Walks and Events 2006

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Sunday, 8th January 2006   CANNOCK CHASE    7 miles  4 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK043126. From A460 Cannock to Rugeley Road there is a sign for the castle ring it's heading towards Rawnsley, follow the signs to the Castle ring car park.
A pleasant walk to start the year off around the Beudesert area of the Chase. Including a chance to visit the Castle Ring an Iron age Hill fort located on the highest point on the chase. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 15th January 2006   SHUTTLINGSLOE AND THE MACCLESFIELD FOREST    10 miles  5 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ987698. Park at the Clough Head car park to the north of Wildboarclough village. From Buxton take the A54 towards Congleton and after the junction with the A537 take the first R to Wildboarclough then take the next turn R and the car park is on the left after approx. 3/4 miles
Staritng off with a steep ascent up Shuttlingsloe we go through the Macclesfield Forest up to the Cat and Fiddle and return via 3 Shires Head. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Susie 01785 253071 / 07791 151397 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 22nd January 2006   WEAVER HILLS & STANTON    14 miles  7 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK085477. From Stoke take A52 out towards Ashbourne. Approximately fifteen miles out, a little past the junction with the B5417, there is a track on a bend on your right leading down to a quarry. You should find plenty of room to park on this track.
This walk takes us through some of the less well-known beauty spots of Staffs and the south Peaks, following a route north towards Milk Hill, Blore, Hazleton Clump and back through Swinscoe, Stanton, rounding off the day with commanding views of the Midlands from the highest point of the Weaver Hills. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07968 313014 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 27th January 2006  PASTA DI PIAZZA ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Start Time: 7:30pm Meet in the Wetherspoons in Stone at 7.30pm to eat at 8.30pm
Pasta, Pizza and all the other options you would expect in an Italian restaurant.
Organiser: Stephen & Anita 01889 883784 On evening of social 07974 748928 Venue Map

Sunday, 29th January 2006   TISSINGTON    7 miles  4 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK177520. Follow A515 from Ashbourne to Buxton. Turn right at signpost to Tissington Village (looks like a private estate road). Drive into village and follows signs to the pay and display car park.
Starting with a walk through the village of Tissington where we follow a footpath through fields to the village of Alsop en le Dale. We continue through fields then return to Tissington via the Tissington Trail. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Stephen & Anita 01889 883784 On day of walk 07974 748928 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 5th February 2006   MIDDLETON    12 miles  6 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SK195632. Follow Ashbourne to Buxton nn the A515, turn right at Newhaven onto A5012 then immediately left, after approx 2 miles turn right towards Middleton. Park in square.
A pleasant walk through open countryside to Robin Hoods Stride rock formations and Hermits cave. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 12th February 2006   EDALE    7 miles  4 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:15am    Grid Ref: SK125853. From Buxton follow the A6 north towards Chapel-en-le-Frith. Pass thorough Dove Holes and at the roundabout take the first exit signposted Blue John Cavern. On the dual carriage way take the first exit and approx 300m along the road take a sharp right (signposted Blue John). Continue along the main road before turning left towards Edale. Meet in the public car park (Parking fee is £4/car)
A moderate ascent is rewarded with walk along the southern edge of the Kinder plateau. We ascend via Ollerbrook Clough towards 'Ringing Roger'. The walk along the plateau passes Nether Tor and Upper Tor before reaching the peak of Grindlow Knoll. It can be windy on top but the views are great - weather permitting!. From Grindlow there is a steep descent to join the Pennine way and returning to Edale. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Nigel 01782 395431 / 07764 561750 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 19th February 2006   BREWOOD    8 miles  4 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ882088. Park in the signposted public car park in Brewood village centre; off Stafford Street, the approach road is at the side of the bakery.
A walk from the the site of a Roman Fort, known as Brewood, through fields to the site of Thomas Telfords famous aqueduct across the A5. We then pick up the Staffordshire Way following the Shropshire Union Canal bordered on both sides by pleasant woodland. A short journey through more fields and pastureland, a short visit to Belvide Reservoir and Bird Sanctuary before a gentle return to Brewood along the canal. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Steve 07867 536818 Area Map    Start Point Map

Tuesday, 21st February 2006  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 July to December.
Organiser: Paul 07967 985270

