Walks and Events 2015

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Sunday, 4th January 2015   CANNOCK CHASE 3 CAFE WALK    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ980176. Starts from Chase Rd corner car park; from Stafford take A513 to Milford and turn right along Brocton Road. Travel for 1 mile and turn left into Chase Road and travel along road for approx. 1.5 miles over humps until car park on the left where the road bends towards the west.
A nice relaxing walk for the start of 2015 with 3 cafe stops. Going via Springslade Lodge, Cannock Chase and Birches Valley Visitor Centres and then heading down Sherbrook Valley before heading back to the car park. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 11th January 2015   WATERHOUSES, GRINDON AND THE MANIFOLD WAY    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK085501. Park in the pay and display car park in the centre of waterhouses by the Manifold Valley Hire bike shop (be careful, there are 2 bike shops!). The nearest postcode is ST10 3EG. The car park cost is 4.50GBP per day. Car share where possible. However there is a free car park up the road by the recycling!
Starting in Waterhouses we make our way through fields towards Grindon. Once there we walk towards the Manifold Valley. Finishing off, we walk along the Manifold Valley and back to the car. This walk is very muddy in parts therefore gaiters are advisable! Lunch required.
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Sunday, 18th January 2015   ADVENTURE AROUND APEDALE - SUITABLE FOR NEW STARTERS    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ822483. From the A34 in Chesterton, turn opposite the McDonald's towards Chesterton village and follow the signs for Apedale Valley. At the large roundabout take the 2nd exit, onto Loomer road. At the end of the road, turn right, to Apedale Heritage Centre. Parking is on the left, opposite the centre and Museum. Postcode ST5 7LB will take you to the entrance to the country park.
From Apedale we will venture off through woodland towards Wood Lane, then pick up the disused railway line to Bateswood Nature Reserve, where we will have lunch. After lunch we will head off to Silverdale Community Park and then return across fields to Apedale. Gaiters are advised as it will be muddy in places. There may be an opportunity for liquid refreshment after lunch. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 25th January 2015   THE ROACHES    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 9:00am    Grid Ref: SK006615. Drive along the A53 from Leek towards Buxton, after passing through Blackshaw Moor there is a turning on the left marked Upper Hulme and tea rooms which is easy to miss but there is another turning into the village just after. In the village there is a turning on the left which descends and is marked tea rooms again. Follow this past the bunkhouse on the left and immediately after a sign marking a turning into Roaches Hall on your right there is a parking area on the right. If this is full there is a further 3 parking areas going up to Roaches Gate, but we will gather at the one at the bottom by the turning into Roaches Hall. These parking areas are free.
I measured this walk at 12 miles but incorporating a couple of short cuts should get it down to 11.5 miles. The parking areas get busy so arriving on time/early and car sharing is strongly advised (also hence the early start). We start by ascending Hen Cloud before taking a path to the North of the Roaches and ascending their North side along a path that follows the path of a stream. We then walk along the Roaches before taking a woodland walk taking in the chasm of Lud's Church before most likely stopping for lunch at an attractive rock formation or further on at Hanging Rock. We then walk along the Roaches again on the way back which provides spectacular views on a clear day. Gaiters recommended. I propose quaffing a well earned ale in the 3 Horseshoes in Blackshaw Moor on the way back. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 1st February 2015   BARTHOMLEY, ENGLESEA-BROOK AND WESTON    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ767524. From the A500/M6 junction (J16), do _not_ take the A500 unless you can fly, instead take the B5078 north for 750m, then turn left at the sign saying Barthomley, after 1km the T-junction is at The White Lion Inn. Guide says "Roadside parking by the church and pub at Barthomley or village hall car park." We cannot take over the pub car park, nor should we be parking in a church car park on a Sunday morning, instead please park on the roadside near The White Lion Inn, and then meet on foot in the pub car park. Parking space might be limited, and car sharing is always good.
The walk explores the pleasant and gently undulating countryside of south Cheshire. There are pubs at both Barthomley & Weston. Lunch required.
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Start Time: 8:00pm The address is Rare Lounge Bar & Steakhouse, 39 Ironmarket (Opposite the Library), Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1PB
Come and join us for some food and drinks at The Rare Lounge Bar and Steakhouse in Newcastle - Under - Lyme. Afterwards we can go to some bars for a bit of a dance! Visit their website for details and to view the menus.
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Sunday, 8th February 2015   SHUTTLINGSLOE AND TEGG'S NOSE    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ980682. 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 drive in from the Buxton direction, or just before it if you use the turn off just after the Wild Boar Inn on the Allgreave road when driving in from the Leek-Macclesfield A523.
This energetic and vista filled walk takes in two of the major peaks in the area, and we begin by almost immediately taking on Shutlingsloe. The steep but short climb 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 picturesque forest to emerge on the slopes of Teggs nose. From here on the walk takes on a more gentle route as we contour along the ridge and pass over the sheep pastures as we head back to Wildboarclough, with the possibility of a pub stop along the way at the Hanging Gate Inn. Lunch required.
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Friday, 13th February 2015   LEOMINSTER FEBRUARY WEEKENDER    2 nights    Grade 2
Staying 2 nights at Leominster 13th to 14th Feb 2015. There will be two walks both grade 2 covering 12 and 11 miles. The Hergest Ridge from Kington for Saturday and for Sunday High Vinnalls from Black Pool.
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Sunday, 15th February 2015   ROBIN HOOD STRIDE FROM YOULGREAVE    11 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK194644. Reasonable sized free car park located to the West of Youlgreave on Moor Lane, Youlgreave, Derbyshire, 750m east of DE45 1LW (here). Moor Lane is off Long Rake, which is in turn off the A515.
This is a fairly level walk for the Peaks, but takes in a mixture of countryside including open pasture land, limestone dales and passes craggy tors. From the car park we descend to Bradford Dale and follow the river upstream past several weirs. We pass through the little gorge of Rushden Wood and gently climb through upland pastures. Through the secluded valley of Long Dale, then North through Grafton Dale, heading East to Elton. We join the Limestone Way for the ascent to the grit stone tor known as Robin Hoods Stride and stay on this route back to Youlgreave. Likely to be muddy in places, so gaiters recommended. There are a couple of pubs in Youlgreave for anyone wanting a quick drink after the walk. Lunch required.
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Friday, 20th February 2015  STAFFORD INDIAN SOCIAL
Start Time: 7:30pm The address is Mela Lounge, 1-2 Water Street, ST16 2AG Stafford.
