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NEWS
Area AGM 2017
This year's Area AGM will be at 7pm on Monday 27th November at Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham. WA6 7QN. All of the Area Council will stand for re-election to their current portfolios. There will be two motions on which we will vote. Click to see more details on the Motion to amend the Constitution and the Motion on General Council.
In a break with previous tradition, we will not have an external speaker this year. Instead we will have "afternoon tea in the evening" with an extended time for cake and nattering. A Ramblers Trustee, Peter Carr, will join us. Please try to come along to find out what your Area is up to and to let us know if there is anything you think we should be doing.
Baking delights for AGM Please let Rosemary Pearson-Young know what you are planning to bring so that we have a nice selection to enjoy on the night. Call 07985 915515 or click to contact
FINAL CALL FOR WALKS SPRING 2018 - Update 17th NOVEMBER 20:36

We are hoping to get started on producing the next walks booklet but we are still short of a few walks so this is a final reminder to those of you that are yet to contribute. The situation so far is that we look to have filled all the hard and strenouous dates but moderate mid week and Sundy walks are thin on the ground. To fill the programme we would need the folowing walks.

Sunday mornings - 2 more walks needed
Sunday afternoons - 12 more walks needed
Tuesday moderate - 5 more walks needed
Thursday moderate - 9 more walks needed

If you can help please don't delay as we need to get the programme finished and off to the printers by the 27th of November so we would appreciate any extra walks by the middle of next week at the latest.

Please enter your walks using the Leaders/Enter Walks tab in the margin opposite or email via the walks coordinator link at the bottom of this page.
WALK UPDATES
10:00 Tue 21 Nov 2017 - BICKERTON Walk Changed. Start Point Grid Ref changed. SJ 509538. Start Point Description changed. Bickerton Village Hall, Long Lane, Bickerton, SY14 8AU,. Description changed. Goldford Lane closed 21st of November, start now at Bickerton Village Hall, Long Lane, Bickerton, SY14 8AU, 200yds off the A534. We have permission to use this car park on 21 November because of road closure. Please park in the car park furthest from the hall. Tel 07712 110504

Walk Leader's report from New Mills - Tuesday 14th November [Leader Joyce Porter]
Mrs "Mist" led a group of 9 ramblers to the Black Hill ridge where the fog set in and little could be seen. We wandered down to the Moorside, up to Bowstones and to the Lantern for lunch. The skies cleared a little and from the Cage we could actually see where we had been! We completed the walk through Lyme Park and along the canal back in time for the 15:45 train. Thanks to all for their company on a murky November day.
Walk Leader's report from Bickerton - Tuesday 14th November [Leader Anton Woolford]
On a gentle Autumn day, with fine views west across to Liverpool, the Welsh Clwydian Range and the new Wrexham Prison, 30 of us paused at Maiden Castle to allow a couple of (new to the group) latecomers to catch us. Thanks for everyone's patience and to Steve for going back to meet them. So numbering 32, the 'coach party' progressed gently across fields and stiles - necessarily quite strung out.Crossing the busy A534 could be tricky with such a large group - common sense and care prevailed and thanks to Dirk for assisting.Lunch was taken after the gentle climb towards Harthill at the foot of Park Woods.The Cheshire Hunt was spotted in the distance, flushing their prey. As we were getting ready to move on, Mr.Foxey was spotted legging up the hill towards us - chased by a single hound - for the safety of the woods. Before long, the rest of the pack chased through our ranks as the Hunt Master arrived, shortly followed by 50 or so riders. They took over our forward path and so we waited. It seems Mr. Foxy had 'made it' - at least for another day! We moved forward, passing polite and friendly Hunters, many apologising for our delay.The Leader was tempted to speed up at this point! However, mindful this was a gentle wander of a walk, we took a steady route and climb to Raw Head for an afternoon stop. The return on the delightful Sandstone Trail showed the beautiful colours of Autumn.Refreshments were taken at the ever obliging Bickerton Poacher.
Walk Leader's report from Llanasa - Thursday 9th November [Leader Paul Day]
Fifteen ramblers including one guest from Merseyside gathered to explore the limestone hills around Prestatyn and Dyserth. A bright sunny morning suddenly turned to rain and low cloud just prior to the commencement of the walk but conditions improved during the day. Passing Golden Grove house and the site of St Elmo’s summerhouse, we briefly visited the ancient church at Gwaenysgor, then onto the top of Graig Fawr via Bryniau. There were excellent views from the top. Thence we walked along the disused railway line to Dyserth traversing Maes Hiraddug grassland nature reserve. Passing along the western side of Moel Hiraddug, we then climbed to its top and lunched out of the wind on its middle eastern slopes. Having passed through Marian Mills, we reached Trelawynd village and then climbed to the top of Gop Hill and its cairn having visited the limestone Gop Cave en route. The route back to Llanasa via Tyddyn Ucha involved crossing several fields. On reaching Llanasa village we espied and heard a number of ring-necked parakeets in and flying between the trees. Refreshments were taken in the Crown at Trelawynd after the walk.

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Rights of Way
To report a problem, see the Group pages
UPDATE: We have changed the way in which we look after the footpaths in our Area. A small group meets once a month to walk and clear footpaths in our Area. We are looking for more people to join us. To find out more, click here

NEW! To see all recorded Footpath issues in our Area on a Parish map click here

Why Don't You Join The Next Walk?
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Sun  19 Nov  10:00  TARVIN  499680  CH3 8NR Lay-by N side A54 nr Cheshire Brick Co.
6 ml  AM   Easy     Tel 01925571203.
Map   Directions by car   Weather
Sun  19 Nov  13:30  ANTROBUS  644796  CW9 6LJ Antrobus Village Hall CP, Knutsford Rd NW of Barber's Ln junction.
5 ml  PM   Easy     No dogs please - sorry, but the walk will cross fields that may have horses or farm animals. Tel 07957668777.
Map   Directions by car   Weather
Tue  21 Nov  10:00  BICKERTON  SJ 509538  SY14 8AU Bickerton Village Hall, Long Lane, Bickerton, SY14 8AU,
9 ml  Full Day  Moderate  Bring lunch  Goldford Lane closed 21st of November, start now at Bickerton Village Hall, Long Lane, Bickerton, SY14 8AU, 200yds off the A534. We have permission to use this car park on 21 November because of road closure. Please park in the car park furthest from the hall. Tel 07712 110504.
Map   Directions by car   Weather
Tue  21 Nov  10:00  LLANYMYNECH  266209  SY22 6ER Village CP signed off A483 on R just S of canal bridge.
12 ml  Full Day  Hard  Bring lunch   Sheep country no dogs please. Tel 01928740703.
Map   Directions by car   Weather
Or a Coach Walk?
Vale Royal & Knutsford Group   Sun  19 Nov  Ramsbottom
Halton Group   Sun  26 Nov  Rivington
Warrington Group   Sun  26 Nov  Whaley Bridge
See the Group Page for information on how to book a coach

The Area Secretary is
Rosemary Pearson-Young  Click to Contact

The Walks Programme Coordinator is
Steve Sanderson  Click to Contact

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