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Friday, 24th February 2006  COUCH POTATO CAFE
Start Time: 8:00pm Meet in Wetherspoons (aka The Acorn Inn) on Tamworth Street, Lichfield from 7:00pm until 7:50pm
Excellent food, with a menu loosely based on potatoes and other yummy stuff. Now fully booked, £5 deposit now required by end of Jan please.
Organiser: Dave 01213 085506 after 6pm or 07917 300826 Venue Map

Sunday, 26th February 2006   MILL HILL AND MIDDLE MOOR FROM HAYFIELD    10 miles  6 hrs   Moderate/Hard
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK036869. From Stoke on Trent take the A53 to Buxton the take the A6 to Dove Holes. At roundabout take the first exit(posted Glossop, Chinley A624). At roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Hayfield Road - A624 (signposted Glossop). Entering Chapel Milton continue forward onto Hayfield Road (A624). Entering Chinley forward onto Chapel Road (A624 signposted Hayfield, Glossop) and continue into Hayfield. Parking at the Sett Valley Trail car park.
Starting on the Sett Valley Trail we have a pleasant walk over the hills around Hayfield before heading down to the Kinder Valley Reservoir. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Mark 07962 653325 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 3rd March 2006   A WEEKEND IN MANCHESTER    2 nights    Easy
A change of plan from the Oxford weekend. We will be heading for the buzzing metropolis of Manchester. Friday night we will be heading into Chinatown for a meal in one of the many great retaurants there. Nick will be leading a walk to some of the fine drinking establishments of the city on the Saturday afternoon with time in the morning for any shopping or visits to places of interest.For those of you who are in a walking club to walk (crazy) Paul Shaw will be leading one on the Saturday if you don't fancy shopping or drinking !
Organiser: Mark 07962 653325 Area Map

Sunday, 12th March 2006   WREKIN    7 miles  5 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ646102. Turn off Junction 7 of the M54. Turn right towards Wellington on the B5061. Turn right towards the Wrekin, Ercall Lane (sign can be difficult to see). Park in the 1st car park on the left after going over the motorway.
Back by popular demand another chance to head round the Wrekin. We'll be starting in Ercall Wood wending are way over to the Wrekin. The views from the top will be worth the climb. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 17th March 2006  SOCIAL EVENING IN NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME
Start Time: 8:00pm Meet in 'The Ironmarket' in Newcastle Under Lyme. Please note that the printed programme says to meet in 'Hogshead' - the venue has not changed, it has just been renamed to 'The Ironmarket'. The address is : 21, Ironmarket, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 1RH; ph number of venue 01782 619430.
Join us in Newcastle to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - Guinness drinking and wearing green recommended but not mandatory!
Organiser: Nicola 01782 395431 / 07766 174462 Venue Map

Sunday, 19th March 2006   LATHKILL AND BRADFORD DALES    12 miles  6 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK195643. From Stoke on Trent take the A53 to Buxton then take the A515. The walk starts at Youlgreave off the B5055 with the car park at Moor Lane.
A pleasant route through some of the most interesting and attractive dales in the Peaks. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Mark 07962 653325 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 26th March 2006   AXE EDGE MOOR    12 miles  7 hrs   Moderate/Hard
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SK019716. On the A53 Leek to Buxton road, turn left on the A537 towards Macclesfield. Take the turning right sign posted Derbyshire Bridge, use car park.
A walk over little used moorland paths, with extensive views and visiting Three Shire Heads en route. Lunch required.
Walk leader: John 01538 360354 / 07891 961801 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 2nd April 2006   CONSALL FORGE    8 miles  5 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ994484. Turn off the A522 near Wetley Rocks, following signs for Consall and Consall Forge. Then follow signs to the visitor centre and car park.
An easy walk, but with some short but steep climbs and descents. Some delightful names to conjure with such as Cherryeye Bridge, Crowgutter Wood and the Devil's Staircase. Finishing with a pint at the Black Lion. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Roland 01782 625462 / 07986 084035 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 9th April 2006   PENKRIDGE    12 miles  6 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SJ923140. Follow the A449 Stafford to Wolverhampton road into Penkridge. Follow the signs to the public car park at the side of the Methodist Chapel. The car park is the first turning on left after the second set of traffic lights when heading towards Wolverhampton.
A gentle country walk through the fields and woodlands surrounding Penkridge, following the Staffordshire Way and linking up with the Heart of England Way. No hills but plenty of real countryside ozone fueled air. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Steve 07867 536818 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 14th April 2006   TREFDRAETH YH - PEMBROKESHIRE COASTAL PATH    3 nights    Moderate
This YH is located in the village of Newport and is self catering only. There are lots of activities in this area, eg boat trips, horse riding and climbing etc. The walks will consist of coastal walking, passing by many different rock formations and natural arches and caves. For those who don't want to walk, you could always bring your bucket and spade ? Price to be £12.50per night. Bookings no later than 30th October. Please make cheque payable to Paul Shaw. This is an Easter Weekend event and the YH will get booked up very quickly.
Organiser: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map

