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10:00 Sun 20 Jan 2019 - FRODSHAM Leader Barry Smith. SJ 518769. Mersey View CP by Forest Hills Hotel 5 ml. AM. Leisurely ***NEW WALK*** SJ518769 (LR117. Exp267) Mersey View CP by Forest Hills Hotel.Dogs on leads. 5ml Easy but some hills. Tel 07544028099.
10:30 Tue 22 Jan 2019 - CHELFORD Leader Tony Littler. SJ 814751. Dixon Drive far end - L off A537 from Knutsford just before Rly Stn 11 ml. All Day. Moderate. Bring Lunch. ***NEW WALK*** A walk in the Cheshire countryside around Chelford and the surrounding villages. Walk starts at approx 10:30 after arrival of trains from Crewe and Wilmslow Public transport walk. Trains; Crewe: 09:48 (Sandbach: 09:55, Holmes Chapel: 10:00, Goostrey: 10:03) arr 10:08: Wilmslow: 10:28 (Alderley Edge 10:31) arr 10:36; Runcorn: 08:52 (Acton Bridge: 09:01, Hartford: 09:05, Winsford: 09:10) via Crewe 09:48. Other Options via bus from Knutsford.
10:00 Thu 24 Jan 2019 - BOLLINGTON Leader Steve & Gill Sanderson. SJ 937779. Pool Bank CP Palmerston St SK10 5PS 12 ml. All Day. Hard. Bring Lunch. ***NEW WALK*** Lyme Park and back.

Walk Leader's report from Congleton - Thursday 17th January [Leader Bill Minshall]See Full Report
17 ramblers plus Keith in the pub at the end. Thanks for supporting a late entry and we were rewarded with a stunning weather day with excellent views from Congleton Edge and the Cloud. Refreshment was taken at the Queens Head which had an excellent choice of ales plus good coffee and tea.

Walk Leader's report from Arley - Tuesday 15th January [Leader Dirk Broad]See Full Report
On a good walking day (weather wise) 44 ramblers & Dennis plus 5 new walkers (Mat/Carol/Leslley/Peter/Chris) set off through fields & lanes towards Gt Budworth where we had our coffee break. Then onwards to Pickmere lake for an early lunch with adequate seating for all 44 with pleasant views and treated to chocolate,toffee or jelly babies. Then off again through field/lanes over stiles to a safe return to Arley.Thank you to our back marker Brian for keeping us all together and link-man David. Thanks to all for supporting this walk

Walk Leader's report from Mam Tor - Tuesday 15th January [Leader John Bickley]See Full Report
Although there was a cold biting wind we were blessed with bright sunshine as twenty walkers set off for Mam Tor from the Mam Nick car park. We were climbing from the off so everyone was up to temperature by the time we reached Mam Tor, where we were rewarded with fine views of the Edale & Hope Valleys, which continued as we walked the ridge to Hollins Cross & Lose Hill, Unfortunately the cement works at Hope remain a blot on the landscape. The morning pit stop was taken atop Lose Hill before we descended to the Hope Valley floor. On the way down from Lose Hill the leader ignored rule 36 of the leader's manual: don't be a SA when descending a mud coated grass bank by looking at the route map on your mobile phone. An unceremonious slip, mud coated backside and not a sympathy vote to be found, only dismay that it wasn't photographed for posteriorerity (geddit). After Losehill Hall we headed back towards Hollins Cross but then skirted the bottom of the ridge round to Little Mam Tor before heading into Castleton for lunch. The final three miles included a long slog up Cave Dale before heading northwest back to base camp. Post walk refreshments were taken in the Fickle Mermaid pub near Chapel. Many thanks for supporting my gap walk.

Walk Leader's report from Moore - Sunday 13th January [Leader Christine Martin]See Full Report
38 walkers plus Dennis set off on a chilly morning and completed a short circuit of the nature reserve before heading up the road and over the swing bridge. We then went over fields and Moore meadows and crossed Runcorn road. After crossing fields of horses and the railway we headed through daresbury boarding kennels and then over fields before reaching the Bridgewater canal. It was very windy on the canal and we were all glad we had out winter woollys on. We stayed on the canal towpath until we reached the village stores and then followed the road back to the nature reserve and our starting point. Thanks to the many who turned up and who hopefully enjoyed the walk.

Vale Royal & Knutsford Coach Report from Darwen - Sunday 13th January [Reporter John Morrison]See Full Report
Thirty four Ramblers joined the coach for the first trip of 2019 to Darwen in Lancashire bordering the West Pennine Moors. For most of the day the conditions were wet, windy and misty, none of which could dampen the enthusiasm of the walkers as they chose one of four walks of varying difficulty and headed out into the Lancashire landscape.
John Kummer led the A walk on a linear route starting at Bolton West Services on the M61 and covered a distance of 13 miles with 2100 ft of total ascent before ending in Darwen. The route followed the east side of Rivington Reservoir before crossing Anglezarke Moor, joining Witton Weavers Way and down into Darwen. The B walkers led by John Haines covered a circular route of 10.5 miles with 1600 ft of ascent. It started with the ascent to Darwen Jubilee Tower, continued to Turton and Entwistle Reservoir before returning and the final descent back into Darwen. The C group was led by Brian Carman over 9.5 miles with 1500 ft of ascent. A walk taking in woodland, moor, rivers, reservoirs and farms with Ostriches, Alpacas and what may have been a lambing Sheep providing some animal interest. The D walkers were led by Pippa Jones a figure of eight walk over 5 miles and 780 ft of ascent taking in Sunnyhurst and Earnsdale Reservoirs.
When the walking was over, the drying out, refreshment, recovery, and sustenance requirements of all were satisfied by the many welcoming pubs, cafes and tea rooms of Darwen. The journey home was smooth, quick, and uneventful. Many thanks to all the walk leaders and the coach organising team for providing a great, if wet, days walking.

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Sun  20 Jan  10:00  FRODSHAM  518769  WA6 6HH Mersey View CP by Forest Hills Hotel.
5 ml  AM  Leisurely    Leader Barry Smith***NEW WALK*** SJ518769 (LR117. Exp267) Mersey View CP by Forest Hills Hotel.Dogs on leads. 5ml Easy but some hills. Tel 07544028099
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Tue  22 Jan  10:30  CHELFORD  814749  SK11 9AX Chelford Rly Stn.
11 ml  Full Day  Moderate  Bring Lunch   ***Public Transport walk*** Leader Tony Littler***NEW WALK*** A walk in the Cheshire countryside around Chelford and the surrounding villages. Walk starts at approx 10:30 after arrival of trains from Crewe and Wilmslow.
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