SKELMERSDALE RAMBLING CLUB

Web site: www.skemramblers.org.uk

TIDESWELL, DERBYSHIRE

SUNDAY 28TH JULY 2019

Coach Leader: David Hatchard                                                                                   Coach Leaves at 5.30 pm

The usual message about choosing a walk suitable for you. Please read these coach notes carefully as they will help you to decide which walk will be the most suitable for you. For the safety and enjoyment of yourself and others, please try not to join a walk which is beyond your capabilities.

If you are struggling, please inform the walk leader so that he or she can make the decision to amend the walk by shortening it or having some rest etc.

PLEASE RESPECT THE WISHES OF THE GROUP LEADER. Please do not wander away from the group, or leave the group, for whatever reason, without first discussing it with the leader or back marker.

WALKS TODAY

Dave says that the tea rooms in Tideswell close at 3.15 on Sundays, but there are pubs where we can slake our thirst.

Strenuous Leader : Rob Rose                                                                                Distance : 10.00 miles

From the Tideswell village we follow Tideswell Dale to pick up Millers Dale and the Monsal Trail which we follow to Monsal Head. WL then walk to Little Longstone, up the hill and over Longstone Moor to Wardlowe Moors. We then follow paths and lanes to Litton and back to Tideswell.

Moderate Leader : David Hatchard                                                                        Distance : 7.00 miles

This is not a very challenging walk not many climbs at all, only two little ones, and no stiles. We set off towards Tideswell Dale and on to Litton Mill. We then join the Monsal Trail and travel through two disused railway tunnels which have lights in them. We head along and make our way to Cressbrook and back along Millers Dale. We use well trodden footpaths across a few fields and along a disused railway line, now a cycle path.

Leisurely Leader: Steve Balenski                                                                        Distance : 7.00 miles

We start by heading westward along gentle uphill field paths and then bridleways and lanes over open country to Wormhill where we will stop for lunch. We continue southwards through Cheedale nature reserve and follow the River Wye eastwards to Millers Dale. We return to Tideswell via a rising track along Tideswell Dale.This walk is generally good underfoot, with a few ladder type stiles.

Easy Leader : Jackie Gudgeon                                                                            Distance : 5.50 miles

This is a lovely walk but it can be a bit muddy in places.  With a little effort and some gentle climbs. Today we will make our way, from the pretty village of Tideswell, past the church, to follow Church Lane as far as Litton. We continue following a quiet lane, called Bottomhill Road, passing a remote cemetery to bring us to a track which winds down into Millers Dale and the River Wyre. We follow the river through Litton Mill, branching off to return o Tideswell along the picturesque Tideswell Dale.

The first couple of miles of the walk are all on lanes, followed by good tracks. Fairly steeply uphill at the beginning of Church Lane and some more gentle uphill to give us lovely views from Bottomhill Road where the views are spectacular. 

NOTES ON THE AREA

Tideswell village is situated half a mile from the busy A623 Chapel-en-le-Frith to Baslow road, located at the top of Tideswell Dale.  Its name is thought to originate from a well that ebbed and flowed in the area. The long main street of the village winds down into the dale with many lanes running up the valley side, often ending at old lead mining workings on the plateau above. Tideswell was granted a market charter in 1250 but is now neither a village nor a market town. The village today is famous for its annual Well-Dressing which starts on the Saturday nearest 24th June. This is linked to Wakes Week which begins with crowning the Carnival Queen and processions through decorated streets, ending with Morris Dancing and a torch light procession.

St John the Baptist Parish Church was built between 1300 and 1390. This splendid cross shaped building is often referred to as The Cathedral of the Peak due to its sheer size and beauty. The whole church is 14th century, decorated throughout except for the tower and west window. The church is so interesting that time must be found to visit this fine structure.

To the east of Tideswell is the little village of Litton, a pretty gathering of 18th century cottages beside a green with a set of stocks close to the Red Lion Pub. Tideswell Dale and Cressbrook Dale run south, from west and east of the village, beautiful in their own right, and giving access to dramatic Millers Dale.

The Monsal Trail was part of the former Midland Railway Line cutting through the central limestone plateau of the Peak District following the deep valley of the River Wye. The trail runs for 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill Junction near Buxton, and Coombs Viaduct, one mile south east of Bakewell. The most famous feature of the trail is Monsal Head Viaduct which takes the former railway line over the Upper Wye Valley.

Litton Mill was founded in 1782 using the water of the River Wye to drive the mills water wheels for the spinning of cotton. The mill became notorious for the harsh treatment of children who worked there. It was common practice at the time for many urchin children to be imported from London and other large cities as labourers by mill owners. Unlike the mill owners of Quarry Bank Mill at Styal who treated the children well the children at Litton suffered appalling treatment by its owner, Ellis Needham, and many of them died young and were buried in the churchyards of Taddington and Tideswell close by. The history of the mill could not be guessed at these days, having been converted into desirable residences.

