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Coach Leader: Dave Hatchard Coach Leaves at 4.30 pm

First of all, apologies for the lack of coach notes last time. Everything that could go wrong last month went wrong, from computer problems, human error and finally illness.

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.


Strenuous Leader : Paul Hogan Distance : 9.00 miles

From Beeston Castle this walk follows the Sandstone Trail around another even older castle, Peckforton, and on to the summit of Bulkeley Hill offering great views as far as Shropshire and the Staffordshire Hills. Then scenic lanes and field paths lead us back to Beeston.

Leisurely Leader: Dave Hatchard Distance : 6.00 miles

From the craft centre we walk down the lane, through the fields, towards Bulkeley Hill Farm. We walk towards Peckforton Hills where there is a slight climb uphill through the woods. We also touch the edge of Pennsylvania Woods.

This is a fairly leisurely walk, it will probably be muddy, and there are quite a few gates and stiles to go through, but they are well spaced.

Easy Leader : no one at present Distance 5.00 miles


We park today at The Cheshire Workshops, the candle factory, which is situated at Burwardsley. The complex has a café, candle making workshops for all ages, gift shops and ample parking, and is well worth a visit at any time of the year.

Beeston itself is 6 miles SE of Chester and 2 miles SW of Tarporley close to the Shropshire Union Canal. Beeston Castle stands on the top of an extremely steep, solitary sandstone knoll, a rocky wooded mound ringed by ramparts and it is one of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England. As this area is predominantly flat, Beeston Castle and the towers of Peckforton Castle on the wooded slopes of the Peckforton Hills are dramatically visible. Not surprisingly, the views from the top are magnificent on a clear day, encompassing in a broad sweep, the Welsh Mountains, Shropshire Hills, Peak District and the Pennines.

The Sandstone Trail was created by Cheshire County Council and follows the sandstone escarpment in Cheshire for 32 miles, from Beacon Hill near Frodsham in the north and to Grindley Brook near Whitchurch in the south. Raw Head is the highest point of the Sandstone Trail at 746 ft above sea level with outstanding views over the Cheshire Plain as far as the Welsh hills. The tall chimney at Gallantry Bank belonged to the pumping house of a copper mine that operated here in the 18th century.

In 1845 several canals that had been built between 1772 and 1826 were linked together to form The Shropshire Union Canal which is a total of 158 miles of canal, including side branches, running from Ellesmere to near Wolverhampton. Despite competition from the railways, the canal prospered. But after World War 1, the canal business declined and by 1944 it was officially abandoned. Much of the canal has now been restored and is a major part of the inland waterways network.


NEXT RAMBLE: Sunday 29th March, Buxton, Derbyshire.

Leaders Strenuous - Malcolm Chamberlain, Leisurely - Pam Chamberlain, Easy - No one at present

Bookings. With our booking officer at the coach, Evelyn Carrigan or by email.

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.


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 but with nothing to do with the church.

Our next ramble is:  Saturday 14th Staveley, Cumbria

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.


For more information look at the website.


Sunday 1st, Orrell Water Park, 11.00, 7ml, park in the main car park.

Wednesday 11th, Parbold, 13.00, 5ml, from Bramley Way car park. 

Sunday 22nd , Haskayne,13.00, 5ml, from Haskayne Village Hall.



Please remember to take everything with you, walking poles, flasks, crisp packets, drinks bottles and coach notes. 

Everyone 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 please do not contact the coach company as Jackie usually collects whatever is left behind.


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