Saturday, 31 December 2011

New Year at Buttermere YHA 2011/12

New Year at Buttermere YHA

Another New Year weekend over.  We should have had 36 arriving but numbers dropped a little this year to coughs, man flu or what ever. Hopefully they will arrange to get there next year. So we were all welcomed into Buttermere Hostel where the staff looked after us with their meals and helpfulness. (pity they got to follow their HQ for the menu choice.)
But the food was good and also in the two pubs where some had lunch or evening meals.
There was plenty of different walks in lovely weather and a good drying wind once the rain stopped.   Paul Blackburn led the easy walk up to Red Pike on one of the days. They all looked to had a good time if a little wet. 
I think Helen and Peter led a walk around Buttermere lake for one day and Chris Hughes led one around Crummock water as well.
As for my self I was thinking of walks outside of the main hit list that you would do when you in Buttermere. So no Robinson or Haystacks or Red Pikes. So I looked at the Wainwright list and  came up with Mellbreak (509m) to Loweswater to the pub and back along Crummock water. Then it should have been Low bank but bad light put a stop to that one.

 Then the next day we did do Low Bank (355m). Nice easy hill if anyone wants a short walk. With good views down each lake. Then  our next hill was Whiteless Pike (660m) Where some of the men turned back due to the weather. But 35mph winds and lashing rain did not put us off to bag the hill and a quick walk back down to shelter for lunch.  The idea was to do Craig hill and the Grassmoor but I knew Grassmoor would have be out.  Craig hill we left for another day due to the winds along the ridge.
Then the next walk was at the back of the hostel as again Red Pike was still in the mist. So up the Newlands road to do Knott Rigg(556) and Alkin knott. What a fine ridge walk this was. We did record a 50mph wind gusts in places but the views we got  down the valley were wounderful. Then we dropped down at the far end to turn lefty back down the valley to Buttermere. I would have to put that down as being the best walk I did on the weekend. Nice easy walk with points to turn back if you had enough before the end of the ridge, but cracking views of all other hills.

The final day was a mix of walks or going to Keswick and bagging tea shops and outdoor shops.
Each of the pubs that we went in on the walks had a good range of local beers and at Loweswater they had a nice fire.
New years eve night after the meal we all went into party mode. Some started of dancing early while others wander down the pub just to move the meal along. As we were all stuffed. Then back up to hostel before midnight for some while some stay in the Fish to let the New year in.  The party in the Hostel went onto the early hours before we were told to stop.

You will find 3 sets of photos

Set 1

Set 2


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Sunday, 11 December 2011

A Peak Forest Amble. 11th December

A Peak Forest Amble

Three emboldened Swogites set off from the car park and fought their way through snow,  ice and howling freezing wind up the west flank of the infamous Mam Tor, with sheer guts and determination they made it to the summit cold but undaunted in four minutes. After a very very brief photo shoot they surveyed their path heading east as it  disappeared  towards the "massif" of Lose hill in the murky distance. On they trudged into a   squall of sleet and mist, no one else seemed stupid enough to be on the ridge. Hollins Cross was reached without a word passing our lips, and no wonder, they were frozen! The towering peak of Lose Hill loomed before them and attacked at almost running speed to try to put some warmth back into the icy bodies, up and over they went without stopping and set off on down the notoriously difficult and treacherous south col, the flesh pots of Hope calling in the distance. It was shortly after this point that the rain started.
This rain was like nothing experienced for years, torrential, monsoon, rain, which managed to penetrate every possible nook and cranny on the body.
It laughed at Goretex as it forced its way in, then it got worst, the rain stopped and the intrepid trio were bombarded by a storm of needle like hailstone, there was no escape, exposed on the mountain side and all they could do was endure this terrible torture. Relief came as they finally made the lower slopes, they eyed each other silently, what was going on in their minds, grateful that the mountain Gods had let them live. Who's daft idea was this, one asked, I hurriedly moved off!!

It wasn't over yet though, what else could the weather throw at them, mud, glutinous claggy six inches deep mud everywhere, there was no escape. Our over trousers were covered from top to bottom. On reaching Hope, a virtual complete change of clothing had to be made, thankfully everyone had had the sense to bring spares, experience always shows and after a quick coffee and bite to eat we all set off for Castleton along more deep muddy tracks. The village was deserted, I wonder why. We had an uneventful last couple of klms and were relieved to be back at the car park. On reflection we should have stayed in bed but what the hell, we are roughy toughy swoggies. 


Saturday, 3 December 2011

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Family Walk. 27th November

Family Walk
November's family walk was a fairly local affair. Four children plus four adults set out from the Torrs Riverside Park car park in Hague Bar near New Mills on a misty day.For the first time on record, girls outnumbered boys (counting the big ones as well). We crossed Strines road and headed up the hill, past New Mills golf course and on to Broadhurst Edge.Following the contours we stopped for lunch and the mist cleared for the only time that day giving clear views of Kinder Scout. The children played 'Blind Man's Tig', a cross between blind man's bluff and tig with hats pulled down over their faces. The adults crept away but were spotted escaping from the field.
We dropped down into New Mills and into the Torrs then over the Millenium bridge and back along the river. Total distance about 5 miles.

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Sunday, 13 November 2011

Saturday, 12 November 2011



77 people came along to St Peters Parish Centre for an evening of dancing and catching up with old friends.
We danced along to the ceilidh music provided by White Knuckle Ride with the excellent caller Dave Doolin patiently explaining the steps.

We had a welcome break for a hotpot and for the raffle (and to get our breath back - that room was very warm indeed, even before we started to dance!)

Before we left we booked the room for next year -so put 17th November 2012 in your diaries - further details to follow nearer the time.

Thank you to everyone who supported this event and to those who generously donated raffle prizes.

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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Combs Circular 6th November

Denise’s Combs Circular

What a glorious day! 19 of us, including 2 new guests Chris and Nick, set off from The Beehive Pub in Combs village.

Within 200 yards Brian’s usual splendid effort at shining his and Ursula’s boots was ruined when we crossed mucky cattle bog. Leader, distracted by chattering, lead everyone astray briefly before the correct bridge crossing of the little river Meveril was found. Skirted Combs Reservoir, and after short coffee break there, climbed up via Meveril Farm on the slopes of Lantern Hill almost to top with great views of the glassy mirrored surface of the reservoir. Down to Haylee Farm where 3 extremely noisy dogs chased round and round us until called back by owner. Descent to Meveril Brook, crossed by romantic little bridge, conveniently reaching Beehive Pub for lunch time in the sunny open air.