Saturday, 22nd April 2006  RAMBLERS' ASSOCIATION GENERAL COUNCIL
Start Time: 9:00pm
The national delegate conference will be held at Keele University. The Staffordshire Walkers will be hosting an event for other 20s & 30s members who attend the conference.
Organiser: Venue Map

Sunday, 23rd April 2006   OAKAMOOR AND DIMMINGS DALE    6 miles  3 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK052446. Meet in the Public Car Park 'Oakamoor' just after the Admirals pub. Follow the B5417 from Cheadle towards Oakamoor. Just before crossing the bridge into Oakamoor village turn right (signs for Ramblers Retreat). Just after the Admirals pub turn left into the car park.
A gentle walk along the Churnet Valley and through Dimmings Dale with the option of afternoon refreshments in the Ramblers Retreat pub. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Nigel 01782 395431 / 07764 561750 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 30th April 2006   THORPE    8 miles  5 hrs   Easy/Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK164504. Follow A515 out of Ashbourne towards Buxton, turn left sign posted Dovedale 5 miles. Park opposite pub, just before sharp left hand bend. Car park may be called Narlows.
A pleasant walk through open fields, with scenic views. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 7th May 2006   HARTINGTON    10 miles  5 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 Alstonfield. 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

Saturday, 13th May 2006   PISTYLL RHAEADR AND CADAIR BERWYN    14 miles  9 hrs   Hard
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SJ053261. Llangynog is found on the B4391 to Bala, and park on the main car park to the right, just after the pubs and before you leave the village.
The walk (which will require a 'good pace'!) takes us up and above the Tanat Valley, over to the stunning Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall and on towards the high peaks of Moel Sych and Cadair Berwyn. Fingers crossed, we should be rewarded for this unforgiving climb by spectacular views of Snowdonia to the north. We return via the slightly scary Berwyn ridge and the excellent cafe at the base of the falls. Please note that there is no mobile phone reception at the start, so you had better not be late nor lost! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Dave 01213 085506 after 6pm or 07917 300826 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 19th May 2006  BEIJING CITY CHINESE RESTAURANT
Start Time: 7:30pm Meet in the Black Lion at 7.30pm to eat at 8.30pm
An opportunity to visit a new haunt in stoke for the group. Come and enjoy the food and the good company.
Organiser: Stephen & Anita 01889 883784 On evening of social 07974 748928 Venue Map

Sunday, 21st May 2006   LICHFIELD AND FRADLEY JUNCTION    9 miles  4 hrs   Easy
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK100099. Park at the Beacon Park Car Park. Turn L off the A51 from Rugeley into Eastern Avenue (by the Hedgehog Pub) and immediately turn R into Stafford St, then after Morrisons turn R by the Feather Pub into Greenhouse Rd, signposted Beacon Park.
A varied walk following the Trent and Mersey Canal to Fradley Junction and returning through Lichfield. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Susie 01785 253071 / 07791 151397 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 26th May 2006   MACHYNLLETH    2 nights    Moderate/Hard
This weekend is now cancelled owing to lack of interest. So there. You've missed your chance. So there.
Organiser: Phil 07968 313014 Area Map

