Walks and Events 2013

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Sunday, 6th January 2013   CANNOCK CHASE FROM CASTLE RING    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK044128. Please use Castle Ring car park at the junction of Holly Hill Road/Park Gate Road and not the pub's car park. Nearest post code is WS15 4RN, which takes you to The Park Gate Inn (where we shall stop after the walk).
Starting at Castle Ring we go out onto Cannock Chase through Beaudesert Golf Club, following the Heart of England Way to our 1st cafe stop at Marquis Drive, having passed through the former RAF Hednesford site. From there we continue through Birches Valley to our 2nd cafe stop. Dropping down Miflins Valley, back onto a different stretch of HoEW, we head back for Castle Ring through Beaudesert Old Park. (Likely to be muddy in places). Lunch required.
Walk leader: Ian 07791 750526 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 13th January 2013   PENKRIDGE AND THE STAFFS AND WORCESTERSHIRE CANAL    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ923140. The free car park is on the corner of Clay Street and A449 Wolverhampton Rd in Penkridge. Coming south, turn left into Clay St just past the Olympic Fish Bar. You can easily see the car park from the main road, alongside the Methodist church. I suggest early arrival as it's a Sunday, and next to the church! There are alternatives if it's full. Postcode ST19 5AH.
A gentle walk taking in part of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and Teddesley Parkland. We pass through Brocton at the edge of Cannock Chase, Walton-on-the-Hill and Acton Trussell, returning via the canal. Looking at the map this is the walk Susie had planned for us, as far as I can interpret, so I think it's befitting that we continue on and walk the route. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Lee 2 07773 930 315 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 19th January 2013  RECOIL GIG; THE RIGGER IN NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME @ 9PM
Start Time: 9:00pm Venue: The Rigger, Marsh Parade, Newcastle ST5 1BT
Alternative Rock from the Foo Fighters, Muse, The Vaccines, Florence & the Machine and some self-written tracks too!! For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/Recoilstoke
Organiser: Sam 07798 763732 Venue Map

Sunday, 20th January 2013   ORIGINAL WALK CANCELLED, NOW TRENTHAM AND BARLESTON WALK    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ879409. Rushton Spencer walk is cancelled due to severe weather warning!!!!!! A "replacement" walk, to ensure people are closer to home if the weather turns, will now start at the Toby Carvery at Trentham, Longton Road, ST4 8BU
From Trentham walk along the canal to Barleston and around the downs. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Maxine 07730 683103 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 26th January 2013  RECOIL GIG AT THE BIRD IN HAND STAFFORD @ 9PM
Start Time: 9:30pm Venue: The Bird in Hand, Victoria Square, Mill Street, Stafford, ST16 2AQ
Celebrating Zoe Splink's birthday with Recoil! Alternative Rock from the Foo Fighters, Muse, The Vaccines, Florence & the Machine and some self-written tracks too!! For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/Recoilstoke
Organiser: Sam 07798 763732 Venue Map

Sunday, 27th January 2013   WHAT THE ROMANS DID FOR BREWOOD    7 miles  3 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ881088. From J12 of the M6 take the A5 westwards towards Telford and Weston Park. About a mile and a half after the A5/A449 roundabout turn left on Ivey House Lane towards Brewood. At the T-junction in Brewood turn right and meet at The Bridge Inn on the right (if you go over the canal you have gone too far!). Parking is available in the pub car park. Although the car park fairly large, it would be appreciated if as many can car share to reduce the numbers of cars.
A short and easy winter walk along canal towpaths, grass trails and roads: skirting a reservoir and taking in the intersection of two remarkable feats of engineering (apparently)! It will be a muddy walk (and not necessarily just "mud") Lunch required.
Walk leader: James 07888 136069 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 3rd February 2013   RUSHTON SPENCER CIRCULAR WALK    7 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ935624. Park at the council car park next to the Knot Inn Pub SK11 0QU.
This walk follows the Staffordshire Way up and over The Cloud where there are impressive views of Cheshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Maxine 07730 683103 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 10th February 2013   DOVEDALE SPIRES AND WOODED SPLENDOUR    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK146509. The walk starts from the Dovedale carpark(which is pay and display- £2.50 all day), just outside Thorpe. There may be a bit of free roadside parking in Ilam village. From Leek take the A52 towards Ashbourne, and take the turning for Ilam. Follow the road through the village, and the carpark is opposite the Izaak Walton Hotel.
A gentle stroll through the alpine-like splendour of the Peak's most famous dale. We start by following the river Dove that flows through the narrow gorge between Bunster Hill and Thorpe Cloud. We follow the path up to the rocky outcrop known as Lover's Leap, then descend past the magnificent Tissington Spires and Reynard's cave. Further on we come to the huge spire of Ilam rock and then over the Viator's bridge, mentioned by Izaak Walton in the "Complete Angler", into the village of Milldale. We then follow The Dove into the next dale till we come to the stepping stones before the climb at Drabber Tor, and begin our return trek through the high pastures and villages of Alstonfield and Stanshope. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Stuart 07845 308845 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 17th February 2013   THE ROACHES    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ994604. From Leek take the A53 towards Buxton. At Blackshaw Moor turn left and head down to the Tittesworth Reservoir Visitor's Centre. We'll meet for the start of the walk in the Pay & Display Car Park, near the Visitor's Centre.
The route will be taking in the Wincle brewery at Danebridge, we'll wander through the deep chasm in the Millstone Grit that is Lud's Church, and follow the ridge of contorted rocks of The Roaches itself. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil H 07890 144047 Area Map    Start Point Map

Tuesday, 19th February 2013  PLANNING MEETING JUL - DEC 2013
Start Time: 7:30pm
Meeting to be held at the Dog and Doublet, Sandon, at 19:30 Please come along with your suggestions for walks for the second half of 2013. We always have a varied and interesting programme, so walks from current and new leaders are always welcome.
Organiser: Lee 2 07773 930315

