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10:00 Tue 20th Jun 2017 Llangollen
[Joyce Porter]
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Area Coach Castleton Tuesday 4 July
Castleton is an outstandingly pretty village situated at the head of the lovely Vale of Hope, in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Castleton is surrounded on 3 sides by steep hills and the mighty bulk of Mam Tor looms high, 2 miles to the north west of the village. On a hill, overlooking Castleton, is the ancient Peveril Castle.
Castleton has 4 underground show caves, all worth a visit, for their own interesting features. These are Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern and Peak Cavern. Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff contain the treasured, pretty blue and yellow fluorspar called Blue John. Speedwell Cavern is special because the main workings and its 'bottomless pit' can only be reached by boat along an underground canal.
If you join us on the 4th July you will have the opportunity to do the classic Peak District Great Ridge walk as featured in this summer's walk magazine. There will also be a gentler walk by the river to Hope and back – or join us for a day out.
Walks programme booklet. The booklets are in the post and so you should get yours by the end of the week. If you haven't received your booklet by Saturday, please contact a member of one of the Area or Group committees and we'll get one to you.
***NEW*** If you use Google calendar, you can subscribe to the walks programme so that all the walks show in your calendar. Contact Steve Thomas to find out more
CEO newsletter. Each month, Ramblers CEO, Vanessa Griffiths, sends an email to Area Chairs and Secretaries to tell them what Ramblers is up to. If you'd like to read it, please click here.
Survey and clearance walk. It was disappointing that there were only 5 people on the survey and clearance walk on 21st June 2017 as there was a lot of work to do. We started at the old Whitegate Station car park and walked some paths to the south. In total we cleared 6 stiles including 4 that needed a lot of attention. We also applied three waymarks and reported two paths blocked by potato plants. There was a lot of overgrowth that hampered progress and we cleared what we could with our tools. We then had a very good lunch at The Plough in Whitegate.It would be nice if more people who enjoy walking in Cheshire joined us to help keep our paths open. You may not be able to lead but this is one way of putting something back into the pastime you enjoy. The next walk is on Wednesday 12th July in Mobberley.
10:30 Tue 27 Jun 2017 - EDGWORTH (BOLTON) ***Walk Cancellation*** Please note that due to illness this walk has had to be cancelled.
10:30 Tue 27 Jun 2017 - ORRELL This is a circular walk, parking available at Orrell Water Park.
If travelling by public transport:-
From Manchester Victoria, 09.14 direct to Orrell. Turn south outside station and take righthand fork onto Lodge Lane. Entrance to park on left about 200 yards from the station.
From Piccadilly 09.15 to Wigan North West, transfer to Wallgate, 09.55 to Orrell
From Crewe 09.09 to Wigan North West. Walk 50 yards to Wigan Wallgate, 09.55 to Orrell
From Chester 08.52 to Warrington Bank Quay, change for 09.27 to Wigan North West, transfer to Wallgate for the 09.55 to Orrell.
From St Helens 09.50 no. 352, stops outside entrance on Lodge Lane.

Vale Royal & Knutsford Coach Report from Beddgelert - Sunday 18th June [Reporter Steve Thomas]
Forty eight Ramblers joined the coach on the hottest day of the year so far for the trip to Snowdonia. Four walks had been planned, three starting from Rhyd Ddu and one from Beddgelert. They ranged in distance from 7 to 12 miles and from 800 to 4300 ft of climbing. They were led by Linda Flavell, Barbara Penlington, Steve Stobie and Rob Pemberton. The temperature was around 30ºC and all the groups were in full sun for the whole day; this took its toll on some. The cafes and pubs in Beddgelert provided a welcome opportunity for rest and rehydration before the long journey home. We had a great day out; many thanks to the coach organisation team and the leaders for making it happen.
Walk Leader's report from Llangollen - Tuesday 20th June [Leader Joyce Porter]
18 intrepid ramblers assembled on a very hot day to walk on the North Berwyn way from Llangollen to Carrog. After a long steep ascent out of Llangollen we experienced varied scenery - open moorland, forest edges and the Moel Fferna slate mine which closed in 1960. The final ascent was abandoned due to the temperature and we walked down through woodland to Llidiart and Carrog station. Ice creams, tea and cake were enjoyed at the excellent café before a nostalgic steam train ride back to Llangollen and more refreshment at the Ponsonby Arms. Thanks to all who braved the sun and for their jolly company.
Walk Leader's report from Croft - Sunday 18th June [Leader Beth Bratt]
16 set off on a most glorious Cheshire morning soon using a bush/tree arched path duly progressing via fields and pavements to the Xmas tree plantation.Then to the Linear park(no longer threatened by HS2)and to the site for local nature conservation and the scores of orchids now fading somewhat.We then used field paths all in very good condition back to Croft on the way pausing at the "high" point with its 3 church spires view(Winwick,Croft and Warrington Parish).Thanks for your company.

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UPDATE: We have changed the way in which we look after the footpaths in our Area. A small group meets once a month to walk and clear footpaths in our Area. We are looking for more people to join us. To find out more, click here

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Sun  25 Jun  10:00  KELSALL  540687  CW6 0SP Gresty's Waste CP.
5 ml  AM   Easy    
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Tue  27 Jun  10:30  ORRELL  SD 531037  WN5 7AT M6 J26 R fork after Orrell Stn to Orrell Water Pk.
7 ml  Full Day  Leisurely  Bring lunch   Billinge Circular via Highest point in Merseyside. Ring 0774 394 6983 to check available train and bus times to this destination. Tel 07743946983.
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Tue  27 Jun  10:30  EDGWORTH (BOLTON)  SD 722172  BL7 0LU Turton & Entwistle Reservoir CP off B6391 2ml W of village.
14 ml  Full Day  Hard  Bring lunch   *** WALK CANCELLED *** Winter Hill. 2200 ft asc. Tel 07541739090.
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Thu  29 Jun  10:30  TREMEIRCHION  083731  LL17 0UN Take Jnc 30 off the A55 and follow signs for Tremeirchion. Use roadside parking by church and Salusbury Arms
9 ml  Full Day  Moderate  Bring lunch   Offas Dyke, Pilgrims and Clwydian Way. Tel 07712110504.
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Thu  29 Jun  10:30  HOWGILL  SD 624996  No Post Code at this location Leave J37 on M6 onto A684 Sedburgh Rd. Turn at 4th road on left, Slacks Lane becoming Howgill Lane.Roadside parking in 5mls.
10 ml  Full Day  Strenuous  Bring lunch   Following Carling Gill to Black Force Water Fall. Climbing to main ridge and descending White Fell. Optional pub meal. Tel 0160648117.
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Halton Group   Sun  25 Jun  Appleby
Warrington Group   Sun  25 Jun  Hawes
Area Coach   Tue  4 Jul  Castleton
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