We meet at 9 o'clock on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the car park of the Delph Tavern, Tontine. Our walks will normally be between 8 and 10 miles with no more than 1800 ft of ascent.
They will normally be within 1 hour's drive in shared cars, from Orrell, with occasional forays beyond that in the summer months. The exact location will only be decided at 18:30 the night before, depending on the weather. We will try to publish it on the web site by 19:00.
Everyone walks at their own risk and sturdy walking boots and wet weather gear plus packed lunches are needed.
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Group Leaders, Robert Anderson, Mike Crickett.
To avoid the rain we headed south for a circular walk taking in part of the Sandstone Trail through the Delamere Forest. On arriving at our proposed car park we found this to be closed as were all the other forest car parks due to extensive storm damage within the forest. Luckily we were not too far from an old favourite. We parked at Ecceleston right on the river Dee walked along to and through Chester returning on a circular route back to the car park. Lunch was enjoyed by the river at the Bandstand but to our disappointment no entertainment was provided. We consoled our misfortune with uplifting refreshment back at The Delph Tavern.
We attempted this walk in January but all car parks were closed due to storm damage and some repairs being carried out. This month success on a bright but cold day we parked in the Delamere Forest and headed south on the Sandstone Trail. After a few miles we took a right turn through Kelsall a pleasant Cheshire village/town, it isn't that small. We stopped for lunch on a nice grassy bank with views over the Cheshire countryside all the way to the Welsh hills. The weather stayed dry and sunny but with a cold breeze as we made our way back to the start. Some but not all availed ourselves of the usual refreshment back at base The Delph Tavern.
We headed for the reservoir in the Burnley area on a cold chilly day. Once again our car park was closed due to repairs at the reservoir. This also happened to us in January in the Delamere Forest. We were able to park close to the reservoir and begin our walk from a different position. We started up the Burnley Way to Crown Point Road along this to the Panoptican, the one that makes noises through piping when there is a suitable wind blowing and believe me there was a wind, cold was not the word. The return route took us down the Rossendale Way cutting off towards Clowbridge and around the Reservoir back to the cars. The slightly amended route was shorter than intended but given the cold weather no one was complaining. We warmed ourselves back at base with a relaxing beverage in The Delph Tavern.
May 24th, Thieveley Pike.
We returned to this walk as our first attempt sometime ago left us no views as we were enveloped in mist and fog. Our jaunt up the M65 towards Todmorden was rewarded with brilliant sunshine spectacular views and a grand day out all round. There was also a heroic rescue of a lamb stuck in the bars of gate to add to our overall satisfaction. Is there no limit to the talents within this group only time will tell. Yes you guessed it the usual refreshments were downed back at base in The Delph Tavern and most welcome they were too.
June 28th, Entwistle.
The walk was led by Frank Moss who had volunteered to lead the walk in May as Mike and Robert the usual leaders were both on holiday but due to unforeseen circumstances the May walk was cancelled. We were favoured with good weather for the duration with Frank taking us around the reservoirs using paths that we had not trodden before. Thank you for that Frank and maybe we can call on you to lead at a future date to give Mike and me a rest. The usual after walk refreshments were consumed back at you guessed it The Delph Tavern.
July 26th, Top Withins.
At last decent weather allowed us the opportunity a ride out to Bronte country. We headed along the Bronte Way over Bronte bridge where we had a short break continuing up to Top Withins the inspiration for Wuthering Heights so they say. Lunch here and our return took us round Harbour Hill over Haworth Moor back to our chosen car park. The weather was kind just a small shower but all were thirsty enough to avail themselves of the hospitality back at The Delph Tavern. A grand day out.
August 23rd, Shining Tor.
Good weather so a long drive to an excellent walk was called for. Macclesfield up by Rainow down to car park at Erwood Reservoir. A nice start along the reservoir then a long climb to the top where lunch was had with some stunning views. The return along the tops via Cats Tor and a leisurely stroll back down to the car park. It was a later return to base than normal so only a small number of hardy souls or hardened drinkers partook of refreshment in the Delph Tavern. Lets hope for a repeat of good weather in September.
Best weather area for this months walk. So we headed south and parked at the old Willaston station kept as a museum showing as it was in 1952 very interesting and well presented. We walked along the old track bed to Parkgate on the coast then along the coastal path to Neston cutting inland once again to join with the track bed back to the old station. After a nice walk on a sunny day a thirst quencher was called for back at the Deph Tavern and very welcome indeed.
October 25th, Malham.
A lovely sunny day to drive to Malham some patchy fog on the way but blue sky on arrival although cloudy during part of walk. We started by going to Janets Fosse a nice waterfall then from Gordale Bridge up above the cove admiring the view whilst having a small break. Continued up Watlows following the Pennine Way to just near the Tarn then along to Street Gate where we stopped for lunch. Continued along Mastiles Lane through the remains of the Roman marching camp cutting down over the fells to Hawthorn Lane then Gordale Lane on our way back to the car park. A long day saw us late back to base The Delph Tavern where some had a relaxing refreshment before going home.
November 22nd, Harrock Hill.
It was the day of our annual dinner at the Star so we decided to stay local. Parked at Parbold by the canal walked on the road to Hill Dale up over Hunters Hill on to Harrock Hill where we had a stop for brunch. Carried on suitably refreshed to Parbold Hill via High Moor Lane down to Wood Lane along this to main road back to Parbold. No visit to Delph Tavern today but instead a good meal and drinks at the Star Roby Mill enjoyed by all. This brought our year to another close and lets hope for an even better 2017.
January 24th, Rivington.
Mixed day weather wise so stayed local. Parked at lower barn Rivington made our way up to track and along to the pidgeon tower and stopped for a break. Cold but ok weather wise so carried on track to Belmont road crossed over and down to Lead Mines Clough and Anglezark Reservoir. Returned to car park along side of reservoirs tired but dry and having covered 10.5 miles. Well done everybody. Needless to say the refreshment back at Delph Tavern we felt was well earned and very enjoyable.
March 28th, Walton Hall.
February walk was cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions. Despite having had good weather over the weekend and Monday the forecast for Tuesday was mixed so we decided not to travel too far and just went south of Warrington to Walton Hall. From the car park we went through the hall grounds round Appleton Reservoir over the fields to Daresbury. Here we stopped to enter the church and look at the stained glass featuring characters from Alice in Wonderland. Leaving the church we crossed over the A56 down to Bridgewater Canal following this all the way back to the hall car park. A cold breeze during the walk had us looking forward to a nice refreshing drink and warm up back at The Delph Tavern. Lets hope for a warm dry day in April.