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Sunday, 24th February 2013   A POTTER AROUND LEEK    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ972551. (ST13 7AB) Meet at the first of the two Ladderedge Country Park car parks, on the left hand side at the bottom of Ladderedge bank - the turning is before the sign post.
This walk will take us out and around the market town of Leek. The route follows the feeder canal through Ladderedge Country Park, leads us up out of the valley and towards The Abbey Inn where we will stop for a drink. We will enjoy lunch from the highest point looking out towards Tittesworth, The Roaches and beyond. We return through Leek, following the Staffordshire Way back to the car park. There are a few muddy stretches - gaiters are recommended :) Lunch required.
Walk leader: Arron 07805 726724 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 3rd March 2013   MOW COP TO LITTLE MORTON HALL AND BACK    9 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ851574. The walk starts from the Mow Cop monument, we'll meet in the car park in front of it. Parking is on Station Rd (the really steep road which leads up to the monument), postcode ST7 3NT.
A fairly easy going walk with some steep ups and downs through a varied terrain, with some rewarding views across the Cheshire plains, and the possibility of an ice-cream from the tea-rooms at Little Morton Hall (if it's open)! If you'd care for a mud-bath then this walk is for you (enough said)! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Lee1 07552 906194 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 10th March 2013   HEDNESFORD HILLS AND CANNOCK CHASE    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK002122. The car park is on Victoria Street, Hednesford, Staffs, WS12 1BT. It is a free car park and right opposite the War Memorial gates and Hednesford Park.
We'll walk up past the War Memorial onto Hednesford Hills, skirting around Hednesford Raceway (still a stock car race track). Onto Rawnsley Hills past the golf course and onto Castle Ring. Then onto Gentleshaw picking up a short distance of the Heart of England Way before we have pub stop at Ye Old Windmill Inn. After a short break, we'll follow a route across Gentleshaw Common, up into Prospect Village and along the edge of some old opencast workings before winding back up to Hednesford Hills. Pub stop at the end, for those that wish to do so. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Ian 07801 698168 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 16th March 2013  URBAN WALK IN BIRMINGHAM (PUB CRAWL)
Start Time: 11:00am Meet at Birmingham New Street Train Station
Easy walk to the Bartons Arms, which is a Victorian gem of a pub. There we'll eat Thai food for lunch (£6.95) www.oakagroup.com/bartons/bartonabout.asp Walking our lunch off via a selection of some of the best real ale pubs Brum has to offer in the afternoon, before eating some fine pub grub for tea (venue TBA). Another pub or 2, then back to the train station for everyone to make their way homewards.
Organiser: Ian 07801 698168 Venue Map

Sunday, 17th March 2013   MORE OF THE PACKINGTON PORKERS!    7 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK166051. The free car park is a large lay-by on the A51 between Tamworth and Lichfield. It is just outside the village of Hopwas.
We start opposite Hopwas Hayes woods on a pleasant field walk to the edge of Lichfield, with distant views of the cathedral spires. We then walk through part of Whittington Barracks (and firing range!) and through strawberry fields towards the Birmingham and Fazeley canal. We pass some old WWII pill box defences for the River Tame before returning through the woods for refreshments in Hopwas at The Tame Otter. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Lee 2 07773 930315 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 24th March 2013   WALK CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW: OAKAMOOR, RAMSHORN & THE WEAVER HILLS    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK053447. Following the B5417 from Cheadle, head into Oakamoor. On entering the village take a sharp right turn, and park on the car park opposite the the Admiral's House Inn (nearest postcode ST10 3AG).
A pleasant walk using various paths through wooded valleys and over high moorland. Starting with an ascent of the hills overlooking Dimmingsdale we descend to Lords Bridge and carry on via Barbary Gutter to the legendary Chained Oak. We continue through the village of Farley and the deer park near Cote Farm on the way to the top of the Weaver Hills. We return via Ramshorn Common, Beelow Hill and Cotton Dell Nature Reserve. There are several steep sections on this walk, particularly at the beginning. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Adrian 07976 049422 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 29th March 2013   NEWPORT, PEMBROKESHIRE EASTER WEEKEND    3 nights    Grade 2
We will be staying at the Newport youth hostel for 3 nights from Friday 29th March- Monday 1st April. Cost for the weekend is: £58.20 per person (3 nights at £19.40) not including food. Deposit required is: £14.55 per person. Initially, the provisional walks are as follows (may be subject to slight change): Friday afternoon-short walk around Newport, Saturday- take the bus to Fishguard and walk back (approx 12 miles), Sunday- walk the other way along the coast from Molgrove back to Newport (approx 12 miles using some car shuttling) and Monday-Aberyswyth. Now fully booked!
Organiser: Jenny 07949 963811 Area Map

Saturday, 6th April 2013  WALSALL CAMRA BEER FESTIVAL
Start Time: 7:00pm Walsall Town Hall (Lichfield St, Walsall, WS1 1TP) is a 5 minute walk from Walsall Train Station.
Beer festival with 120 beers + ciders + fruit wines. There will be food available as well. Live band called Radiohound.
Organiser: Ian 07801 698168 Venue Map

Sunday, 7th April 2013   A CIRCULAR WALK FROM DENSTONE TO ALTON    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK096407. Nearest Postcode is for The Tavern pub, opposite the start ST14 5HR. Take the A50 or A518 into Uttoxeter and then follow B5030 towards Rocester and at the roundabout, take the 1st exit for B5031. Carry on for just over 3 miles and then turn left into College Road. Parking is in Village Hall car park.
The initial trail follows the course of the old North Staffordshire Railway main line from Uttoxeter to Macclesfield between Denstone and Oakamoor - the line was closed in the Beeching cuts. After walking through Alton, we will head to the ruins of Croxden Abbey- constructed in 1179- for lunch and some sightseeing, before going on to the impressive Denstone college buildings. We will also take in part of Churnet Valley trail. Gaiters and/or waterproofs recommended as there will be mud and streams! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Martin 07899 832520 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 13th April 2013  UTTOXETER RACES- SUPER SATURDAY
Start Time: 1:00pm The course is right next to Uttoxeter station,so if you're traveling by train then you can't miss it. From Stafford, head towards Uttoxeter on A51, as you come to the first roundabout, take the exit right; the course should be signposted from the following roundabout. From A50, turn off at Racecourse pub then turn left on the roundabout and go past Tesco; turn left on following roundabout and it should be signposted. Details here http://www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk
A Day At The Races. First Race 1:40pm; last race 5:40pm. Gates open at midday but we shall meet at 1pm. Please bring some money to bet with, although it will not be high stakes, and money for drinks/food should you wish. Prices start at £10 for a basic course ticket and £17 & £22 for the enclosures. Details here http://www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk/horse-racing/fixture-details.php?detailId=197 Please gamble responsibly.
Organiser: Martin 07899 832520 Venue Map

