Updated 17th January 2019.Happy New Year
Hopefully we will be able to experience many great walks together.Advanced Notice: Walkers Meal 2019.
Date: Wednesday 13th March 2019.
Proposed Location Pant-yr-Ochain, Gresford.
This is later than usual in order to avoid the February half-term holidays in Flintshire and Cheshire which together spread from 18th February to 3rd March 2019.
Towards the end of January I will endeavour to contact everyone I think may be interested.
Tuesday 1st January. 2019.Hilbre Island.Distance: 4-5 miles. Climb: 100' at a guess!Start: South Parade, West Kirby Marine Lake. Park between the old baths and the Sailing Club at the Southern end of the lake Grid ref: SJ214860.
Leave Chester at 09-00.It's a few years since we last did this walk on New Year's Day, but after looking at the Tide Guide, it looks like being a good option today. High tide is about 07-19, so we should be able to cross the sands following the tide as it goes out.Bring binoculars, their should be plenty of Wintering birds to see and hopefully seals too.Fortified fruit cake will be provided, assuming that it hasn't all been eaten by those on the last two walks in December!
Wednesday 2nd January 2019
No planned walk.
Saturday 5th January 20180.
Saturday 5th January 20180.
A Walk Around Hoylake and More.Distance: 9 miles. Climb: 800'.Start: Royden Country Park. Grid ref: SJ246858.Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.To get Royden Park, follow the A540 from Chester to Hoylake. After passing Thursaston Hill and Caldy Rugby Club, turn right at the roundabout onto Montgomery Hill (signposted Frankby). At the Farmers Arms turn right to stone gate post into Royden Park.This walk is taken from Jen Darling's book "More Pub Walks in Cheshire and Wirral.Thia is a new walk for me, although much of it has been covered in walks that we have done. Part of the walk follows the beach from Red Rocks to West Kirby and then goes around the Marine Lake. High tide is at around 10-15 and is a erelatively a big tide 9.0 m / 29.4', but by the time we get there, we shouldn't have any problems walking along the beach.Wednesday 9th January 2019.
Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur.Distance: 7-9 miles. Climb: 1380'.Start: Llangwyfan Forestry car park: SJ138668Leave Chester 09-00 a.m.This walk combines two walks taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Clwydian Hills". This area of the Clwydians has so much to offer, and Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau are particularly good. On a good day the views from both hill forts are superb.
Saturday 12th January 2019.
Prestatyn, Talacre and The Point of Ayr.Distance: 10 miles.(Less if we don't do the Point of Ayr loop). Climb: 200'.Start at Prestatyn Barkby Beach.. I suggest that you park at Beach Hotel car park, (£2-00) On our visit in January 2019 , this is the same as the pay and display car park!) on the large parking area by the PC, Grid ref: SJ068839Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m. You will need to go into the hotel to purchase a car park ticket.High tide is at about 14-30, and is about 27.4', so we go through the Golf Course, Caravan Park and The Warren Nature Reserve on the way to Talacre and the Point of Air.We will take lunch using one of the picnic tables along the path leading to the Point Of Air. We will decide on the day whether to extend the walk as far as the RSPB observation point. Our return route will be along the beach.This is a walk that is always on the list at this time of the year, as it is always a good time to see Little terns, so bring binoculars with you. Hopefully we will see orchids too.
Wednesday 16th January 2019.Thurstaston Common, Stapledon Wood, Caldy and More.On Tuesday I will be out from 07-00 in the morning,
so contacting me by text or e-mail are the best options.
Alternatively contact me on Monday.Distance: 7-8 miles. Climb: 700'
Start: Thursaston Visitor Centre Car Park. Grid ref:SJ239835.Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.This is a repeat of the walk that we did on 1st January 2010 and combines two walks from Raymond Roberts' booklet "Wirral Walks - the West Wirral Six". This is a relatively easy walk with good views along the way, especially from Thurstaston Hill. We hope to walk back Thursaston along the beach, so bring binoculars with you. High tide is at 08-07, and is a 24.4' tide (7.4 m), By the time we get there, it will be almost low tide, so we should have no problems walking along the beach.