Sunday, 4th June 2006   GRADBACH AND THE CLOUD    20 miles  10 hrs   Hard
Start Time: 9:00am    Grid Ref: SJ998663. Leek to Buxton road A53. Turn left opposite pub, signposted Gradbach, left at T-junction, follow signs to YH, use car park on right.
An interesting walk over parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire countryside. This walk must not to be taken lightly. A quick pace is required. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 11th June 2006   NORTH KINDER EDGE    11 miles  7 hrs   Moderate/Hard
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK109915. Park off A57 in car park at Birchin Clough.
We'll traverse the side of the Woodlands Valley before crossing over the River Ashop and ascending alongside Blackden Brook to reach the northern edge of Kinder Scout. We continue along the edge of the plateau before descending via Ashop Clough. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Roland 01782 625462 / 07986 084035 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 17th June 2006  CASTRO'S RESTAURANT
Start Time: 8:00pm Follow the A520 towards Leek. Park in Cheddleton opposite the flint mill on right hand side.
Come and join us for some Latin American food and its pleasant surroundings. Meeting at the Red Lion nearby. We shall dine at 8.30. Deposit of £5 required before the end of May.
Organiser: John 01538 360354 / 07891 961801 Venue Map

Sunday, 18th June 2006   DEEP HAYES COUNTRY PARK    9 miles  5 hrs   Moderate
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ963534. From Stoke A53 towards Leek, go through Endon and turn right at Longsdon, sign posted Deep Hayes Country Park, use car park on right, just over canal.
A pleasant walk over mixed terrain, passing through Cheddleton and the edge of Leek, through various places of interest en route. Lunch required.
Walk leader: John 01538 360354 / 07891 961801 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 24th June 2006   PENDLE HILL    13 miles  7 hrs   Hard
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SD756396. Take M6 up to A59 junction. Head east towards Clitheroe. Upon reaching Clitheroe by-pass, do not enter town but carry on as if to Gisburn, taking right turn in to Pendleton. Parking in the village.
A Saturday out over one of Lancashire's most notable land-marks and the scene of much malligned witch persecution. Let's hope that the walk over the stunning scenery casts a spell over you. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07968 313014 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 1st July 2006   STAFFORD CASTLE    4 miles  2 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 12 noon    Grid Ref: SJ900220. Following the A518 out of Stafford towards Gnosall; Stafford Castle is clearly signposted and lies off to the left, park in the public car park near the visitors centre. If you go under the Motorway bridge .... you've gone too far!
A very gentle walk from the bottom of Stafford Castle, following a wide circular route to Derrington and returning via a mild climb up to the Castle itself to enjoy clear views of Stafford and surrounding areas ... if it isn't raining! Then an optional trip back to Stafford town centre and a few drinks in a public house ... but you need to walk to find out which one! An ideal walk for the first timer or those unsure of their fitness.
Walk leader: Steven 07867 536 818 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 2nd July 2006   ALBRIGHTON    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ835028. Follow the A41 out of Wolverhampton towards Albrighton, just after the A464 junction look out for a picnic area on the left hand side at Kingswood Common, parking at the public car park joining the picnic area.
Another infamous gentle country walk through the fields and woodlands surrounding rural Staffordshire and showcasing the glorious countryside available around Wolverhampton. Following the Monarchs Way and linking up with the Staffordshire Way, we'll walk to Codsall, through Wrottersley Park and back to Kingswood Common. There should be some beer on the way, but definitely by the end. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Steven 07867 536 818 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 9th July 2006   MAM TOR AND HOPE VALLEY    12 miles  7 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK124832. Start in Mam Tor car park. A6 Buxton to Chapel-en-le-Frith, at roundabout after Doveholes turn right onto A623. At Sparrowpit fork left towards Castleton. Where road turns right to Castleton keep straight on and follow road round to car park (pay and display) between Mam Tor and Rushup Edge.
Starting off by visiting the Iron Age hill fort on Mam Tor and then along the ridge to Lose Hill. After descending we make the short but steep climb onto Win Hill. A gentle stroll through the Hope Valley follows, visiting the site of a Roman fort on the way, before reaching Castleton. The valley of Cave Dale leads us back to the foot of Mam Tor. NOTE - in the unlikely event of England reaching the World Cup Final the walk leader will ensure that the walk finishes in time for a timely return to all parts of Staffs!!! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Neil 07780 686773 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 15th July 2006  PAINTBALL FOR BEGINNERS & BBQ FOR THE MORE ADVANCED!
Start Time: 1:00pm Following the A449 from Stafford to Wolverhampton, pass through Dunston and keep an eye out for Drayton Manor Farm on the right hand side of the road before you reach Penkridge. Just after this is a right turning into some fields, there is a sign on the road for "Project Paintball". If you reach Penkridge ... you've gone too far!!
In the words of the Chairman .... "If you want some - then come get some" ... a fun afternoon of hurling paint at each other ... a chance to get even with your favourite walk leader ... or settle some age old scores ... could this be the ultimate North vs South battle??? All interested candidates please let me know by the 9th of June ... BBQ & beer to follow. & a final message from the secretary ... "Black Country Walkers ... bring it on ... you're going home rainbow coloured!!".
Organiser: Steven 07867 536818 Venue Map

