Walking group meeting on Tuesday 18th October

The meeting was attended by 20 people who come walking and we decided the following for 2017.

1. The new Group Leader will be Margaret Kendall.  Deputy Group Leader is Alan Carr.

2. It was decided that all walks should be on the first Thursday of the month thus avoiding clashes with other activities.

3. Most members would like the walks to be accessible by public transport with occasional walks a bit further afield and one walk in June by coach. One person has an aversion to buses and would prefer to travel by train.

4. There was some interest in arranging venues using cars but the logistics could cause problems. Margaret Schumacher would be willing to make the arrangements.

5. There was a suggestion that some people would like longer walks and it was agreed that where feasible,and providing there are sufficient leaders, two walks will be arranged both finishing at the same point in order to maintain the social aspect of the group. One walk will be approximately 5 miles and the longer one 7 to 8 miles.

6. The 2017 venues for the first seven months are as follows:-

5th January –   Lydiate Loop – Leaders Judith Jones and Alan Carr

2nd February – Parbold – Leader   Ian Gent

2nd March –      Hale Village

6th April           Sankey Valley – Leader   Ken

4th May           Ormskirk (Warhorse walk)  – Leader Margaret Kendall

1st June         By coach, Destination T.B.A.

6th July          Aughton

Walking Group Meeting


@ 11.45 am in the Meadows Pub

You are all invited to come and discuss the following matters

1.Dates,  Venues and Leaders for 2017

2.Do members want the walks to be accessible by public transport

3.What interest is there in arranging venues using cars

4. Do you want one or more outing(s) further afield by coach

5. Appointment of a new Organiser/Group Leader

Bill Langham  4th Oct 2016

Hightown to Waterloo

Thursday 8th Sept saw ten walkers assemble at Hightown Station for what could have been a very damp walk as the rain had been fairly constant up till then, however to use an old nursery rhyme “out came the sun and dried up all the rain”so off we set ,nobody fancied going over the sandhills so Pam Bennet knew of a new concreted track and led the way. On arrival at the Royal Hotel places had been reserved for us and we enjoyed a good lunch.

Bill Langham

8 go to Barley

Eight members of the walking group travelled to the Pendle district last week to complete a 7.5 mile circular walk  from the village of Barley Green. Unfortunately the predicted sunny weather failed to materialise and we set off in drizzle, travelling over sodden ground to start the first loop of our figure of eight. The walk, although very pleasant, would have been better in good weather as the views as we ascended some of the many hills would have been amazing, however we were shrouded in cloud and had limited views.  Undaunted we continued on our route across very rough terrain in some parts, taking care to avoid the herds of cows with calves.

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Summer Walks

Thursday June 9th  – A walk from the Hop Vine in Burscough to Crabtree Lane and by various footpaths to a farm shop/cafe near the Martin Inn then back along the canal to the Hop Vine for lunch. If coming by car, the pub has a small car park but there is a large Tesco store over the road with a much larger car park. If coming by bus, the 2A leaves stand 6 at Ormskirk at 9.48 and arrives at the Hop Vine at 10.06 The walk starts at 10.30am.
Leader Judith Jones

Thursday 7th July – This was going to be our coach trip for a ramble around Barley/Pendle Hill. Unfortunately due to lack of support the trip is not viable and therefore it has been cancelled. For the few who have paid, please see me at the Walking desk for your refund.

Thursday 11th August – A walk from West Kirby Rail Station, along the Wirral way for a short distance then up to the Beacon, along Caldy Ridge then down to the shore line and back into West Kirby for lunch at Wetherspoons. The walk starts at 10.30 am
Leader Margaret Schumacher


Walking Group

Thursday 7th July      Outing by coach to Barley/Pendle Hill

We propose to travel to Barley where there will be a choice of two walks.

A)   Keith Graham will lead a circular walk to the top of Pendle Hill and back down            into Barley ( fairly strenuous with a climb of approx 1000feet)

B)    Margaret Schumacher will lead a gentler walk of around 5 miles with some                uphill.

The cost will be £12 and the numbers limited to 41
If interested give your name with a five pound deposit to Bill at the walking desk. Balance to be paid by 14th June.
The coach will depart from Central Square at 9.30 and leave for home at 5.00pm