Sunday, 14th April 2013   SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SO755840. The village of Alveley is halfway between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster off the A442. We start from the Country Park at Alveley, which is signposted from the A442. The sign is for 'Severn Valley Country Park'. Be careful, it comes up on you very quickly as you enter the village! (£1 parking charge for all day) Once you turn off the A442, follow the winding road, sometimes single track, until you see a wooden sign on the right for the Park
A walk around the Severn Valley taking in the River Severn, rolling Shropshire fields and the sounds and smells of the vintage steam railway which take us back in time along the valley. Enjoy a lunch stop on one of the 1920s or 30s branch-line stations, and stop for an ice-cream at Arley as the historic locomotives whistle by. Maybe you'll catch a glimpse of a Black Five in full steam as the day progresses! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Lee 2 07773 930315 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 21st April 2013   MONSAL TRAIL AND THE RIVER WYE    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK221686. Park in the Car Park by Bakewell Bridge, reached by turning right after the bridge in the centre of Bakewell when going towards Chatsworth on the A619.
From Bakewell we follow the Monsal Trail to Monsal Head and then we climb up from the aqueduct to follow the River Wye back to Bakewell via Ashford in the Water. Lunch required. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07791 469071 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 27th April 2013   REMEMBERING SUSIE    5 miles  3 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ958278. The walk starts from the car park of the Holly Bush pub at Salt (ST18 0TX), although parking will be along the village road. Take the A51 from Stafford towards Stone. Salt (and, in fact, the Holly Bush Pub) is signposted from the dual carriageway. Turn left (following the signs) and follow the road over a bridge and to a t-junction. Turning right at the junction will lead you to the pub, although you can turn left or right for parking in the village.
This walk will be in addition to our usual weekly programme as a tribute to our much loved and missed friend and Staffordshire Walker Susie Empsall, who passed away last year. The route will be a shortened version of a walk Susie created and led for the group. It will be an easy, short walk starting from Salt and taking in some lovely farmland and the pretty village of Hopton Heath, famed for it's battle. We hope that many of Susie's family and her "non-walking" friends will join us to celebrate Susie's life and to enjoy one of the many walks she led us all on over the years! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Beckie 07714 404237 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 28th April 2013   THE GOYT VALLEY AND SHINING TOR    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK012748. This walk starts from the Errwood Hall car park on the southwest edge of the Errwood reservoir, which is accessed from the A5004 Buxton to Whaley Bridge road
The long-neglected grounds of Errwood Hall provide the starting point for this varied walk., which takes in the heights of Shining Tor and Cats Tor with their views west to the Cheshire plain and east to the Goyte Valley, before descending into the valley for some tranquil walking along the edges of Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Stuart 07845 308845 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 3rd May 2013   KESWICK    3 nights    Grade 4
We are staying at Keswick Youth Hostel for three nights from Friday 3rd May. An outline of the provisional walks is as follows: Friday: 4 mile walk from the hostel to Friar's Crag, returning via Great Wood and Keswick town centre. 3 hours duration. Saturday: 10 mile walk from the hostel to the summit of Skiddaw, at 931 metres the highest in the Northern Fells. 1000 metres of ascent, 8 hours duration. This will be a challenging walk. Sunday: Either a 10 mile ridge walk along Derwent Water, taking in Cat Bells and High Spy or 10 miles from Watendlath to Rosthwaite. On both routes there is the possibility of a detour to Castle Crag. Walk duration is likely to be around 7 hours. Bank Holiday Monday: Sightseeing / short walk TBC. Cost for the weekend is £61.20 (3 nights @ £20.40) not including food. Please let Debbie know asap if you would like a place for this weekend. The deposit is £20.40. ***NOW FULLY BOOKED***
Organiser: Debbie & Adrian 07535 517618 & 07976 049422 Area Map

Sunday, 5th May 2013   ABRAHAM VALLEY WALK    12 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK018171. As you enter Rugeley the Birches Valley Forestry Centre is signposted (WS15 2UQ), go on the Hagley Road and follow approximately 2 miles past Slitting Mill you turn onto Birches Valley Road. Car Parking is £3 per day
Hi All As the guys are going to Keswick this weekend (Good Luck), I am going to be walking the Blue route (Sherbrook Trail) on Cannock Chase on 5 May 2013. The Abraham Valley loop is an approximately a 12.5 mile moderate route passing the picturesque Sherbrook Valley going on the outskirts of Marquis Drive, Milford, Stepping Stones and Tackeroo. There is a few steep climbs and if anybody wishes to join me (no offence taken if not with being a bank holiday), please feel free to meet at the Birches Valley Forestry Centre (WS15 2UQ) at 10.00 (Car Parking is £3 all day), Walk will be 5 hours approximately and Lunch will be required Lunch required.
Walk leader: Elliott 07964 850996 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 12th May 2013   CARSINGTON RESERVOIR    9 miles  4 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK241516. The walk will start from the free Sheepwash Car Park, just a short distance from the main Carsington Water Visitor Centre. On the south side follow the signs from the A517 Ashbourne to Belper road, and on the north from the B5035 Ashbourne to Wirksworth road.
A relatively easy walk on good paths through fields and woodland alongside the reservoir visiting the attractive conservation villages of Carsington and Hopton which lie in a wooded valley with Carsington Pasture rising steeply to one thousand feet to the west. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jenny 07949 963811 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 18th May 2013  FOOD AND CRAFT FAIR AT SHUGBOROUGH HALL
Start Time: 11:00am Shugborough Estate, Milford, Nr Stafford, ST17 0XB
A celebration of all that is good in food and drink from across the region and beyond! Cookery as well as beer and wine tasting, arts & crafts stalls, and demonstrations from the Nigel Brown Cookery School and Jean Christophe Novelli! Cost is £5pp
Organiser: Lee1 07552 906194 Venue Map

Sunday, 19th May 2013   CASTLETON    13 miles  7 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK148830. Take the A6 northward out of Buxton, through Dove Holes and turn left onto the A623 towards Sparrowpit. At Sparrowpit turn off the A623 past The Wanted Inn, to join Wannat's Pass on the A6187 which will take you into Castleton. Just inside Castleton, turn left at the mini-roundabout into the large public Pay & Display car park (£5 for the day) where we'll meet for the start of the walk.
We'll leave Castleton via the rocky chasm behind Peveril Castle and join the Limestone Way until we reach Oxlow Rake. Wandering over to Sparrowpit, we'll stop for a drink in The Wanted Inn, before heading passed Rushop Hall and over the ridge to Upper Booth. After taking in a stretch of the Pennine Way we'll enter Edale, before leeping back over the ridge at Hollins Cross and returning to Castleton. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil H 07890 144047 Area Map    Start Point Map

Tuesday, 21st May 2013  SW COMMITTEE MEETING
Start Time: 7:30pm Please see http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/thewolseleyarmswolseleybridge/ for directions to The Wolseley Arms.
Committee meeting for committee members only at The Wolseley Arms just outside Rugeley/Stafford. The meeting will follow the usual format and agenda. The agenda will be circulated by Stuart, the Secretary to SW, shortly.
Organiser: Beckie 07714 404237 Venue Map