Sunday, 16th July 2006   OVER HADDON AND SHELDON FROM BAKEWELL    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK217687. Traveeling from Leek take the A52 then the A515. Take the B5055 to Monyash and continue on To Bakewell. Parking can be a bit of a problem so do please try to arrive a bit earlier to get in one of the car parks in the town.
Starting at The Bridge on the River Wye (not the one from the film of a similar name) we amble through the villages of Over Haddon, Sheldon and Ashford in the Water and the surrounding areas. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Mark 07962 653325 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 23rd July 2006   CHASE MEMORIAL    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ979190. Follow signs to Brocton from the A513 at Milford Common. In Brocton take turning at The Village Green onto the Chase heading towards Glacial Boulder, road goes up a hill. Car park first on left after quarry marked Coppice Hill.
A pleasant days walk over the Chase visiting some of the areas and memorials from the war. Then heading back along the scenic Sherbrook Valley to the cars. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 29th July 2006   SNOWDONIA    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 4
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SH658601. Meet in the large lay-by about 1km east of Idwal Cottage (NB NOT the car park we used last year).
A rollicking romp over the Snowdonia mountains, including Foel Goch, Y Garn and the Glyders, followed of course by the traditional fish & chips. Please let the organiser know in advance if you are coming.
Walk leader: Roland 01782 625462 / 07986 084035 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 5th August 2006   ENVILLE    4 miles  3 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 11:00am    Grid Ref: SO822868. Take the A449 from Wolverhampton. Turn Right onto the A458 to Bridgenorth. Park in the town square of Enville next the Cat Inn.
A walk that will take in some of the Staffordshire Way with pleasant views of Enville Hall and countryside. Pub stop at end of walk. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07985 700668 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 6th August 2006   CARSINGTON    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK249527. From Ashbourne, pick up the B5035 towards Middleton. Use free car park on right, just before Carsington village.
A pleasant walk over Carsington pastures and the surrounding villages. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 12th August 2006  PARKHALL HILLS BBQ
Start Time: 7:00pm Travel to Meir and along the A520 to Weston Coyney. The main car park is passed the traffic lights on the left and sign posted as Park Hall country Park
We will be having a BBQ at this quaint little country park. Bring your own burgers wine and beer for a relaxed night out in the (hopefully) hot summer night, chilling with your walking buddies !
Organiser: Mark 07962 653325 Venue Map

Sunday, 13th August 2006   IPSTONES EDGE    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK053447. Meet at Car park outside The Admiral's Table (or something like that), Oakamoor. From Stoke, follow A52 towards Cheadle, carrying straight on at the Jones & Shuffs junction, and into Cheadle (where the road becomes the A522). Upon entering Cheadle, turn left at second mini-roundabout signposted to Oakamoor. Follow road for about five miles. As you enter Oakamoor, there is a sudden drop towards the village with a bend towards the right. Just at the bottom of this hill turn right (before the bridge over the Churnet) and then left into the car park. Should there be no space, there is another car park about fifty yards further along, again on the left.
A walk along parts of the Staffordshire Way, calling at Foxt and Ipstones, before ascending over Ipstones Edge itself with views of the North Midlands and Shropshire Hills (and the Wrekin, of course). Lunch required.
Walk leader: Vanessa 07968 313014 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 18th August 2006   FOREST OF BOWLAND    2 nights    Grade 3
A weekend of enjoyable eating, drinking (oh, and some walking if the majority insist) in the best bits of Lancashire. There'll be some walks over Wolfhole Crag and the Trough of Bowland. The local pub, "The Hark To Bounty" is a purveyor of most sumptuous repasts (ie they do good grub), so in order to guarantee a place at the table, an early show of hands of attendees wishing to partake would be appreciated. (Note that the YH is self-catering only). Cheques for £11/night made payable to "Youth Hostels Association" to be sent to Phil Patrick by 30 June 2006.
Organiser: Philip 07968 313014 Area Map

