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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.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Walks and Dates March 2014

Updated on 12th March 2014
Saturday 1st March 2014.
Lymm and Thelwall.
Distance: 9-12 miles. Climb: 500' at a guess.
Start: Spud Wood Car park, Stage Lane, Oughtrington, Lymm. Grid ref: SJ702874.
Leave Chester at 08-30.
This walk combines two walks from Jen Darling's book "Walks in West Cheshire and Wirral". The walks are linked using a section of the Trans Pennine Trail and the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk / the Bridgewater Canal Walk. I'm not sure what to expect on this walk, but it is an area that I have never visited before.
Thursday 6th March 2014.
Moel Famau - Twice!
Distance: 9 miles. Climb: 1800'.
Start: Moel Famau Forest Car park (pay on entry. £1 last time we used this car park), just East of the PC block.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk combines to routes from Dave Berry's Books, one from "Walks in the Clwydian Hills" and one from "Walks in the Clwydian Hills - New Edition." This is a walk that we did in January last year and enjoyed it so much, that it was suggested that we do a similar walk again, but visit the Jubilee Tower three times, two's enough for me!
Saturday 8th March 2014
Porth-Llwyd Falls, Cwm Port-Llwyd and Moel Eilio.
Distance:10.3  miles; Climb: 2100'.
Start: Roadside parking in Dolgarrog in road opposite Dolgarrog Social Club. Grid ref:SH769677.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
This walk combines another two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Betws-y-coed and the Conwy Valley". One walk he describes as a demanding 3 mile walk ascending the steep wooded slopes above Dolgarrog and includes a waymarked trail commemorating the 1925 dam disaster. The second walk explores remote upland valleys using an old 2' narrow railway track and returns across Moel Eilio ridge. The final part of this walk passes Porth-Llwyd Falls, a popular attraction with Victorian visitors.
Thursday 13th March 2014.
Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Llangwyfan Forestry car park: SJ138668
Leave 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 is superb.
Saturday 15th March 2014.
Moel y Parc and Penycloddiau
Distance: 10-11 miles. Climb: 1800'.
Start: Layby in Aberwheeler on left opposite Bro Lleweni (road). Grid ref: SJ096694.
Leave Chester at 08-45. The last time we did this walk it took us nearly six hours.
This a walk that we have done several times before, and includes two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Clwydian Hills". He describes it as a walk exploring attractive and little known valleys along the slopes of Moel y Parc. Expect good views from the summit of Moel y Parc and Penycloddiau as the forecast is good. The route across the top of Penycloddiau is from North to South, another location for panoramic views.
The Anson Engine Museum, Poynton Pits and More.
This walk has been postponed until 4th October 2014, 
as the Museum is only open between 10-00 and 17-00 
from Easter and 26th October.
Distance: 10-11 miles. Climb: 200'.
Start: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre Car park. SJ940835.
Leave Chester at 09-00.
This walk combines one walk from Graham Beech's book "East Cheshire Walks" and a walk produced by East Cheshire Council. If everyone is agrees, the walk will start with a visit to the Anson Museum (Cost £6-£7).
The main part of the walk includes sections of the Middlewood way and the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk.
Thursday 20th March 2014.
Around Clocaenog Forest and Pincyn Llys.
Distance:11 miles; Climb:1500'.
Start: Cyffylliog. Grid ref:SJ060578.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m. and meet at the riverside car park, Ruthin. Parking can be difficult in this small village, so I suggest that we meet at the riverside car park in Ruthin (Grid ref:SJ121582) and take as few cars as possible on the Cyffylliog.
In the past this challenging walk has not been regarded as one of favourite walks, but I quite like it, especially on a good day. The walks are taken from his Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Hiraethog Moors and Lakes" and explores the undulating upland pastures and forest between Cyffylliog and Clocaenog.
Saturday 22nd March 2014.
No all day walk - Church Spring Cleaning Day in the morning!
Penycloddiau - an afternoon stroll!
Distance: 5 miles. Climb: 600'.
Start: Llangwyfan Forestry Car park. Grid ref: SJ138668.
Leave Chester at 13-00.
This walk is taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Clwydian Hills".  It is a delightful walk that crosses the Hillfort of Penycloddiau and then returns along a high level track contouring the hillside, before heading along a delightful path through the forest (much of it cleared giving better views) back to the car park. This walk gives superb views from Penycloddiau and the high level path.
 Dave Berry describes this as one of his favourite walks, I'm sure we could all agree!
Thursday 27th March 2014.
The Little Orme and Coed Gaer.
Distance:7-10 miles; Climb:1760'.
Start: Roadside parking close to PC on the beach road at Craig y Don.Grid ref: SH799822.
Leave Chester 8-45 a.m.
I last did the Little Orme in February, and we got speaking to a lady that march/April was a good time to see seals, so I decided to include it at the end of March. I don't suppose it will be any better than the 18 we saw on the 22nd February 2014, but perhaps there may be some pups!
Always a good walk. This walk is becoming an annual event, but normally we complete it in May and hope to find orchids in flower.  This is too late for the orchids, but I'm sure that won't detract from this delightful walk. The views across the bay to the Great Orme are stunning. There is always an outside chance of seeing seal, and there should still be plenty of birds about, so bring binoculars with you.
The shorter route is just over 7 miles, so how long the walk eventually ends up depends on what route we take when we get near the college. 
Saturday 29th March 2014.
Jumbles, Wayoh, Turton and Entwistle Reservoirs.
Distance:10-11 miles. Climb:1200'.
Start:Waterfold Car Park, off Bradshaw Road (A676), Jumbles Country Park.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
This walk is based on a walk taken from Terry Marsh's book "Fifty Classic Walks in Lancashire". He describes the walk as a pleasant walk on good paths. The extension to Turton and Entwistle Reservoirs includes another section of the Witton Weaver Way and crosses Turton Heights and a hill called Cheetham Cross. A good and varied walk. Has been known to be on the boggy side on the descent from Cheetham Cross!

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