Walks and Events 2005

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Sunday, 9th January 2005   CANNOCK CHASE    9 miles  6 hrs   Easy/Moderate
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SJ994161. Follow A34 Stafford to Cannock Road, at Pottal Pool roundabout turn left onto the B5012 towards Rugeley and the German War Cemetery. Go past the crossroads to Hednesford and the War Cemetery and park in the car park opposite the White House Hotel (building is not white!) and Marquis Drive.
A pleasant walk across the gentle slopes of the Chase, giving you a chance to see many of its landmarks. We will travel down Abraham's Valley to the Seven Springs. Then across to the Stepping Stones and up to a viewpoint above Milford Common, before working our way back via the Glacier Boulder and Sherbrook Valley. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 16th January 2005   OAKAMOOR    7 miles  4 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK053447. Oakamoor village lies on the B5417 which runs from Cheadle to the A52 at Rue Hill. The car park and picnic site are signed from the village centre, close to the bridge over the Churnet.
A walk around the Churnet Valley taking in Dimmings Dale, Toothill Rock and Alton Village. The occasional climb with good views. Tea-shop stop at end of walk, The Ramblers Retreat, well worth the visit. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Stephen and Anita 01889 883784 On day of walk 07974 748928 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 23rd January 2005   DOVEDALE    9 miles  5 hrs   Easy/Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK146509. Park in the main car park at the entrance to Dovedale.
This walk makes a circuit around the lower section of Dovedale, taking in all its most famous features as well as giving some unexpected views of the dale and a return route which should be considerably quieter than the main valley. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Mark 07966 382270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 28th January 2005  PASTICHE, STAFFORD
Start Time: 7:30pm Meet in Wetherspoons at 7.30pm to eat at 8.30pm
A varied menu to suit all tastes at a set price with lots of add-ons to extend/complement the eating experience. Table booked for 12 people so first come first served.
Organiser: Stephen and Anita 01889 883784 On day of social 07974 748928 Venue Map

Sunday, 30th January 2005   SHUTLINGSLOE AND SHINING TOR    13 miles  7 hrs   Hard
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SJ987699. Turn off the A54 Congleton/Buxton road, heading for Wildboarclough. Car park is approx half a mile north of Wildboarclough.
The walk takes in a variety of scenery on the Staffs/Cheshire border, and includes sharp climbs up Shutlingsloe, Tegg's Nose and Shining Tor. The final stages take us past the Cat and Fiddle pub for well-earned refreshment, before the last descent back to Wildboarclough.
Walk leader: Phil 07968 313014 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 6th February 2005   HARTINGTON    11 miles  6 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK128604. Follow A515 to Buxton from Ashbourne. Turn left at signpost to Hartington. Park in town square or on surrounding roads.
A walk taking in the River Dove, the dales of Biggin and Wolfscote, and the villages of Mill Dale and Alstonefield with the occasional steep climb. Pub stop at end of walk. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Stephen & Anita 01889 883784 On day of walk 07974 748928 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 13th February 2005   MANIFOLD VALLEY    8 miles  5 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK085544. Take the A523 Leek to Ashbourne Road. Heading from Leek turn left onto the B5053 heading through Onecote. 1 mile further on turn right onto Parsons Lane. Just after a phone box (where road swings to right) keep straight on towards Grindon. On entering village turn left then left again to car park (just past church on right).
Starting from Grindon we head south before dropping into the valley of the River Hamps. Following the Manifold Way until heading up to the village of Wetton - calling in at Thor's Cave on the way. We circle Wetton Hill and return to Grindon through attractive countryside. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Neil Tomlinson 07780 686773 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 20th February 2005   WREKIN    7 miles  4 hrs   Easy/Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ647102. The Wrekin is just off the M54, follow the B5061 towards Wellington and turn right towards the Wrekin (sign can be difficult to see). We will be parking on the left just after you go over the motorway.
The walk takes us through Ercall Nature Reserve before crossing over to the Wrekin. We will be going round the south of the Wrekin to get the more challenging ascent. Hopefully the day will be good so we can enjoy the view from the top. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Tuesday, 22nd February 2005  PROGRAMME PLANNING
Start Time: 7:30pm
Another opportunity to put your neck on the block, volunteer to organise lots of events, and then regret it afterwards. Come along with lots of ideas, or just come for the beer. Venue announced nearer the time.
Organiser: Phil 07968 313014