Come and join us for an Indian at Mela Lounge in Stafford! Yummy! Then onwards to some bars/pubs. Please let me know if you would like to come. Thanks, Clare.
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Sunday, 22nd February 2015   A STAFFS MOORLANDS RAMBLE    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK026475. Park at Froghall Wharf car park. Free car park but spaces may be limited. Please car share. Nearest post code ST10 2HA. From Stoke leave the A50 towards Weston Coyney. Turn right onto Kingsley Road and stay on A52. Turn left onto Dovedale Road and Froghall Wharf car park is about half a mile down the road.
We start with a gentle warm up along a short stretch of canal from Froghall Wharf before entering a wooded area leading to the pretty village of Ipstones, where on the village green we shall have lunch. After this we complete the Ipstones circular loop following the Moorlands trail which climbs to a height of 380m giving way to wonderful panoramic views of such notable peaks as the Wrekin and the Welsh hills. We then make our descent to Ipstones once more to commence our return journey to Froghall Wharf via Foxt and a pub stop where the path follows further undulating fields and woods. I recce'd this when the area was snowy and the ground very water logged, muddy, and slippery in places, therefore gaiters and poles are highly recommended. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 1st March 2015   EXPLORING SOUTH EAST STAFFORDSHIRE    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK257109. The start location for the walk will be in Clifton Campville on the car park of The Green Man Pub (a 16th century coaching inn) where we have a drink at the end of the walk. Please park on the road and not in the pubs car park, nearest postcode is B790AX.
From Clifton Campville we head out and across the fields to Haunton, past Haunton Hall and then on to Harlaston. From here we will head cross country over Hogs Hill taking in the beautiful vistas as we pass Clifton Rough Wood. We then head through Thorpe Constantine enjoying the character of the exclusive Thorpe Hall Estate before returning to Clifton Campville. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 8th March 2015   STAFFORD: BEACON HILL- HOPTON- SALT    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ942242. Parking is at Staffordshire Technology Park ST18 0LQ on A513 Beaconside by Staffs University. On entering the tech park, go straight across the first roundabout then first left. At the second exit of this mini-roundabout, there is a disused office building- Please park round the back. Please do NOT park on the Capula offices or any other unit which is in use. Please note that A513 from Milford/Walton into Stafford will be closed so those coming from the south may want to take A518 or A34 Stafford Road.
We will start by heading towards historic Beacon Hill- where Royalists advanced on Parliamentarians in the English Civil War at Battle of Hopton Heath (1643)- from the technology park and go on to Hopton, before a gentle stroll to the pretty village of Salt. There is a possibility of stopping at the Hollybush in Salt if we get there early before the influx of diners! We will return via a similar route taking in Hopton Pools and Beacon Hill again. Some very slight inclines but this is a sedate walk. Car sharing advised. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hopton_Heath Lunch required.
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Sunday, 15th March 2015   BETLEY MERE & BATESWOOD NATURE RESERVE    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ753481. Parking is at Betley Village Hall on the main road in Betley post code CW3 9BH they have requested we park at the rear of the cark park and make a small donation for using it say £1 each car
The walk starts with a ramble around Betley Mere conservation area before we head off towards Little Madley and Heighley Castle which is now just ruins. Crossing the M6 we head up to Bateswood Nature Reserve before returning back to Betley. Gators are recomended as it can be muddy in places. This is a grade 2 walk due to the mileage however there are not to many hills. Lunch required.
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Saturday, 21st March 2015  MEAL AND BOWLING
Start Time: 6:45pm The address for pizza hut is Etruria Road, Festival Park, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST1 5NS
Come and have a delicious meal at Pizza Hut on Festival Park, Stoke On Trent at 6.45pm followed by bowling at 9pm also on Festival Park. To see the menu, click on this link: http://www.pizzahut.co.uk/restaurants/food/pizza/. I thought we could have 2 games of bowling which costs 12.49 GBP. I hope you can come!!! Please contact me if you would like to come, thanks, Clare.
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Sunday, 22nd March 2015   MODERSHALL    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ926368. The postcode for Modershall is ST15 8TG. Parking is on the pub car park behind The Boar Inn. Please use rear of car park and minimise use of space
11 mile walk starting at the Boar Inn, Modershall. Following the Stone circles path to Fulford then continue on through farmland and countryside to Wheatlow Brooks and Garshall Green, before heading back to Modershall via Hilderstone. Finishing off with a well earned drink in The Boar Inn. It's March, so will be sunny yet muddy. Gaiters and sunblock required. Lunch required.
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Saturday, 28th March 2015  A DAY AT THE RACES
Start Time: 12:45pm ST14 8BD Take the A50 to Uttoxeter. From Stafford, take A518. On entering Uttoxeter, the course should be signposted. There is a direct train from Stoke which also calls at Blythe Bridge (Crewe-Derby train) and the station is right outside the course. If getting the train from Stafford, you will have to change at Stoke. Bus services are also available.
Super Saturday at Uttoxeter Racecourse and also my birthday. This has been a very enjoyable day the last 2 years I have run it so should prove to be fun day! It is advisable to bring a bit of money to bet with, although it will not be high stakes. I suggest meeting around 12:45pm so that we all have enough time before the first race. 7 races in total instead of usual 5 or 6 and they tend to start spot on time. Following the conclusion of the nag racing, we will go to the Dapple Grey for some pub food and drinks. Please note that alcohol is not allowed to be brought onto the premises, so if you are planning to drink then you will have to buy it from the concourse or wait until after. Gates open at 11:30 First Race 13:40 Last Race 17:05 Number of Races 7 Smart Casual dress code. No football/rugby tops, ripped denim or shorts. Please gamble responsibly. ***GROUPON DEAL ON TICKETS LINK BELOW 2 FOR £19 (£9.50 EACH). MAX 2 LOTS PER PERSON SO BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!*** http://tinyurl.com/nnugktp
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Sunday, 29th March 2015   5 PEAK CHALLENGE (CARDINGTON VERSION)    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SO507951. This walk is still going ahead despite the weather, SY6 7JZ for your SatNav. 10am (NOT 9am) ;-) The start point is the car park of The Royal Oak in Cardington ("For The Use Of Patrons"), it's a lovely pub, and I propose that we patronise it :-) I suggest approaching from Much Wenlock (the east), and the pub is the first building you will see, with the car park on the right. SY6 7JZ
From Cardington we will ascend 5 peaks giving great views for miles around: Hill End (294m), Willstone Hill (403m), Hope Bowlder Hill (393), Caer Caradoc Hill (459m), The Lawley (377m). Grade 3 because of the sustained & steep ascents. Mud might be in short supply, and then again... ;-) Originally planned for May. Lunch required.
