The ramble on 6th March around three Liverpool Parks and the revamped Festival Gardens was a great success with twenty-nine people enjoying the walk under the leadership of Margaret Schumacher. We all had a very good meal at the Otterspool Harvester where Ann & I joined them having walked very slowly from the railway station to the pub.
Next month’s walk is from the Hesketh Arms in Rufford on April 10th starting at 10.30 and the Leader will be Ian Gent.
I am very pleased to tell you that we now have volunteers to lead walks every month this year. So far my wife Ann has led the December walk – in atrocious weather – my thanks to the hardy ten who turned up. She also led the January walk around Ormskirk, this time in good weather with thirty two people and we ended up in the Five Ways. Yesterday was also Ann’s walk around Clieves Hill ending up at the Royal Oak in Aughton. Twenty two people enjoyed this walk in sunshine but very muddy underfoot.
The next walk will be on 6th March around three Liverpool parks and the revamped Festival Gardens. We will meet at St Michael’s station on the Hunts Cross line to start the walk at 10.30am. Leave from Maghull station – change onto the Hunts Cross line and St Michael’s is the second station after Central. There will be a pub stop at the Otterspool pub before carrying on to the Festival Gardens
The Walk Leader for this ramble will be Margaret Schumacher.
Regards to all
Bill Langham (Walk Co-ordinator)
I have damaged my knee during a ramble at Clitheroe and at present I am unable to either lead or do a reccie but I will give all the support I can..
Here is a list of the proposed dates and walks for 2014. If you are prepared to lead any of them please let me know. The list will also be available at the walking desk next week.
If there are no volunteers, unfortunately there will be no future walks.
For January and February, I have prevailed upon my wife Ann to lead but thereafter it is up to you the walkers to continue.
Feb 6th – Meet at The Royal Oak, Aughton at 10.30 for a walk to Clieves Hill and back.
March 6th – 3 Liverpool Parks
April 10th – Rufford
May 8th – Westhead/Lathom
June 5th -Waterloo/Netherton
July 10th – Town Green/Bickerstaffe
August 7th -Formby/Freshfield
September 4th – West Kirby/Thurstaton
October 9th – Lydiate
November 13th -Burscough
December 11th – Haskayne
I am planning to have a ramble around Darwen Tower on Thurs 3rd October starting at a hamlet named Ryal Fold. The walk will be about 5 miles long and involves some gradual hill climbing at the start.There is a pub and a cafe at the finish. The journey will be by car, 35 miles each way, Please give your names to me and say whether you are prepared to drive or not. I would suggest that non drivers make a contribution to the driver to defray expenses. We will meet initially in the Baptist Church car park for a 9.15 start and again at Charnock Richard services to regroup. Drivers will be issued with a road route map beforehand. Bill Langham
Todays ramble was from the Hop Vine along to “The Farm” near the Martin pub and then along the canal back to Burscough, 5.6 miles by my GPS..The usual late Summer obstacles were overcome ie,Long grass ,nettles,etc. However a totally unexpected event happened as we were nearing “The Farm ” for a welcome pot of tea,there, adjacent to the footpath, was one of these crop watering devices jetting pulses of water over the crops but also over the footpath,we had to try and dodge the spray but by and large not very sucessfully.We had our tea outside in the sun and let good king Sol dry us off.We then walked down to the canal and back to Burscough where we had the usual splendid meals offered by the Hop Vine (and their equally splendid brewed on the premises drinks).Thirty four of us enjoyed the day.
Thursday 8th August saw thirty eight of us setting off from Central Square for a six mile ramble around Clapham in North Yorkshire. (The coach driver thought he had drawn the short straw and was destined for Clapham in London!!).
The weather was very kind to us, sunny but not too hot. We started up the street and into the gloom of a couple of tunnels about 100 metres long, leading to an upland track. This was quite a slog as we were climbing for about a kilometre. After a short stop to catch our breath we continued on the track and then crossed fields to see the Norber Erratics (granite boulders brought down by glaciers in the Ice Age and deposited on a bed of limestone).
After our lunch stop in a field, we regained the track and wended our way down to the village of Austwick. Here we had a very welcome stop for liquid refreshment at the Gamecock pub. We then returned to Clapham over meadows and fields arriving back in good time for the coach to leave for home at 5 o’clock.
Our next walk starts from the Hop Vine in Burscough on September 5th starting at 10.45am.
We had a walk in Coniston yesterday (9th May) and my usual run of good weather for the longer rambles came to a shuddering halt. Instead of wall to wall sunshine it was wall to wall rain. Forty four of us set out from the southern end of Coniston Water in a slight drizzle but by the time we arrived at the boating pier the rain was coming down in stair rods so we all migrated to the boathouse cafe for a very welcome bowl of soup.
After much discussion thirty three people opted for plan B and walked directly into Coniston while the remaining eleven completed the longer walk as planned. We all eventually met up in one of the local hostelries where we stayed until the coach left for home.
Thursday, 21st March
A walk from the Hesketh Arms in Rufford starting at 10.30. This walk is about 5 miles long and takes us through Mere Sands Woods.
Lunch if required at the Hesketh Arms. Park in the car park, or if coming by bus, the 2A leaves Ormskirk bus station, Stand 6 at 9.48 and arrives near the pub at 10.13.
Thursday, 11th April
A linear walk from West Kirby. Meet at Maghull Station for the 9.45 train or meet us at Central Station, Wirral platform at 10.20.
Thursday, 9th May
Coniston Walk (by coach)
Names are now being taken at the walking desk together with a £5.00 deposit.
Leave from Central Square, Maghull at 9.15. Cost £14.00.
I am writing this epistle on Friday morning looking out at the rain pouring down and saying a big Thank You to Him upstairs that our ramble yesterday was blessed with wall to wall sunshine all the way. Although it was a bit chilly, at least there was no mud as it had hardened due to the frosts.
We started from Ormskirk bus station the older parts of Ormskirk and up to Aughton having a very welcome cup of tea/coffee at Cafe Vista at the Christ Church Millenium centre. We continued to Gaw Hill reservoir, around to the Nature Reserve where we met Aughton u3a ramblers making their way back to the Millenium centre for lunch. We carried on and worked our way down to the Five Ways pub where we had a lovely Christmas carvery. There were 35 of us and lo and behold the Family history group were already in there for their Christmas lunch so the Five Ways had been taken over by the Maghull & Lydiate U3a.
Our next ramble is on January 17th starting from The Running Horses, Bells Lane Lydiate at 10.30.
Reg regrets that all his walks for December and January have been cancelled. As they say, watch this space.