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Saturday, 26th February 2005  PULLMAN RAILWAY CARRIAGE MEAL AT THE SPOTGATE
Start Time: 7:30pm From Stoke on Trent take A520 from Meir towards Meir Heath, go straight across first roundabout at the petrol station, bear left at the second roundabout on to the B5066 to Hilderstone. Follow this road for approx 3 miles, and Spotgate is on the left. Meet in the pub.
Oi! Trainspotters! - Join us for British cuisine in an unusual setting. Due to limited space on the choo choo, 10 places are available for this event. Names to be given to organiser(s) by 31 December 2004.
Organiser: Phil and Vanessa 07968 313014 Venue Map

Sunday, 27th February 2005   PARKHALL HILLS    8 miles  5 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 11:00am    Grid Ref: SJ934448. From A50 at Meir Tunnel, coming from Stoke. Turn left prior to tunnel into Meir Broadway and onto the A520 signposted for Leek. Follow road for two miles until you reach the Weston Coyney traffic lights (there is a Bargain Booze to your right and a tanning studio on your opposite left. Turn left here and follow Parkhall Road for about one mile, and then take turning on the right signposted for Hulme. Car park is on a long track off to the right (it's the second one). For those who went, it is at the same place as last June's bar-be-cue.
A walk around the former quarries of Parkhall Hills, now reclaimed by nature and bearing a passing resemblance to a Western movie scene, travelling via Creswell's Piece and Candles pub. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil & Vanessa 07968 313014 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 5th March 2005  BLACK COUNTRY PUB CRAWL
Start Time: 10:30am Meet at Stoke Station at 9.50 for the 10.04 to Wolverhampton calling at Stafford at 10.22, this gets to Wolverhampton at 10.36. We will wait till 10.45 before getting the 558 bus to Dudley getting off at Sedgley.
A quick pint of the world famous Sarah Hughes dark ruby mild then on to Brierly Hill via Dudley for a few drops of Bathams at the Bull and Bladder. Then on to the Pie factory at Tipton for the biggest pie you've ever seen. After this we head to Ma' Pardoes in Netherton for more world class beer, later at The Waggon and Horses in Hallesowen we will sample the rarer beers of the UK's micro breweries. Finally Holden's beers are sampled at The Great Western back at Wolverhampton.
Organiser: Nick 07812 068609 Venue Map

Sunday, 6th March 2005   SOLOMON'S TEMPLE    10 miles  6 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK049720. From Leek pick up the A53 Buxton Road, and just before you reach the A54, turn right heading towards Harpur Hill. Car park on left after approximately 1/2 mile.
We start this walk from Buxton Country Park whilst heading onto the open barren moorland of Axe Edge Moor. We continue onto the highest village in Staffordshire (Flash) before crossing through several fields and soon reach Thickelow Rocks, Diamond Hill and back to the car. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 13th March 2005   LANTERN PIKE AND MILLENNIUM WALKWAY    14 miles  8 hrs   Hard
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SK000854. From Buxton pick up the A5004 to Whaley Bridge, then left onto the A6. Turn right at Newtown onto the A6015 to New Mills. Look out for Signpost Heritage Centre car park in New Mills.
This walk takes us over pasture-lands onto Chinley Churn, where the views should be rewarding. We shall also climb Lantern Pike before descending into the village of Rowarth. We pick our way through fields and finish off walking along the River Goyt and over the picturesque Millennium Walkway and back to the car. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 20th March 2005   BAKEWELL AND LATHKILL DALE    13 miles  7 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK220686. Meet in the car park in the centre of Bakewell by the cattle market. This is accessed by turning right just after the river as you leave Bakewell on A619 towards Chesterfield.
A pleasant walk following the River Wye to Ashford in the Water then through Lathkill Dale and returning to Bakewell via the River Wye. Pub stop at end. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Susie 01785 253071 / 07791 151397 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 25th March 2005   WHITBY    3 nights    Moderate
Enjoy Easter at the seaside. Hopefully Dracula will not be coming ashore this year. Fine sea cliff and moorland walking in the vicinity. Contact Paul by 1st November 2004 if you are interested.
Organiser: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map