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Friday, 3rd April 2015   SNOWDON EASTER EGG WEEKENDER    3 nights    Grade 2
Easter Egg Weekender* at the YHA Bryn Gwynant Snowdon from Friday 3rd April - Monday 6th April. Dorm beds from £14.50, Private rooms from £27.50 and family rooms from £30. Address Nantgwynant, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4NP How to get here YHA Bryn Gwynant is on the A498, 8 miles west of Capel Curig & 4 miles east of Beddgelert Three days of walking - the Watkins path of Snowdon (from the hostel door), Moel Hebog (starting at the lovely village of Beddgelert 4 miles drive - great views of Mt Snowdon from this walk) and A.N.Other (tbc). Meals will be in the hostel (two nights) and an evening (one night) in a pub at Beddgelert. I will be booking on February 2nd, so please confirm your interest and room and meal preferences by the end of January. I will provide information about payment in due course once I know the arrangement of the rooms and who wants to do what food wise. (*Easter Eggs not included)
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Friday, 10th April 2015  PUB SOCIAL AT THE SUN IN STAFFORD
Start Time: 8:00pm The address is 7 Lichfield Rd, Stafford, Staffordshire ST17 4JX. This is a 5 minute walk from Stafford train station for those that would like to catch the train. Walk along Newport road towards central Stafford.
Join us for food and drinks at the next pub social in Stafford. Please let me know if you want to come and I will book a table. Thanks.
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Sunday, 12th April 2015   DOVE DALE & ILAM    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK136497. Parking at Blore Pastures wood, closest post code DE6 2BS. From Newcastle or Stoke take the A523/A52 towards Ilam. From the A52 Turn left towards Ilam onto Ilam Moor lane, follow this lane towards Blore before turning left into Ilam Park. The free car park is situated about 200m on the right over looking Ilam.
Ilam Park and Dovedale are nestled within the spectacular limestone "White Peak" area of the Peak District. From the start point we head towards Ilam and then Dovedale. We then make the small climb up to Thorpe cloud and then head back down to the stepping stones before carrying on to Milldale. The rest of the walk is relatively easy and is a mixture of fields and roads before we reach Ilam Hall. Unfortunately there isn't a pub close by, but I can highly recomend the cream tea or home made cakes from Ilam Park tea rooms. Lunch required. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 19th April 2015   ASHFORD IN THE WATER AROUND THE DALES    13 miles  7 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK194697. We'll park in the Car Park in the centre of Ashford In The Water, off Court Lane (Honesty box - Parking 1 pound, Toilet 20p) or on nearby on road parking.
Our route takes us through Shacklow Wood, Lees Bottom, High Dale, Litton Mill, Tideswell Dale, Tansley Dale, Cressbrook Dale, Upper Dale and Monsal Head. Plenty of ups and downs and the views that go with them. (Nearest Postcode: DE45 1QP) Lunch required.
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Sunday, 26th April 2015   KINGSBURY WATER WALK    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SP217963. Starting from the village of Kingsbury, at the Pear Tree avenue Long stay free Car Park nearest postcode B78 2LG. Coming from the North, M42 Junction 10 roundabout take the sign for Kingsbury into the village. After about 3miles, at the junction with the A51 turn left and then take the next left just after a pedestrian crossing into Pear Tree Avenue and the car park is 20 metres on your right hand side.
We start off crossing the River Tame, walking around the edge of Kingsbury Water Park heading towards Marston. We then cross some open fields heading north past Aston Villa Training ground towards Middleton Hall where Queen Elizabeth I is said to have once stayed. We continue through Middleton to Drayton Bassett before heading down the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal passing Middleton Lakes Nature Reserve as we head back through the Water Park to Kingsbury. The walk could be muddy in parts so gaiters are advised. Lunch required.
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Friday, 1st May 2015   EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO THE CHEDDAR GORGE    3 nights    Grade 3
Join us this May for a weekend in Cheddar. We are staying at YHA Cheddar, Somerset for 3 nights with a short walk planned for Friday afternoon and two full walks on the Saturday and Sunday at the Cheddar George. Prices per person, per night are: Bed - £24.50, Bed and Breakfast -£26.00, Bed, Breakfast and Evening Meal - £30.00 I will need a £10.00 per night deposit by 20th January 2015 to secure your place. Once you have confirmed you are attending I will message you with bank details or cash can be given on a Sunday walk. Meal arrangements are to be confirmed. Fridays short walk (Afternoon) is from the hostel around the nearby reservoir. More details will follow. Saturday's walk which will start from the hostel and will include the Cheddar Gorge. At almost 400ft (122m) deep and 3 miles (4.8km) long, this is England's largest gorge, and one of the country's most spectacular natural sights. Weather permitting there should be fine views over the Somerset Levels to the Quantock Hills and Exmoor. We will continue on through the nature reserve at Velvet Bottom and on to Black Down, part of the Mendip Hills, passing the location of an old Roman fort on route. At around halfway, we will reach the highest point of the walk - Beacon Batch - at 325m high. We then return via Mendip Lodge Wood and Black Down, taking footpaths which eventually pass along the cliffs above the northern side of the Cheddar Gorge. The route, as calculated by Memory Map, is 13 miles long (21km), and includes approximately 700 metres of ascent. So it is likely to take around 7 hours to complete. This will be a Grade 3 walk. Sundays walk is around Wookey Hole a short distance away with more details to follow.
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Friday, 1st May 2015   RAMBLE AROUND CHEDDAR RESERVOIR    5 miles  3 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: /12 noon/    Grid Ref: ST455534. Cheddar yha
A ramble around Cheddar Reservoir and some of the surrounding countryside including a pub stop in Axbridge. Leaving from the hostel (Cheddar YHA) at midday. Lunch required.
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Monday, 4th May 2015   GORDANO ROUND-ISH (COASTAL)    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: ST458766. We will be traveling from the Cheddar YHA. There is a car park at the StreetMap pointer, nearest Post Code BS20 6JZ.
THIS IS PROBABLY NOT GOING AHEAD. I'm guessing people might just want to head home, but just in case: we could do some of (the best part) of western loop of The Gordano Round. This includes the coast between Portishead and Clevedon, a nature reserve and a wooded ridge. Or just the part along the coast...? Lunch required.
