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10:30 Tue 17th Oct 2017 Cardington
[Anton Woolford]
Up The Lawley: pics by John Cresswell
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Sad News. It is with deep regret that we announce the death of John Whitefield. Many of you will have great memories of long hard walks with John both during the week and on the coach. He had been struggling with illness for many months.
John's funeral will be at 11:00 on Thursday 26th October at Altrincham Crematorium, Whitehouse Ln, Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 5RH.
There will be a short, Humanist service; children & dogs are welcome.
NO suits or formal wear, Gore-tex & walking boots are welcomed.
NO flowers - donations please to local mountain rescue or air ambulance.
Afterwards (around 12:30) meet at the Bells of Peover Pub (WA16 9PZ) for a short walk along the Peover Eye via the Tree of Imagination before drinks at the Bells.
Anyone is welcome to either or both.
Walk clarification. You will have noticed some confusing information about a walk at Winsford on Sunday 22nd October. To be clear, there will be no walk at Winsford. Keith Doughty will lead a 5 mile easy walk around Appleton at 10:00 on 22nd October starting at the CP behind shops on Dudlow Green Rd (SJ 620840).
The Area AGM will be at 7pm on 27th November at Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham WA6 7QN.
In a break with recent tradition, we are not having an external speaker. Instead we will have "afternoon tea in the evening" with hot drinks and cakes. This will need two things; people and cakes. If you have been inspired by the Great British Bake-Off and have tasty treats to bring along, then please contact Rosemary Pearson-Young by email or by phone or text on 07985 915515 letting her know if you plan to bring food and what.
The full agenda will appear here later. One important item, though, is that we will be voting to make a small change to our constitution. Click here to see details.
***SPRING 2018 WALKS PROGRAMME Walks needed***
The walks entry is now open on the web site leaders tab so we are asking for existing and new leaders to submit interesting and enjoyable walks for the coming Spring 2018 programme, 1st January to 30th June 2018.
In particular we would like to recruit some new leaders so if you are thinking about leading but need some help we have a number of experienced mentors willing to assist and Rosemary our area secretary can point you in the right direction if you contact her.
For the programme we would like a variety of walks including the popular local Tuesday moderates, pub walks, public transport walks, hard and strenuous moor and mountain walks and of course easy half day Sunday walks and Wednesday evenings in May and June. With your help we can continue to produce a fantastic programme full of variety and interest that we can all enjoy.
10:00 Sun 22 Oct 2017 - APPLETON Leader Keith Doughty SJ 620840 CP behind shops on Dudlow Green Rd. 5 ml AM Easy ***NEW WALK***.
10:30 Tue 24 Oct 2017 - EARLESTOWN Travel times for Earlestown to Orrell walk
Manchester Victoria 10:02
Manchester Piccadilly 09:56 change at Newton Le Willows for 10:23 to Liverpool.
Crewe 09:09 change at Waringtom Bank quay for 09:51 to Manchester.
Chester 09.52
Please meet by the ticket office on Platform 1.
Returns:- There is a train to Manchester at 57 minutes to every hour. Alternatively you can get two buses back to Earlestown if you want to park there. My dog Megan as usual, will be roaming free.
10:00 Tue 31 Oct 2017 - ARNSIDE ***Walk Change*** Please note due to the shorter autumn days and with sunset at 16:40 this walk will now start at 10:00 please bring a torch just in case we are delayed.

Walk Leader's report from Beeston - Thursday 19th October [Leader Cathy Tilby]
22 ramblers turned up in reasonable, if a little misty, weather for this walk in a lovely part of Cheshire. Starting in the shadow of Beeston Castle, we headed off across fields and over the main ridge of the Peckforton Hills to Higher Burwardsley. After some road walking, the route took us up through more fields and a swift, steep climb to Raw Head, the highest point of The Peckforton Hills. By this time, the rain, which can only be described as torrential, had started and it continued throughout the rest of the walk! We had lunch in the shelter of a large sandstone cave. The return followed the route of The Sandstone Trail which is mainly at a high level here. I was asked to describe the view as seen on the recce several times! 21rather sodden ramblers returned to the carpark (one had decided he was just too wet to carry on!) but were all smiling and laughing and professing to have enjoyed it. 10 went to The Shady Oak for refreshments which was fun as usual. Thanks very much to everyone for their support and, despite appalling weather, maintaining good cheer.
Walk Leader's report from Cardington - Tuesday 17th October [Leader Anton Woolford]
In lovely weather with great views, 6 of us strode out for this 'goodly' walk.With steep climbs of Lawley and Caer Caradoc, this loop is always a good test of fitness and the small group stayed together for most of the route. Strategic rest offered some of the best of Shropshire - an inspiration for more 'strens'?!Welcome beverages were taken in the ever welcoming Horsehoes.