Friday, 24th May 2013   BUTTERMERE AND CRUMMOCK WATER    3 nights    Grade 4
***NOW FULLY BOOKED!*** A great weekend of walks from and around the beautiful old Lakes House that is Buttermere YHA, a secluded and quiet location full of warmth and character. Meeting on Friday, we'll have a leisurely walk around Buttermere lake, returning for a drink at the famous Fish Hotel to start the weekend. Saturday will be the main walk of 10-12 miles along the High Stile ridge including Red Pike, Sour Milk Gill and Innominate Tarn off Haystacks, where Alfred Wainwright's ashes were scattered. We'll go back to the hostel over Peggy's Bridge for a well earned meal and ruby ale! Sunday will be over the western ridge to Pillar, through the forest valley returning via the Honister Pass and slate mine, and maybe Fleetwith Pike. Monday is free for everyone to do as they please, but I will be staying the Lakes area to do another fairly strenuous walk if anyone wants to join me! ***NOW FULLY BOOKED!***
Organiser: Lee 2 07773 930315 Area Map

Saturday, 1st June 2013   HARTINGTON HALL YHA    1 nights    Grade 2
A night stopping at Hartington Hall the night before the Sunday walk! This weekend is currently full!
Organiser: Maxine 07730 683103 Area Map

Sunday, 2nd June 2013   TWO RIVERS    13 miles  7 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK127603. From Leek, take the A523 (Ashbourne Rd). Turn left at Bottomhouse onto the B5053 and travel towards Warslow. About half a mile after leaving Warslow turn right onto the B5054 for Hartington. Meet outside the Charles Cotton Hotel (parking is opposite the hotel or on one of the pay and display car parks in Hartington).
This walk takes in the upper reaches of the Dove and Manifold rivers. Starting at Hartington we travel parallel to the Dove, and then ascend Hitter Hill, before making our way to Parkhouse Hill. Crossing the Dove, we return via Longnor (chance of liquid refreshment), following the route of the Manifold as it meanders through the Staffordshire countryside Lunch required.
Walk leader: Maxine 07730 683103 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 8th June 2013  CANOEING THE WYE
Start Time: 9:00am Drive to Symonds Yat, in the Forest of Dean, Hereford and meet at the Kayak Hire Centre- more details to follow.
We will be driving down to Symonds Yat early in the morning on Saturday 8th June, and picking up the Canoes. A minibus will then drive us (and the canoes) to Hereford. We will be given a bit of instruction on how to control the canoes, good technique, and what to do if you fall out. It's not rocket science so if you have no previous experience you will soon pick it up. Then we set off down the river. By late afternoon we should get to the first campsite at Hoarworthy. There is a pub near by for us to refuel. Sunday 9th is from Hoarworthy to Ross on Wye where there are numerous options for accomodation, including B&Bs. Monday, is from Ross on Wye back to where we parked the cars at Symonds Yat. The section of the Wye river that we will be paddling down is tame, so no white water rapids, and I imagine that we won't have to be setting a particularly fast pace as we go with the flow. Personally I would like to extend the trip by another day by starting further up the river at Bredwardine which would then give us an evening to explore Hereford, but I'm happy to go with the majority vote. We will probably need to start booking things up soon, so I will need to know who is definitely wanting to join the trip by March 10th. The estimated cost of the 3 day trip will be about £70 not including food and petrol money
Organiser: Stuart 07845 308845 Venue Map

Sunday, 9th June 2013   YOULGREAVE AND ROBIN HOOD'S STRIDE    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK205640. Turn of the A515 at Newhaven then take a left and follow the road for about 2 miles towards Youlgreave. Parking is on the left on entering the village, free and with toilets.
A picturesque walk from Youlgreave heading past an old Castle Ring and on to the rock formations of Robin Hood's Stride. From here we continue through the village of Birchover and into some ancient landscape to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle for lunch. We return through Stanton-in-Peak and Haddon Fields following the River Lathkill for a time until reaching Youlgreave for some well earned refreshments. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Lee 2 07773 930315 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 16th June 2013   KINDER SCOUT FROM THE GROUSE INN    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK033908. The walk start is from the lay-by just north of the Grouse Inn on the A624 between Hayfield and Glossop.
The gritstone massif of Kinder Scout rises sharply from the the flat low ground of Cheshire plain. Kinder is recognised as being of international importance for it's landscape, recreational value. We start by climbing rather abruptly uphill from the layby, passing airplane wreckage (Kinder is a sort of Bermunda Triangle of the Dark Peak District) to the ridge that leads to Kinder downfall. Fantastic views offered here, some of the best in the Peak district on a fine day, and during strong winds the Kinder downfall may even be gusted to defy gravity! We follow the ridge further along the Pennine Way to the top of Jacob's Ladder, but instead of descending into Edale we follow a path into towards Kinder Reservoir, we we later pass on the way back to the carpark. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Gary 07812 590722 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 22nd June 2013  MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT WALK
Start Time: 7:00pm Meet on The Trentham Hotel car park.
A 7 mile walk up to the Trenthem Monument to enjoy the view on the longest day of the year (or there abouts!), followed by a tipple in the pub. Don't forget your head/hand torches!
Organiser: Marie 07592 089464 Venue Map

Saturday, 22nd June 2013  RECOIL GIG
Start Time: 8:00pm The Bird In Hand.
Stafford.
Organiser: Sam 07798 763732 Venue Map

