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10:00 Thu 8th Feb 2018 Delamere
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A good group of roadies: pics by Stve Thomas
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Survey and clearance walk 14th February 2018
The trimming work has started again for 2018 with 10 keen volunteers meeting at Darnhall Village Hall despite an uncertain weather forecast. In the event it was cold but with little rain. We split into 3 groups to walk this rarely visited area. The stiles were generally good but with some exceptions that will be reported to Cheshire West and Chester. Several needed extensive clearance. There was one plank bridge that had collapsed so that the stream had to be jumped unfortunately it ending in some wet feet. There was an opportunity to attach at least 10 waymarks to help navigation and several missing signposts will be reported. We all repaired to the Alvanley Arms to warm up and enjoy good food and drinks. Thanks to Steve Sanderson and John White for helping to lead the walks. All are welcome next month - see the website for details.
Tuesday Coach
The first Area Tuesday coach outing in 2018 on March 6th is to the Yorkshire market town of Hebden Bridge. From artisan shops and inspiring galleries to organic pavement cafés, the village is justifiably proud of its artistic identity. Just a few minutes away you will find pretty wooded valleys and picturesque heather moorland where our usual two walks will take place. Please join us for the walks or just to explore the town, its history, canals, park and river by yourselves. To book, or for further details, please text Sheila Sheedy on 07519 810331.
Warrington coach
The next Warrington Sunday Coach Walk is on Sunday 4th March when the group will be going to Edale. This walk is not in the Walks Booklet, but is on the Warrington web-site, and full details of how to book a place - either on-line or by telephone- are on the Warrington coach site.
WALK UPDATES
10:00 Sun 25 Feb 2018 - KNUTSFORD Walk Changed. Start Point Description changed. Meet at Tatton Park South Gate opposite Golf Course
13:30 Sun 25 Feb 2018 - ACTON BRIDGE Walk Changed. Description changed. NB: Walk previously scheduled for 28/01/2018. Start Date changed. 25-Feb-2018
10:00 Tue 27 Feb 2018 - LLYN BRENIG Walk Changed. Start Point Grid Ref changed. SH 956529. Start Point Description changed. ***NEW START POINT*** Cronfa Alwen Reservoir. Parking by Dam. Description changed. ***NEW START POINT*** 3 miles north of Cerrigydrudion, left off B4501 signposted Coedwig Hiraethog / Cronfa Alwen Reservoir. Parking by Dam 0. 6 miles down forest track. Grid ref: SH956529. (1 mile south of original Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre)
Tel 01948770577
10:30 Thu 22 Mar 2018 - GRASMERE ***WALK CANCELLED***

Warrington Coach Report from Sowerby Bridge - Sunday 18th February [Reporter Sue Richardson]
The Warrington coach set off with 37 Ramblers and quickly arrived at Sowerby Bridge, a new walking area for many of us. Geoff Forman and his combined A and B group alighted first near J22 of the M62 and completed a bracing 14 mile walk across high moorland with a climb of around 1800 feet. Sue Richardson and Dave Treble led the C walk at short notice (illness of leader) on a walk of 10 miles and around 1000 feet starting off at Booth Wood Reservoir and eventually picking up the Calderdale Way across moorland and back along the Calder Hibble Navigation into Sowerby Bridge. The D group was led by George Dale and started off in Rishworth, again picking up the moorland Calderdale Way after walking along the river to Ripponden and then onto Highlee Knowl. The day stayed dry, and there were good moorland views and some interesting post industrial landscapes. There was a lot of mud in places, but many tracks were good and the groups thoroughly enjoyed the walks and exploring the area.Afterwards there was a warm welcome in pubs and cafes in the town. A good day out and thanks to leaders and organisers for making it happen.
Walk Leader's report from Barrow Bridge - Thursday 15th February [Leader John Haines]
Sixteen gathered at this new start point to the north west of Bolton, on an unusually dry day with increasing sunshine, for a walk over very varied terrain. We started through the model industrial village of Barrow Bridge and up the apparently famous 63 steps. A steady but easy ascent along wooded valleys brought us to the south-eastern track up Winter Hill over Smithills Moor, a first for most of us. After inspecting the various plaques, but not the trig, we descended out of the bitterly cold wind all the way down to Longworth Clough and its fast flowing stream for a pleasant lunch stop in the sun. It was then back upwards, with a short diversion to avoid a flooded stile, eventually reaching the 14th Century Smithills Hall. Finally we came to the landmark 80 metre high chimney from the former bleach works once scaled by a 17 year old Fred Dibnah for a 10 shilling bet! Most then repaired to Bob's Smithy Inn where a wide choice of ale was available.
Walk Leader's report from Woore - Thursday 15th February [Leader Bill Minshall]
13 ramblers plus 1 dog and including 2 new recruits braved the sodden tracks on a beautiful day. The Chetwode arms did us proud and I will use the car park for a longer walk as long as we all take refreshment afterwoods. Thanks for the good company in my birthday week and to heather for her facebook photos
Walk Leader's report from Burtonwood - Sunday 11th February [Leader Stephen Bristow]
In weather that turned out to be better than forecasted 6 brave ramblers and a dog enjoyed the third route in this series through the new forests on the site of the former Bold Heath Colliery and power station.
Walk Leader's report from Caergwrle - Tuesday 13th February [Leader Gavin Miller]
11 hardy souls met at Chester in the gloom for the bus to Caergwrle, with 2 others joining at Hope for the walk over part of the new(2017) Wales Link Path. The route fell into 3 sections - a quick tour of Caergwrle with a brief climb past an Iron Age fort affording excellent views (which sadly were denied to us due to the murk), followed by gentle pastures leading eventually to the Wales Coast Path for the final stretch into Chester. There were quite a lot of gentle pastures and, to general astonishment, one or two of them were a touch wet. Indeed, the hitherto King and Queen of muddy walks alleged that it was the muddiest walk they had ever been on. In his defence, the leader points out that they have short memories; that there were no actual drownings (though there was one brave attempt); that he organised diversions (admittedly a little off-piste)to avoid a field that really WAS mudy and a stile that would have been safely accessible only by boat; and lastly that sections of the walk were most certainly not muddy, due to being on tarmac. By the time we lunched at the park in Dodleston the sun was beginning to shine and, but for a sharp hail shower as we crossed Saltney Ferry bridge over the Dee at the end of the Link Path, remained so. At least we agreed, we'd definitely had a walk. Thanks to all for your good humour in sometimes trying conditions.

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Thu  22 Feb  10:00  KETTLESHULME  995768  No Post Code at this location Pym Chair CP nr Jenkin Chapel.
11 ml  Full Day  Hard  Bring lunch  A winter wander over the Goyt Valley taking in Shining Tor and Burbage Edge. Return via the delightful Chapel in Foxlow Valley. A winter hard with 2160ft asc. Registered Assistance Dogs only. Tel 07760195014.
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Vale Royal & Knutsford Group   Sun  25 Feb  Hartington
Halton Group   Sun  4 Mar  Edgworth
Warrington Group   Sun  4 Mar  Edale
Area Coach   Tue  6 Mar  Hebden Bridge
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