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10:30 Tue 18th Jul 2017 Horseshoe Pass
[Brian Holmes]
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Walk Leader's report from Horseshoe Pass - Tuesday 18th July [Leader Brian Holmes]
It seems there is still quite an appetite for 'strens'. The cars kept arriving at the Pondarosa on the Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen and we set off with 20 walkers who all completed the twelve mile circuit with 3,750 feet of climbing. We set off across the hills of Moel y Faen, Moel y Gamelin, Moel y Baer and Moel Morfydd with steep decents and climbs in between but were rewarded by stunning views of the Vale of Clwyd and the mountains beyond. We then worked our way down and took lunch overlooking the Dee valley. An old quarry tramway contoured across the hillside above Llantysilio crossing the Horseshoe Pass lower down. We then dropped through woodland and little used paths before making our way back up to the cars. A bright day with a cooling breeze and regular drink stops made it near ideal for walking. Sixteen of us enjoyed some well earned refreshment at one or our regular watering holes, the Pant-yr-ochain.
Vale Royal & Knutsford Coach Report from Coniston - Sunday 16th July [Reporter Steve Thomas]
Forty five Ramblers joined the new coach for the long journey to Coniston in the Lake District. As befits such a destination there was some serious walking on offer for those who wanted it and gentler offerings for those that didn't. For the harder walks, the A group led by Rob Pemberton managed 14 miles with 3800ft of ascent and the B group led by Steve Stobie did 9 miles with 3000ft of climbing. At the other end of the scale, the C walk led by Steve Thomas managed 10 miles with 1300ft of ascent and two consecutive D walks of 5 and 3 miles were offered by Ken McKenzie. We had all had a warm and sunny day and Coniston was busy on our return where the many pubs and cafes catered for our needs. The journey home passed surprisingly quickly. Many thanks to the leaders and coach team for a great day out and to the coach committee for handling the change to the new coach company in such a seamless way.
Walk Leader's report from Myddle - Tuesday 18th July [Leader Peter Hollinrake]
Eight intrepid ramblers conquered the logistic challenge to journey via Myddle by car,Crewe on rail to assemble at Wem for this section of the Marches Way.The banks of the River Roden,past Trench Hall led us to our first stop on a green lane. Onwards in glorious weather to Corbe Wood.A duo of trigologists diverted up Grinshill Hill to inspect a obelisk in Corbe Wood.Tea coffee and biscuits were consumed during the lunch stop at hospitable Clive Church.The afternoon took us through Yorton where some members of the party stocked up with homemade jam and chutney from a garden front honesty box.On through fields of various crops by way of Newton on the Hill led us back to Myddle where two of our cars had been left parked.All retreated back to Wem for liquid refreshment.A good day in good company.
Walk Leader's report from Llangollen - Thursday 13th July [Leader Ian Howard]
On leaving LLangollen we made our way along the canal to the Horseshoe falls.Past LLantysilio farmand LLandynan, we started the steady climb up past the disused Berwyn Quarry leading onto Moel y Faen where good views of Snowdonia were to be had.Lunch was taken looking over the Eglwyseg Glen where we were treated to the flight of two Kestrels.Following The Clwyidian way and Offa's Dyke footpaths we then took the path below Castell Dinas Bran back.Great weather,views and company were to be had before finishing the day off at the Sun Inn at Trevor.
Walk Leader's report from Lamaload - Tuesday 11th July [Leader Cathy Tilby]
This was my debut walk. 7 brave walkers and I ignored the weather forecast and set off on a circuit from Lamaload Reservoir taking in Macclesfield Forest Chapel, Shuttlingsloe and Shining Tor. The rain was described as "umbrella perfect" which was good if you had one! However we did get views every so often and the general mood was upbeat. We all went to The Robin Hood In Rainow afterwards. As this was my first venture into leading, I got my walk out of a book just to give me some confidence. John helped me navigate the NMC website to plan and submit the walk. Gail did the recce with me and I learned a lot from her experience. Rosemary came on the recce too so it was just like going for a normal hike. After that, I bought a 1: 25000 map and marked the route on it so that I was equipped should we have got lost. Gavin advised on the best pub so I made use of a few mentors who were all very willing and pleased to help. The people on the walk were great and very supportive. All in all, it was a good experience and very rewarding and I did feel that my efforts were appreciated. I am already thinking where else I can lead!

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