Sunday, 23rd June 2013   BOLLINGTON AROUND LYMME PARK    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ930780. The walk starts from the free Middlewood Way car park on Adlington Rd where there are public toilets (additional parking is available on the Recreation Ground car park and some on-road), please car-share where possible, post code SK10 5HG.
This easy going and enjoyable walk mainly follows footpaths and bridleways, with a few slight inclines which offer-up great views across cheshire. Half-way round we'll stop for lunch in the grounds of Lyme House, a very impressive national trust property, where we can get refreshments from the cafe, and maybe try their luxury ice-cream as we relax for a time in the blazing summer sunshine! There's an old fashioned country pub waiting for us at the end as well! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Lee1 07552 906194 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 30th June 2013   DANEBRIDGE, THE ROACHES & BEYOND    16 miles  9 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SJ997662. Take the A53 Leek to Buxton Road. Coming from Leek, pass the Roaches and take a left turn to Gradbach, just before the Winking Man pub. Follow the road and parking is on the right hand side before you get to the youth hostel. Nearest post code is SK17 0SU.
A hard but rewarding walk. Starting at Gradbach we make our way along a wooded gorge to Danebridge. From the Hanging Stone we travel along Back Forest Ridge and on to the Roaches. We continue to Hen Cloud, before making a steady ascent across Blackshaw Moor to the Mermaid, which offers fine views. Next we descend from the moor and climb up to the Ramshaw Rocks (look out for the weird rock formation known as the Winking Man). We then return via easier paths and lanes to the car park. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Adrian 07976 049422 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 6th July 2013  BROMSGROVE BEER FESTIVAL (INC CAMPING) & 6 MILE WALK ON SUNDAY
Start Time: 1:00pm Bromsgrove Beer Festival, Finstall Road, Bromsgrove B60 3DH
To celebrate Ian's birthday we'll be going to Bromsgrove beer festival, approx admission £5 each plus drinks. Meet at around 1pm. Food available at the festival but you may like to take your own but no BBQ's allowed. Fingers crossed it'll be sunny as last year was (bring chairs). Camping overnight is available at approx £10 per tent. If beer runs out we can walk to the village pub, The Ladybird where we can also get pub food for tea. The following day there will be an easy 6 mile walk.
Organiser: Ian 07801 698168 Venue Map

Sunday, 7th July 2013   OAKAMOOR, RAMSHORN & THE WEAVER HILLS    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK053447. Following the B5417 from Cheadle, head into Oakamoor. On entering the village take a sharp right turn, and park on the car park opposite the Admiral's House Inn (nearest postcode ST10 3AG).
A pleasant walk using various paths through wooded valleys and over high moorland. Starting with an ascent of the hills overlooking Dimmingsdale we descend to Lords Bridge and carry on via Barbary Gutter to the legendary Chained Oak. We continue through the village of Farley and the deer park near Cote Farm on the way to the top of the Weaver Hills. We return via Ramshorn Common, Beelow Hill and Cotton Dell Nature Reserve. There are several steep sections on this walk, particularly at the beginning. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Adrian 07976 049422 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 14th July 2013   ALSTONEFIELD TO DOVEDALE VIA WETTON CIRCULAR    13 miles  8 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:15am    Grid Ref: SK131556. The walk start is in the free car park with the toilet block in Alstonefield. The postcode for the George pub nearby is DE6 2FX.
We leave Alstonefield and head towards Wetton. From Wetton we walk to Thor's Cave. Then we descend to the Manifold Valley. Then we head to Castern Hall and Bunster Hill. Finally we go to Dovedale, over the stepping stones and back to Alstonefield via Stanshope. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Clare 07815 145517 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 21st July 2013   THE SANDSTONE TRAIL, BEESTON CASTLE & HIGHER BURWARDSLEY FROM TARPORLEY    11 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ554628. Meet in Tarporley High Street. Free carpark, entrance opposite Co-op. Post code for Co-op is CW6 0DP. Toilets near to start.
Starting from Tarporley village this pleasant walk will take us along the Sandstone Trail past Beeston Castle down to Higher Burwardsley where there is a pub stop if desired. The Peckforton Hills will then take us up to Beeston village and Tiverton returning to Tarporley. Pub stop at the end for those who wish to. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Karl 07810 751748 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 28th July 2013   THE HUNT FOR THE WILD BOAR AT SHUTLINGSLOE AND TEGGS NOSE    13 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ973679. Ample parking in the lay by along Clough road, marked as Clough brook on the map. There's a variety of ways to get to Wildboarclough depending from where you are travelling from, but once you are there the lay by is beyond The Crag Inn if you drove in from the Buxton direction, or before it if you came by the Allgreave route.
This energetic walk takes in two of the major peaks in the area, and we begin by almost immediately taking on Shutlingsloe (hope I haven't put you off already). This distinctive summit rewards us with a full 360 degree panoramic view over Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. Especially prominent is Tegg's nose, which we visit later in the walk. We descend along the paved path across moorland to Macclesfield forest, where legend has it the last wild boar in England was hunted during the 15th Century. The path undulates through the forest to emerge on the slopes of Teggs nose. After a fairly steep descent from the nose the walk takes on a more gentle route as we contour along the ridge and pass over the sheep meadows as we head back to Wildboarclough, with the possibility of a pub stop along the way. All the paths are exceptionally well maintained, and offer panoramic views throughout. We will arrive back at the car park at 4-4:30pm. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Stuart 07845 308845 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 2nd August 2013   LLEYN PENINSULA CAMPING    2 nights    Grade 2
A weekend spent camping on the Lleyn Peninsula, known as the Lands End of North Wales. We will be camping at Morfa Mawr Campsite, Aberdaron, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 8BG. Tel: 01758 760264. Tariff is £15 pppn. Evening meals can be obtained from two pubs in Aberdaron: The Ship and The Ty Newydd. Plus there is a medieval cafe, famed for its crab sandwiches! There are lots of walks in the area. We'll start with a short walk on Friday afternoon from the campsite. The main walk on Saturday is planned to be a 12 miler, taking in the Lleyn Coastal Path, with magnificent views of Bardsey Island from Mynydd Mawr. Sunday's walk will start near Abersoch, and will be approximately 9 miles, following another section of the coastal path around Porth Ceiriad. Note that the campsite does not accept bookings, but the proprietor has informed me that there should be no problem in obtaining tent pitches as there is a very large camping field.
Organiser: Adrian 07976 049422 Area Map

Saturday, 3rd August 2013  6TH STAFFORD BEER FESTIVAL
Start Time: 7:00pm There is plenty of parking space on site and anybody wishing to drive to the venue only needs to enter ST17 9AB into their satnav. For people traveling on the train, then when you arrive at Stafford Station, go out of the main entrance and take a right turn heading past the car park towards the T Junction. Turn right at this junction, go over the railway bridge and continue until you get to the pedestrian crossing past the Royal Mail sorting office. Cross the road and then proceed to the next road along on the left called Rowley Avenue. Go down this road for about 200 yards and the entrance to the school is on the left hand side. The route is sign-posted via AA signs from the first T-junction on. About ten minutes walk.
6th Stafford Beer Festival (CAMRA). A 3-day event with a very good array of beers from the local area and beyond. The sports hall is large enough to hold all of the festival in one room leaving the canteen as an area for people to take a break from the main room. The hall is set in a large grassed area towards the rear of the school; it is well sign-posted. We could meet at The Sun or another pub in town beforehand if people are up for this. *ADMISSION IS FREE ON SATURDAY NIGHT* Details here http://heartofstaffordshirecamra.org.uk/bf/times-tickets/ Please drink responsibly.
Organiser: Martin 07899 832520 Venue Map

