be taken by the beck before reaching Stainforth. From Stainforth we move on to Little Stainforth crossing the Ribble by Stainforth Force. The final stretch is heading basically south skirting Borrins Wood to Stackhouse before returning to Settle alongside the Ribble. Quite muddy in places.
Moderate Leader: Cynthia Prescott   Distance: 7 miles
The first half of this circular walk is a steady climb uphill towards higher ground east of Settle. This is generally on very good paths. We pass near Victoria Cave (closed) and continue past Brent Scar and come down a rocky path to round Attermire Scar and cross a field heading to Stockdale Lane. The way back from here is on tracks, good paths, lanes and bridle ways. There is definitely no pub on the way round as we walk away from civilization for most of the time. Expect lots of gates rather than stiles.
Leisurely Leader: Margery Howe   Distance: 7 miles
The Leisurely walk was originally planned by Margaret Black and Joan McGlinchey but both are unable to walk today, and Margery has very kindly stepped in at short notice.
The walk takes us along one side of the Ribble valley to Stainforth and back along the other side to Settle. On the outward part we go up lanes, across fields, and pass through the village of Langcliffe. There are some lovely views overlooking Settle and Giggleswick and, at one point, we are very close to the Settle to Carlisle railway line, and also walk alongside the very impressive Hoffman Lime Kiln. On the return, we walk along the banks of the River Ribble. Apart from a little climb out of Settle, the walk is generally fairly flat. There are a few stiles to negotiate and some stretches, especially along the Ribble, are rather muddy.
Easy Leader: Hazel Anderton & Ruth Melling   Distance: 4.5 miles
A very pleasant walk with some lovely views overlooking Settle as we head in a generally southerly direction through Upper Settle, as far as Clea Top Park, and then turn and return to Settle. We cross fields, go down lanes, through a little wood, and return to Settle through the park. There are a few stiles and some uphill bits, but generally nothing demanding.
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DOWNHAM, LANCASHIRE

SUNDAY, 27TH NOVEMBER 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock   Distance: 11 miles
We head out southeast from the lovely village of Downham, wending our way to the summit of Pendle Hill for some outstanding views (hopefully!) of the surrounding area. Please bear in mind that this is a height gain of over 400 metres.
With the really strenuous part of the walk over, we will gently descend into Boar Clough to follow the banks of Upper and Lower Ogden Reservoirs, leading us into the picturesque village of Barley.
Heading north our walk takes us to Lower Black Moss Reservoir where we trend round to the west via Brownlow Farm back to Downham for our well-earned refreshments.
This is a lovely walk, but please bear in mind that there are sections that can be wet underfoot and there is a ford we have to negotiate with stepping-stones. Waterproof boots and gaiters are a definite advantage.
Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon   Distance: 9 miles
From Downham village we take field paths to Worsaw End and across to Barkerfield and on to the road at Lane Head. More field paths steadily uphill past Hecklin Farm and Brownlow Farm, Coolham and Clough Head, then downhill to Ings End with lovely views of the Ribble Valley ahead. Across tracks and fields to the village of Rimington from where we head back towards Downham via Bustards Farm, Springs, Wooly Hill and a final stretch of quiet Twiston Lane.
We will have some impressive views of Pendle Hill, weather permitting, but the walk will generally be fairly muddy with some potentially slippy ups and downs. Two short stretches of road.
Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee   Distance: 7 miles
700 feet of ascent in 5 bits.
After a short climb out of the village we drop down to the valley bottom, cross Swanside Brook, and press on to Sawley, passing the abbey, and with two short hills to climb on the way (50 feet each). From Sawley we follow the diverted Ribble Way north east to Gisburn Cotes, a gradual 250 feet ascent, and then turn south to cross a valley bottom again before climbing 150 feet up to Rimington. West from here to Falshaw Wood and Downham Mill before a last appetising 200 foot ascent across Downham Green which will deliver us almost straight to the cafe door. An almost equal mixture of footpaths, some of which will be muddy, and hard surface walking.
Easy Leader: Sue Daniels   Distance: 5 miles
From Downham I intend to follow the footpath over to Sawley where we can have lunch in the remains of the old abbey, and possibly take refreshments in the Spread Eagle Hotel. We then amble our way back over similar gently rising footpaths.
With not doing a pre-walk I do not know what the conditions will be like underfoot; this time of year it will probably be fairly muddy!
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GARSTANG, LANCASHIRE