Friday, 1st April 2005  CURRY NIGHT AT ANEESA BALTI COTTAGE, NEWCASTLE
Start Time: 7:45pm Meet in Hogshead at 7.45pm, eating at 9.15pm
Highly recommended Indian cuisine. Restaurant fully licensed. Numbers required by March 20th please.
Organiser: Jane 07746 329743 Venue Map

Sunday, 3rd April 2005   CHURCH STRETTON    11 miles  6 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SO454935. As you enter Church Stretton on the A49, TR at the first set of traffic lights and head into the town centre. TL at the next junction, then TL at the mini roundabout to park in the super market car park. Please park in the far left car park near the toilets.
A picturesque walk that climbs steadily onto the top of the Long Mynd, via Woolstaston and Betchcott and then returns to Church Stretton via the spectacular Carding Mill Valley. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Neil 01543 274805 (Mobile: 07986 589980) Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 10th April 2005   LONGNOR    13 miles  7 hrs   Hard
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK088649. From Leek, take the A523 Ashbourne Road. About seven miles along the road, at the Green Man pub junction, turn left onto B5053 towards Longnor. The village is about ten miles from this junction. Parking is free on the village square, otherwise there is a large grass verge with room to park unmolested on the road that you have just driven from the Green Man on.
"A good pace will be required" as we set off from Longnor and turn north-west to Hollinsclough, at the foot of Chrome Hill. We then turn south towards Newton and then east towards the upper river Manifold, with a less familiar view of its pre-valley stages, finishing with a pint in one of Longnor's many hostelries. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Vanessa 07749 877978 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 17th April 2005   ALREWAS AND SURROUNDS    9 miles  5 hrs   Easy/Moderate
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK170150. Meet at war memorial in the centre of the village. Parking on street. Alrewas is accessed off the A38 north of Lichfield
A pleasant gentle walk passing through villages and parkland in this picturesque part of rural Staffordshire. Returning to Alrewas via the Trent and Mersey Canal. Pub stop at end of walk. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Susie 01785 253071 / 07791 151397 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 24th April 2005   SWALLOW MOSS    12 miles  7 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK128604. Meet at Hartington town square. Follow A515 to Buxton from Ashbourne. Turn left at signpost to Hartington. Park in town square or on surrounding roads.
A pleasant walk to Hulme End and a short climb up to Swallow Moss before heading across several fields to the village of Sheen, and back into Hartington. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 29th April 2005   SCOTLAND    4 nights    Hard
Three days mountain walking in Scotland. The planned walks will be around 12 miles and 5000 feet of ascent each day, with maybe some scrambling. One place still available.
Organiser: Roland 01782 625462 / 07986 084035 Area Map

Sunday, 8th May 2005   PARWICH AND GOTHAM    12 miles  6 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK157563. A515 Ashbourne to Buxton Road. Heading from Ashbourne park in large lay-by on right approx 6 miles north of Ashbourne - just before caravan park. (The lay-by is 1 mile after pay and display near Alsop-en-le-Dale.)
Starting near Alsop-en-le-Dale we head down a typical limestone-country dry valley to the lovely village of Parwich. A couple of short climbs lead onto the High Peak Trail at Longcliffe and then onto the small settlement of Gotham (with possible sightings of Batman?). Over towards Biggin and returning to the car park using the Tissington Trail. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Neil Tomlinson 07780 686773 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 14th May 2005  THORNBURY HALL CUISINE
Start Time: 7:30pm Located in Kingsley Holt (not Kingsley), near Cheadle. From Cheadle take A521 towards Kingsley Holt. Upon entering Kingsley Holt, turn right at the crossroads. Now follow the road down for approximately half a mile and Thornbury Hall is on your right.
A chance to sample traditional top quality Pakistani cuisine in a beautiful rural setting. This is no run of the mill balti, more of an authentic and dare I say it sumptuous dining experience that the foodies among us will simply relish. A maximum of twenty places. Names to be given to organisers by 31st March.
Organiser: Phil & Vanessa 07968 313014 Venue Map

