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10:30 Tue 21 Aug 2018 - LANGLEY Walk Changed. Description changed. NOW Macclesfield Forest and Oakenclough. Take A526 S (London Road). After 0. 6ml DO NOT turn left down Byrons Lane (ongoing roadworks). Follow diversion down A526 for 0. 9ml to temporary traffic lights. Follow diversion signs, L down Lindrom Avenue L down Robin Lane, L down Bullocks Lane. R at T junction down Byrons Lane under canal bridge continue E to Langley. ONLY DOGS ON SHORT LEASH THROUGHOUT

Walk Leader's report from Greenfield - Thursday 16th August [Leader David Bratt]See Full Report
Leaving Greenfield station there was a mile street bash to enable the 12 striders to join Stage 5 proper of the Peak District Boundary Walk thence an ever upward to the Pots and Pans stone and the close by Obelisk war memorial. Passing Shaw and Slades outcrops we descended towards Uppermill church then cross country to outer Diggle. Marsden Moor was crossed past various reservoirs then the steep descent to Wessenden Lodge and the equally steep ascent to gain the high level contouring route with stunning valley views and the eventual drop down to Marsden via the Kirklees way. The Tap ales were greatly appreciated. It was good to have welcomed Mike, a potential new Rambler on his first outing with us and thanks to Ian for the piccies and finally local knowledge notes from the one-off Huddersfield Philip. A great day out. Thanks all.

Walk Leader's report from Winterley - Wednesday 15th August [Leader Tony Littler]See Full Report
The rain came just before the due starting time for this walk at the Foresters Arms. This I thought would be popular starting place for an evening walk, but no as the Thomases turned up and nobody else!!!! They agreed with me to cancel and go our separate ways and not do the walk. So Steve and Cath went for their evening meal at the Indian restaurant up the road 2 1/2 hrs earlier than expected, and me watching the news in the Foresters. (Not a good starting place for evening walks then for N&MC?).

Walk Leader's report from Gronant - Thursday 16th August [Leader Paul Day]See Full Report
Twenty four of us including Betty from the Vale of Clwyd Ramblers met in the car park on Shore Road Gronant for a circular walk around the limestone hills above Prestatyn and through the sand dunes between Prestatyn and Gronant. The weather again was fine throughout although blustery at times. We climbed initially through Coed Bell to the mast by St Elmo’s Summer House and onto the anclent church at Gwaenysgor. Passing Bryniau, we walked to the summit of Graig Fawr, where lunch was taken and the spectacular views enjoyed. Dropping down onto the Dyserth- Prestatyn walkway, we then walked to Prestatyn and thence followed the Offa’s Dyke path to the Nova Centre and the sculpture marking the start/end of Offa’ Dyke. Walking eastwards along the seawall at high tide, we then traversed the sand dunes back to Gronant following the Wales coastal path in part. We took the opportunity to explore the flora and fauna of the sand dunes and interlinking saltmarshes noting plants such as sea holly, sea aster, sea buckthorn and samphire and birds including egrets, cormorants and terns. On return to the car park, most people departed for home although some enjoyed the nearby Beachcomber Inn.

Walk Leader's report from Entwistle - Tuesday 14th August [Leader Norman Lidbury]See Full Report
8 of us, plus Megan set off into glowering overcast. By the time we had got onto the moors above Turton and Entwhistle Reservoir, it had started to drizzle. Some of us kitted up for the rain, but a few optimists, including me, used brollies initially. By the time we had got to Green Arms road, we were all fully clothed in wet weather gear.Walking across Turton Heights, with a view to the SE of the mound of Turton Castle, we descended to Dimple, where we had a break after crossing Blackburn Rd, and where we discussed my dimple.Then onto the Witton Weavers Way, turning off it to climb up to Darwen Moor. I'd decided to lunch after the climb, which coincided with a heavy downpour, so I sought shelter in a depression near the top, out of the wind. It didn't stop the rain, though, and Megan actually entered a marsh to try and keep dry. It was a case of if you can find a better hole, then go to it.As usually happens to me, once lunch was over, the rain stopped, but threatened for the rest of the day.Joining another section of the Witton Weavers Way, we trundled off down good paths until turning off it to ascend Wives and Black hills- a boggy shortcut, and then back on the Way again.Undulations brought Darwen tower into view at last, and having had a break there, a sharp descent into Darwen ensued, where we discovered the Millhouse Pub allowed dogs in.