Sunday, 27th August 2006   STRETTON HILLS    13 miles  7 hrs   Grade 3
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.
Another chance to relive this lovely walk. A good day of hill walking including a number of steep climbs, including Carding Mill Valley. 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. Hopefully ending with Tea and Cakes at the WI fair. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Tuesday, 29th August 2006  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: Jayson 07734 605023

Area Map

Saturday, 2nd September 2006  DERBY PUB CRAWL
Start Time: 10:00am Meet at Stoke Station at 10.00 for the train to Derby. Meet at The Brunswick Brewery, near Derby Rail Station at 12.00
A real ale ramble around Derby's best pubs, lunch will be in The Babington Arms around 1:30, with visits to The Smithfield, Olde Dolphin, Flowerpot, Alexandra Hotel, Furnace Inn, Rowditch Inn, Station Inn and ,if time allows the Falstaff brewery.
Organiser: Nick 07812 068609 mobile Venue Map

Sunday, 3rd September 2006   ABBOTS BROMLEY "TRAIL OF THE ANCIENT HORN DANCERS"    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK083242. Abbots Bromley is halfway in between Uttoxeter and Rugeley on the B5013. We are meeting at the junction of the B5234 and B5014 in the village. There is no specific car park in the village but plenty of sideroads
A superb walk along the staffordshire way through Bagot's Forest Park, climbing up Gorsty and Buttermilk Hill. Culminating in Marchington Woodlands. Stag Antlers optional! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Chris 07916 274725 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 9th September 2006   EDALE SKYLINE ( PART II )    19 miles  9 hrs   Grade 4
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SK171834. Parking is often available next to the car park on the road; save your parking dosh for ale later, (mine's a pint of Taylor's Landlord please).
This legendary walk has returned with the added thrill of a night at the Castleton YHA; for those who would like to slake their thirst with real ale and not have to drive home. The route will be changed to bring to you such delights as Pym Chair, Brown Knoll and ,the now seldom seen, Madwoman's Stones. Views from the top, should, weather permitting, be well worth the effort. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Nick 07812 068609 mobile Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 15th September 2006   ELTERWATER YH    2 nights    Grade 4
Another return to the Lake District. This YH is converted from Elterwater's oldest farm, there is a pub and village shop close to hand. We shall be walking/scrambling over Langdale Pikes and Crinkle Crags. Price to be around £12.50 per night. Cheques made payable to Paul Shaw, closing date 2nd July.
Organiser: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map

Sunday, 24th September 2006   BLEAKLOW HEAD FROM WOODHEAD TUNNEL    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK114998. Go through Buxton on the A6 to Chapel en le Frith continuing on the A624 to Glossop. Take the B6105 to Crowden and then the A628 to the west end of the railway tunnel where there is a small car park. Car sharing is advised where possible.
Starting from the west end of the closed railway tunnel we walk to Bleaklow Head and the famous Wain Stones (that I admit I've never heard of !) and past the scenic Torside and Woodhead Reservoirs. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Mark 07962 653325 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 1st October 2006   WENLOCK EDGE AND CORVE DALE    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SO552937. B4371 from Much Wenlock towards Church Stretton. Half a mile past the Wenlock Edge Inn, where the main road starts to drop towards Longville, take the lane straight ahead. Follow this round to the left and down the hill to park on the grass verge near the cottage.
Following a ridge into Corve Dale we make our way through gentle countryside in the shadow of AE Houseman's "blue-remembered hills" to the village of Munslow. Heading up onto Wenlock Edge we follow the ridge back to the cars, passing the Elizabethan manor of Wilderhope on the way. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Neil 07780 686773 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 6th October 2006  THAI MEAL IN 'ART OF SIAM', NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME
Start Time: 8:00pm The address of the restaurant is 30 High St, Newcastle. The Brown Jug is a few minutes walk away at 41 Bridge St, Newcastle.
Another treat for the foodies - dinner in a very good long established Thai restaurant. I have booked a table for 12 for 8pm. Names to me please by 25th September. I will be in 'The Brown Jug' at 19:30 having a pre dinner drink should anyone wish to join me!
Organiser: Nicola 01782 395431 / 07766 174462 Venue Map