After lunch, left the village by the Dove Holes road, turning off down to Old Brook House, crossed meadows and very tall stile to follow path by railway as far as Chapel. Up the hill on long slow ascent through lovely beech woods to the road just below Combs Edge. After gentle climb, down to Bank Hall Farm and over the meadows for a short tea break enjoying late afternoon sun. Having committed a total of 3 errors of walk leading, the Leader narrowly escaped a spanking on reaching the cars at the Beehive Pub.

How lucky to have such great weather in November.

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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Halloween Walk

Sunday the 30th was a dry sunny day so a good turnout ensued, 19 eager walkers to be exact.
Several people decided to opt for the Hallowe'en fancy dress look and quite impressive it was too.
Costumes ranged from witches outfits to a rather anaemic hunched back Dracula. The Hunch back was
unintentional as it was just his rucksack under his cape. We took in a few of the popular sites of interest
i.e. The Golden Stone, Stormy Point, The Druids Circle, The Armada Beacon, Castle Rock, and The
Wizards Well.
Time to progress to the serious walking so we marched down the hill from Stormy Point to the bottom
track which led to the woods but only after we had spooked a young boy who had gone off screaming
to his parents, 'I 've just seen some witches, I 've just seen some witches, Help! Help!'
Thankfully he hadn't spotted the hunched back blood sucking Dracula as well,(Campbell at his best)
or we may have damaged his mind for life.
The woodland walk sauntered through Clockhouse Wood where we took a break for lunch , altogether
a rather nice spot I thought, lots of fallen trees to sit on to keep Yer 'Bum' dry, hundreds of acorns scattered
about as well, not a hungry Squirrel to be seen.
We then continued on to Hare Hill and eventually the walk ended back at the Wizards tea Rooms,
where believe it or not we all had tea.
I certainly enjoyed myself and I think all the others did as well.    
Cheers for now, Pete.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Haworth Weekend

This was my very first weekend away with the group and I have never been hostelling before.

I was looking forward to it with a mixture of excitement and fear.
However I need not have worried because everyone was very helpful and welcoming.
Thanks in particular to Pete N and Sue W for organising the weekend and providing the lifts.

I was very surprised that the hostel was so comfortable and warm. The bunk beds were very cosy.
I took advantage of the catering provided by the hostel. The breakfasts and evening meals were good value.

On Saturday a party of about 10 of us did a circular walk to the railway museum and back.
The walk turned to be 7 and a half miles and with all the hills and tramping through the heather and bracken I did find this to be somewhat strenuous.

Therefore on the Sunday I was happy to spend a more relaxing day  visiting Cliffe Castle.
This was after we had spent some time in the morning searching for a bus museum.
After Jules had got his wife in London to look it up on the internet, we eventually did find it only to discover that it  was shut anyway !!

Thanks again to everyone for making me so welcome, I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend.



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Set Two of Photos

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Wetton 16th October


The weather did not look too good as we drove away from Torkington Park. Even more mist as we went though Buxton.  But 14 of us arrived at Hulme End Car Park. We welcomed Ken a new member.
Walk was going to be about 11.5 miles and the first 6 miles was very flat as we walked along the Mainfold Way. We still had a low mist but as we were in the valley it did not matter.  Soon the request came for a morning break and we settled down for 15 mins near Dale Farm.
We carried on for about 1.5km and we took the path heading towards Wetton. Still a few thought we were going there. But with in 400yrds we took a right fork up to Thor Cave.  We climb the steep steps up to the Grand entrance of the cave. John did say we not got to go all the way back down. Yes we do. But in the end he found it was worth the climb as he never been they’re before and by now the mist has gone. Giving blue skies. Few of us climbed up into the cave on the very smooth rocks. It was like walking on ice. Then we had the fun bit of getting back down. Helen Mann was enjoying taking the photos of the men’s bottoms as they struggle out of the cave.
So back along the trail heading south then a quick up onto Larkstone way.  Where we had lunch looking down on the Mainfold way. Hoping the pub was still open, which it was at Hopedale. The Russell Watts was open where we had a quick pint of Thornbridge. Sat outside soaking the last of the summer rays. Jack was impressed that he never been to this pub before as it is tucked away. Less then a mile away is Alstonfield that would be full of walkers. We had this little gem.
It was now that we turned north to head back towards the cars. The next stage was over fields and to the highest point of the day. Ecton Hill 369m. We had good views all round at the remaining sunlight.  From here it was down the hill to rejoin the Manifold trail.

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Family WAlk 16th October

Family Walk, 16th October, Pott Shrigley
We started in drizzle and mist and arrived at the top above the old quarry then went off-route to locate a geocache. Directions were to align the "trig point" and Croker Hill then walk 10 paces back and find a small pile of stones. Unfortunately we couldn't see Croker Hill but we eventually found the Cache once we realised the trig point was actually a mine shaft cover and paced around a 10-pace radius! Back onto the route we soon reascended to the ridge and reached Dale Top.On the way around to Bowstones Cottage the mist lifted, along with spirits of the younger participants. We had lunch at the gate before entering Lyme Park then traversed around the perimeter to the old Hunting Cottage. Those children still in waterproofs then enjoyed sliding downhill on wet grass (and so did those not in waterproofs, though less effectively!). With glorious views over the cheshire plain we watched a few planes landing then continued in lovely sunshine to complete the circuit via the "trig point" above the old quarry.
Attendees: 12 (5 adults, 7 children)
Hope you had a good day too,
Best wishes,

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Hobson Moor 2nd October

The revised hike on Sunday 2nd October finally commenced from the far end of Hobson Moor Road at 10.30am in reasonable weather conditions. The leader, accompanied by a prospective new member, Wendy from Gee Cross, was joined by fifteen club members eager to enjoy the splendid views afforded on this hilly Dark Peak hike.
Ascending Hobson Moor we were able to clearly see Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor far away to the south. Descending on the Stalybridge side of the ridge the full vista of Greater Manchester lay before us and, as were turned  northwards, the line of hills leading to Saddleworth caught our attention. Descending we reached the eastern edge of Walkerwood Reservoir (the first of umpteen reservoirs to greet us on the hike). Soon after we stopped for a tea break before we began to climb to Higher Hydegreen.
It was along this stage that I was able to check with Helen M that she was still spot on with following our route on her map (nice to see someone taking an interest in following the route - well done Helen!). Soon we swung to the right, taking the broad but stony Pennine Bridleway around Harridge Pike. Some members found this section tough and thus lunch was taken soon after the crest had been passed.
After a leisurely lunch we descended and crossed the flat section between Higher and Lower Swineshaw reservoirs. Still following the Pennine Bridleway we crossed the bridge over Ogden Brook to eventually enter Tintwistle via Arnfield Lane. We called in at the lovely old Bulls Head for refreshments; the leader much in need of his pint of Timmy Taylor's Landlord. Eventually we bade the pub "au revoir" and headed in search of Devil's Bridge (sorry, still haven't discovered the derivation of it's name despite Googleing it this morning), which we reached via the path around the top half of Arnfield Reservoir and skirting Hollingworth Nature Reserve. In light drizzle now we battled our way up and through the jungle-like terrain  to Lower Bank where, to regain our breath and because the drizzle had ceased, we took our final break.
On reaching the private section of Hobson Moor Road near to Hall Farm we turned westwards and headed along the fairly flat lane towards Higher Landslow Green Farm accompanied now by some rain. A short climb on tarmac brought us back to the start point at around 4.30pm. It had been intended to visit the trig point at 399 metres at the top of Wild Bank Hill as a final challenge but that will have to keep for another time!
Les Hodgson

