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.
April 25th, Around Farleton Fell.
Came off junction 36 M6 and parked at Dukes Bridge on the canal. Walked through Farleton along Nook Lane, up Puddlemire Lane to Hutton Roof. Then over The Rakes along the Limestone Link to Holme Park farm under the motorway and back along the canal to the bridge. One short hale and rain shower during the walk but a cold wind throughout. The usual refreshments were enjoyed back at The Delph Tavern.
July 25th, Beetham Trail.
One of our shorter walks but none the less enjoyable. Start at Beetham just south of Milnthorpe parking at The Old Corn Mill. Headed through Beetham Park above Beetham Hall taking the path to Slack Head then on to Fairy Steps. This part of the walk is over limestone pavement so care must be taken and not to be attempted in wet conditions. Then following path to Haverbrack we turn left before there to take us over to main road leading to Milnthorpe. On the outskirts a path goes through Dallam Tower deer park back to the Old Corn Mill car park. Shorter walk or not it was a hot day so thirsts were quenched back at The Delph Tavern. The only way to end a grand day out.
August 22nd, Pendleton
We parked in the lovely village of Pendleton which is just off the A59 next to the Swan with Two Necks a very quaint old pub. Walk through the village past Pendleton Hall and Mearley Hall then across the fields to the small village of Worston. Walk through the village and take the path towards Downham but we left the path short of there and took the lane heading back passing Little Marley Hall an retracing our steps back to Pendleton. We ignored the lure of the pub despite the warm weather and had the usual thirst quencher back at The Delph Tavern.
September 26th, Nick of Pendle
A fairly bright but windy greeted us as we left the car park at Sabden heading up to and along Wiswell Moor stopping at Nick of Pendle for lunch. Suitably refreshed we carried on down past Church Clough Reservoir along to Wood House down hill to Dean Farm and along the farm track back to Sabden. As is our want the usual welcome thirst quencher was supped back at base The Delph Tavern.
October 24th, White Coppice.
Forecast for the day was rain and low cloud so we picked an old favourite at Rivington. Parking at the lower barn walked past the upper Rivington reservoir along Anglezark past this to White Coppice where we had brunch. Our return was via Heapey Fold Lane and Back Lane on the other side of the reservoirs to the car park. The usual restorative measures were applied back at The Delph Tavern.
November 28th, The Dream
We parked off Gorsey Lane in Burtonwood walking through Clock Face to the big head just off the M62 known as The Dream which stands on the top of an old colliery slag heap this being an extensive disused coal mining area. After stopping for lunch we returned via Clock Face Country Park and Gorsey Lane to the car park. Breaking from our usual routine no refreshments were consumed at The Delph Tavern but a lovely meal and drinks were enjoyed during our annual get together at The Star on Roby Mill.
We have mostly had good dry weather this year and with our usual break with no walk during December lets hope for another enjoyable 2018.
A Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all the members of our group and raise a glass of good cheer for Auld Lang Syne.