Saturday, 7th October 2006   TRENTHAM LAKE    4 miles  3 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ866409. Turn off the A34 into Trentham Gardens.
A pleasant walk around Trentham Lake allowing views of the monument and possible early Xmas shopping at the end for the more organised.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 8th October 2006   KINDER DOWNFALL    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK047869. Follow the A6 from Buxton to Chapel-en-le-Firth. From Chapel follow the A624 to Hayfield. In Hayfield follow Bank Street (approx 1 mile) to the car park at Bowden Bridge.
Start from Bowden Bridge car park. The walk passes Kinder Reservoir before making a steady ascent via William Clough to the Kinder Plateau. The route follows the plateau to Kinder Downfall, Kinder Low, Edale rocks and Brown Knoll before descending back to Bowden Bridge. (almost half the walk (distance) is on the plateau so please be prepared for cold and wet conditions) Lunch required.
Walk leader: Nigel 01782 395431 / 07764 561750 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 15th October 2006   MANIFOLD VALLEY    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK086502. Meet at Manifold Trail Car park, Waterhouses. From Stoke-On-Trent, follow A52 towards Cheadle & Ashbourne (Werrington Bank Road). Bear left at Jones & Shuffs junction towards Ashbourne. Follow road for about 5 miles. Immediately past the Cross Inn, turn left downhill past The Yew Tree pub and follow road round left hand bend past Lafarge Cement works. Car park is on right about 100 yards past the big tower at the works.
A walk at the southern end of the Peak District, starting off along the Manifold Valley railway course, before climbing towards Grindon. Then down to rejoin the valley before an immediate climb up towards Thor's Cave (where The Verve had a photo for one of their album covers taken). Then into Wetton for lunch before walking on the hills above the river Dove and back into Waterhouses, via Calton. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07968 313014 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 22nd October 2006   WIN HILL & LOSE HILL    14 miles  8 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SK203859. A53 to Buxton, A6 towards Chapel-en-le-Frith, right at roundabout onto A623, left at Sparrowpit on sharp bend. Follow signs to Castleton and Hope, heading towards Hathersage, left at traffic lights onto A6013, after approx 3 miles, use Heatherdene car park on right.
A steep climb up Win Hill,with outstanding views of Kinder and Ladybower Res, before we head up to Lose Hill and descending into Castleton and Bradwell and onto Abney Moor and across Hope valley. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07967 985270 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 29th October 2006   DENSTONE AND ALTON    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK100407. Meet at the Village Hall Car Park in Denstone. Denstone is reached from the B5030 if coming from Uttoxeter (turn left by the JCB Plant after Rocester). Alternatively it is reached from the B5032 if coming via Cheadle
Starting at Denstone we shall walk along the line of the former Churnet Valley Railway to Alton returning across fields to Denstone. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Susie 01785 253071 / 07791 151397 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 4th November 2006  AGM & MEAL
Start Time: 6:30pm 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 28th October.
Organiser: Stephen & Anita 01889 883784 Venue Map

Saturday, 4th November 2006  AGM
Start Time: 6:30pm
The AGM this year will be held at the George and Dragon, Meaford, Stone. Nominations for committee posts to Jayson by 1st October please. The AGM will be followed by a meal at the same venue.
Organiser: Jayson 07734 605023