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Hawes Weekend Septemeber

Hawes Weekend 23 -25 Sept

I was encouraged by a good forecast for the week-end ahead and set off by train on Friday morning. I arrived at Horton-in-Ribblesdale at mid-day and after a stop for refreshments at ‘The Crown’ set off along the Pennine Way for Hawes. The path was clear and direct, much to my liking. After booking in, we retired the short distance to the pub for our evening meal. Several hours and several drinks later, we staggered back to the hostel.

For Saturday, the majority of our group ventured south along the Pennine Way, ably led by Harvey. Contrary to that forecast, we soon disappeared in the enveloping gloom and drizzle. There was much slip sliding about in the wet conditions; Simone in particular sported a nifty line in the latest mud splattered look. We enjoyed a tasty meal at the hostel; thanks to Shaun for negotiating a bulk purchase discount before further refreshments at the pub.

Sunday dawned brighter; but by the time that we were ready to leave, the drizzle had returned. The planned ascent to Great Shunner Fell northwards on the Pennine Way was abandoned and we went our separate ways. I headed south ascending again into the gloom. By the time I descended into Wharfedale the weather had improved and I enjoyed brightening conditions as I walked on to Malham. I continued on the Pennine Way over the next couple of days to Haworth and finishing at Marsden.

Thanks to Shaun for organizing a most enjoyable week-end.

John H

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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Rushton Spencer 18 September

On what turned out to be a pleasant mainly sunny day, 13 of us met up at Rushton Spenser for a choice of two walks.

Walk 1 Bosley Cloud
We walked over gently undulating Staffordshire countryside for much of the morning. Several people were looking forward to the conveniences I had promised them for lunchtime. Regrettably they were shut due to the council cuts. Nevertheless we tackled the only real climb of the day to the summit of Bosley Cloud where we had lunch. The views from here were spectacular, covering the Derbyshire and Staffordshire hills and extensive vistas over the Cheshire plain. From here we followed the Gritstone Trail down to the Dane Valley. A final rather muddy loop along the canal feeder took us back to The Knot Inn at Rushton Spenser where we met up with Vince's walkers.

Walk 2 Rudyard Lake.
On what promised to be a lovely day three of us set off on Vince's shorter walk around Rudyard Lake. Moving at a leisurely pace across fields we saw large numbers of migrating swallows and house martins making the most of the fine weather to gorge themselves on insects before undertaking the mass migration back to Africa, keeping a close eye on them a buzzard no doubt hoping to gorge itself on any unwary birds. Having caught a tantalising glimpse of the lake we would have to wait till later to see it in all it's glory as next we passed Cliffe Park Hall the old Rudyard hostel in a former life (where many a great weekend was had by walkers) which sadly closed in 1969. On past new builds along the lake's edge till coming out at the mooring, café and small visitors centre where we partook of lunch overlooking the beautiful and tranquil waters. After crossing over the Lake we visited the beautifully restored Earl of Macclesfield's boathouse. Then following the miniature steam railway we made our way back to the Knot Inn to be reunited with the larger group. Many thanks again to Vince for what promised and then turned out to be a lovely day.

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Saturday, 10 September 2011

Gritstone Trail 10 September

Gritstone Trail

Seven hardy souls completed the Gritstone Trail from Rushton Spencer to Disley a distance of 22 miles (not the 19 miles given on the sign to Lyme Park as we had to walk from the bus stop to the start of the Trail and from Lyme Park back to Disley). It was an early start for everyone to get to Stockport to get the train to Macclesfield, then to get the bus to Rushton Spencer to get there for 9.30am.

The official photographer turned up to take the group picture before we all set off through the Shell Brook valley to the first major climb of the walk to Croker Hill with the distinctive telecommunications tower on the top known as Wincle Lighthouse. It was rather windy on top but at least it was dry. Because of the distance to be covered we had to keep up a good pace and we had lunch at Tegg's Nose Reservoir before the next steep climb to the visitors centre at Tegg's Nose. I had not been there for many years and the whole group were disappointed to find the cafe had closed.

We then descended to Rainow for yet another disappointment the pub which was nearest the trail had also closed so we had to slog up White Nancy without the benefit of a pint which made it even harder. We were now on the home straight and after a few miles came to the last climb of the day Sponds Hill, it just started to drizzle a little but did not last long as we had glorious sunshine as we approached Bow Stones and Lyme Park.

The official photographer turned up at Lyme Park for another photo call and we then all made our way to Disley, and this time the White Horse was open and my prediction was right I had told the pub we would be arriving at 7.30pm which we did on the dot.

Next year we will complete the Gritstone Trail by doing the section from Rushton Spencer to Kidsgrove.


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South Pennine Ring canal walk Ashton to Marsden : 11 September

South Pennine Ring canal walk Ashton to Marsden : 11 September
It was a blustery start to the day as I set off along the Peak Forest canal; but fortunately the forecast rain had not materialized. At Portland basin I was greeted by the sight of Tracy, Sue, Linda and Kevin waiting on the bridge over the canal – as pretty as a picture.
We set off along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal but soon had to follow a towpath diversion through Asda’s car park; the store had rather inconveniently been built on the course of the canal whilst the canal was disused.
We proceeded past numerous locks as the canal moved upwards towards the summit.
At Uppermill we stopped at the canal side tea shop and partook of delightful homemade ice cream and scones.
Fortified by this various of us decided to try out the obstacle course in the adjacent park. Unfortunately my camera jammed just as Sue and Linda were scrambling over the raised netting and for some reason they were reluctant to go back and repeat the feat.
We duly came to the entrance to Standedge Tunnel (the longest, highest, deepest, etc canal tunnel). We carried on up and up over the moorland and down into Yorkshire. Amazingly on the way over we encountered a boat horse being led over the top of the tunnel; no doubt hard work for the hardy souls legging the boat through down below.
We strolled along the canal into Mardsen in good time to catch the train back; yes, without the need to run along the towpath to make up lost time.
This completed an enjoyable day out. The next stage is Marsden to Brighouse; why not come along; it’s not too strenuous and you also get to experience the delights of the metropolis of Huddersfield…..
John H