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Sunday, 10th May 2015   FLASH- SAVIOUR OF THE UNIVERSE    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK025671. We will start from Village Hall in Flash. Take A53 between Leek and Buxton. Go past the Winking Man Pub and then take the turn off for Flash about 2-2.5 miles after. Please park on the road by the village hall but be careful not to block the road for other cars and farm vehicles which will need to pass through.
We will begin in the village of Flash. Heading out, we will take the Manifold Way past Knights Table pub and Flash Bar Stores before going to Cheeks Hill, Dane Bower Colliery Chimney and a picturesque spot at 3 Shire Heads (Where Staffs, Derbys and Cheshire converge). We will return to Flash via Wicken Walls and an uphill section. There is a decent amount of ascent and some difficult/rocky Terrain. Gaiters are recommended as sections were muddy on the reccy. CAR SHARING IS STRONGLY ADVISED DUE TO LIMITED PARKING! Lunch required.
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Start Time: 7:00pm Pasta di Piazza 125 High Street Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1PS England (it looks south over the A34's Grosvenor Roundabout)
Meal at 7pm followed by drinks in town. £5 per person deposit required. RSVP via text or Facebook event page.
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Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ646753. approx 1 mile from Northwich. Parking is at the rear of the Stanley Arms. Postcode for Sat Nav CW9 6FA
Sorry Marie has suffered an injury and cannot lead this walk. The walk begins with a stretch of the Trent and Mersey Canal taking in the famous Anderton Boat Lift. This is a fairly easy going walk with footpaths through farmland and a pub half way round!! Originally planned for March. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 17th May 2015   CONSALL NATURE PARK WALK    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ994483. From Leek take the A522 (Stone Rd) and follow this road out of Leek, through Cheddleton and to Wetley Rocks, turn left at petrol station and turn left again (following signs for Consall Hall Gardens). Nearest post code is ST9 0AF. From M6 jnt 15 or 16 follow A500 to Stoke then onto the A50 for Longton/Meir. Leave A50 at Meir onto the A520 Leek Road. Pick the A52 at Cellarhead heading for Ashbourne then A522 Wetley Rocks turning off onto Consall Lane. Follow this all the way to the site access drive. Park at the visitors centre - free parking and toilets available here.
A lovely walk through Consall Nature Park. The walk takes us around ponds and through lovely woodland. See Consall Nature Park Website for more details! Lunch required.
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Friday, 22nd May 2015   LATE MAY BH WINDERMERE    3 nights    Grade 4
A weekend away in the beautiful Lake District staying for 3 nights at YHA Windermere, close to Windermere town and Ambleside. As usual, there will be some excellent walks on offer with stunning views over the lake and forests. Details of walks to follow. Cost is £26.50 pppn, £79.50 total for bed only at this point. Please check out the Staffordshire Walkers Facebook page for more details, and to let me know you are wanting to come.
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Saturday, 23rd May 2015   THE WREKIN & THE ERCALL VIA WENLOCK WOOD    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ626080. Near postcode TF6 5AL-Take the M54. Leave at exit J7 before it becomes the A5. Turn left and proceed for about 1 mile. You will see the Wrekin in front of you and there are 2 options- bear right at the t-junction and then left into a car park, if you can find a space- or park on the road before you get to the junction.
A one-off walk for those of us who are not on the Lake District weekender- Prospective new memebrs welcome! This is a challenging yet pretty walk which takes in The Ercall and various wooded areas, including Wenlock Wood, featured in "A Shropshire Lad" by A.E. Housman, before we tackle Little Hill (not so little) and the bigger climb to the summit. Great views from the top but can get busy with "day trippers" so car sharing advised. *PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE. THIS IS NOW SATURDAY 23RD MAY*
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Start Time: 4:00pm The address is Hartington Hall YHA, Hall Bank, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 0AT
Join us for the annual beer festival in YHA Hartington Hall! With live bands on over two days and local ales it makes for an excellent weekend! There will also be a walk on Sunday starting from Hartington. I am booking rooms for Friday and Saturday night (29th and 30th May). Please let me know if you want to come for one or both nights. Prices vary between £20-£27 a night depending on how early I book and what rooms I can get. Please let me now as soon as possible so that I can arrange accommodation and get the best deal! Thanks, Clare.
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Sunday, 31st May 2015   POST BEER FESTIVAL WALK!    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK132604. YHA Hartington is in the village of Hartington on the B5054. SK17 0AT is the nearest postcode.
We will leave from Hartington YHA heading south following Wolfscote and Biggin Dales, past caves and woods towards the River Dove and Milldale, but heading out of the valley early to visit the village of Alstonefield where we will be able to have a pub stop! We'll head back through farmland via Narrowdale Hill and Beresford Lane to Hartington. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 7th June 2015   ARISTOCRACY AT OSMASTON V2.0    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK199440. The walk starts from the carpark of the thatched roof village hall, on the opposite side of the road to the church in Osmaston. Parking is limited in the carpark itself, but there's also quite a bit of street parking along the road through the village. This is version 2 of this walk, devised during the reccie, and removes some of the road-slog from the 9 mile version 1, but has increased the distance to 11 miles
This walk takes in the grounds of two Country estates- Osmaston Hall and Shirley village. The route takes us over rolling farmland, along streams running through picturesque woodland, with gentle ascents that reward with views across this rural part of England. As much of the trail is through sheep pastures and crops, there are a good many styles to cross, and presence of livestock, which is something to bear in mind if you wish to bring a dog. The terrain is along dirt and gravel paths, with also some country lanes. There is one section that will inevitably be boggy, even in the height of summer, so if you are wearing fabric boots- make sure they are waterproof, but gaiters should be unnecessary. The route is particularly picturesque, particularly through Osmaston Park, and bringing your camera is recommended. Lunch required.
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Start Time: 1:00pm The campsite is located behind The Wild Boar Inn, post code SK11 0QL. Turning off the main A54 and passing through the pub car park you enter a second car park through which the camping field is accessed via a gate.
A day for lunching, dancing, barbecuing and then off to the pub next to the campsite for more dancing. Hopefully there will be a singer on in the pub (there was last year!). We will camp for 1 night (Saturday night) and then the Sunday walk will start from the campsite. The cost is approx £7 per person per night (£1 for a dog), TBC. There are showering, toilet, washing up facilities on the campsite. Please let me know if you would like to come! Thanks Clare THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER!