Sunday, 15th May 2005   HAYFIELD    12 miles  7 hrs   Moderate/Hard
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK034869. Turn left off the main road through Hayfield village and immediately right to the main car park.
We will climb over Mount Famine and Brown Knoll before reaching the Kinder plateau. We cross the plateau past the Downfall, returning to Hayfield via Kinder Reservoir. An excellent moorland walk for stretching the legs. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Roland 01782 625462 / 07986 084035 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 22nd May 2005   ECTON HILL    12 miles  7 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK085545. On the A523 leek to Ashbourne, turn left opposite the Green Man pub onto the B5053, through Onecote. After 1 mile turn right to Grindon. Use car park next to church.
This walk contains a couple of climbs of Wetton Hill and Ecton Hill, where there are many undiscovered mine shafts, so don't go wandering off. Only joking!! We pass through dainty villages and pasture-land and back to the car. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 27th May 2005   NORTHUMBERLAND    3 nights    Hard
Enjoy the Whitsun weekend away from it all in the Cheviot Hills, forming part of the Scottish/English border. 15 places available. Bookings to Phil by 1st January please.
Organiser: Phil 07968 313014 Area Map

Sunday, 5th June 2005   DANEBRIDGE    10 miles  6 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ965652. Fork right off the A523 Leek-Macclesfield road about 3 miles outside Leek, then turn right and follow the lanes to Danebridge. Park on the roadside near the bridge - there is very limited space so please share lifts.
After doing a recce for the originally planned walk and finding that it wasn't too good (to put it mildly), I have decided to change things completely and do a walk up to the Roaches instead. Start time and place are unchanged, and there will still be a pint at the end of the walk. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Roland 01782 625462 / 07986 084035 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 11th June 2005  GRANVILLES, STONE
Start Time: 7:30pm Meet in Wetherspoons just across the road at 7.30pm
Great food and great live music. Sounds like a great night out. Bookings to Ralf by 22nd May please.
Organiser: Ralf 01785 818030 / 07979 726364 Venue Map

Sunday, 12th June 2005   ABBOTS BROMLEY & BLITHFIELD RESERVOIR    8 miles  4 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 11:00am    Grid Ref: SK063239. From Uttoxeter, follow B5013 towards Abbots Bromley, turning right immediately before the village towards Rugeley. At the bottom of the bank, running down to the reservoir causeway, there is a free car park, on a lane on your left.
An easy summer ramble to the gentle mooing of sheep and the bleating of cows. We walk over the reservoir and up to Admaston, then turning down towards Blithfield Hall, Newton and Dapple Heath. We return via Dunstal and Abbots Bromley itself, in time for a pint at one of the umpteen pubs there. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil and Vanessa 07968 313014 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 19th June 2005   LAMALOAD RESERVOIR & LYME HALL    18 miles  9 hrs   Hard
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ976753. On the A537 "Cat & Fiddle" road travelling from Buxton to Macclesfield, drive past aforesaid hostelry and turn right at a crossroads approximately 2.5 miles further on. Travel down this lane for about 1.5 miles and a car park is located on your left at the end of the reservoir.
Phil's reservoir fixated summer walks schedule persists with this splendid leg stretcher in the rolling hills west of the Goyt valley. We wend our way north through Shining Tor, Kettleshulme, Lyme Park and back along the Gritstone Trail (one of the countless "Ways" & "Trails" that serve only to confuse the map reader), finishing back at the reservoir. Again. If we keep up a good pace (which is required for this walk, needless to say), I may let you call in for a pint in Kettleshulme. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil and Vanessa 07968 313014 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 26th June 2005   SHUGBOROUGH    7 miles  4 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ984210. Follow A513 from Milford Common towards Rugeley. Parking is on the left after the big parking at The Punch Bowl.
A gentle walk around the grounds of Shugborough Hall and a bit of Cannock Chase. Well, the bits they don't make you pay for anyway. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 1st July 2005   MOUNTAIN BIKING: COED-Y-BRENIN    2 nights    Hard
Sorry, this event has been cancelled
Organiser: Neil 01543 274805 (Mobile: 07986 589980) Area Map