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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Marple WAlk 4th September

Marple Walk

25 of us were on the walk along the Peak Forest. After a tea stop  at the lift bridge we continued to Strines then
up to Brook Bottom where we had a pre-lunch drink. Fortified by that we continued for a few minutes for a lunch
stop with fine views across Cheshire & Derbyshire. We then continued up to Mellor Cross and down to the Roman
Lakes via Mellor Golf Course.
At the Roman Lakes people visited the cafe for teas, ice creams and bovril before returning to the cars.
With only a few spots of rain the weather stayed fine for our second attempt at this walk
PS Joan - I hope you don't mind that I added some extra notes to yours as Geoff had noted that this was a walk with
many food & drink stops! (not a complaint though)

Sunday, 28 August 2011

August Bank Holiday Camping

August Bank Holiday Camping Trip

Blog Summary:

        "We got wet! All of us!!!!"

11 group members and some family turned up, 4 group members went home Sunday morning, weather was not very good, got up Snowdon though and back again, Ursula & Brian's first time. (in rain and mist, no view at top) good though, Rhyd ddu path up, Snowdon Ranger down.
See you soon
Chris & Wend x

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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Four Parishers Walk 7th August

07 Aug

Four Parishes walk

We started off in Monyash the first parish and followed the Limestone Way to Flagg, parish number two where we encountered just a few drops of rain whilst drinking our coffee. Then a gradual climb before dropping down to Chelmorton where the guide notes suggested climbing a big hill to see the great view and not stopping at the pub there! Amazingly the group followed me up to the ancient burial site where sure enough there was a panoramic view and so we decided to have lunch in the sun before retracing our steps back to Chelmorton.
Past the old village spring now and up the hill and down to Taddington our fourth parish for some welcome refreshment at the peaceful Queens head, the old high street having been bypassed some years ago. Up the last hill now- the Jarnett and back to Flagg, where afterwards on the last stretch back the real excitement started, at least for some, a caver metamorphosing from rubber suit via birthday suit to driving suit. After that we got caught in milking rush hour before returning to Monyash.
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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Monsal Trail Tunnels Walks, Sunday 31st July

Monsal Trail Tunnels Walks,
Jack's Walk
Fourteen of us set out from Millers Dale Station on tracks that had only
recently been opened up to us through the old railway tunnels on the
Monsal Trail. We set off along the spectacular section of track above
Chee Dale, obtaining many new views of the valley below. There were
three tunnels along this section several of them leading onto bridges
high above the river. At the end of Chee Dale we had our longest climb
of the day up to Blackwell and Priestcliffe. The route then took us down
High Dale before ascending again for lunch with a fine view over Monsal
Dale. After being suitably refreshed a descent was made to Monsal
viaduct and then progressed through Monsal Tunnel. We then looped round
to the outskirts of Ashford before returning to Monsal Head for a
welcome ice cream break. The final part of the journey took us through
Cressbrook and Litton Tunnels before our return to Millers Dale

Vince's Walk
The shorter walk also started at Millers Dale station from where the two
walks split. Taking in just two of the five tunnels the first and
longest Litton brought us out to spectacular views which got even better
as we approached the second, Cressbrook, looking out over
Water-Cum-Jollydale to Cressbrook Hall, a very popular stop for taking
photos. There was then a short climb up to Monsal Head where lunch was
taken and (of course) a very welcome cup of tea. Then it was back down
past Cressbrook Mill and along the river to Millers Dale and The
Angler's Arms where surprise surprise we were not the last to arrive!!
Thanks to Vince for another lovely walk.
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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Family Camping Weekend

22-24 July Family Camping Weekend

Five families arrived in Dent on a sunny Friday and set up camp in High Laning campsite. The campsite had a daunting set of rules including 'No ball games' - gulp. How do you entertain ten children aged from 5 to 11 without throwing or kicking a ball around? Fortunately there was a wooded picnic area in the neighbouring field, ideal for football, den building and all sorts of imaginative fun. The kids were close enough to be checked up on but out of sight, allowing the adults to relax and enjoy a guilty beer in peace. Peace, that is, until the midges came out.
Extra excitement was provided when an unfortunate combination of car, keys and children resulted in Helen and Pat being locked out of their car with the camping equipment inside it. A call to breakdown services sorted the problem. The rescuer had a fascinated audience for his breaking-in technique, showing the educational value of outdoor weekends.

Saturday was another fine day. Dave headed off to Morecombe Bay to run a half marathon. The rest of us set off walking up Whernside from the Dent to Ingleton road and had lunch on the summit. There were clear views in all directions.
It was a busy day on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route and we were glad to leave the main path to head back towards Dentdale.
After an unsuccessful attempt to follow Hacker Gill we regained the main path and walked down to the valley to where the drivers had moved the cars. Then back to the campsite for a barbeque and to see Molly, Jackie and Clint who had arrived in their camper van.

Sunday brought more sunshine. After packing up, four of the families headed up Flintergill from Dent village, stopping to admire the 'wishing tree' and other points of interest.
On reaching the upper path our progress was halted by the discovery of bilberries, and the formation of the Black Tongue Gang.

Eventually we headed down for an ice cream and the drive home.
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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Cheshire Ring Canal Walk - Northwich to Warrington

Cheshire Ring Canal Walk -  Northwich to Warrington
It was overcast and gloomy as I set off on Sunday morning. Unfortunately this was as good as it got weather-wise. Our usual gang of four met up at Stockport station : Linda, Tracy, Sue and myself. We alighted at Lostock Gralam in a murky drizzle.
We proceeded along the canal to the Anderton boat lift. We stopped to watch a trip boat descend slowly on the lift (‘it’s health & safety’ we were told, accounted for the slow progress). The prospect of tea and cake from the well appointed café was too much to resist and it was nearly mid-day before we continued on our way.
It would now take too long to get to the planned pub stop for lunch; so we sought shelter  under a suitable bridge to partake of our victuals. It was mid afternoon by the time we did make it to the pub above Preston Brook tunnel. We had an extra round of drinks in the vain hope that the rain would relent; had we waited for the rain to stop we would certainly still be there now.
We trudged on along the Bridgwater canal in the gathering murk. Somewhat bedraggled, we finally made it to Stockton Heath. The bunting had been put out to mark us completing the Cheshire ring, some one hundred miles; but that was about all that could be said in its favour.
A visit to the adjacent hostelry failed to lift Sue’s spirits; Sue was thinking of sunnier climes and wishing that she had dry feet……

We splashed our way back to Warrington; hoping for better weather on our next canal jaunt.