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Sunday, 14th June 2015   WINCLE WALK (FROM THE WILD BOAR INN)    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ959671. << 10am start >> We will be parking at The Wild Boar Inn, Macclesfield, Wincle SK11 0QL here which is on the A54. Car parking for the walk is unchanged, The Wild Boar Inn have kindly allowed us to park there even though we are not camping ;-)
From The Wild Boar Inn (325m) we will head down to Danebridge and follow the Dane Valley Way downstream, looping through Rushton Spencer (pub), before heading north on the Gritstone Trail and up over Wincle Minn (386m) and through Greasley Hollow... :-0 Lunch required.
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Sunday, 21st June 2015   STAFFORD CASTLE, DOXEY MARSHES, DERRINGTON    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ903221. Car parking at Stafford Castle, Newport Road, Stafford ST16 1DJ
Starting from Stafford castle visitors center, through the woodland path, over fields to Doxey marshes. Round the lakes, back to the old train line up to millennium green at Derrington for lunch. Over the Seighford fields back to the castle. A nice summer walk with lots of wildlife and a bit of Stafford's history. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 28th June 2015   THE BIG SUMMER WALK - IN AID OF KATHARINE HOUSE HOSPICE    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 9:00am    Grid Ref: SK006152. Cannock Chase Visitor's Centre, Marquis Drive, Cannock Chase (WS12 4PW). "Arrive by 9.30 am to Register.", I'm already registered but will actually be there by about 8:30-8:45. Once registered walkers need to Sign In, and that's in numerical order, I'm number 164. We will then be able to gather ourselves together. Finding each other could be tricky with so many people, so to ease that I'm going to take my camper and park as close to the visitor's centre as possible, it's big white and with a distinctive decal, so you should be able to spot it, and we could meet there after Sign In?
10 MILE CHALLENGE (click here to register, by 1st May for 20% off): Are you ready to go the extra 5 miles for the hospice? Bring your family, friends and colleagues and take the challenge to help raise valuable funds for your Hospice. Lots of our walkers like to dress up for the occasion so this years fancy dress theme is 'summer'. You could be a lifeguard, go Hawaiian, be a surfer for a day or even dress as a strawberry. Wherever your imagination takes you. There will be prizes for the best costumes! At the finish our Big Cuppa will be there selling cakes and there will be music, stalls, and entertainment. You could even have a little picnic! Register by the 1st May for just £10. Full price £12.50. Under 16's £2. On the day entries will be charged at £15 for adults and £5 for under 16's. All registrations via the Katharine House Hospice web site please. This is the only Staffs Walkers walk on this date. Lunch required.
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Monday, 29th June 2015  COMMITTEE MEETING
Start Time: 7:30pm
Staffs Walkers Committee/Planning meeting. To be held at the Dog & Doublet. Please contact a committee member if you have any items which you would like to be discussed at the meeting and we will put them on the agenda. *This meeting has been brought forward as original date was not suitable*
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Sunday, 5th July 2015   WHEATON ASTON, BREWOOD AND CHILLINGTON HALL    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ853127. The carpark is signposted as 'Village Carpark' towards the centre of Wheaton Aston, off the main road through. Wheaton Aston is well posted from the A5 just west of Gailey/A449 junction. Parking is free.
A pleasant walk starting from Wheaton Aston, heading out across fields towards Brewood via a lakeside bird reserve and some ancient earthworks. We will also be walking past Chillington Hall, home to the Giffard family since the 12th Century. We will head back through more fields and woodland, and a short stretch of the Shropshire Union canal. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 12th July 2015   THE WEAVER HILLS    13 miles  7 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK084501. We will be starting our walk from Waterhouses, which is on the A523 Leek to Ashbourne road. Turn off by Ye Old Crown Inn, sign posted for Manifold Track Cycle Hire and Cauldon Lowe. There is pay and display car park is on the left next to the cycle hire, or you can park for free by the recycling bins just over the road on the right hand side.
There aren't many flat bits in this walk, but there is plenty of fantastic views to make all the hills worthwhile. On route we be passing through Cotton, Ramshorn, Wooton and of course the Weaver Hills themselves. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 19th July 2015   BARTON, YOXALL AND THE NEEDWOOD FOREST    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK197183. From the A38, Barton Marina is reached following the signs from the Barton exit, which is roughly halfway between Alrewas and Branston. Parking is free at the Marina. DE13 8DZ is the postcode for the car park.
A pleasant walk, especially in summer, starting from Barton Marina, heading through woods to Dunstall and the Needwood Forest area, then walking across farmland towards the village of Yoxall where there will be a pub stop and lunch stop nearby. From here, we will walk along the 'Way for the Millennium' through Wychnor Park to the pretty village of Alrewas. We will then head back to Barton via the Trent and Mersey canal for a short distance, following the navigation where the Trent and Swarbourn rivers meet. There is also an opportunity to visit the pub at Barton Marina on finishing. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 26th July 2015   LEEK    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ985565. Starting at Market Street car park in Leek town centre. (next to the public toilets).
Starting in the town centre we will head up out of the town to Morridge which has fantastic views, then head down into Onecote (with a possible pub stop). Climbing back up Moorside before dropping down to Morridge side and passing by Egg Well on the way back into Leek. Lunch required.
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Saturday, 1st August 2015   RIVER SEVERN CANOE AND STEAM TRIP    1 nights    Grade 1
This is a two-day one night canoeing and camping trip on the river Severn, Shropshire. We'll meet at 10 am on the Saturday in Hampton Loade from where a Minibus will take us to Coalport. We'll then paddle 13.5 miles to Hampton Loade where we shall camp overnight. I will arrange dinner at a nearby pub. On the Sunday we'll paddle 8.5 miles to Bewdley. The return from Bewdley to Hampton Loade will be by Steam train. We should get back to Hampton Loade around 5 pm on the Sunday. Two or three people fit in each canoe and the trip is completely suitable for beginners. Costs will be approximately £60-£65 per person for canoe hire, safety briefing and equipment, minibus and train ticket. Camping is £12 per 2-4 person tent plus £1 for each person in the tent. You'll need to bring your own camping equipment. Food costs are on top of this. Please let me know by the end of March if you'd like to come along. Any questions just give me a shout.
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Sunday, 2nd August 2015   TIXALL FROM ST. THOMAS PRIORY    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ950230. Starting from a lay-by on the east side of the minor road north of St. Thomas Priory Farm, postcode ST18 0ZH. Parking is limited so car-sharing is advised.
The walk explores an area of countryside just north of Cannock Chase, an easy going ramble, taking in an Elizabethan gatehouse and part of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire canal, with the possibility of a stop at a coffee shop! Lunch required.