Sunday, 10th July 2005   WARMINGHAM    8 miles  5 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ725595. Meet at the Elton Flashes Nature Reserve in the parish of Moston, Cheshire by the old road bridge.
The route will involve the ancient settlement of Warmingham with its old mill, church, Roman remains together with medieval moat and fish ponds. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Rob 07817 904578 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 17th July 2005   LONGNOR    10 miles  5 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK088649. Follow A515 from Ashbourne to Buxton. Approx 5 miles north of Hartington, turn left signposted to Longnor (opposite right turn to Monyash on B5055). Park in village square or on nearby road.
A walk from the conservation village of Longnor along country lanes, paths and farm tracks to Chrome Hill which is one of the unusual hill profiles apparently formed by a 300 million year old Coral Reef. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Stephen & Anita 01889 883784 On day of walk 07974 748928 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 22nd July 2005  CASA LOCO MEXICAN
Start Time: 8:30pm Meet in Wetherspoons, Stone at 7.30pm for 8.30pm meal.
A return visit to a past favourite haunt. A large variety of Mexican food in a room with interesting decorative features.
Organiser: Stephen & Anita 01889 883784 On day of social 07974 748928 Venue Map

Sunday, 24th July 2005   THE CLOUD AND SUTTON COMMON    13 miles  7 hrs   Moderate/Hard
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SJ937625. A523 Leek to Macclesfield road heading towards Macclesfield.Turn left at phone box in Rushton Spencer.Turn left at pub for car park.
From Rushton Spencer heading west to climb The Cloud for views over Congleton and the Cheshire Plain. Then northwards to meet the Macclesfield canal and on to Oakgrove. Returning over Sutton Common. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Neil T. 07780 686773 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 31st July 2005   BONSALL DALE    10 miles  6 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK238603. From Ashbourne A515, turn right at Newhaven onto A5012. Go through Pikehall then take first left. Keep straight on, then turn right opposite pub, just before descending into Winster. Use small car park on right.
A pleasant walk through Winster and Wensley Dale, through woodland and past Bonsall mines. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 7th August 2005   PENKRIDGE    8 miles  4 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ932148. Turn left off A449 in centre of Penkridge and continue for 3/4 mile. After the mini-roundabout turn on to Wood Bank Road and park in lay-by or on road. Very limited spaces so please share cars.
A gentle walk taking in part of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and passing through Teadesley Parkland and across fields. Pub stop towards end of the walk. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Susie 01785 253071 / 07791 151397 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 14th August 2005   KNIGHTON & OFFA'S DYKE    13 miles  7 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SO291724. From Church Stretton, head to Craven Arms and then pick up B4368, then taking a left onto B4385 and then B4367 to Bucknell, which you drive through to reach A4113. Turn right at this junction and follow to Knighton. Park in the railway station car park.
A pleasant walk by the banks of the River Teme, climbing up towards Llanfair Hill and back along Offa's Dyke (built by the noted 9th century Saxon king of Mercia to keep out the Cambrians). Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07968 313014 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 20th August 2005  PASTICHE, LICHFIELD
Start Time: 8:00pm Meet in Wetherspoons (aka The Acorn Inn) on Tamworth Street, Lichfield from 7:00pm onwards.
A varied menu to suit all tastes at a set price with plenty of add-ons to complement the eating experience. Table booked for 16 people so first come first served, £5 deposit required by 30th July please.
Organiser: Dave 0121 308 5506 or 07917 300826 Venue Map

Sunday, 21st August 2005   LONGSTONE EDGE FROM EYAM    10 miles  5 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK214767. Longstone Edge From Eyam Start/finish Parish Church of St Lawrence, Eyam. Take the A619 out of Bakewell. Turn on to the A623 passing through Stoney Middleton then go right on to the B6521 and follow the signs for Eyam
Starting from the famous plague village of Eyam we shall be going up High Rake onto Longstone Edge and experience the lovely Derbyshire Dales. Some climbing is rewarded with fine views and hopefully no one will 'atish-oo' and fall down ! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Mark 07796 382270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Tuesday, 23rd August 2005  PROGRAMME PLANNING
Start Time: 8:00pm
The programme planning meeting will be held at the George & Dragon, Meaford near Stone. Please come along with ideas for walks and events for January to June next year.
Organiser: Paul 07967 985270