John H
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Sunday, 10 July 2011

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Hayfield Walk 3rd JUly

Sunday 3 July. Hayfield short walk (!) led by Denise

My first walk with SWOG as a leader and I think I will go down as “D minus and the scenic route girl”.
Lovely sunny day, with cooling breezes on the hills. 8 of us set off from Torkington and met 3 more at Bowden car park.
We walked up Kinder Road and took a slow ascent to Broad Clough with a drink stop looking across to Kinder Downfall. Past Kinderlow End we dropped down to the midpoint of Oaken Clough and had lunch Part 1 at a bridge crossing of the river Sett. There followed cardinal mistake of yours truly missing the correct trail up to South Head so a near vertical ascent reached the track just below the summit, where lunch Part 2 took place to revive us all. It was plain sailing from then, dropping down to the village by the back of Mount Famine and down Highgate and back to the Car Park via the camp site. Half partook of a well deserved swift one at the Sportsman. Apart from the “heart stopper” up to South Head, I think all enjoyed it and let me off with a caution.

Best Wishes
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Saturday, 25 June 2011

24-26 June - Camping in Anglesey

24-26 June - Camping in Anglesey

Trearddur Bay camping

24 brave and waterproofed campers spent the weekend in Bagnol Camping & Caravan Park, in Trearddur Bay. 
We all survived a wet & windy Friday night, and Saturday dawned rather sea-misty, but at least it was dry!
13 people did a walk south of the campsite, heading along the Anglesey Coastal Path, to Borthwen & Silver Bays, and then back, via a rather posh pub, The White Eagle.  4 people heading north, towards South Stack, & others went sight-seeing and bird watching around the same area, had a bike ride and visited family.
We all had a BBQ later, and many thanks to Brian & Ursula for the actual BBQ, which later became a wood-burner, which was much appreciated in the misty evening.  Much beer, wine, laughter and Irish music also helped to warm us up!
Sunday was a beautiful sunny day, so we got to see Anglesey at its finest, and was a fitting end to a very enjoyable weekend.
Look forward to future camping trips…

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Cruise Sunday 19th June

Cruise Sunday 19th June
As a change from the usual Sunday walks programme, 27 intrepid SWOG adventurers boarded the 'Snowdrop' at Salford Quays bound for Liverpool via the Ship Canal.  On taking our seats John H came across his worst nightmare, a full view of Manchester United's ground. Soon we were under way gliding past all the new buildings on the Quays including the New Media City. At first the weather was quite cool and certain of our number adorned themselves with hats and gloves making it look more like an expedition up Kinder. We passed through several locks and many swing bridges before arriving at Eastham Lock  where we entered the Mersey Estuary. By now we had full sunshine and it was a very pleasant cruise down river to the Pierhead at Liverpool. Quite a number of the party continued the nautical theme by visiting the Baltic Fleet. Soon it was time to leave and we were whisked back to Manchester in a fleet of double decker buses.
Cap'n Jack

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Sunday, 5 June 2011

Churnet Valley 5th June

05 June

We had two walks on 5th June both of them in the Churnet Valley area. 23 of us met up at Deep Hayes Country park just south of Leek. Here we split up with Jack leading one walk and Vince the other. The weather was fair with only a light shower in the afternoon.

Jack's Walk:-
After leaving the country park we walked along the Caldon Canal, past Cheddleton Flint Mill and also Cheddleton Railway station on the preserved steam railway. We then proceeded in a loop over the Staffordshire Moorland Walks, dropping back down into the valley at Consal. As there were no suitable steam trains available we walked back to Cheddleton along the Caldon Canal. After a little refreshment in the Boat Inn we returned to the Country Park by a different route.

Vince's shorter walk also started at the country park but we soon lost the advance party as we made a stop at The Flint Mill Cheddleton with it's two working water wheels. The cottage was especially interesting furnished as it would have been in the early 19th century although Vince found the mill workings more to his taste. We would liked to have stayed longer but the delights of the steam train beckoned which did not disappoint we even had a first class carriage! We alighted at Froghall to be greeted with sunshine and a vintage bus rally, lunch was taken outside the station buffet where we also enjoyed a cream tea and as people know I enjoy a cream tea! We then headed back along the canal meeting some lovely people along the way, called in at Consall Forge pottery (lots of teapots but no tea) then back to the Country Park where of course we were last to arrive. All in all it was a great day and many thanks to Vince for such an interesting and lovely walk.


Photos Here

Photos Here

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Corris Weekend

27 - 30 May - Corris

Twenty four of us have just returned from what was a memorable weekend in Corris.

First day saw the majority undertaking the Mawddach Trail; this being a nine mile walk from Barmouth to Dolgellau.  This took in some beautiful scenery along the estuary.   The weather was good to us and we sat in the sun overlooking the estuary - very nice and relaxing.  Later we had a pub stop before the final leg back into the town. 
On the Sunday we woke to rain and gale force winds not very enticing!!  Never the less sixteen of us set off for the Cadair Idris and a group of six went on a lower level walk organised by Jack.  As the group ascended up Idris the weather got gradually worse with visibility down to about fifty foot and the wind was really strong.  By this time all of the group was really wet due to the mist.  On reaching the summit some of us did cling on to the trig point to stop us being blown away!  We all had lunch in the 5 star summit hut dreading the return journey.  We was supposed to being undertaking the Mindfford Path Circuit but unknown to all Chris and Paul had decided secretly to make it a linear walk, this being where the fun began. We descended by the Fox's Path which quickly deteriorated into a death defying scree slope!!  This gave several members the chance to show all their free style scree running talents.  The champion of all must have been Peter Nightingale who started off with an uncontrollable  slide which then developed into a trot, followed by a full scale run and a death defying leap over a four foot edge.  Luckily at this point Peter decided enough was enough and ending it by landing on his bottom with much nervous laughter and a look of relief on his face that he had survived!  Denise Carter came in close second as she spent more time on her bottom than on her two feet and at one point Jackie did join her as a duo.  Forgot to mention that on our ascent we gained two more walkers who asked if they could tag along.  After an arduous descent everyone was relieved to reach the Gwesty Gwernan pub which was on the other side of the mountain to where we should have been. lol We then had to get a mini bus to get the drivers back to the car park at a cost of £2 per person (well worth it)  Quick mention Jack also took a wrong turn, maybe something in the water!
The first two nights we had communal meals in the mountain centre, thanks to Halina, Helen, Mark and Ursula for cooking the wonderful food for us all.  The last night was a communal meal at the Slaters Arms who did a good job of providing us with 24 meals from a tiny kitchen (never before been done)
On the last note I am sure all would agree that the centre was great, good facilities, clean, spacious and the best of all the ladies all had a single bed (no bunks)
Thanks to all for making it a memorable weekend
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stockport walking - 4 Jun 2011 07:04
2nd Blog from John H.

