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- by Mike Crickett
- Jan 28, 2016
January 22nd, Turton & Entwistle
Today's walk took place under a clear blue sunny sky with snow underfoot. We parked just off the A666 in Greens Arms Road & walked to Wayoh Reservoir via Turton & Entwistle Reservoir, returning via Chapeltown, Turton Tower & the Witton Weavers' Way. Twelve members completed the 7.25 miles with 680 ft. of ascent.
February 26th, Return to Nicky Nook
In perfect walking weather, 14 members returned to Nicky Nook to complete the walk we had abandoned in 2011. After parking in the picturesque village of Scorton, we climbed to the trig point on Nicky Nook, before returning by way of Fell End, Grizedale Bridge, Barnacre Moor and Slean.
Total mileage - 7.1, ascent - 1160 ft.
March 26th, Walton Hall & Daresbury
From the main car park at Walton Hall, eleven members followed the Bridgewater Canal SW to Keckwick Hill Bridge before climbing to the view point on Keckwick Hill. From there we made our way back via Daresbury (pausing to admire the 'Alice' window in the church), the Mersey Vally Trail and Appleton Reservoir.
Total mileage - 7.36, ascent 390 ft.
April 23rd. Abbeystead
Bright sunny day, dry under foot, excellent visibility, great views, stiff breeze. Good day out enjoyed by all who came.
May 28th, Appleton
On a showery day 12 members turned up for a relatively local walk from Stretton. The route took us to Appleton Reservoir, the Delamere Way and the Bridgewater canal, and returned via the Dingle and the roman road at Pewterspear.
Total mileage 7.5, ascent 320 ft.
June 25th, Thieveley Pike
In perfect walking weather, 14 of us drove to Holme Chapel near Burnley for the ascent of Thieveley Pike. From the lay-by, we walked back through the village before joining the Burnley Way and Pennine Bridleway for the climb up Deerplay Moor to the Beacon. We returned by way of the Burnley Way via Portsmouth, Dean Farm and Bradget Hey.
Total mileage 6.9, ascent 1270 ft.
July 23rd, Rivington
Due to expected adverse weather the chosen walk was altered from Barley to Rivington. We started off in the rain which soon stopped not to be seen again during the walk. The route took us along Yarrow and Anglezarke reservoirs along to White Coppice where we had lunch. The sun came out after lunch which made the return journey skirting round Healey Nab down the other side of Anglezarke back to Rivington hot and sweaty work. A distance of over 10mls was covered and a tired but happy group were pleased to take refreshment at The Delph Tavern upon their return.
August 27th, Windy Hill.
A grand day out had by all heading for Windy Hill not far off the M62. Starting at Ogden Reservoir following The Rochdale Way over the moors to join the Pennine Way leaving this to go off over Windy Hills returning to car park at Ogden Reservoir. Weather was kind, though at one point rain threatened. Distance covered was 8.5 miles with the usual quenching of a well earned thirst back at the Delph Tavern.
September 24th, Moel Famau.
A lovely day out in Welsh Wales. The sun shone from start to finish with wonderful views. A slow steady climb to the summit (2230ft) rewarded with 360 degree panorama at the top. On our descent back to the car park,a number of delicious juicy blackberries were picked and eaten, a welome refreshment for some in the muggy heat. The usual refreshments were also enjoyed on our reurn to the Delph Tavern.
October 22nd, White Coppice.
No fewer than 10 hardy souls turned up in the wind and rain to brave the conditions which were forecast to be poor. Our planned walk to Bradford Fell was altered to a local favourite at Rivington. We set out in the rain passing Anglezarke Resv. by way of Healey Nab to White Coppice, where we stopped for lunch and sheltered from the rain in the cricket pavilion . The afternoon weather brightened it stopped raining and a more pleasant return was enjoyed by all. No photographs were taken on this unmemorable day, due to a human error which was me, your walk leader Robert Anderson. Only three of us felt the need to get wet inside as well as out back at headquarters, The Delph Tavern.
November 26th, Arley Hall
A group of 16 set out from Arley Hall Cheshire on a cloudy but not too cold day. Through farmland and muddy fields by way of the old and quaint village of Great Budworth, where we had a short break just outside the church gate. Then round by Pickmere Lake for lunch before wending our way back to the Hall. We walked just over 8miles. As this was our last walk for 2013 on returning to The Delph Tavern we tucked into hot pot & apple pie which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. One of our group, Sarah Robinson presented us with a photo book album covering our walks from the formation of the group which was a pleasant surprise. We look forward to another enjoyable year in 2014.