Area Map

Sunday, 28th August 2005   STRETTON HILLS    13 miles  7 hrs   Hard
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SO441919. In Little Stretton south of Church Stretton take one of the two turnings toward the Long Mynd. Parking is on the roadside by the stream before you reach the ford and campsite.
A good day of hill walking including a number of steep climbs. The views from the top will be worth it though. Taking in the peaks of Ragleth Hill, Caer Caradoc and Pole Bank on the Long Mynd. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 4th September 2005   TALKE    8 miles  5 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ826524. Meet at the Outlet Centre car park near to the petrol station.
The route will involve Staffordshire footpaths through to Mill Dale and then on to an ancient highway through the parish of Barthomley back to Talke. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Rob 07817 904578 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 9th September 2005   HOWGILL FELLS    2 nights    Moderate
Due to lack of interest. This event has now been cancelled.
Organiser: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map

Saturday, 17th September 2005   TRYFAN & THE GLYDERS    10 miles  8 hrs   Hard
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SH657602. Follow A55 From Chester To Bangor. At the Bangor roundabout, about seven miles past Llanfairfechan, turn left onto the A5. Carry on for nine miles, past Idwal and park up on the left by the side of Llyn Ogwen.
A challenging day up on the craggy tops of Tryfan and the Glyders. There will be the opportunity to stand on such prominences as "The Cannon" and "The Cantilever", plus several difficult scrambles that some sneeringly call "Easy". Not. Once again, as with Carnedd Llewellyn last June, there will be the obligatory chip stop in Conwy and a sampling of the local "cwrw". Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07968 313014 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 23rd September 2005  LEEK BEER SAMPLING EXPEDITION
Start Time: 7:45pm Meet in "Den Engel" in Leek. This can be found by turning left at the lights at St Edward Street (if coming in from SOT) and then in the third side street on your right.
A chance to have a little drinky-poo in one or two of Leek's many hostelries. No doubt including, after the excellent Belgian bar starting point, The Quiet Woman and No 64's cellar bar. There is a bus service up from Stoke, but if you want to organise a taxi, it's best to sort out one between yourselves in advance.
Organiser: Vanessa 07968 313014 Venue Map

Sunday, 25th September 2005   MOEL FAMAU    11 miles  6 hrs   Moderate/Hard
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ199627. Park at Loggerheads Country Park (no, not near Market Drayton) off the A494 from Mold.
A return visit to the Clwydian Hills. We'll explore farther along the undulating ridge, returning via the Jubilee Tower to the Loggerheads visitor centre cafe, hopefully in time for mugs of tea and more of those scrumptious chip butties. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Roland 01782 625462 / 07986 084035 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 30th September 2005   BIG EVENT    2 nights    Easy/Moderate
The annual gathering for all Ramblers' 20s & 30s groups will be held at Ilam this year. More information will be published in Hike magazine..
Organiser: Dave Ebdon, Surrey Group Area Map

Sunday, 2nd October 2005   HISTORIC SOUTH DERBYSHIRE    9 miles  5 hrs   Easy/Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK353241. A50 towards M1. Leave at junction and head towards Swarkestone (A5132). Turn left at Swarkestone onto A514 and follow to Ticknall, parking in the car park.
Gentle walk through the countryside on the south side of the Trent. Taking in views of the historic Swarkestone Bridge we head back via Staunton Harold Reservoir and finally through the grounds of Calke Abbey before returning to Ticknall. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Neil T. 07780 686773 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 9th October 2005   STIPERSTONES    9 miles  5 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SO357978. Take A488 south from Shrewsbury when you reach Black Marsh. You need to take a left turn towards Pennerley and The Bog. Turn right and head towards car park at The Bog.
We start by heading up towards Green Hill then ascending to the main Stiperstones path. We will wend our way past some of the area's many different rock formations such as Devil's Chair, Cranberry Rock and Manstone Rock. We will finish off by walking through some pleasant woodland. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 16th October 2005   KERRIDGE HILL AND WHITE NANCY    13 miles  7 hrs   Hard
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ975753. We park at Lamaload Reservoir,past the Cat and Fiddle pub on the A537 towards Macclesfield. Take first right, might be called Hooleyhey lane.If car park still closed,please use Pym Chair car park,approx 2 miles up the road on the left.
This walk takes us over fields with a few climbs, leading up to the ridge of Kerridge Hill,where we shall be rewarded with fine views of the Staffordshire and Cheshire hills. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 21st October 2005   BUTTERMERE, LAKE DISTRICT    2 nights    Moderate/Hard
Walking around the lake of Buttermere taking in a variety of the surrounding mountains (including Crag Hill, High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike) via ridge and valley walking. Involves some fairly steep climbs but rewarded by great views (weather permitting). There is a pub in the village which serves a variety of good food & drink. The cost is £32 per person including breakfast (non-optional) payable to Mrs A Farrant by 15th July at the latest please.
Organiser: Stephen & Anita 01889 883784 Mobile number 07974 748928 Area Map