Sunday, 4th August 2013   CANNOCK CHASE BLUE TRAIL    12 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK018171. Birches Valley Forestry Centre,Birches Valley Road, Rugeley Post Code WS15 2UQ. Well Signposted
Starting at The Birches Valley Forestry Centre Car Park (£3 all day),The Sherbrook Trail takes in the picturesque Sherbrook Valley passing the outskirts of Cannock and Stafford with its mixture of woodlands and open heathland, over the longer Abraham's Valley loop which visits the Stepping Stones and Abraham's Valley 20km/12.5 miles. Well signposted trail with a couple of inclines. Lunch is required Lunch required.
Walk leader: Elliott 07964 850996 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 4th August 2013  RECOIL GIG
Start Time: 8:00pm Wilkestock Festival.
Leek.
Organiser: Sam 07798 763732 Venue Map

Friday, 9th August 2013  RECOIL GIG
Start Time: 8:00pm The Weston Coyney Arms.
Weston Coyney.
Organiser: Sam 07798 763732 Venue Map

Sunday, 11th August 2013   MADELEY THROUGH WRINEHILL AND BETLEY    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ772450. Starting from The Madeley Centre free car park (CW3 9DN), which has catering and toilet facilities. Please car-share where possible.
An easy going jaunt around the Wrinehill area of Cheshire. Lovely countryside and fairly easy terrain, a few overgrown trails bristling with nettles and brambles, and some stiles which have seen better days, one of which was actually burned down (waymarkers still visible though!) - our illustrious Footpaths Officer has been informed - luckily she was with me at the time :-)! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Lee1 07552 906194 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 18th August 2013   MUCH WENLOCK, IRONBRIDGE GORGE & BUILDWAS PARK    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ665037. From M54 junction 4, follow signs to Ironbridge, driving past the actual "iron bridge", within half a mile you drive past the short stay car park on the left(with loos!) and will meet at Dale Car Park on the right (the long stay pay & display car park). ***Please note there were some signs for planned roadworks on leaving the M54 - so please check on-line and/or leave time for any diversions!***
A well marked route across fields and through woodlands...from quiet countryside to dramatic steep-sided and thickly wooded hillsides...it would be difficult to conceive of a walk offering greater scenic and historic contrasts, which is neither difficult, nor strenuous...(apparently!) There are about 2-3 miles on country lanes (including one hilly section). Lunch required.
Walk leader: James 07888 136069 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 23rd August 2013   BOGGLE HOLE AND ROBIN HOOD'S BAY 23RD - 26TH AUG 2013    3 nights    Grade 3
**FULLY BOOKED** The August BH weekend this year will be at Boggle Hole YHA, tucked into an old smugglers' cove on the stunning coastline of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Come and enjoy some great coastal and inland walks, climb the famous 199 steps to Whitby Abbey and pass through the cobbled streets where the real Count Dracula is said to have roamed after landing at Whitby harbour! We'll also have time to stop at Wainwright's Bar at The Bay Hotel in Robin Hood's Bay, the official end of Alfred's classic Coast to Coast walk. The hostel provides excellent meals for the evenings, but we also plan to do a barbecue on the beach one evening watching the sunset over the sea with views along the rocky cliffs to Ravenscar. Estimated cost will be £18 pppn, not including food. **FULLY BOOKED**
Organiser: Lee 2 07773 930315 Area Map

Sunday, 25th August 2013  RECOIL GIG
Start Time: 8:00pm The Eclipse Festival.
The Full Moon, Newcarstle. Cost £5
Organiser: Sam 07798 763732 Venue Map

Saturday, 31st August 2013  CHEADLE BEER FESTIVAL /CURRY NIGHT **CANCELLED**
Start Time: 5:00pm Festival- Guild Hall, Tape Street Cheadle ST10 1BG Curry House- ROSHNI, 19 Cheadle Rd,Forsbrook, Stoke-on-Trent ST11 9BX
A small festival that has 20 real ales. Plan is to sample some beer at the festival then go to one or two pubs in Cheadle before a jaunt down to The Huntsman for a swift one. From here, we will get a taxi to the Roshni curry house in Forsbrook for an Indian. You are welcome to come along at any point so if you just want to have a curry then that is fine. Please drink responsibly.**This event has been CANCELLED**
Organiser: Martin 07899 832520 Venue Map

Sunday, 1st September 2013   ROUND THE WREKIN    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ637094. Take the M54 towards Telford/Shrewsbury. Leave at junction 7 (signed Wellington) and turn left towards Little Wenlock/The Wrekin. Follow the road to a T-junction and turn right. The car park is visible from the T-junction and once you've turned right, the entrance will be on your left. The car park gets very busy so please car share where possible and try and get there as early as you can. However, there is some parking on the road nearby but the lanes are narrow and I'd suggest avoiding that if possible and if you are partial to your wing mirrors!
The Wrekin is famed in Shropshire, being affectionately loved by the local people and is many a local Brummie's "day out"! Starting at Lawrence's Hill Car Park (although the car park sign helpfully only says "Welcome to Wrekin Forest"), the walk takes in much beautiful and ancient woodland, including Ercall Wood, Limekiln Wood and Wenlock Wood as we head towards the Wrekin. We ascend Little Hill first, which is quite a steep climb and gives us a taste of the larger hill to come. Heading to the top of the Wrekin, we reach the trigg point and walk along the ridge, descending back steeply to the car park. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Beckie 07714 404237 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 8th September 2013   LONGNOR    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK089649. Start in the main car park in Longnor, by the craft centre.
An undulating walk through the fields and countryside around Longnor, including around 40 stiles of varying descriptions. From the centre of Longnor, we will be heading off towards Brund, before stopping for lunch at Reaps Moor where our own sandwiches can be enjoyed with a pint in the 'Butchers Arms'. After lunch heading out towards swallows moss, this area will be muddy, gaiters advised. :-) We then follow a meandering route back to Longnor. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Janet 07966 493372 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 15th September 2013   MALVERN HILLS    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SO766382. The starting point is Swynyard car park on Castlemorton common, approx postcode WR13 6BX
This walk starts at the little known car park at the foot of the Gullet and visits the main peaks of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Beacons. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Maxine 07730 683103 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 22nd September 2013   HANBURY AND THE FAULD CRATER    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK211289. The car park is located in the village of Tutbury, and is opposite the Leopard Pub, post code DE13 9NA
The walk will start in Tutbury and will head towards Draycott-in-the-Clay via the Fauld Crater, near Hanbury. The crater was caused by one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in the world, when 4,000 tonnes of ordnance exploded in November 1944. The crater is 400ft deep and three quarters of a mile across. There will be a pub stop in Draycott, before heading back to Tutbury. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Lee 2 07773 930315 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 29th September 2013   ALREWAS TO YOXALL CIRCULAR WALK    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK169153. Alrewas is situated between the A38 and Kings Bromley, Take the A513 either from Kings Bromley or from the A38, turn into Kings Bromley Road, then take the second left before the canal bridge into Mill End Lane, follow this round past the church on the right and the start point is in Church Road near the small picnic area, postcode DE137BT, parking is on the side of the road.
A fairly easygoing walk from the Village of Alrewas running alongside the River Trent past Orgreave and into the village of Yoxall where we may have the opportunity for a quick pub stop, from there we head back towards Alrewas along a section of the Millenium way past the exclusive Wychnor Park country club before finishing the walk along a short section of the Trent and Mersey canal towpath. Sections of this walk are liable to be muddy so gaiters are advised. Lunch required.
Walk leader: James 07761 070564 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 6th October 2013   8 MILES FOR THE MYND AND THE SOUL    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SO449935. Upon reaching Church Stretton from Shrewsbury via the A49, head into town, passing the train station, till you reach the High street. Turn left and pass the Bucks Head Hotel. Turn right and follow Cunnery road up hill and through the hairpin bend. Parking can be found along the road side just beyond the hairpin, and also at the small gravel carpark at Old Rectory Wood.
The Long Mynd derives its name from the Welsh "mynydd", meaning mountain. It's not a mountain however but undulating plateau surrounded by steep valleys, forming one of the most distinctive and individual upland ranges in Britain. We start by a short climb up to Rectory wood, and then drop down again into the Carding Mill Valley (National Trust). We then climb fairly steeply again to reach the high point of the Mynd known as Pole Bank. From the top of the range the views should be impressive on a fine day. We then contour around Round Hill, before dropping down the hillside into Little Stretton. A woodland trail then takes us back to the start of the walk. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Stuart 07890 308845 Area Map    Start Point Map

