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Sun 15th Jul 2018 Ironbridge C Walk [VRK] led by Judy Cross
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Funeral arrangements
Ivor Williams' funeral will take place on Wed 25th July at 11am. There will be a church service at St John's church Widnes, ( WA8 6HA ) then family only at Widnes Crematorium.
Report on the path trimming walk on 11th July Eight of us gathered at Little Leigh on yet another sunny morning. We split into three groups so that we were able to check 12 miles of the path network in total. We found the usual overgrown stiles where we cut back the encroaching vegetation and also a large hole in a dangerous location next to a kissing gate; probably a collapsed culvert. This will be reported to CWaC. After a thirsty mornings work, five of us enjoyed a hearty lunch at the Holly Bush in Acton Bridge. Many thanks to our volunteers. The next trimming walk will be on Wednesday 8th August at 10:00. Check the website for the location.
NORTHERN RAIL TEMPORARY TIMETABLE UNTIL 28 JULY
Northern Rail services in our area will be subject to a temporary timetable until 28 July. These may be subject to late changes and short running. Check current status at time of departure especially for return journey as appropriate. Northern Rail problems may also impact on other operators in our area.

VACANT SLOTS IN AUTUMN PROGRAMME
Although we have an excellent programme there are still 31 gaps that leaders may wish to make proposals for. These break down to 11 gaps for Tuesday and Thursday leisurely/moderate walks and 20 gaps for Sunday walks. I have not included 27 December, which falls on a Thursday, but if anyone wants to propose a themed Christmas/New year walk please do so.

The majority of the leisurely/moderate gaps are in October to December. The shortage of leisurely/moderate walks does mean that on eleven weeks we only have 1 leisurely/moderate walk scheduled against a target of 2 per week. however, we have managed to ensure that there is a leisurely/moderate walk every week. Rather than leave gaps I suggest that if anyone has a “low end” hard walk, say up to 2,000 ft ascent and 10 miles or less then please submit that as an option for these slots.

There is insufficient space to tabulate all of the empty slots, which have been emailed to our leaders, however, if anyone else would like to become a leader and submit a walk please email coord@nmc-ramblers.org.uk for the full list of vacant slots.


WALK UPDATES
10:30 Thu 19 Jul 2018 - TRAWSFYNYDD Walk Changed. Start Point MOVED, at TRAWSFYNYDD, Turn right onto single track road 0. 6ml south junction of A470 and A4212. Park on right verge 0. 75ml west of A470. Start Point Grid Ref changed. SH 699349. Description changed. Northern Rhinogs. The aim of this walk is to reach the 2 northern Rhinogs as listed in Nuttall walk no. 9. 2 by a different route. Optional evening meal. Registered Assistance Dogs only. From junction of A4212 and A470 turn south for 0. 6ml, then right onto single track road. This should be the 2nd road on the right towards Tyndrain. Roadside parking 0. 75ml from A470 Tel 01925552676
10:30 Tue 24 Jul 2018 - LITTLEBOROUGH Walk Changed. Description changed. 10. 37 from Manchester Victoria, arrives 10. 58. Walk starts after train arrives. Meet in station forecourt. Parking available in station CP. Circular Watergrove Res. , The Long Causeway and Cranberry Dam. Gentle 900 ft asc in 2. 5 miles. Dogs allowed, mine off lead. Red Lion for cheap booze afterwards - dogs allowed in pub. Tel 07743946983

Vale Royal & Knutsford Coach Report from Ironbridge - Sunday 15th July [Reporter John Morrison]See Full Report
Forty one Ramblers joined the coach for the trip to the historic Shropshire town of Ironbridge which lies at the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. Four circular walks of varying intensity were on offer taking in both the historic sites and the landscape of the surrounding Shropsire countryside.
The A walk led by Brian Holmes covered a distance of 17 miles with 2900 ft of ascent. The highlight was the climb to the top of the Wrekin with its spectacular views. Linda Flavell led The B walk over 12 miles and 1700ft of ascent taking in 5 of the listed cast iron bridges over the River Severn. Walk C was led by Judy Cross and, after the initial climb out of the Gorge, covered 10 miles of lovely country side to the outskirts of Much Wenlock, returning via the Shropshire Way. David Brunt led the D walkers over a distance of 6 miles, taking them from Ironbridge to Coalport along the River Severn and returning via the top of Lloyds coppice.
Great weather, beautiful countryside and the rich industrial history all contributed to making the day a very pleasant experience for everyone. Back in Ironbridge the walking ended with visits to one of the many local pubs and cafes who were more than happy to satisfy the rest, refreshment and sustenance needs of all.
The journey home on a lovely evening was smooth and uneventful, the chatter and laughter an indication of a great day's walking. Many thanks are due to all the walk leaders and the coach organising team.