Saturday, 29th October 2005  AGM
Start Time: 6:30pm
The AGM this year will be held at the George and Dragon, Meaford, Stone. Nominations for committee posts to Phil by 1st October please. The AGM will be followed by a meal at the same venue.
Organiser: Phil 07968 313014

Area Map

Saturday, 29th October 2005  AGM MEAL
Start Time: 8:00pm George & Dragon Public House, Meaford, Stone on the A34 just south of the Darlaston Inn roundabout
Meet at 6.30pm for the AGM followed at 8.00pm for a traditional pub meal. Please let us know if you would like to attend by the end of September 2005.
Organiser: Stephen & Anita 01889 883784 / 07974 748928 Venue Map

Saturday, 5th November 2005  BONFIRE NIGHT
Start Time: 6:30pm
Join us in celebrating Guy Fawkes' 400th Anniversary at Westbridge Park Bonfire and Firework display, Stone. We will meet at the Swan Inn, Stafford Street, Stone at 6.30pm, then walk along to Westbridge Park together. The bonfire is to be lit at 7.30pm, with fireworks starting at 8pm. Entry is approx £2-3 per adult. For those who want to continue drinking after the fireworks, there are plenty of pubs within staggering distance! Please ring Rachel with any queries.
Organiser: Rachel 07919 094772 Venue Map

Sunday, 6th November 2005   HIGH TOR AND MASSON HILL    10 miles  6 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SK296602. Park at Matlock Railway station.Use the free car park and not the pay and display. Turn left just before bridge into Matlock on the A6.
A steady climb up to High Tor and along Giddy Edge,over looking views of Matlock Bath. A good walk for camera lovers and those with a head for heights.There will be a pub stop or meal after the walk in Matlock. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 13th November 2005   LONG MOUNTAIN    12 miles  7 hrs   Moderate/Hard
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SJ238020. Take the A490 south of Welshpool towards Chirbury. After Kingswood you will reach the junction with the B4388 you need to turn right to stay on the A490. The parking is in a large tarmaced lay-by 100 ft on right after this junction.
A day in the Welsh border country where we will first wend our way north east through the rolling hills. We will cross to the Long Mountain before working our way back along the Offa's Dyke Path. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 18th November 2005  BAUHINIA CHINESE RESTAURANT
Start Time: 7:30pm Travel past the Hanford roundabout on the A34 heading toward Newcastle. The restaurant is on the left after the Tesco supermarket.
A night of top Chinese cuisine in the Bauhinia restaurant. Meeting in The Orange Tree next door at 7.30 for a pre meal drink. Bookings to be given to Mark by 30th September please.
Organiser: Mark 07962 653325 Venue Map