Tuesday, 8th October 2013  PLANNING MEETING JAN - JUNE 2014
Start Time: 7:45am
Please see http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/thewolseleyarmswolseleybridge/ for directions to The Wolseley Arms. Please come along to the planning meeting with your ideas for walks, weekends and social events for the first half of next year, so we can continue to produce an excellent, varied programme! New members are very welcome to come along and put forward suggestions along with the more seasoned members!
Organiser: Lee 2 07773 930315

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Saturday, 12th October 2013  RECOIL GIG
Start Time: 8:00pm Staffordshire Bull.
Stafford.
Organiser: Sam 07798 763732 Venue Map

Sunday, 13th October 2013   THE CLOUD AND THE DANE VALLEY    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ936625. Postcode for the Knot Inn: Sk11 0QU. From leek take the A523 signposted Macclesfield. After 4 miles or so you will come to Rushton Spencer, follow Station road on the left, the carpark is immediately after the Knot Inn.
This pleasant walk straddles the two counties of Cheshire and Derbyshire. It's a fairly stiff climb to the top of The Cloud, but the views are well worth the effort. We then return back to the valley to the little hamlet of Bosley, where there may be the chance of a pub stop en-route, just under half way. Passing Bosley reservoir and over farmland, we hop over into Derbyshire where we have a short but steep climb up Wincle Minn where we join the Gritstone trail, and then head back down into the Dane valley, and the Dane valley way which takes us back to Rushton Spencer Lunch required.
Walk leader: Stuart 07845 308845 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 20th October 2013   THE CHURNET VALLEY    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ979485. We start the walk at Consall Nature Park, the car park is at the visitors centre, postcode ST9 0AF!
This walk starts at Consall and takes us down the canal to Cheddleton station and through Ipstones. There are muddy paths and the walk takes us through nature reserves. There will be two pub stops on route for those who need the hair of the dog after Janet's birthday bash! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Maxine 07730 683103 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 27th October 2013   WOLFSCOTE & BERESFORD DALES    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK131556. Leaving Ashbourne on the A515 towards Buxton; turn left after about 5 miles (signposted Alstonefield). Follow the road all the way into Alstonefield. Turn right after the village green and the car park is on the left (the one with the toilets!)
A charming walk from Alstonefield: dropping down to Wolfscote Dale to follow the river Dove to Hartington, before heading back down Beresford Dale, then a steady climb across fields back to Alstonefield. This walk offers both outstanding sweeping views as well as stretches of glorious riverside walking through the dales themselves. Although not a long or demanding walk there is a long, steep and slippery decent into Wolfscote Dale - and at various sections the potential of mud! Lunch required. Lunch required.
Walk leader: James 07888 136069 Area Map    Start Point Map

Tuesday, 29th October 2013  STAFFS-WALKERS AGM
Start Time: 7:30pm
It that time of the year to elect our committee to take us into 2014. All RA members are welcome to attend, it's a fairly social evening. The venue this year is at the Wolseley Arms at Wolseley Bridge, and we aim to start at 7:30pm, however we may possibly meet at 6:30pm onwards for drinks and possibly food.
Organiser: Stuart 07845 308845