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Sunday, 5th November 2006   GUNPOWDER PLOT WALK    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ865032. We are starting from Codsall Train Station which includes its own Real Ale Pub. Drive along the A41 towards Wolverhampton until you come to traffic lights. Turn left for Codsall, then left and straight on.
White Ladies Priory has harboured many state dissidents; Charles I hid inside The Royal Oak and had a secret room in Boscobel House, all of which will be seen from the walk. Unfortunately Guy Fawlkes' followers only got as far as Holbeache House ten miles south of here and were captured. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Chris 07916 274725 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 11th November 2006   REAL ALE RAMBLE    4 miles  5 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 1:00pm    Grid Ref: SO919988. Meet outside the ticket office of Wolverhampton train station, there are regular trains to Stoke and Stafford, Cannock trains change at Walsall. The bus station is over the bridge also. It is advisable to take the train as we'll probably have more than two pints.
A walk along the rejuvanated Wolverhampton Canal towpath with excellent views of the historic city. The Great Western, Newhampton and Posada are some of the pubs included all serving a range of real ales and pork scratchings.
Walk leader: Chris 07916 274725 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 12th November 2006   ROACHES    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK003622. From Leek take the A53 to Buxton. Turn left for Upper Hulme then take the first left which will take you down to lower Hulme. Follow this road all the way to the parking on top of the hill.
A varied walk over the Roaches Rock, dramatic views of the countryside and an interesting stop at Lud's Church. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07985 700668 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 19th November 2006   GUN AND DANE VALLEY    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SJ935623. A523 Leek to Macclesfield road. On entering Rushton Spencer, quarter of a mile after the pub on the right, take the first turning to the left (phone box on corner). Turn left at the pub (The Knot) for the car park.
From Rushton Spencer we will head through the Dane Valley before climbing Gun, a not very high hill but affording stupendous revelations from the top! Returning via Rudyard reservoir. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Neil 07780 686773 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 25th November 2006   GREAT HAYWOOD AND SALT    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ997227. Parking on the road within Great Haywood village as no public car park. Meet outside the Clifford Arms on the main road. Great Haywood is accessed from the A51 between Stone and Rugely of off the A513 south of Stafford
We shall walk across fields to the village of Salt, then return to Great Haywood along the Trent and Mersey Canal Lunch required.
Walk leader: Susie 01785 253071 / 07791 151397 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 26th November 2006  STAFFORDSHIRE AREA AGM
Start Time: 2:00pm
Lichfield
Organiser: Phil 07968 313014

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Saturday, 2nd December 2006   PARKHALL HILLS    5 miles  3 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ930447. 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).
A walk around the former quarries of Parkhall Hills, now reclaimed by nature and bearing a passing resemblance to a Western movie scene.
Walk leader: Jayson 07734 605023 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 3rd December 2006   HATHERSAGE    12 miles  7 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SK230814. Park in the main car park in Hathersage (behind the church) which is pay & display, or find a free space near the station and then walk back to the main car park.
A prompt start will be required for this walk due to the limited daylight. We'll be exploring the environs of Hathersage and Stanage Edge. Bring a torch!
Walk leader: Roland 01782 625462 / 07986 084035 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 10th December 2006   FROGGATT EDGE    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK262747. Probably best to look at the road map!! Coming from Baslow (north east of Bakewell), Curbar village is a right turn off the A623. Go through the village and the start is at the small car park on the left at Curbar Gap, just outside Curbar village.
Walking across Curbar, Froggatt and White Edges we will hopefully have some nice views across the Derwent Valley, and it'll be very pretty if it snows! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Emma 07765 247181 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 17th December 2006   XMAS MEAL & WALK - TRENTHAM GARDENS    4 miles  2 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 11:00am    Grid Ref: SJ865409. Meet at 11am prompt outside the 'Edinburgh Wool Mill' shop at Trentham Gardens. Any problems with directions contact Jane on 07724 302928.
There will be a short walk (3-4 miles), but not to be underestimated as it has two decent ascents up though old woodlands to a monument, offering fine views if weather permits. For anyone wishing to take an easier option there is a retail park, indoor home & garden centre and a monkey forest. The walk will be followed by lunch at 1.15pm at the Six Arches Restaurant with two or three course options. Two courses £12-95; 3 courses £15-95. £5 deposit by November 10th latest to Tina to secure a place . Preferably cash, or cheque to Miss C Gough.
Walk leader: Tina and Jane 07773 533263 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 29th December 2006   NEW YEAR'S EVE    3 nights    Grade 3
New Year at York promises to be a phenomenal weekend with something for everyone; strenuous winter rambling, historical city walks, guided cycling tours, gourmet organic food, a plethora of architecture; plus naturally, some of the finest pubs in the country serving a veritable cornucopia of real ale. The three star hostel has excellent facilities with 24 hour access and parking. The cost is £55.50 for the three nights and includes breakfast; the meal on New Year's Eve is optional but must be booked by 1st December. Cheques need to be in by 1st of July otherwise the booking will be lost at this very popular hostel.
Organiser: Nick 07812 068609 mobile 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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