Corris week-end

Friday: It was a dark, gloomy start to the day as I set off for Stockport station.
By the time I had made my way to arrive at Tywyn on the central Wales coast by
early afternoon, the weather had brightened up considerably; and I had a pleasant walk along the beach to Aberdovey and then up to Corris from Machynlleth.

I arrived at the centre to find the group engaged in a hilarious game of ‘guess the name’. Example: ‘left on a jet plane and died on a jet plane’, answers please on a postcard to Joanne (I think it was). Also if you had a blank card you had to sing a song
for the other members of the team to identify the artists; this proved to be not too difficult as it turned out that the answer seemed always to be ‘Take That’.

Saturday I chose a walk with Pete & Helen (thanks guys), distance 9.1/2 miles, rated ‘challenging’ and centred on The Tal-y-llyn railway station at Abergynolwyn. We started off with a stroll through some woodlands thinking that it was rather easy going; but when we had finally climbed to over 600m and disappeared into the clouds, we thought differently. Thanks to Pete’s navigational skills we made it back ok in time for a ride on the railway and refreshments in the station tea shop.

We had an excellent curry meal back at the centre. Various people hurried off to watch a certain footie match at the local pub; they were very quiet when they returned, so we guessed that it had not gone well for the team in red…..

Sunday: I was delighted that, despite the inclement weather, a good number of us had decided to stick with the planned walk up Cadair Idris. Sure enough it was not long before we were engulfed by the mist and rain; but we pressed on ever upwards, or so it seemed, over increasingly difficult terrain before finally reaching the summit.

We huddled together in a stone and slate shelter for lunch with a surprising number of other hardy souls (no, make that ‘mad fools’ or another word beginning with ‘f’). We started back by scrambling down some scree and by the time we realized that we were headed in the wrong direction, it was too late to turn back. So some of us had a pleasant interlude at a hotel by a lake whilst a mini bus was summoned to take the
drivers back to the cars.

Paul had organized a meal for us at the local hostelry and we enjoyed delicious home cooked food washed down with copious amounts of the local ale; an excellent evening all around.

Monday: We split up and made our way back by various routes. I walked on to Barmouth by way of Dollgellau before continuing up the coast to Porthmadog and
finally inland and over the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

All in all a brilliant few days. Thanks to Paul for organizing it and thanks to all those who led the walks and helped with the excellent meals.

John H

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Edale 15th May

Edale 16.5 miles 
8 intrepid group members set off from Edale Station with eagerness for the days walk, we missed most of the rain during the morning but as we reached Hope after lunch the weather turned a bit grim and stayed like that until the end of the day. A small ray of sunshine was at the sweet shop in Castleton where supplies were bought before the the windy and driving rain ascent of Cavedale, which we all remarked at the top "I don't remember it be that long" as that was the last of the hills at least we were all still smiling? Then onwards on the last two and a bit miles back to Edale. Thanks to everyone that turned out on which is probably the wettest day for quite a few weeks.
Chris & Wendy x
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Sunday, 8 May 2011

Leadmining village walk 8th May

Leadmining village walk
17 of us set off from Taddington Village, passed through fields and crossed beautiful but steep Deepdale and made our way to the old mining village of Sheldon.  We visited Magpie Mine and continued on to Monyash where we stopped for lunch at the Bulls Head Public House.  We then headed for Flagg, Chelmorton and back to Taddington. The rain held off and a nice day was had by all.  Several of us bought Duck eggs on route with Harvey having what looked like an Ostrich egg in his box!!  We did however encounter an extremely rude gentleman in a pin stripe suit that obviously did not like us "walkers" and he let it be known, water off a ducks back!!  The afternoon finished with a drink in the Queens Arms in Taddington.

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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Bramhall Walk 4th May

Well we know Summer is here when we start the Wednesday evening walks.
29 of us met at the March Hare for a pleasant stroll along Happy Valley and through the grounds of Bramall Hall. It was a warm, bright evening and unusually for the first walk of the year we returned to the car while it was still light.
Then it was time for some refreshment to finish off the evening.

And today it is raining - badly needed for the gardens but luckily it held off yesterday! Hopefully we will be as fortunate on forthcoming Wednesdays

Sue T

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Easter Weekend

Easter in the Howgills

A large group of members enjoyed the Easter break. The weather was perfect, being warm and sunny for much of the weekend. Longrigg Residential Centre, 1 mile from Sedbergh, provided excellent accommodation and it was especially pleasant to relax on the patio in the sun and take in the fine view of the Howgills across the valley. Various walks were organised to suit all needs and we had the hills largely to ourselves, this area happily escaping the numbers that flood into the nearby Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.

Two communal meals were organised and I would like to thank all who helped with the purchasing and preparation of the food and those who generally "mucked in". On Sunday evening we had a group meal at the Red Lion and were impressed by the quality of the reasonably priced food and the service.

The fine weather continued into Monday to round off what I think we all considered to be one of our most successful Easter holidays.
Click here for photos of the Cautley Spout & Howgills walk
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Click here for a mixture of walking, eating and drinking photos from the weekend.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Cycle Ride 17th april

I could not believe it there were 11 people on the ride (3 new people & Ali Ashton who has not been to the group for a while) and at the end the 7 who finished wanted to know if I was going to lead another ride, so I might do another one which will have to just go on the website and not the printed programme.
Paul Davies
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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Derwent Valleys 10 April

Derwent Valley Tops (Longer walk) & Derwent Valley (Shorter walk) 
My order for good weather exceeded even my own expectations, the day dawned with absolutely perfect walking conditions. We all met up at Fairholm Visitors Centre, 23 of us opting for the longer walk and 4 for the shorter one. The longer trek began with a steep climb up through the woodlands and along the ridge to Alport Castles. The visability was stunning and the views awesome. We dropped down to Howden Reservoir which we skirted before having lunch at the top of the lake. On reaching Slippery Stones the party divided with 5 people taking the shorter route along the reservoir and the rest of the party ascending Cut Gate to Margery Hill. Howden Edge was now traversed before dropping down to Derwent Reservoir, this we followed back to the Visitors centre. On reaching the end of the walk most of us took the chance of having a well earned ice cream.
Vince led a shorter walk, taking advantage of the bus route up to the top of Howden Reservoir. They then had a leisurely stroll along the eastern shores of Howden and Derwent Reservoirs.
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Sunday, 3 April 2011

Ladybower Walk 3rd April

Ladybower Walk- Sunday 3rd April.