Sunday, 20th November 2005   HANCHURCH    6 miles  3 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 11:00am    Grid Ref: SJ839399. Park in car park for picnic site just off road between A51 and A519 - this road is Dog Lane if approaching from A51 or Drayton Road if approaching from A519.
This is a walk through Swynnerton Old Park, Hanchurch Hills and the surrounding area. There will be views across to Shropshire and the Welsh Hills (weather permitting!). This is a good walk for beginners as well as those regulars who fancy a pleasant walk in the Staffordshire countryside. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Rachel 07919 094772 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 26th November 2005   WHITTINGTON AND HOPWAS HAYES WOOD    10 miles  5 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK161083. Whittington is signposted and best accessed off the A38, east of Lichfield. Considerate parking on the village streets, and meet on the corner of Main Street and Chapel Lane, by the shops.
Starting from the very pleasant village of Whittington, we will stroll along the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, touch on the Heart of England Way and climb through Hopwas Hayes Woods. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Dave 01213 085506 or 07917 300826 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 27th November 2005  STAFFORDSHIRE AREA AGM
Start Time: 2:00pm
The AGM for all Ramblers' groups in the Staffordshire area will be held at Kinver Church Hall this year.
Organiser: Phil 07968 313014

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Sunday, 4th December 2005   ODIN MINE AND MAM TOR    9 miles  5 hrs   Moderate/Hard
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK124853. Take the A53 out of Buxton and then head on to the A6 through Dove Holes. At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Buxton Road - A623 (signposted Chesterfield) Continue forward onto the A623. Entering Sparrowpit, at "Wanted Inn" turn left (signposted Blue John Cavern, Edale, Castleton). After a few miles bear left then carry on until the signpost for Edale. Continue to Edale and park on the Pay and Display.
A walk over Mam Tor and Rushup Edge taking in Odin Mine and the stunning views of Edale. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Mark 07962 653325 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 10th December 2005  STONE NIGHT OUT
Start Time: 8:00pm Meet in the Wetherspoons Pub, Stone
Join us for a night out in Stone for some pre-Christmas merriment.
Organiser: Nicola & Nigel 01782 395431 Venue Map

Sunday, 11th December 2005   OULTON & DOWNS BANKS    7 miles  3 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 11:00am    Grid Ref: SJ901365. On A5005, heading south from Stoke, bear right at fork onto minor road about two miles from Rough Close. About two miles on from this point, there is a second junction. Follow the road round to the right and a little down the bank, there is a car park on the right.
A walk in this little pocket of woodlands near Stone, and then back along the canal. Simple really. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07968 313014 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 18th December 2005   AMERTON FARM CHRISTMAS WALK & MEAL    6 miles  3 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ995276. On the A518 between Weston & Uttoxeter opposite The Plough Pub.
A walk around the Staffordshire countryside followed by a traditional Christmas meal at the Amerton Farm restaurant booked for 1.30pm. We can then retire to the pub opposite or do some last minute Christmas shopping at the Amerton Farm shops which sell pottery, gifts, chocolates and toys. Price will be £13 per head for 4 course meal. Please confirm your attendance by 31st October.
Walk leader: Stephen & Anita 01889 883784 On day of walk 07974 748928 Area Map    Start Point Map

Thursday, 29th December 2005   NEW YEAR    3 nights    Moderate/Hard
Three nights in one of The Lake District's best villages. Ideal for all grades of walk and visiting Beatrix Potter landmarks. Pubs in the village are very good for the local Hawkshead beer as well as food. Mountain biking is also very popular with bikes available from the hostel. The cost is £12.50 per night, plus a compulsory payment of £14.00 for the New Year's Eve buffet.
Organiser: Nick 07812 068609 Area Map


Points to Remember:
1. Please call the walk leader before the walk in case any details have changed.
2. Make sure that you are suitably dressed for the weather. Remember that some walks are on exposed high land and the weather can be cold and wet. Denim jeans are not suitable for high-level walks.
3. Dogs are welcome but only with the prior agreement of the walk leader
4. If the walk leader decides to shorten the walk then that decision is final and is not open to negotiation. The leader will only do this when there is a good reason for doing so.
5. Even if a walk does not state packed lunch, it is always advisable to bring something to eat and drink.
6. If transport is shared, please provide the driver with a share of the fuel costs.
7. Non RA members are welcome to join us for 3 walks before being asked to join the RA. There are no exceptions to this.
8. Regrettably, due to the nature of the Sunday programme, we are unable to accept children on our these walks.
9. Children are welcome on Family Friendly walks.
10. Web site address: www.staffs-walkers.org.uk
11. You are responsible for your own safety at all times.

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