Rambling 2016

  • by Mike Crickett
  • Jul 02, 2019
  • 184
January 26th, Chester.
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. 
February 23rd, Sandstone Trail.

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.

March 22nd, Clowbridge Reservoir & The Singing Tree.

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.

September 27th, Willaston

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.