Walk Leader's report from Cotebrook - Sunday 15th July [Leader Barry Smith]See Full Report
17 Ramblers met on another sunny day at the Fox and Barrel and enjoyed a pleasant walk through the Country Park woods via the toilets at the end of the Coach Road to Little Budworth for a short break. From here we passed Budworth Pool and using tree-lined tracks and lanes providing some shade from the hot sun, via the pretty watercress farm at Sunnybank Farm returned to the start

Walk Leader's report from Peak Forest - Thursday 12th July [Leader Gavin Miller]See Full Report
5 stalwarts plus Isobel and Peter from Torquay met at Buxton station for the short bus ride to Peak Forest on a warm but overcast morning. We set off westwards along the route of the Peak District Boundary Walk on some unfamiliar paths before descending to Blackbrook. From there we headed north, crossing the railway near the mouth of Cowburn Tunnel, from where we had a longish pull up to join the Pennine Bridleway and the more familiar descent to Hayfield past South Head and Bowden Bridge. Thirst was duly quenched at the Royal Hotel before transport home. Thanks to all for your good company.

Walk Leader's report from Crowton - Sunday 15th July [Leader Peter Wade]See Full Report
An enjoyable flat walk around Crowton village visiting Acton Mill, Onston, Ruloe and Cooksongreen. Thanks to all who joined me on the biggest sporting day of the year.

Walk Leader's report from Ffynnongroyw - Tuesday 10th July [Leader Peter Wade]See Full Report
It was a relief to start this walk under an overcast sky after the recent hot sunshine. We visited two ancient structures - a hilltop lookout tower and a stone circular cross. The dates of origin were unknown but they were well cared for. The cross is on the recently created North Wales Pilgrim Way with an ink stamp in a small box near the entrance. Attempts to stamp ourselves failed as the ink had dried up. Stretches of woodland kept us cool after being stung by overhanging nettles. Thanks to all who joined me .

Walk Leader's report from Alderley Edge - Thursday 12th July [Leader Alan Milligan]See Full Report
It was a relief to all 13 ramblers that the sun did not shine on this beautiful , balmy ,overcast day. We were pleased to welcome Laura and Peter from East Cheshire Ramblers. Quiet lanes, dehydrated farmlands, and parched woodlands were our tramping grounds for the day. A gaggle ? of guinea fowl surprised us in sheltered woodland near Mottram St Andrew but not half as much sizeable collection of Rollers, Bentleys, and Mercs all black in colour at an undisclosed location. Was Mr. Trump in town? We lunched by the River Bollin while some of us provided lunch for the local horse flies. Sweets and anti-histamine cream were passed round. The leader did battle to establish a path through a tough rape seed crop that was determined to stay put on the final leg of our walk to the Edge. With the usual delightful views from the Edge over the Cheshire countryside, albeit a very brown one, we downed the last of our water before partaking of stronger stuff at the Wizard Pub. Thanks to all friends for an enjoyable day and to our photographer sans pareil, Gail.

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Thu  19 Jul  09:30  RAVENSMOOR  621506  CW5 8PP Farmers Arms PH CP at the Baddiley Ln and Swanley Ln crossroads
9 ml  Full Day  Moderate  Pub lunch   Walk across farmland and two canals. Dogs very welcome. Pub lunch at the Farmers Arms. Tel 07801576001.
Map   Directions by car   Weather
Thu  19 Jul  10:30  TRAWSFYNYDD  SH 699349  LL41 4SH Turn right onto single track road 0.6ml south junction of A470 and A4212. Park on right verge 0.75ml west of A470
12 ml  Full Day  Strenuous  Bring lunch  Northern Rhinogs. The aim of this walk is to reach the 2 northern Rhinogs as listed in Nuttall walk no. 9.2 by a different route. Optional evening meal. Registered Assistance Dogs only. From junction of A4212 and A470 turn south for 0.6ml, then right onto single track road. This should be the 2nd road on the right towards Tyndrain. Roadside parking 0.75ml from A470 Tel 01925552676
Map   Directions by car   Weather
Sun  22 Jul  10:00  ANTROBUS  644796  CW9 6LJ Antrobus Village Hall CP, Knutsford Rd NW of Barber's Ln junction.
5 ml  AM  Easy     Tel 01925268871.
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Vale Royal & Knutsford Group   Sun  29 Jul  Matlock Bath
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