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.
January 23rd, Lathom
First walk of 2018 but due to predicted poor weather we did not travel far. Parking in Vicarage Lane on the outskirts of Ormskirk we crossed fields to Westhead then again across country to the entrance of Lathom Hall where we stopped for a short break. Carryng on to Blythe Lane near Burscough the decision was taken to shorten the walk by going down the lane and avoiding further muddy fields and tracks. We stopped for lunch off the lane after which took Ladys Lane up to and through The Ruff which is a small woodland back to the cars. Shortened walk with short journey meant an earlier than usual return for refreshment back at The Delph Tavern.
March 27th, Abbey Village
No walk in Feb due to beast from the east and many walkers unable to attend on the day. Mike Crickett and myself unable to lead March walk so a capable sub stepped in namely my wife Sheila. Weather was not promising but the rain stopped soon into the walk. Parking at Abbey Village the group went by Roddlesworth Reservoir and Easdale Reservoir on the way to the tower. Then after a break continued along Darwen Moor descending to Tockholes Plantations through the forest and returning to Abbey Village back by way of Roddlesworth Reservoir again. I am told that the refreshments were once again downed with relish back at The Delph Tavern.
April 26th, Wheelton.
Parking at the Dressers Arms just off New Blackburn Road we made our way to the Leeds Liverpool Canal walking along and leaving the canal at Withnell Fold. Returning via Brinscall where we stopped for lunch back to the cars. The weather forecast was for heavy rain and we did indeed get wet for about the last hour of the walk. Wet on the outside calls for being wet on the inside which we did back at The Delph Tavern.
May 22nd, Riley Green.
From Riley Green we walk round Houghton Tower through Houghton Bottoms along the River Darwen across country through Pleasington into Witton Park where we had brunch. We carry on by way of Cherry Tree on the outskirts of Blackburn onto the Leeds Liverpool canal back to the start. Weather was very good and of course all thirsts were quenched back at base The Delph Tavern.
June 26th, Dutton Lock.
What a cracking day for our walk but a bit too hot. Parking off the A49 at the bridge over the river Weaver we walked along the Trent & Mersey canal before cutting across to Dutton Lock where we had a short break. Then proceeded across country just short of Crowton heading back to the cars by way of the outskirts at Acton Bridge. Well a very hot day deserves a decent cooling down and a drop or two of the cold amber nectar revived the dry throats back at the Delph Tavern.
July 24th, Aughton.
Lovely day for our walk if not a bit too hot. On leaving the car park at the Crook we headed above the river across the hills to Aughton where we had a stop for lunch. Then proceeded down to join the river for the walk back to the car park. All was going well until we headed into a steep banked wooded area where we encountered a large section of path destroyed by landslide. It was decided to that we should negotiate this tricky section as we were so near to the finish. After much scrambling and helpful assistance by all we came out of the other side with no serious mishaps. No warning was seen about this landslide until we were entering the path to the car park with the warning signs on the opposite side of the stile. Needless to say we were not best pleased and this particular route will be avoided in future. With all that adventure behind us our usual refreshment was that much more enjoyed back at The Delph Tavern. Here's hoping for a less stressful walk next month.
August 21st, Chipping.
Started from the car park at Chipping a picturesque village in the Forest of Bowland. A lovely scenic circular walk with views of Longridge Fell, Pendle Hill and just short of Whitewell a look down on the River Hodder from our lunch stop. The weather was dry and bright a good day for our walk with all who attended enjoying the Bowland countryside. The usual slaking of the thirst was partaken back at The Delph Tavern.
September 25th, Bleasdale.
Another bright sunny day for our walk in a lovely part of the North West. In the shadow of Parlick And Fairsnape fells with views also down to the coast with Blackpool Tower standing out. Hang gliders and glider aircraft also put on a show for us as we enjoyed a break in the sunshine. The call of the Delph Tavern was too loud to ignore and the usual thirst quencher just had to be consumed on our return.
October 23rd, Rivington
Due to half term, sickness and holidays a hard core few ventured forth. The weather was dull and overcast as we parked at Anglezarke Reservoir. Heading via Yarrow Reservoir and Deanwood Nature Reserve we climbed the lower track past the Pigeon Tower then down to Rivington And Blackrod school to walk along for a lunch stop at Rivington. Suitably refreshed it was a short couple of miles back to the car park. Needless to say The Delph Tavern was a welcoming haven after our exertions.
November 27th, Rufford.
The threat of rain and our annual meal out in the evening meant a short ride out. Parking next to The Rufford Arms Hotel we walked along the canal past the station and part way on the River Douglas. Then a short stroll back along the canal cutting off before Rufford making a detour to Mere Sands Wood where we had lunch in one of the hides. A quick pit stop at the visitor centre where some items were purchased then back to the cars from there. No refreshments at The Delph but these were taken later at The Star , Roby Mill. A pleasant evening, with good company was enjoyed bringing another walking year to a close. A Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all, hoping to see you fit and well for more walks in 2018.
January 22nd, Pimbo Garden Centre.
Due to severe weather conditions and grid lock around the Orrell area only a few brave souls made it to The Delph Tavern. No one wanted to waste the effort of getting there so off we went weather or not. A brisk pace to keep warm we made our way passed the Pepper Pots down to Pimbo where one of our party mentioned Garden Centre with Coffee Shop so off we went for a nice cuppa and a warm. Dragging ourselves away from there we crossed over fields and tracks through heavy snow to return to the Delph. On this occasion breaking with tradition no refreshments were taken as all were eager to make there way home. Lets hope that the weather will be kinder to us next month with no return of the Beast from the East.
February 26th, Cinderbarrow.
What a cracking day weather wise - such a complete change from last month's walk in blizzard conditions. Decided a drive out was worth the effort. Off we went north on the M6 leaving at Jctn 35 onto the A6 heading towards Milnthorpe cutting off to Cinderbarrow to park next the small narrow gauge railway run by enthusiasts. We walk along the now disused Lancaster Canal cross the motorway make our way to the small hamlet of Clawthorpe. Then on through Burton-in-Kendal recrossing the motorway making our way back to Cinderbarrow. An unusually warm day at this time of year just had to be celebrated with the usual slaking of thirsts back at The Delph Tavern. A grand day out indeed.
March 26th, Great Hill.
Bright sunny day but cold wind as we parked at Anglezarke Reservoir. We walked along to the end of the reservoir taking the track to White Coppice then a steady climb to the top of Great Hill where we had a short break. Following Spitlers Edge across the moor we left this before the Belmont road to take a path past Lower Hempshalls where we had brunch. A track was then followed down to Lead Mines Clough and from there back to the car park. As is our custom after the walk a tasty raising of glasses was partaken back at The Delph Tavern.
April 23rd, Hurst Green.
Turned out to be a nicer day than expected as we headed to Hurst Green parking at the social centre. Skirting Stoneyhurst College we made our way down to the Ribble heading east along the river to join the Hodder which we then followed for a few miles then heading away again climbing up past Hodder Place back towards the college. In the garden at Hodder Place is a wooden statue reported to be Gandalf from Lord of the Rings as a tribute to Tolkein who attended the college. Passing in front of the college buildings we head along the stunning driveway back to Hurst Green . As per usual upon our return all thirsts were quenched back at The Delph Tavern.