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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, 27 May 2015

Walks and Dates May 2015

Saturday 2nd May 2015.
Pendle Hill – another Search for Dotterel
Distance:7-8 miles. Climb:1400’.
Start: Downham Village Car park. Grid ref: SD785442.
Leave Chester:8-30 a.m.
This is an extra walk for this week, so is a little shorter than usual.  It revives the May Day walk that we used to take before a certain government decided they didn't want to celebrate a day for the workers! The route today is the one in Terry Marsh’s book “Fifty Classic Walks in Lancashire”. He describes it as “undoubtedly the finest ascent of Pendle Hill”. Let’s hope for a good day weather-wise, topped up with good views of Dotterel as we did a couple of years ago.  Don’t forget to bring binoculars. 
Thursday 7th May 2014.
Coed Pen-y-Gelli and the Gorsedd Round.
The First Bluebell Wood Walk of the Year.
Distance:11-12 miles. Climb:1050’.
Start: Roadside parking at Lloc. Turn left by the public house if approaching from Holywell on the A5026 on right if approaching on the A5026 from its nearest junction with the A55. Grid ref:SJ145765.
This is a annual Bluebell Wood Walk, and is effectively a figure of eight walk based on Lloc. This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry’s book “ Walks Around Holywell and Halkyn Mountain”.  The walk will probably nearer 10 miles as we will only complete a small section of the Gorsedd Round.
Leave Chester at 09-00a.m.
Saturday 9th May 2015.
Bluebell Woods Around Parbold. 
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 800'.
Start: Hunter's Hill Quarry Nature Reserve. Grid ref: SD503123
Leave Chester at 08-30 a.m.
This walk is a walk that we did for the first time last year. This walk is on the East of Parbold, and visits up to ten different woods, so hopefully some will still have Bluebells on show.  The walk also includes part of the Leeds - Liverpool Canal as far as Appley Bridge. This walk is one that a friend from WEF did last year, but there is no description, just the OS map, so our map reading will have to be up to scratch and hopefully we won't have an unplanned extension of about 4 miles as we  did 2 years ago!  The walk includes a section around Anderton Mill and High Moor. Bring binoculars with you just in case.
Thursday 14th May 2015.
Pen-y- Ball Hill, Two Woods and the Coast.
Distance: 8-9 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Holywell Halkyn Street Car Park. Grid ref: SJ18957548.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This is a figure of eight walk around Holywell. It combines two walks from Ron Williams and Elfed Jones's booklet "10 Walks Around Holywell". We know the area around the Pen-y-Ball Monument quite well, but on this occasion, we explore again some of the paths around the Pets Cemetry. The other walk takes us down to the coast through Coed Pen-y-Maes, going quite near to the new Holywell High School. When we did the walk in May 2015 they had only just started to build.
Saturday 16th May 2015.
Around Holy Island.
Distance:12-13 miles. Climb:1326'.
Start: Roadside parking opposite PC by the Old Harbour in Holyhead. Just before the turning to South Stack. SH245831.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
This is another walk that has become an annual favourite. Much of the walk is along the Coastal path, but we will probably make a detour to visit the summit of Holyhead Mountain. A good chance of seeing Choughs, Guillemots, Razorbills and even Puffins. Bring binoculars if you can.
 As in recent years, we will probably do the route in reverse of that described, and get the section through Holyhead centre over first and have the final section along the Coastal Path.
Thursday 21st May 2015.
Poncysyllte, Croes yr Esgob and Trevor Hall.
Distance: 11 miles. Climb:1560.
Start: Trevor Basin car park on the North side of Poncysyllte Aquaduct.
SJ272423.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry's book " Walks Around Llangollen and the Dee Valley".  This has become one of our regular walks and is good at any time of the year.  On a clear day the views across the Dee valley to Trevor Rocks and the Eglywseg escarpments are quite stunning.
Saturday 23rd May 2015.
Stanage Edge from Hathersage.
Distance: 11-12 miles; Climb:1800'.
This is a walk first completed by the group in September 2006 and repeated again in October 2007. If the walk is completed as described in Mark Richards' book "Walks in the High Peaks" it will take us about 7 - 8 hours (the time it has taken us in the past). This is a wonderful walk and if the weather is true Summer weather, the 7-8 hours shouldn't be a problem.
Start: Hathersage car park: Grid ref: SK231814.
Leave Chester 8-00 a.m.
Thursday 28th May 2015.
Around the Ystrad Valley and Foxhalls.
Distance:12-13 miles. ( Although we usually take a few short cuts and reduce the distance to about 10 miles). Climb:1350'.
Start: Layby on Denbigh - Pentrefoelas road, A543, just after the road bend left on the edge of the town. Grid ref: SJ043659.
Leave Chester 9-0 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Vale of Clwyd".  One walk explores the gently undulating countryside between Denbigh and Henlan, and the other walk visits historic houses  associated with Dr Johnson and Beatrice Potter.
Saturday 30th May 2015.
Mow Cop, Congleton Edge and More. 
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Mow Cop National Trust Car Park (Members only, bring your membership card or car park badge). Grid ref: SJ856573.
Leave Chester at 08-00 a.m.
This walk combines a walk from Carl Rogers's book "Circular Walks Along The Gritstone Trail" and part of a walk taken from the "Pathfinder Guide to Cheshire". This walk is a little shorter than the one that w did in 2008. Good views from the ridges.

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