Cressbrook Mill, built by Sir Richard Arkwright, and now converted into posh apartments too, also employed child labour but was said to have treated them well. The children worked six days a week and actually had a few hours off on a Sunday. The rooftop bell tower would have pealed to beckon the apprentices who lived next door to the works.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

NEXT RAMBLE

Sunday 1st September -  Malham, North Yorkshire

Leaders: Strenuous - Malcolm Chamberlain, Moderate - Pam Chamberlain, Leisurely - Dave Hatchard, Easy - Hazel Anderton/Ruth Melling

Bookings. With our booking officer at the coach, Evelyn Carrigan. Email via the contacts page.

Cheques made payable to Skelmersdale Rambling Club.

It would be helpful if you would tell the booking officer if you do not intend to book for the next coach.

Coach pick-up times:

Junction Lane Burscough 8.20am

Ormskirk bus station 8.40am

Prince Albert pub Westhead 8.45am

Skelmersdale War Memorial 8.50am

Skelmersdale Baths car park 9.00am.

Please will walk leaders let Hazel have details of their walks as least TEN DAYS before the walk.

Email via the contacts page

SKELMERSDALE CHURCHES RAMBLING CLUB

Would you like a walk in the country with a friendly rambling club based in Skelmersdale? We travel by coach, picking up in Burscough, Ormskirk and Skelmersdale. There are four walks on most coach trips, depending on the availability of leaders, so there is usually something to suit most abilities.  We have trips on the second Saturday of each month throughout the year, and we are actively looking for new members. The club is run very much on the same lines as Skelmersdale Ramblers.

Our next ramble is

Saturday 10th August - Eyam, Derbyshire

Coach leaves

Ormskirk Bus Station 8.30 am

Skelmersdale War Memorial 8.40 am

Skelmersdale Baths Car Park 8.50 am

Upholland Labour Club 9.00 am

Bookings are with Jackie Gudgeon.

RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION WEST LANCS GROUP

For more information look at the website.

AUGUST

Sunday 4th, 11.00, 7mls, Avenham Park and the R Ribble. Meet in the car park by the cemetery, Hill Road, Penwortham. Apparently the cafe in Avenham Park has just reopened.

Wednesday 14th, 13.30, 5mls, Westhead. Meet in the car park behind the school off School Lane.

Sunday 18th, !3.30, 5 mls, Downholland and Aughton. Meet at St Michael’s Church, Aughton.

Monday 26th, Chester by rail. 6 mls. A walk thru parks and along the river. Meet at Maghull Station at 9.35 for the 9.46 train.

CLUB NOTES

LOST PROPERTY

Please remember to take everything with you, walking poles, flasks, crisp packets, drinks bottles and coach notesEveryone is very good for not leaving anything on the coach except for coach notes. Please take them with you even if you do not want to keep them.

If you realise that you have left something behind please do not contact the coach company as Jackie usually collects whatever is left behind.

Have you lost some purple sun visors? If so see Jackie.

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

NB Cynthia has given up the post at the AGM, so we are looking for someone to take on the post please. Some computer skills are desirable although not essential. The post is busiest from June to September when people are renewing their membership, but the rest of the year it is relatively quiet. Pam will be taking over the role in the immediate future, hopefully with an assistant, until someone permanent can be found.

Please make sure when you renew your membership that you inform of any personal details which have chaed, in particular your mobile phone number. Also, it would be useful if you would inform the membership secretary at any time when some of your details have changed, and not just when renewing. Thanks

FIRST AID KITS

Please continue to leave the first aid kits at the front of the coach on your return from your walk. Please inform Hazel if any item has been used so that the kit can be replenished.

Any leaders using their own kits must carry one that is comparable to the club kits.

O/S MAPS Please do not peel off the name labels as it helps to show who has returned the maps. Please leave them at the front of the coach with the first aid kits. Thanks.

NEW MEMBERS

We are looking to recruit quite a few new members so if you know anyone who might like to join us please ask them to try us out and book on a walk with our booking officer.

COACH NOTES

We do not print one each as some people look at the web version, and we also have couples who are happy with one between two. But we do print enough so that if anyone who would like their own copy can have one. So, if you would like your own copy please ask.

WEBSITE

It has been decided that officers emails will no longer be posted on the website for privacy reasons, although they will be printed on membership cards along with telephone numbers, and relevant ones will be on the printed version of the coach notes. So, if you do not have the email addresses you will need to telephone or go through general enquiries in future.