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Sunday, 9th August 2015   SWYNNERTON AND AROUND THE HANCHURCH HILLS    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ851355. From the A34 at the Darlaston Island,Stone take the A51 towards Nantwich. Follow the signs for Swynnerton village. We should be able to use the Fitzherbert Arms Pub car park in the centre of the village as it is current not occupied. Closest Post Code ST15 0RA
A moderately easy walk, starting in the village of Swynnerton we will make our way across fields past Mill Meece pumping station before reaching Hanchurch Hills. After a short walk around the woodland we will then make our way back through fields to the village. Lunch required.
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Saturday, 15th August 2015  STAFFORD SOCIAL- VIVERE/BOWLING
Start Time: 6:00pm Vivere- 56 Foregate St, Stafford ST16 2PR. Tenpin is Greyfriars Place, Stafford ST16 2SD, on the Madford Retail Park opposite. From M6 North take 2nd exit for Eccleshall Rd on roundabout then 3rd exit on next roundabout onto greyfriars. Parking is same as for Ashiana Curry House or you can park on retail park. From M6 South, as above but 3rd exit on initial roundabout. From A34, go straight across the roundabout after dual carriageway for Stone Rd towards town centre and then straight across again. Then as above.
Meal at Vivere Italian restaurant followed by bowling. There is also the option of meeting at the Greyhound pub about 5:00pm. This is now fully booked and I require £12.50 from all of those who have confirmed for the bowling but the restaurant did not require a deposit. Menu for Vivere is below. ***NOW FULLY BOOKED*** http://www.viverestafford.co.uk/home/
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Sunday, 16th August 2015   TOLKIEN WALKS- VISITING EDITH & SUNDAY AFTERNOON STROLL *NEW MEMBERS WALKS*    5 miles  3 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ980175. Chase Road Car Park between Rugeley and Stafford ST17 0TL. The plan is then to drive to car park near Clifford Arms, Great Haywood ST18 0SR (7.2 miles, 17 minutes by road from Chase Road Corner, according to Google!) for the 2nd walk which will start at 1:30pm or ASAP after that time.
Two walks in one. Visiting Edith (3 miles) will commence from Chase Rd Corner car park and will take in Sherbrook Valley, Stepping Stones and Coppice Hill. This is approx 3 miles. After driving to car park near to Clifford Arms, we will do a short 2 mile walk and then retire to the pub. I hope one of you can join me for either, or both, of these walks which ideal for new members or those thinking of joining! There will be a lunch stop but you don't have to bring any if you have alternative plans for lunch. For the 2nd walk, we will try and park by Clifford Arms in Gt Haywood but if this is busy then we will park in Marina cafe car park; however, if we do this, please patronise the cafe afterwards so it doesn't look like we're taking the mick. *CAR SHARING STRONGLY ADVISED* Lunch required.
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Sunday, 23rd August 2015   BIDDULPH    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ893594. Post Code - ST8 7SD, The car park for Biddulph Grange Country Park has plentiful free parking.The car park is on grange park drive off grange road,just after biddulph grange gardens
A fairly flat but delightful walk passing through biddulph grange country park and the highlight being the walk around Knypersley Reservoir. The walk does involve fairly close proximity to livestock so I would say not suitable for our 4 legged friends. There is an ale house just before the end of the walk. Does also include some good views and viewpoints. Lunch required.
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Friday, 28th August 2015   YHA MANKINHOLES AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND    3 nights    Grade 2
YHA Mankinholes offers refurbished accommodation in an unpretentious, stone built South Pennine house. On the Pennine and Calderdale Way, it stands in an ancient hamlet just minutes from remote moorland and secluded valleys. Meals The self-catering kitchen is linked to the dining room. The kitchen contains 2 domestic sized cookers, 2 kettles, 2 fridges, 1 microwave, 2 toasters, freezer and a range of kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery for 32 people. Tea towels are provided. My thoughts were that we could do a bbq for us all one night, go to the pub one night, and maybe do a joint meal (big pan of bolognase or chilli type food) on the 3rd night. People would, however, still have to organise their own breakfasts and lunches. Accommodation 32 beds arranged in 2x2, 4x4 and 1x6 bed rooms on the first floor, plus 1x6 en-suite bed rooms on the ground floor. All bedrooms have washbasins. Parking Space for 10 cars at the front of the building. Other facilities Dining Room/Lounge The dining room seats 32 people on upholstered chairs in an open plan room adjacent to the kitchen. The lounge seats 10 people on 5x2-seater sofas. Washroom Facilities There are 3 toilets and 3 showers on the first floor. Please bring your own towels. Other There is a payphone, central heating, good mobile phone reception and a garden. YHA staff reside in the building. Costs would be approx as follows..15 people would work out at £70 each for the weekend, 20 people = £50 each and 25 people would bring the cost down to £40 each. Food would be on top of that but there is a local pub... A deposit of approx £10 per person would be required once we've reserved the hostel.
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Sunday, 6th September 2015   LONG MYND: BRIDGES - LITTLE STRETTON    13 miles  7 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SO393964. I plan to start at Bridges due to car parking issues. The car park at Bridges encourages us to park and have a drink in The Bridges pub afterwards ;-) Car sharing is always best (1 hour 15 mins, 50 mile drive from Newcastle-under-Lyme). Nearest Postcode is likely to be SY5 0SP. I suggest going via Pulverbatch (the roads are narrow). Driving from Church Stretton to Bridges involves The Burway, you have been warned!!, at least going _up_ you're away from the edge... A 10am start and approx 7 hour walk will mean approx 5pm finish without rushing.
I plan to start at Bridges due to car parking issues, hence we will walk clockwise from Bridges: past Brows Camp Site, to the top of the Long Mynd, then south along the ridge for a while (looking out for wild ponies) to Pole Bank (516m). Then gently down Ashes Hollow, to the lovely Small Batch camp site. I guess people would enjoy a 1/3 mile round trip to The Ragleth Inn at Little Stretton :-P. After suitable refreshments we'll do the steep ascent back west up onto the Long Mynd at Pole Cottage (easier on the knees than decending). We will have great views east towards the hills of the windy Cardington 5 Peak Challenge! Then down off the Long Mynd, and north along the ridge of Adstone Hill (369m), with views of the Stipperstones, and back to the The Bridges pub! Lunch required.
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Sunday, 13th September 2015   A KEELE COUNTRY RAMBLE    12 miles  7 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ808453. The car park is off Quarry bank road, Keele. Nearest postcode ST5 5LT. The car park is in front of a select and save and opposite St Johns primary school. If heading west along the A525, turn off the A525 onto Keele Road. When you reach the village take the first road on the right (Quarry bank road) before the Sneyd Arms pub. The car park is ~ 250 m on your left.