Halton Coach Report from Gargrave - Sunday 15th October [Reporter Val Hennessey]
The Halton walkers had a good journey to Gargrave and were looking forward to a choice of four walks. All walks started in Gargrave. The D walk was 6.5 miles long, led by Chris Leadbetter the group headed out to the Pennine Way and followed field tracks until they reached the Leeds Liverpool canal, following the tow path back into Gargrave. Stewart Leyland had planned a 9.5 mile C walk, walking the canal tow path to join the Dales Highway and onto Hetton. Walking several country lanes then onto field paths passing Winterburn, Friars Head and the Giants Graves, Brockabank and Eshton, walking through Gambers Wood on their return to Gargrave. The B walk was a 12 mile undulating walk, heading out to climb Haw Crag, the climb of the day, then onto Airton. Their return journey followed the Pennine Way, the walk was led by John Cormack.The A's did a 15mile route led by Ian Hilditch turning north west via Whetstone Gill for the steady climb to Weets Top, over Calton Moor then descending into Calton village and onto Airton. For the return journey they joined the Pennine Way.
It was a good day weather wise and the surface water had drained off a lot from the day before (Stewart reccied his walk on Sat)but was still muddy. Thanks to the leaders and oraginisers for again producing. Looking forward to seeing you all next time.
Walk Leader's report from Kirkstone Pass - Tuesday 10th October [Leader Eric Fenney]
A total of 14 made the fairly long trip on what was a bright and breezy day with 1 brief shower in the morning.A big thank you for the company on what was a very tough walk of 12 miles and 4500ft ascent but rewarded with some great views of Lakeland.All 14 rounded the day off at the Watermill with a lovely meal and a good selection of drinks.
Walk Leader's report from Chester - Sunday 15th October [Leader Judy Cross]
14 Ramblers and one well behaved Jack Russell managed to find the start of the walk on the outskirts of Chester. The route followed the River Dee past the oldest race course in the UK and onwards to Grosvenor Bridge ( once the largest single span stone bridge in the world) and the Old Dee Bridge, built in the 14C . After crossing the bridge we passed Salmon Leap and crossed the Dee again via the suspension bridge. We stopped for a rest in Grosvenor Park overlooking the Meadows and then a short stroll to see the Shot Tower and to follow the Shropshire Union Canal, under the City Wall, to return to the river and the car parks. The sun shone, no rain and some members took their credit cards to John Lewis'

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Sun  22 Oct  10:00  WINSFORD  651667  CW7 2PA Whitegate Way CP. Bradford Rd.
5 ml  AM  Easy     *** WALK CANCELLED *** ***NEW WALK***
Map   Directions by car   Weather
Sun  22 Oct  10:00  APPLETON  620840  WA4 5EA CP behind shops on Dudlow Green Rd.
5 ml  AM  Easy    ***NEW WALK***
Map   Directions by car   Weather
Sun  22 Oct  14:00  MOORE  578855  WA4 6XE Nature Reserve over Moore Ln swing bridge.
6 ml  PM   Easy    
Map   Directions by car   Weather
Tue  24 Oct  10:30  GLOSSOP  SK 035942  SK13 8BU Glossop Rly Stn.
11 ml  Full Day  Hard  Bring lunch   Linear train walk to Whaley Bridge, Wayfarers apply. Man Picc 09:46.
Map   Directions by car   Weather
Tue  24 Oct  10:30  EARLESTOWN from Earlestown  577951  WA12 9AS Earlestown Rly Stn
10 ml  Full Day  Moderate  Bring lunch   Linear walk from Earlestown to Orrell Station. Mucky Mountains, Sankey Valley, Carr Mill, Billinge Hill and Orrell Water Park.Dogs allowed and mine off its lead.Let me know if you're coming. Tel 07743946983.
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Thu  26 Oct  10:15  HEATHCOTE  SK 143602  SK17 0AY Buxton Rly Stn 10:15 (train dep Man Picc 08:49, Stockport 09:04) for bus to Heathcote. Walk back to Buxton.
14 ml  Full Day  Moderate  Bring lunch   Midshires Way #4 Heathcote - Buxton. 1,200 ft at a gentle pace. Tel 01565634510.
Map   Directions by car   Weather
Thu  26 Oct  10:30  RUTHIN  125585  LL15 1ND Craft Centre CP.
11 ml  Full Day  Hard  Bring lunch   Please no dogs. Tel 01513391433.
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