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Sunday, 3rd November 2013   RETURN TO THE PILLS AND PORKERS!    7 miles  4 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK166051. The free car park is a large lay-by on the A51 between Tamworth and Lichfield. It is just outside the village of Hopwas, towards Lichfield.
A return to this popular, easy walk, which is very picturesque in autumn months. We start opposite Hopwas Hayes woods on a pleasant field walk to the edge of Lichfield, with distant views of the cathedral spires. We then walk through part of Whittington Barracks (and firing range!) and through strawberry fields towards the Birmingham and Fazeley canal. The canal looks very attractive at this time of year, as do Hopwas woods. We pass some old WWII pill box defences for the River Tame before returning through the woods for refreshments in Hopwas at The Tame Otter. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Lee 2 07773 930315 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 10th November 2013   DISCOVERING DERBYSHIRE'S DOVERIDGE    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK119342. From the A50, leave at junction signposted Doveridge, on entering village, straight across roundabout, parking on the left by village hall.
Gentle rolling walk around the Derby/Staffordshire border, with no major ascents or descents. We will start in Doveridge by the village hall. Heading out cross country towards Somersal hall, before turning left towards Marston Montgomery, where there will be an opportunity to sample the local hospitality (The Crown Inn). Then onward towards Abbotsholme and Eaton wood. Returning to Doveridge via Dove Bridge and the local pedestrian suspension bridge. Maybe, (hopefully ;-) ) muddy in places? Lunch required.
Walk leader: Janet 07966 493372 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 17th November 2013   OLD OSWESTRY INCLUDING AN IRON AGE HILL FORT    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ293293. Car parking is arranged for the day at The Black Lion pub, Post Code SY11 2RJ. Entrance to the car park is tight off Salop Road (B4579) so please be careful as you drive in. We need to double park at the bottom of the car park (nearest the garden).
This walk takes in different terrains once we've come out of the urban area. There's an old estate grounds of Brogyntyn & the Hill Fort which is one of Britain's best examples of an Iron Age village from c.600BC. There are some stunning views from really high points at different stages of the walk. There are some steady inclines and its likely to be muddy at this time of year. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Ian 07801 698168 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 24th November 2013   TWO COUNTRY PARKS AROUND BIDDULPH    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ906545. The carpark is located at the viewpoint just north of Brown Edge. Upon entering Endon, follow the left turn sign posted Brown Edge (B5051). A right turn into Sandy Lane next to Keith's workshop, sign posted Biddulph Moor. Follow the road branching right up hill (Hough Hill). At the top of the hill take the left into Hill top, past The Top Pub. The carpark is just down the lane opposite Back-lane Hilltop.
Our walk starts across the elevated moorland above Knypersley reservoir and Biddulph till we descend into the ornate woodland of Biddulph Grange and its Victorian mansion. The disused railway, now known as the Biddulph Valley Way, provides a tranquil corridor around the outskirts of Biddulph to our second country park- Greenway Bank, on the edge of Kynpersley reservoir. We leave the reservoir at the sacred spring of Gawton's well. This mysterious place is "one of the most spiritual sites in Staffordshire", according to megalithic.co.uk. From here it is a steepish ascent back onto the Knypersley ridge, where we trace our route back to the carpark. There are a few climbs up the hills, but nothing major, muddy in places.
Walk leader: Stuart 07845 308845 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 24th November 2013  STAFFORDSHIRE AREA RA AGM
Start Time: 2:00pm Tutbury Village Hall can be found at Monk Street, Tutbury, DE13 9NA.
The RA Staffordshire Area AGM, hosted this year by the East Staffordshire Group - open to all RA members. Further details can be found in Step Out, the area RA magazine. The agenda will follow the usual format and the election of the area officials will take place.
Organiser: Beckie 07714 404237 Venue Map

Friday, 29th November 2013  MURDER MYSTERY EVENING
Start Time: 7:00pm George Hotel, Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6PR
Midnight Ramblers A rambling association is torn apart by a series of deaths. Is someone targeting the participants of this innocent pastime, or is there more to this than meets the eye? Enjoy a 3 course Meal and allow you to put your investigative skills to the test and enjoy an evening of murder, mystery and intrigue. The story unfolds during dinner and it's up to you to work out "whodunnit" by questioning the characters and examining the clues. NOW FULLY BOOKED
Organiser: Chris 07791 132217 Venue Map

Sunday, 1st December 2013   STOWE-BY-CHARTLEY    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK004259. Due to potential parking problems in Stowe, the walk will now start at the public car park on The High Street, Hixon, opposite the Bank House Inn Pub. Nearest post code is ST18 0QF. From the A51 turn into New Road, then turn right into Martins Way, then at the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Smithy Lane and continue along the High Street to the car park.
A pleasant walk taking in park of the local area which is newish territory for Staffs Walkers. The walk will take in Fradswell Heath, Hand Leasow wood, Chartley Moss, and footpaths near to Hixon Airfield. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Adrian 07976 049422 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 7th December 2013  STAFFIES CHRISTMAS NIGHT OUT!
Start Time: 7:00pm Lichfield this year, the Ruby Chinese Restaurant! The table is booked for 7pm under my name (Lee Wain) so we'll meet up there, but feel free to gather for drinks before hand, and of course there'll be more drinking and possibly dancing afterwards too!
NOW FULLY BOOKED.
Organiser: Lee1 07552 906194 Venue Map

Sunday, 8th December 2013   CANNOCK CHASE - POST CHRISTMAS DO WANDER    6 miles  3 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 12 noon    Grid Ref: SK005205. Travel westward along the A513 from Wolseley Bridge (towards Milford) for about 1 mile. The turning for the Seven Springs Car Park is on the left hand side.
A short afternoon stroll around parts of the Chase and Shrugborough Park, to blow away the cobwebs and try to recall what happened last night. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07890 144047 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 13th December 2013   CASTLETON WEEKEND    2 nights    Grade 1
Staying 2 nights in the Castleton YHA (Losehill Hall). The weekend will involve walking on Saturday and Sunday and a meal out on Saturday night. The Sunday walk will take us up and around Stanage Edge. This YHA is a converted Victorian Mansion, and has stunning scenery all around. Castleton is a lovely pretty village, especially at Christmas time! Contact Clare B for more details :-)
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Area Map

Sunday, 15th December 2013   STANAGE EDGE TO HATHERSAGE    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK246829. From Castleton, follow the A6187 towards Hathersage and Sheffield. Follow the main road into Hathersage and then turn left onto School Lane. Drive past the Scotsman's Pack Inn and follow the main road until you reach Hooks car park beneath Stanage Edge. The postcode for the Scotsman's Pack Inn is S32 1BZ.
The walk starts beneath Stanage Edge with beautiful views over the Dark Peak. We venture down through woodland, over fields and into Hathersage. Here we can stop for a drink before heading back uphill to Stanage Edge. A lovely walk with breathtaking views! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Clare 07815 145517 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 22nd December 2013   OAKAMOOR (AC/DC FOR CHRISTMAS NUMBER 1)    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK052446.
Beat the X Factor to the Top Of The Pops this year with AC/DC's Highway To Hell!
The single can be purchased from iTunes for 99p - between 15th and 21st December.
(If you're thinking of buying the walk leader a birthday card this year, why not buy this single instead and make him very happy).
And so to the walk... In Cheadle turn into Queen Street by The Alton Castle pub, and follow the B5417 towards Oakamoor. Coming down Church Bank into Oakamoor turn right into Mill Road, the Cark Park is on the right.
A wander round Churnet Valley, taking in some excellent scenery and finishing at the pub in Oakamoor.

Lunch Required.
Walk leader: Phil H 07890 144047 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 29th December 2013   NEW YEAR IN LIVERPOOL    3 nights    Grade 1
3 nights away in Liverpool - 29th Dec to 1st Jan The 3 days will involve urban walks, nice food, a little drinking and dancing, culture and fab company! ***FULLY BOOKED***
Organiser: Rosie 07972 372994 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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