A 12 mile country walk from Keele village. We'll head across fields towards the outskirts of Madeley village before heading North to Alsagers bank where we'll have a brief post lunch pub stop and enjoy the view from the Gresley Arms (nice selection of ciders and real ales). We'll then head back to Keele passing through Apedale Country park and Silverdale Country Park. The route is fairly flat with only a few inclines and declines in the second half of the walk. Parking free. Car sharing recommended where possible. For those who wish to take public transport the number 3 first bus from Hanley (08:29) or Newcastle (9:07 or 9:37) will get you to Keele in time for the walk. If it rains in the days preceding the walk then small sections of the walk will be muddy. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 20th September 2015   LEES AND MACKWORTH CIRCULAR    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK264371. Walk starts from the Black Cow Inn (DE6 5BE), by the village pond in Lees.
This walk takes us through the rolling farmland landscape on the outskirts of Derby. We start from Lees following the Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk, which apparently takes the route of Charles Stuart who marched from Ashbourne to Derby in 1745. After passing through the small hamlet of Radbourne we end up at Mackworth. Unfortunately the path is closed due to the building of a new housing estate, so we have about 1 mile of road slog until we can leave civilisation behind and gently climb up to Kedleston park. Sadly the grand house is hidden behind trees, but the views over cereal crops in this rural part of England make up for this. We then descend the hill to Langley Common, and over grass pastures back to Lees. As this walk almost entirely uses farmland, expect a large number of stiles and fields with livestock. For these reasons walkers with dogs may find this unsuitable. As this walk is not in one of the more touristy areas, many of the paths are poorly maintained. Although the walk is not all that muddy, we will be going through fields with long grass, so gaiters are recommended, particularly if it has recently rained. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 27th September 2015   EARL STERNDALE TO HOLLINSCLOUGH 5 PEAK CHALLENGE    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK091669. The walk starts in Earl Sterndale by The Quiet Woman pub, postcode SK17 0BU. Parking is available on the road but it is a small village so I would recommend car sharing where possible. We will meet on the village green outside the pub and next to a red telephone box. There are no toilets on the walk. If you pass through Longnor on your drive to Earl Sterndale, there are public toilets there.
This walk consists of 5 hills with very steep inclines and walking along several narrow ridges. The hills we will ascend are Hitter Hill, Parkhouse Hill, Chrome Hill, Hollins Hill and High Wheeldon (the latter being the highest at 420 metres). It is a difficult and challenging walk but worth it for the spectacular scenery. If the weather is bad on the day, an alternative route around the hills might be taken for safety reasons. Walking poles would be helpful on this walk. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 4th October 2015   LAMALOAD RESERVOIR, KETTLESHULME AND SHINING TOR    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ975753. The start is the small car park at Lamaload Reservoir so carsharing advised where possible. This can be reached down a lane from the A537 Buxton to Macclesfield road about 2 miles west of the "Cat & Fiddle".
The walk starts from the Reservoir carpark and there is a short but moderate incline quite early on. We then make our way to kettleshulme village where there is a nice pub stop at the white Swan. When we stop for elevenses I would recommend having a bite to eat as the lunch is then after the pub on Taxal edge rocks enjoying the great views across the Peak District. We then make out way down a short bit of road before picking up the ridge that runs across Cats Tor and onto Shining torr. The views along this part of the walk are really worth taking in and offer some great views of shutlinsloe and much further on a clear day. From Shining torr we then make our way back approximately the last 2 miles down to the carpark. There was some mud in parts on the recce so given that a few weeks will have passed and we're into october bear this in mind. I'll be packing my gaiters at least. Lunch required.
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Friday, 9th October 2015  STOKE BEER FESTIVAL 2015
Start Time: 7:00pm Fenton Manor Sports Complex, City Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2RR. 10 minute walk from Stoke train station.
The annual Stoke Beer Festival. £5 entry.
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Sunday, 11th October 2015   HEM HEATH WOODS AND BARLASTON    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ885410. The walk will strt from Hem Heath Woods which is on the right just before Newstead Industrial Estate if travelling towards Longton from the Trenham Gardens roundabout. Post code ST4 8XB. There is a small car park so sharing advised as always.
A not too difficult walk. Starting at Hem Heath we walk to the Wedgwood Estate and then on to Downs Bank. Chance of quick drink at the Plume of Feathers before returning along the canal.
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Sunday, 18th October 2015   YOULGREAVE CIRCULAR - ROCKS, CAVES AND STONE CIRCLES    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK208641. From Stoke head towards Leek along A53 then through Warslow and Hartington. Turn left at Newhaven, and follow signs to Youlgreave to reach the car park on the left at the top of the hill as you enter the village, nearest postcode DE45 1UW. Car park is £2. Please car share, as limited space.
From the car park we walk through the pretty village of Youlgreave and head towards Bradford Dale en route to Robin Hoods Stride, where we will enjoy a light scramble and snack with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. From here we ramble over to the Hermit's Cave, then on to Birchover. Here we stop for lunch, giving the opportunity to explore the tunnels, rock chambers, steps and carved seats of Rowter Rocks. We then journey via woodland to Stanton Moor, which on its elevated points gives way to more beautiful views, the path eventually leading us to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle. We then walk through the village of Stanton-in-Peak and Alport, before heading back to our starting destination along the river. Lunch required.
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Start Time: 8:00pm Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate Street ST16 2LT. Parking should be available at North Walls car park and this will be free after 6:00pm. YOU CAN NO LONGER PARK ON ASDA CAR PARK UNLESS BUYING SOMETHING IN STORE AS FINES ARE BEING IMPOSED Other car parks in walking distance. Stafford parking is free after 6pm. Gatehouse is just off the main high street not far from County Council buildings.
Ed Byrne (the floppy haired Irish one who's on Mock The Week quite a lot) at Stafford Gatehouse? I've seen him before, albeit years ago now, and he was hilarious. This date is Sun 18 Oct, which may be tricky as there will probably be a walk on that day. He is also playing Lichfield Garrick on Wed 9 Dec, if that's any better for anyone? Tickets for Stafford leg are £19.50 and seats are filling up fast so I will have to get tickets very soon for those who are interested. http://www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/en-GB/shows/ed%20byrne-%20outside,%20looking%20in/info
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Sunday, 25th October 2015   HAUGHTON    12 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ861213. Following the A518 from Stafford in the direction of Gnosall, just before leaving the village of Haughton, turn up station road, the car park is approx 500yds on the left. Nearest post code is ST189HF. Car park is small so car sharing is advised
A relatively flat walk exploring some of the landmarks on the edge of Stafford over varied terrain. There will be a pub stop just after lunch. We will be walking over a variety of paths so gaiters are advised (and possibly secateurs) As this is a flat walk, it would be suitable for new walkers or those just wanting to walk a bit further, without the worry of hills. Lunch required.
