About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday and Saturdays, New Years day and May Day. How many walk? Walks take place as long as there are at least 2 wanting to walk on that day. More walk on a Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 mid-week and 3-4 on Saturday. Where do we walk? Saturday: Anywhere in North and Mid-Wales, Peak District, Shropshire and the Long Mynd and as far North as the Trough of Bowland. Thursday: Anywhere within about 40 miles of Chester. Type of walk: Distance: 6 – 14 miles. Climb: up to 4000’ (but usually very much less!). Those involved in 2017:- Martyn Harris, Fran Murphy, Sue and Michel Pelissier, Annie Hammond, Sue and Dave Pearson, Mike Dodd, David and Anne Savage, Celia de Mengle, Wendy and Ian Peers, Roger and Margaret Smith, Tim and Carol Dwyer, Paul Collinson, Phil Marsland, Sylvia and Dave Jenkins, Sheila McNee, Ed Meads, Elaine and John Greenhalgh.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Dates and Walks February 2011

Michel's Father.
I thought that it was important to let everyone in the walking group know that Michel's father died yesterday (16th February).
The funeral is on Saturday 19th February 2011. 
I'm sure that all of the group's thoughts are with Michel and his brother and their mother as well as the rest of the Pelissier family at this sad time.


Thursday 3rd February 2011.
Halkyn, Limestone, Lead and Moel Ffagnalt.
Distance:10 miles. Climb:1500'.
Start: Car Park at the Britannia Inn Pentre Halkyn (with the Landldy's permission). Grid ref: SJ211711.
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.
This walk uses two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Holywell and Halkyn Mountain". It has almost become traditional that the last Thursday walk before Christmas starts and finishes at the Britannia Inn. As everyone knows, this is one of my favourite walks in the Halkyn Mountain area. On a clear day we can expect superb views across the Dee Estuary and inland towards the Clwydian Hills. I never tire of exploring the mine ravaged limestone countryside around Halkyn Mountain or celebrating the walk afterwards at the Britannia Inn.

Saturday 5th February 2011. 
Bodlondeb Wood, Conwy Mountain, Alltwen and Cwm Gyrach.
Distance:9 - 10 miles. Climb:1600'.
Leave Chester 8-00 a.m.
Start:Park on Mount Pleasant (2nd turning on the left after going through the arch in the town's West wall. Turn left over the railway bridge, then bear right and park on the right adjacent to the wall. Grid ref:SH779776.
This walk uses two walks Dave Berry's book "Walks on the North Wales Coast." We have done our own version of the Conwy Mountain walk, but as yet we haven't included Bonlondeb Wood and Cwm Gyrach before. The first walk starts by exploring part of the magnificent walled town of Conwy and offers superb views throughout. The second walk explores the scenic hills and valleys around the Sychnant Pass with its ever changing views.
Thursday 10th February 2011. 
Leasowe and NewBrighton
Distance: 10 miles.Climb:Vitually None'
Start: North Wirral Coastal Park Next to Leasowe Light house.. Grid ref:: SJ251913.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Anthony Annakin-Smith's book "Wirral Walks". This will not be everyones cup of tea, as it is essentially a there and back walk from Leesowe to New Brighton with a few lops to explore parks and the Ditton lane Nature Reserve. Hopefully this will be a good walk to see coastal birds, so bring your binoculars with you if you have any.
Saturday 12th February 2011. 
The Llugwy and Lledre Valleys.
Distance: 9 miles.Climb:1960''
Start: Station Car Park Betws-y-coed. Pay and display if we don't get in the section by the PC block. N.B. PC  are pay (20p for everyone). Grid ref:: SH:795565..
Leave Chester 8-00 a.m.
This walk is taken from Dave berry's book "Walks Around Betws-y-coed and the Conwy Valley".  This is a walk that links the beautifully wooded Llugwy and Lledre Valleys following riverside paths and using Sarn Helen the former Roman road to Mid-Wales.  On this walk we usually include a complete circuit of Llyn Elsi, although it will involve completing a short section twice.
Thursday 17th February 2011. 
Irby, Royden Park, Thurstaston Common, The Dungeon and Heswall Dales.
Distance: 9-10 miles.Climb:500'
Start: Thurstaston Country Park Visitor Centre. Grid ref:: SJ239835.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk combines another two walks from Raymond Roberts' booklet "Wirral Walks - The West Wirral Six".  This walk explores the area between Thurstaston, Royden and Heswall and uses quite a lot of paths across farm land which after rain can be quite muddy.  These two walks don't overlap exactly, so the path that links them will be used in both directions. Another walk that binoculars may add to the enjoyment of the walk.
Saturday 19th February 2011. 
Lamaload, Forest Chapel, Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor.
Distance: 11 miles.Climb:2000'
Start: Car Park East of Lamaload Reservoir. Grid ref:: SJ976753.
Leave Chester 8-00 a.m.
This walk is taken from Graham Beech's book "East Cheshire Walks".  This is a good and varied walk taking in two of Cheshire's highest peaks, with trig points on both!  This is a superb walk on a good day, but in Wintry conditions can be quite challenging.
Thursday 24th February 2011. 
Puddington and Shotwick
Distance: 9-10 miles.Climb:500'
Start: Lay-by on Parkgate Road (A540) just North West of the Yacht Inn. Grid ref:: SJ354733.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
his walk combines two walks from Anthony Annakin-Smith's book "Wirral Walks".  I've been hoping to include the Shotwick walk on the list for some time, but the need to find a suitable start point and the need to negotiate busy roads have put me off in the past.  We may still encounter problems that will require diversions, especially around the main Queensferry to Ellesmere Port road near the Sealand RAF base.  These walks allow us to explore the villages of Shotwick and Puddngton, both recorded in the Doomsday Book.  Hopefully we will also visit the site of Shotwick Castle too, although I don't think there is much evidence to  see!
Saturday 26th February 2011. 
Pudsay's Leap.
Distance: 10 miles.Climb:1500+ at a guess'
Start: Bolton by Bowland Car park. Grid ref:: SD784493.
Leave Chester 8-00 a.m.
This walk is taken from a book called "Walkers Britain" and is described as a moderate walk exploring a refreshingly lonely stretch of the popular Ribble Valley. The book was published in 1982, so things may have changed since then.  The walk starts from Sawley, but as usual we will be starting in a different place.

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