Walk Leader's report from Bala - Tuesday 14th August [Leader John Alan Kummer]See Full Report
12 of us set off under threatening skies from Lakeside CP across the bridge toward the lake railway station through the hotel and up to Brynau Golau. From here we dropped down to LLangower,crossing the Afon Rhyd Wen and up again to Pantymarch dropping down to B4403.We bypassed LLanuwchllyn to cross to the other side of the Lake via Dolfawr and Dol -Fach.The return was via Roman fort Caer-fach-Plas Madog and a rather steep climb to Llwyn Mawr and Moel -y -garnedd through the Caravan Park and down to A494 back to CP Thanks to all who attended especially Jan who was doing her first walk with the group

Walk Leader's report from Broadbottom - Thursday 9th August [Leader Tony Littler]See Full Report
This walk back by popular demand, (not really as nobody joined me a couple of weeks ago when I led this walk).7 of us,and Les from Warrington Group started on a lovely walking morning, and the dog better known as Megan. What a shower (no not the walkers) we had when walking towards Rowarth, a Tornado shaped rain cloud in the distance caught us up, rain on walks, something new lately! At Higher Harthill Farm we were invited to shelter in the barn to eat and dry out. Rest of walk in good conditions back to Broadbottom. 3 of us participated in refreshment of pub brewed ale before the train back. Thanks to those who joined me for a good days walking.

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Sat  18 Aug  10:00  CAERNARFON  SH 481627  LL55 2AD Meet at Caernarfon Bus Stn on Pool Side, just off A487 (LL55 1NW). Park at Balaclafa P&D CP on Bangor St. (LL55 1AR). 3 mins walk
10 ml  Full Day  Leisurely  Bring lunch   North Wales Pilgrim Way #17. Bus linear. Registered Assistance Dogs only but speak to leader 24 hours before walk. Tel 01606836377.
Map /Directions by car /Weather
Sun  19 Aug  10:00  ALDERLEY EDGE  860772  SK10 4UB Wizard National Trust CP.
5 ml  AM  Easy     Tel 01925268871.
Map /Directions by car /Weather
Tue  21 Aug  10:30  BLIST HILL IRONBRIDGE  695036  TF7 5DP The Victorian Museum at Blist Hill. P&D CP.
10 ml  Full Day  Moderate  Bring lunch   Historic walk through the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Tel 07518926031.
Map /Directions by car /Weather
Tue  21 Aug  10:30  LANGLEY  953715  SK11 0NE Bear R immediately after the Leather Smithy PH, and park on the L. Take care to park only in the marked parking bays.
12 ml  Full Day  Hard  Bring lunch  Macclesfield Forest and Oakenclough. Take A526 S (London Road). After 0.6ml DO NOT turn left down Byrons Lane (ongoing roadworks). Follow diversion down A526 for 0.9ml to temporary traffic lights. Follow diversion signs, L down Lindrom Avenue L down Robin Lane, L down Bullocks Lane. R at T junction down Byrons Lane under canal bridge continue E to Langley. ONLY DOGS ON SHORT LEASH THROUGHOUT.
Map /Directions by car /Weather
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Halton Group   Sun  19 Aug  Capel Curig
Warrington Group   Sun  19 Aug  Dales Highway - Sedbergh to Ravenstonedale
Vale Royal & Knutsford Group   Sun  26 Aug  Bala
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