Saturday 19th January 2019.
Tegg's Nose and Macclesfield Forest.
Postponed - weather forecast for Macclesfield Forest predicts temperatures of 1 Celsius, but feeling like - 6 Celsius and probably snow.
See below for the replacement walk.Start: Tegg's Nose Country Park Car park. Pay and Display. Grid ref: SJ950732.Leave Chester at 08-30 a.m.This walk is taken from the "Pathfinders Guide to Cheshire". It is described as a varied walk with good views from Tegg's Nose. We will visit Tegg's Nose first, rather than at the end of the walk. The walk is also described as an undulating walk exploring the countryside on the edge of the Peak District. This is a walk that we have come to like and regularly appears on the list at this time of the year. Wintering birds sometime visit the many reservoirs we walk around, so it is useful to bring binoculars just in case.
Leasowe Lighthouse to New Brighton.Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 200'.Start: North Wirral Coastal Park car park. Grid ref: SJ257915.To get to this car park, instead of turning left towards the lighthouse, as the A551 turns right onto Leasowe Road, go straight on (past PC block on right and cafe/snack hut on left). This car park has a good tarmac surface.
Leave Chester at 08-45 a.m.Usually this is a walk along the beach to Perch Rock Fort, However this time, High tide is at about 09-20, 8.7 m, 28.5'. Although his is quite a low tide, we may have to walk along the promenade to Perch Fort Rock. From Perch Fort Rock, we will continue onto Vale Royal Park (where we in the past we have had lunch) and onto Wallasey Gardens. Hopefully the weather will be a little less windy than last recent years, but if it is there is always the Wind Shelters by the Marine lake to sit in as we have lunch.
After lunch, if possible we will walk along the beach back to LeasoweHopefully there will be plenty of birds to see, so bring binoculars with if you have any.Wednesday 23rd January 2019.Around the Little Orme to Rhos On Sea.Distance: 8-9 miles. Climb: 700'.Start: Roadside parking next to Paddling Pool and PC on Coast Road at Craig y Don, East side of Llandudno.Leave Chester at 08-45 a.m.This has become a regular walk at any time of the year, but it will be the first time that we have done it in December. The views from the top of the Little Orme are always superb, but the main reason for doing the walk so early in the year is to see if there are any Seals around Porth Dyniewaid. I last did this walk on 2nd December when we saw at least 53 Grey seals.Bring binoculars with you if you have them.
Low tide is about mid-day, so we should have a good chance of seeing Grey seals on the beach.
As the tide should be well out for all of the walk, we should be able to walk along the beach, particullarly in Penrhyn Bay and maybe beyond.
Saturday 26th January 2019.A Walk on Halkyn Mountain from the Blue Bell Inn.Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Common ground opposite the Blue Bell in, Halkyn. Grid ref: SJ209702.
Leave Chester at 08-45 a.m. (Always a bonus time to start for some!)This is a walk devised by Steve (the former landlord at the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn. It covers much of our regular walk that we do called "Halkyn Mountain, Limestone and Lead". However this route takes us in a clock-wise direction and around Moel-y-Gaer before heading to Rhes-y-cae. It also takes us around the North of the Pen-y-Henblas quarry - we have only seen the quarry from its Southern side.Wednesday 30th January 2019A Walk Around Waen, Aberwheeler and Llandyrnog.Distance : 9 miles. Climb: 600'.Start: Aberwheeler is on B5429. Approaching from the Mold road, turn left and after passing the play area and Bro Lleweni. This lane is opposite the chapel and the bus stop turning area. Park carefully in the lane next to the houses. Grid ref: SJ096693.Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.This is a walk taken from R.J.A. Dutton's book "Hidden Highways of North Wales". It explores the Roman and Medieval Roads between Waen Aberwheeler and Llandyrnog.There is a good chance that this walk will be adapted to use quiet lanes if the riverside route looks boggy.