Mothers demanding the attention of their offsprings must have been partly responsible for the modest turn out. Nevertheless 11 enthusiasic walkers enjoyed this walk. The weather forecast seemed to come out back to front. A morning of sunshine and fleeting clouds afforded fine and colourful views of Kinder and the Derwent Edge above the reservoir. The clouds rolled in after lunch and the rain came down. But by then we were on Win Hill and had just a steep decent through the forest back to the cars. For the leader, after  several weeks of travelling in parched West Africa if was a wonderful " Oh,to be in England, now that April's there" experience and especially so to be able to share it with his friends.
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Sunday, 27 March 2011

Kitzbuhel Ski Trip march

Kitzbuhel Ski Trip

Ten of us travelled to Kitzbuhel this March and enjoyed the best weather for many years, six days of sun, light winds and decent snow, although it was soft in places. Angie, our only beginner eventually got to grips with her hired ski boots and passed through the pain barrier to become a member of the SWOG ski club.
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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Delph WAlk. 20 March

What it's Says on the Can Walk - Sunday's Delph Walk.
 As my walks are always says what it will be like, is what you get.  Hills, remote ground, 3 breaks and fast pace. That what it said on the can and that's what 20 walkers got on Sunday. Listen to the critics who said no one would turn up. You all missed a good walk where at the end of the day you felt you did a good work out.  So the weather was not to kind being in the mist but we headed out onto the open moor and towards white hill our highest point of the walk. Then along the Rochdale way, Oldham way, crompton way and even the Pennine Way.  We had a few ups and downs to do, but the elite walkers did well.  They were glad of the pint just about  a mile from the end. We arrived at the Heights Pub at about 3.45pm where the land lady was happy of us coming in, but not 20 in one go.  The hardest part was pulling ourselves from the roaring fire and 4 hand pulled beers. Then it was the last mile down hill to the cars. 
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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Canal Wal March

A cool and still morning saw an excellent turn out at Marple top lock for our first Thursday walk of the year; the attendance augmented with the increasing
numbers of us fifty-somethings with extra leisure time during the day; truly, a sign of the times.

We proceeded along the Peak Forest canal before skirting around the outskirts of
Disley; crossing the A6 and zig zagging over the railway line. On the approach to High Lane, Jack decided that it would be a good idea if we proceeded in smaller groups in order to stagger arrival at the pub; suffice to say that we did all make it to the pub, eventually.

We par-took of the good value carvery before continuing back to Marple along the Macc canal. Linda and myself then stepped out back down the locks and on to Hyde.
Yours truly jogged on to Guide Bridge and then train to Ashburys and CoMStadium. City won the match but lost the tie, shucks.

Inspite of the footie, it was a brilliant day out and we look forward to further Thursday outings.

John H
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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Errwood 27th Feb

Yes It did rain didn't it. Even as we set off we could have been mistaken for a group of 22 people who
had just had a swim in the reservoir, the rain Gods certainly seemed to have it in for us but they overlooked our masochistic tendencies to press on.
As we arrived at the summit of Shining Tor the weather eased slightly although there was still quite a
bit of mist about spoiling the views, happily a quick 'sprint' to the Cat and Fiddle soon lifted flagging spirits.
We spent about 45 mins in this Pub where we left two of the Ladies still sampling the wares to be picked
up by motorised carriage later. (I think they just wanted to chat up the eight or so Bikers who had just arrived).
The jaunt down to Derbyshire Bridge was quite pleasant, clear skies and great views.
The path across Stake  Clough was quite 'Boggy' as expected  but not too much of a challenge.Once this had been
mastered the downhill stretch back to Errwood Carpark was a doddle.
I always find it quite hard to get up early on a Sunday morning to the sound of the rain beating on the windows so a turnout of 22 people on this walk was fantastic, as always I enjoyed the exercise and especially the company.
                                         Cheers Pete N.
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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Moal Famau 20th feb

20 Moel Famau

15 people attended the Clwyddians walk on what turned out to be a surprisingly good day weather wise. (The previous couple of days had been lousy).
 Starting from he picturesque village of Cilcain, we subsequently conquered Moel Fameau, Moel Dywyll and Moel Llys-y-Coed. The final ascent of the day was Moel Arthur, which still bears the remains of a protective ditch from the bronze age settlement there.
The walking, although involving a considerable amount of ascent, was on good paths consequently the party made good progress and finished at a timely 3:30 PM.
Chris Hughes
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Saturday, 12 February 2011

Ravenstor Christmas Party

12/13 Ravenstor Christmas Party

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Sunday, 6 February 2011

Dovestones 6th FEb

Dove Stones

After seeing the Met Office Severe Weather Warnings for Sunday, Sue and I set off from home half expecting (hoping?) no-one would turn up.
No such luck! Five hardy souls were waiting for us in Stockport so we were committed, and then another four incurable optimists joined us in Greenfield.
No-one looked too disappointed when we announced that, in deference to the Met Office's warnings of gale-force winds, we weren't going to take the planned high-level route. Instead we'd settle for a more sheltered alternative staying down in the valley. A decision, I might add, emphatically endorsed by a National Park Ranger we spoke to later in the day.
Although the sky was slatey-grey and threatening, the rain hadn't shown up yet. However the wind certainly had, so as we headed up the valley we were getting a good push from behind. I suspect we all hoped that if we didn't mention it, it might have dropped by the time we had to turn round and face it. I had to chuckle at the sight of a couple of crows flying into the wind, flapping like crazy and getting absolutely nowhere.
So up to the head of the valley for another look at Birchin Clough. The decision Sue and I made on our recce not to attempt this route was proved correct, as there was even more water coming down today and crossing the stream would have been, er, "interesting".
So, we turned to re-trace our steps, and, no, the wind hadn't dropped. In fact, funnelling up the valley, it nearly took some of the less weighty of us clean off our feet on a couple of occasions!  
However, we battled back a short distance and crossed the dam of Greenfield reservoir (trying to make sure hats and people didn't get blown into the water) to make our way back down the other side of the valley.
Lunch at the picnic area was followed by a division of the party. Some decided they'd been blown around enough for one day and would stay on the main path back to Dove Stones Dam. There they'd wait for the rest of us who headed up Ashway gap, and after crossing the footbridge over the water chute, made our way back along a higher path directly beneath the Dove Stones themselves.
All back at the dam, we were congratulating ourselves (between mouthfuls of hot-dog and bacon buttie from the van) on avoiding the rain. Then down it came! Actually it was more sideways than down, but with only ten minutes walk back to the cars, we thought we'd had a pretty good day all things considered.
We'll have a go at the high-level route in the summer!
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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Cheshire Ring canal walk, stage 4, Sunday 23 January

Cheshire Ring canal walk, stage 4, Sunday 23 January

Hyde to Sale

On arriving at Hyde, I was delighted to see that our usual crew of Tracy, Sue, Linda, Margaret and myself had been joined by Stevie B and Howard. It was a still, cool day; ideal for canal walking.

