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10:30 Thu 18th Jan 2018 Whaley Bridge
[Gavin Miller]
One of the few dry moments: pics by Gail Nicholson
One of the few dry moments: pics by Gail Nicholson
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10:00 Tue 23 Jan 2018 - MOEL FAMAU Walk Changed. Start Point MOVED, at MOEL FAMAU, Country Park on minor road SW off A494 1/2ml SW Loggerheads. Bwlch Penbarra CP (Pay & Display) on left at top of pass Start Point Grid Ref changed. SJ 162606. Description changed. NB CHANGE OF START TO: Bwlch Penbarra car park [P&D] as parking charges lower than Loggerheads A walk up to the top of Moel Famau and staying high along the ridges of the Clwydian Range. Tel 07929443583

Walk Leader's report from Whaley Bridge - Thursday 18th January [Leader Gavin Miller]
A dozen braves met at Whaley Bridge despite the forecast of atrocious weather for the 4th in the series of walks based on the Peak District Boundary Walk. The forecast seemed distressingly accurate as we gradually ascended up the Goyt Valley, firstly in the rain by the river itself, then sleet as we sloshed along the wooded paths beside Fernilee Reservoir. A very brief intermission lasting half our lunch stop promised brighter skies, but fierce hailstorms soon resumed as we crossed the Errwood dam wall and splashed our way up to and along the track of the old Cromford & High Peak Railway. Fortunately for our compexions the hail was only briefly in our faces and when we climbed over the last rise after leaving the old railway the sun miraculously, but sadly only momentarily, appeared to brighten a winter wonderland where only the bogs peeped out from under the blanket of snow. Our descent to Buxton saw the hail and snow fall even heavier and the car drivers wisely set off on the first train back to Whaley Bridge (from where we hope they found their way safely home) while the other half repaired to the pub for warmth and refreshment. Special thanks to all of you for your stoicism and good humour on a day to remember and to Gail for capturing the fun in pictures.
Walk Leader's report from Northwich - Tuesday 16th January [Leader Steve Thomas]
Despite the forecast of foul tempest, 25 Ramblers and two dogs joined the leader in a cold and windy car park. The walk took us to Anderton boat lift and up to Barnton where we took our break in the skate board park. Sadly nobody had bought their wheels so entertainment was muted and two packs of peppermint cremes were needed to fill the hungry mouths. Onwards we walked around Marbury Park before taking lunch in the shelter. We continued across roads and fields to Great Budworth where we rested in the churchyard before the final push to the finish. Although we had cold winds we did not get any precipitation. Many thanks to all for your company.
Walk Leader's report from Kelsall - Sunday 14th January [Leader Jimmy Dubber]
17 Ramblers and Dennis,it was a grey and cold Sunday morning. We set off from Stoney Lane, following the Road past the north side of Eddisbury Hill,carrying on the path, we turned right going down the lane, following the path to the top of Pale Heights, where we regrouped, we did not stay long as it was bitterly cold. Heading down and picking up the Sandstone trail to the A556, crossing over into Gresty Waste. We followed the path heading towards Primrose Wood where we stopped for a break, after refuelling on jelly babies. We carried on with Sandstone Trail, till we came out at the main path in Primrose Hill, turning left and following the path, we came to the first of three gates, crossing over the fields we came out on the A54 on to Stoney Lane back the cars. Everyone enjoyed the walk and I enjoyed their company. There was no problems to report on the walk.Thank you for support, Kind Regards,Jimmy.
Walk Leader's report from Colwyn Bay - Tuesday 16th January [Leader Norman Lidbury]
12 of us travelled to Colwyn Bay by diverse methods- 6 by train, 6 by car. Wrapped up against the biting wind, and after walking through town, we started our first climb up "The View". This gave a panoramic view of the surrounding area, with the Conway Estuary, Great Orme and Colwyn Bay. We then descended to Mochdre, which translates as Pigtown. Climbing steadily again, we got an even closer view of the Conway Valley from MynnyD y FFridd ( FRy mountain, if the online translators are to be believed). After a short bit of raod walking, we entered the top of the Nant y Glyn ( tyranslates as the wooded valley). In keeping with tradition, I found an empty barn for lunch, but as it was pristine inside ( and the trees gave good shelter), lunch was taken outside. The flurries if light hail became more frequent as we descended the valley. Climbing back over the lump to the SW of town, we arrived back at the station.Author's note:-I got to the station in time to catch the London train at 14.50. This enabled me to change at Chester with a few minutes to get the 15.31 Liverpool train, and then after a run through Lime Street, catch the 16.20 train to Manchester. I walked through my door exactly 2 hours after leaving Colwyn Bay, probably not much slower than if I'd travelled by car.

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Tue  23 Jan  10:00  STRETTON  623828  WA4 4NP B5356 Stretton Rd off A49 Beehive Stores on corner. Past Church, past entry to school, turn into Pewterspear Green CP.
9 ml  Full Day  Leisurely  Bring lunch  Tel 07720871926.
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Tue  23 Jan  10:00  MOEL FAMAU  162606  No Post Code at this location Country Park on minor road SW off A494 1/2ml SW Loggerheads. Bwlch Penbarra CP (Pay & Display) on left at top of pass.
10 ml  Full Day  Hard  Bring lunch  NB CHANGE OF START TO: Bwlch Penbarra car park [P&D] as parking charges lower than Loggerheads A walk up to the top of Moel Famau and staying high along the ridges of the Clwydian Range. Tel 07929443583.
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Thu  25 Jan  10:00  CONGLETON  872623  CW12 3JS Rly Stn CP.
11 ml  Full Day  Moderate  Bring lunch  CP ?£3 Day. Circular walk, (mud but no Cloud!) via canal, Astbury Golf Links, Nick i' th' Hill, Biddulph Grange, Timbersbrooke, canal, Station. (Cafe or pub near station) 8:47 - 9:23 from Man Picc. Tel 07812069869.
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Thu  25 Jan  10:00  BULKELEY  520550  SY14 8BY Top of Copper Mine Ln.
11 ml  Full Day  Hard  Bring lunch  A walk with Castles in the air! Tel 07821227675.
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