SUNDAY, 8TH JANUARY 2012

TODAY'S WALKS

Strenuous Leader: Dennis Cookson   Distance: 11.5 – 12 miles
A linear walk starting from Brock. Crossing the railway line and the M6 the first two miles are in an easterly direction along the River Brock. At Walmsley Bridge we head in a northerly direction across farmland through Calder Vale passing Cobble Hey and Peacock Hill en route to our lunch-time stop, Grizedale Lea Reservoir. After lunch the footpath passes the radio masts at 218 metres, the highest point of our walk. From here we get good views of the Lancashire coastline. The gradual descent to Garstang takes us back across the railway and the motorway to the ruins of the castle on the edge of Garstang. Now only a short walk for a welcome cuppa.
On the recce it was very muddy in places!
Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon   Distance: 9 miles
After a short walk along the River Wyre we join a lane, which merges into track and then footpath, and takes us over the railway and motorway, followed by a steady uphill climb through farmland, then down into Calder Vale. We will walk through this interesting mill village to emerge onto the road at Oakenclough. From here we pass the radio masts near to Barnacre Reservoir, following tracks and field paths to Burns Farm, from where we have lanes and tracks back to the River Wyre, which we will follow back into Garstang.
A fairly equal mix of quiet lanes and farmland (which will be very muddy!). There are one or two lane options we can take in the latter stages of the walk if the going underfoot has been particularly bad.
Leisurely Leader: Margaret Black & Steve Balenski   Distance: 7.5 miles
A short walk through the town will bring us to a disused railway track which crosses over the River Wye and leads to the pathway over the main railway line and M6. Then, with some intermittent level stretches, we continue with a very gradual walk uphill, across the farmland to the village of Calder Vale, stopping by the river for lunch. Retracing our way through the village, we descend back to Garstang with a mixture of farmland and some road walking, via the hamlet of Barnacre and, conditions permitting, Lady Hamiltons Well - it may be too wet. Expect plenty of wooden stiles, some mud and some very pleasant views along the way.
On the recce we found much of the farmland to feel quite spongy underfoot despite it appearing firm.
Easy Leader: Derek Lee   Distance: 5 miles
We start by following the riverside Millenium Green for the first mile before turning east and rising some 150 feet in over a mile up to the M6, almost all on firm surfaces. Then on footpaths shadowing the M6 south which could be noisy and muddy - if it's very muddy we could use a road instead which would be half a mile longer. At Turner's Farm we cross the M6 again and drop down to the canal on a mostly firm surface farm track before following the canal towpath back to town.
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UPPERMILL, GREATER MANCHESTER

SUNDAY, 12TH JUNE 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Moderate Leader: Jackie Gudgeon   Distance: 9 miles
From Uppermill we follow the Huddersfield Narrows Canal for about a mile to reach the Brownhills Visitor Centre where there are toilets. We then climb by lane, track and moorland to reach the Pots & Pans War Memorial, giving us panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. We then drop down a track to reach and cross the A635 Saddleworth Road and Yeoman Hey Reservoir. We circle the reservoir, passing Dovestone Reservoir, before venturing into the Chew Valley, returning along the Oldham Way to the southern end of Uppermill from where we can return to the coach either along the canal or the Tame Valley Way which follows an attractive stretch of disused railway line.
Quite a rugged walk in places, with no doubt some boggy stretches.
Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee   Distance: 7 Miles
We leave Uppermill northwards on the old railway line - now the Pennine Bridleway - then along the canal to Diggle where the canal enters the Standedge Tunnel. We continue on tracks and footpaths to Dean Head, climbing gently all the way, apart from a short steeper climb on the final stage. From here we turn west and return along Harrop Edge with views of both sides from the hill top ridge, before dropping steeply back down to the canal for the final mile home.
Easy Leader: Philomena Walker Distance: About 5 miles
The Easy walkers will pick up the canal by the museum. We will follow the canal to Diggle - on the way we can play a few games! On reaching Diggle there is a comfort stop at the hotel, and we will then come back across the moors and meet up with the canal once again. We go back into Uppermill via the stepping stones (optional) for those brave enough to try!
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BAKEWELL, DERBYSHIRE

SUNDAY, 10TH JULY 2011

TODAY'S WALKS

Moderate Leader: Leo & Jean Keenan   Distance: 8 Miles
From Bakewell we make our way over the golf course with a steady climb through Manners Wood (about 100 metres) onto Carlton Pastures and New Piece Plantation, with views of Chatsworth House. From here we visit the village of Edensor and a lunch stop (with toilets) at Chatsworth House. We then return to Bakewell along the River Derwent via Carlton Pastures and Ball Cross Farm.
Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee   Distance: 7 miles
After a few minutes walk through parkland and allotments to the edge of the town, we have a long, mostly easy, climb to the village of Over Haddon, 350 feet higher than Bakewell. Then a steep descent on the road to Lathkill Dale followed by a walk through the last mile of the Dale to Conksbury Bridge. There is a short steep climb from the bridge before we cross the open fields and drop down to Haddon Hall. From here overgrown footpaths and then a bridleway track bring us to the Monsal Trail for an easy last mile back to Bakewell. Altogether about 500 feet climbing today.
Easy Leader: Adelaide Houghton   Distance: 5.5 miles
Leaving Bakewell we head northwards via an old pack-horse track to join the Monsal Trail, before descending to the attractive village of Ashford-in-the-Water. The final stretch back to Bakewell follows the River Wye. Apart from one short uphill section, the walk is easy going (in dry weather that is).
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