We set off along the Peak Forest and Ashton canals. Our first refreshment stop was at Tracy’s gaffe in Fairfield, where we were treated to homemade scones : very yummy with lashings of butter, jam and cream; lots of calories, I know; but then there were plenty of miles to come to walk off the effects. We walked through the Moravian community area to get back to the canal. This enclave is like coming across a different age amidst the urban sprawl of the east Manchester suburbs.

We stopped for lunch in view of the hallowed grounds of the City of Manchester stadium (although, I was not feeling so chipper after the previous day’s City debacle at Aston Villa). We proceeded via a subterranean interlude under Piccadilly, by way of Canal St, Castlefield and on towards Trafford Park.

It was about this time that I began to have concerns as to how we could get Linda and her bike back home. Why did Linda have her bike with her?? That’s another story……. Sure enough our attempts at Stretford to smuggle Linda’s bike on to the tram without the driver noticing failed lamentably. We had to detrain back on to the platform whilst the tram (and Howard) disappeared towards Manchester……..

After hasty deliberations, it was agreed that myself and Linda would carry on along the canal to Navigation Rd, where we would be able to catch a ‘proper’ train, whilst the others returned on the next tram.

Left on the canal, we decided it was high time for a pub stop, and called in at The Bridge Inn at Sale; most welcome. As usual we stayed longer than planned and we then had the obligatory dash to the station just in time to catch our train back.

It was a splendid, enjoyable day of contrasting scenery and thanks to all who came along.

John H

Hartington weekend 21st / 22nd January 2011

Hartington Hostel Weekend

Hartington weekend 21st / 22nd January 2011

Again the January weekend has proved to be a popular one with members ready to get out and about again after Christmas and the New Year, despite Hartington being the most expensive hostel we have ever stayed in. Hartington Hall is a very interesting, historic building linking back to Bonnie Prince Charlie. A very warm, comfortable hostel with a good a members kitchen.

20 members arrived on Friday night. On Saturday we were joined by 5 more including one of our youngest. We also welcomed Peter and Linden from South Middlesex YHA local group.

Chris celebrated a significant birthday - cakes courtesy of Helen.   

Saturday 2 walks
1). 13 miles following the Derbyshire dales
Biggin dale to Dovedale and Milldale ( late coffee early lunch stop)
Hall dale, to Alstonfield (further refreshments and a “warm” welcome.  Return via Wolfescote and Beresford Dales. Back in the daylight at 5pm.
12.8 miles

2). A shorter walk following a similar route, still taking in the stunning scenery of the Dales.

Route - Hartington – Sheen- Manifold Valley Trail – Longnor (lunch)
Return by Crowdecote – Pilsbury Castle, to Hartington.
9 miles

By January standards the weather was very kind. (by that I mean no rain or snow), with some good views.

Click here for photos of Saturday's Shorter Walk
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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Lyme Park 16th January

Lyme Park

Well the forecast was not good, but nevertheless some of the group turned out to join Jack and Vince on their walks.
6 people were on the shorter walk inside Lyme Park, taking in a very crowded tea shop - just why do people go to the park on such a wet day?
A further 7 of us set off with Jack to walk around the outside of Lyme Park. It was not too bad at first, dull but not raining. As we climbed up towards Bowstones it was getting windier so we climbed a couple of ladder stiles to find a fairly sheltered spot to have our morning tea break, during which Jack made a terrifying discovery - he had picked up Lesley's lunch and she was not going to be pleased to find the pepper on her tomato! Not only that - Lesley had his cheese.
Still no rain - could the forecast be wrong?
As we prepared to set off to resume the walk up to Bowstones we noted that Pete H seems to have picked up a couple of bad habits from his wife!
Not only was he without a rucksack, he also left us at that point to return home - the photo shows him making his escape. This was most unlike him - usually his smile becomes broader as the weather gets wetter. Or could it be that it was not muddy enough for him? No, his excuse was that a chicken casserole awaited him at home.
The new member left at the same time as she needed to be back earlier than we planned to finish (but she paid her subs but first so I don't think it was anything we said!)
So the 5 of us continued - the weather became wet and windy and overtrousers were donned. But it was bracing!
After a while the rain stopped and Jack suggested a lunch stop but Howard said he knew of a better place a bit further on so we continued. As we were eating it started to rain again - even heavier this time. Lesley sent a text to report that she had discovered the butty mix-up. While trying to text a grovelling apology, Jack drowned his mobile phone and has since had to buy a new one (I am a bit suspicious of this however as I remember a few years ago Geoff "dropped" our lawn mower into the pond and I had to let him buy a new one)
Jack then asked whether we minded cutting the walk short - he was not deafened by cries of  "no we're not wet enough yet", so at West Gate we turned to return directly to the cars (note that we waited until we were at the furthest point from the cars before doing so). At this point Howard departed to walk home so we were down to 4.
We trudged through the rain and just as we entered the park a car drew up and Joan and Vince offered to drive us back to the cars. Joan insisted that she would not take no for an answer so Geoff and I gratefully climbed in just as the other car arrived to take Jack and Jill. Yippee!!
There are only two photos - click here to see them 
 (Geoff's camera needed to be dried out overnight, but thankfully he does not need to buy a new one)
Thanks Jack - I actually enjoyed that walk, but it was great to get home. I just need to go upstairs and repack the rucksacks now that they have dried out. 

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Family walk (th Jan

09 Family walk

We had 23 on the Family Walk up to Windgather rocks from Goyt Valley.  Weather was clear with sunshine for lunch.  Picked up three Geocaches en-route which kept the kids going.  Windgather rocks lived up their name with strong gusts over the edge.

Forgot my camera, but others may have some.

Kinder WAlk 6th jan

KInder WAlk


Saturday, 1 January 2011

Coniston New yearw eekend

New Year at Coniston Hostel
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