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11:00 Tue 22 Aug 2017 - RIBCHESTER Note alterations to train times due to engineering works between Manchester and Bolton. If travelling via Manchester, take the 0946 from Piccadilly, changing at Preston. The Manchester Victoria connection will not run. Ignore the reference to Wayfarer tickets. Return tickets to Blackburn will be valid via Preston and will cover all rail travel. Car parking is available at Blackburn station (£2). Parking in Preston is more expensive. The cheapest are Trinity Sq (PR1 2EU) (£3.70) and Market Hall (PR1 2JD) (£4), both 10-15 mins walk from the railway station.
11:00 Tue 22 Aug 2017 - RIBCHESTER Walk Changed. Description changed. Ramble by the Ribble. Linear walk Ribchester - Preston via the Ribble Way. Train dep Man Picc 09:46 via Preston dep 10:37. Rtn by train from Preston. Return tickets to Blackburn will be valid via Preston. Tel 01565634510

Walk Leader's report from Beddgelert - Thursday 17th August [Leader David Stearne]
A surprising 18 walkers assembled in Beddgelert to accept the challenge of the Moel Hebog ridge. Moel Hebog is one of the higher mountains in Snowdonia at 2569 ft. A potentially arduous walk with some scrambling was made even more challenging by the low cloud, amount of water and occasional heavy rain shower. Navigation became tricky in the mist at one point but luckily a fearless little lad coincidentally walking the ridge with his family kept everyone in good spirits with his jollity, until we parted company. During the whole day conditions underfoot could hardly have been worse and most of us took a fall at some point. Despite that everyone finished, a tremendous achievement especially for those who had not done a walk in this league before. After a pint in the The Royal Goat some of us continued drinking (and eating) in The Cwellyn Arms, possibly the first 'Two Pubs Walk'. A long but memorable day.
Walk Leader's report from Littleborough - Thursday 17th August [Leader David Bratt]
14, some by car some by train, departed a tad early and by the Visitor centre we were 15! Mea culpa! Then a brief stroll alongside Hollingworth Lake "seaside " resort and via old trading tracks to our first crossing of the M62. A descent brought us to an old woolen fulling mill and over the lower slopes of Nicholas Pike on narrow little used paths over a pair of Windy Hills to the telecoms mast ahead of joining the Pennine Way and its own bridge spanning the M62. A leisurely lunch in the warmest great views conditions was taken by the Blackstone Edge trig. The PW then threaded bonny gritstone boulders to the mediaeval Aiggin Stone marker. En route via disused quarry land and an amazing stone slab pile there was quite close by the spooky sight of 3 fully white clad figures performing we thought some ritual. At the White House pub we cut down then more steeply to Castle Clough and after Lydgate hamlet on field paths to Owlet Hall and finally woods to Littleborough. All 15 celebrated a great day out together in the quirky Red Lion(own ale £1.80/pt). My thanks. Twas a pleasure to lead.
Vale Royal & Knutsford Coach Report from Hathersage - Sunday 13th August [Reporter John Morrison]
Fifty two Ramblers joined the coach for the journey to the Derbyshire Peak district town of Hathersage. To the North of Hathersage lies the rich geological formation and gritstone paths of Stanage Edge and to the south, the Derwent River. The A group led by Geoff Forman undertook a circular route comprising 15 miles distance with 1600ft of ascent contrasting the ruggedness of the north with the tranquility of the south. Colin Crozier led the B group on a linear walk over 12 miles and 2300ft of ascent. The C group led by Rosie McKenzie covered 8 miles and ascent of 1500ft while David Brunt led the D group over a distance of 7 miles with minimal ascent . All of the walkers experienced warm sunny conditions with good variation in colour from rock, heather clad moorland, and river. On the return to Hathersage the welcome mats from the pubs and cafes were left out and we all experienced a happy end to a great days walking.
The journey home on a lovely bright evening was smooth and passed fairly quickly with just the one holdup on the A556 new road to Junction 19 on the M6. This did, however, have the benefit of prompting some interesting and topical discussion on the subject of road planning and design. Many thanks to all the leaders and the coach team for a great and highly colourful day out.

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Tue  22 Aug  10:30  MINFFORDD  SH 732115  No Post Code at this location Minffordd CP and toilets. 7km S Dolgellau.
11 ml  Full Day  Strenuous  Bring lunch   This is a Nuttall walk (10.1) with 3400 ft asc. Tel 07912624940.
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Tue  22 Aug  11:00  RIBCHESTER  SD 652354  PR3 3ZP Blackburn Rly Stn 11:00 for bus to Ribchester. 'Train dep Man Picc 09:46 via Preston dep 10:37
12 ml  Full Day  Moderate  Bring lunch  Ramble by the Ribble. Linear walk Ribchester - Preston via the Ribble Way.Train dep Man Picc 09:46 via Preston dep 10:37. Rtn by train from Preston. Return tickets to Blackburn will be valid via Preston. Tel 01565634510.
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Wed  23 Aug  19:00  CHESTER from chester  413670  CH1 3DR Rly Stn CP.
5 ml  Evening  Easy     An evening walk round Roman Chester - canal, walls and river. Optional visit to pub afterwards. Meet Chester Rly Stn, free CP St Anne's(Brook St). Tel 07749657862.
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Thu  24 Aug  10:30  BETHESDA  SH 623668  LL57 3AS Town CP off A5.
12 ml  Full Day  Strenuous  Bring lunch   Grib Lem grade 1 scamble, 3800 ft asc. Optional pub meal. Tel 0160648117.
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Thu  24 Aug  10:30  BALA  SH 921355  LL23 7YE CP SW of village off A494 at the NW corner of the lake.
9 ml  Full Day  Moderate  Bring lunch   Linear walk from Bala to Llanuwchlyn, returning to Bala on the Bala Lake Railway. Tel 01244332559.
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Vale Royal & Knutsford Group   Sun  27 Aug  Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Halton Group   Sun  3 Sep  Edale
Warrington Group   Sun  3 Sep  Llanuwchllyn, Nr Bala
Area Coach   Tue  5 Sep  Bowness
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