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Saturday, 31st October 2015  ALSAGER BONFIRE
Start Time: 6:00pm At The Plough Inn , Crewe Road, Alsager, ST7 2JN
Gates open at 6, bonfire lit at 6.30, fireworks at 7pm. £5 entry. Funfair and food available! See you there!
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Sunday, 1st November 2015   MOWCOP RAMBLE    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ847589. Park at New Road Ackers crossing
From Ackers Crossing we'll head south west on the Macclesfield Canal before heading across fields to pass by Little Moreton Hall. Heading across more farmland we'll then pass through Rode Mill and Scholar Green. The second half of this circular walk will take us through Mow Cop Castle and Roe Park. There is 245m of ascent in the second half of the walk as we climb up to Mow Cop Castle. Lunch required.
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Start Time: 7:30pm
Staffs Walkers AGM and Planning Meeting. Election of committee members will take place as well as planning & steering for walks, socials & weekends for the coming 12 months. Can anyone who intends to apply for election to the committee please let me know. See you there!
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Sunday, 8th November 2015   THE BLUE TRAIL WITH A HINT OF GOLD, RED AND BROWN    12 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:15am    Grid Ref: SK018171. Post code WS15 2UQ
Starting at the Birches Valley Vistors Centre (£4 to park all day), car sharing may be good idea. We will walking around a 12 mile loop of a beautiful part of the world at its finest when the leaves on the trees change colour. We will walking past Marquis Drive, the Stepping Stones and Abrahams Valley and Fair Oak pools. I appreciate that some of us have walked various stretches of the trail in the past year and they are other parts of the Chase we can explore but due to myself stepping in at short notice, I have unable to pick a new route but this route is fairly flat apart a couple of gradual inclines. As it Rememberance Sunday, this area played a significant part to the war effort and a 2 minutes silence will be held at 11.00am to honour this Lunch required.
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Sunday, 15th November 2015   TIMBERSBROOK & RUSHTON SPENCER    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ895627. Car park at Timbersbrook picnic area- closest postcode CW12 3PP
Starting at Timbersbrook, an uphill climb leads to impressive views over The Cloud. The scenic walk then heads to Rushton Spencer, through wooded valley, past the river Dane and along the old Leek railway line. There is a pub stop at Rushton Spencer and the walk continues through fields and paths back to Timbersbrook. Fields may be muddy, therefore gaiters are advised. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 22nd November 2015   STONE, OULTON, MODDERSHALL    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ902337. Meet at Westbridge car park, Stafford Road, Stone, ST15 8QW. Free on Sundays.
Starting in Stone we walk along the canal, then through fields to Oulton. From Oulton we walk to Moddershall where we will have a pub stop by a pond with lots of ducks! From here we walk through fields back to Stone. Gaiters advised as quite muddy in parts! Lunch required.
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Friday, 27th November 2015   EDALE WEEKENDER 2015    2 nights    Grade 3
Walks will be arranged on Saturday (Western Edale Skyline by Geoff) and Sunday (east side of Edale including Win Hill? by Phil H). Geoff Benn will coordinate the walks and myself the pub meals and the accommodation. For those requiring private rooms they currently have 6 available and work out cheaper than booking through the group booking process. The prices for private are: 1 person - £78.50 total inc. breakfast 2 persons - £89.00 total inc breakfast. Any Private rooms will need to be booked directly. They have said that you can still use the Groups membership so please let me know if you require this. I will book the dorm rooms only which are £20.00 per person, per night including breakfast. There is not an option not to have breakfast. So the Total will be £40.00 for the weekend. I will need a £20.00 deposit within 2 weeks and the balance o £20.00 is due by 1 October 2015. I am happy for people to pay in full now if they prefer. I will email / Facebook my bank details to all who say they are coming. They are the same details as previous for those who already have me set up. :-) Any questions please let me know :-)
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Saturday, 28th November 2015   WESTERN EDALE SKYLINE (FROM EDALE YHA)    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SK140865. Please note the EARLIER START TIME: 9:30am, and please bring a (HEAD) TORCH? We will be staying at Edale YHA, postcode S33 7ZH. The walk starts from the hostel.
Straight up Lady Booth Brook behind the hostel (this bit could be wet & muddy!), to Ringing Roger!! Then staying at about 600m, following the Edale skyline anti-clockwise, hopefully with great views: Crowden Tower, Swine's Back, Brown Knoll, Lord's Seat, Mam Tor, Hollin's Cross, and back to the hostel. Unfortunately no refreshments en-route :-( Please bring a (HEAD) TORCH as Edale is unlit? Lunch required.
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Sunday, 29th November 2015   EASTERN EDALE SKYLINE (FROM EDALE YHA)    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SK140865. After a second night staying at Edale YHA (Postcode S33 7ZH), we start another walk straight out of the hostel.
Crossing Edale valley, we'll head up to Hollins Cross, then along to Lose Hill and on over to Win Hill. We then find our way back through Edale valley to return to the hostel. Sunset is at around 4pm, so please bring head-torches as we're likely to finish the walk about this time. Lunch required.
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Sunday, 6th December 2015   TUTBURY & ANSLOW VIA FAULD CRATER    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK211289. Start Time: 10:00am From the A50 take the A511 to Burton. Drive through Hatton and over the railway line and river and at the roundabout go straight on and up the high street. At the roundabout by the post office turn right and the car-park is on the right just before The Leopard Inn (DE13 9NE).
A wee amble along the River Dove past Tutbury Castle before climbing up towards Hanbury village, Fauld Crater and Anslow. Lunch required.
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Saturday, 12th December 2015  JALSA CHRISTMAS PARTY 2015
Start Time: 7:30pm The address is Jalsa, 19-21 George street,Newcastle Under-Lyme, Staffordshire. ST5 1JX.
This years Christmas party will be at Jalsa Tandoori Restaurant in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. See website for details http://thejalsa.co.uk/index.php. The table is booked for 7.30pm. They require a £5 deposit from each person. Please could you send / wire me £5 if you wish to come. Hope to see you there!!
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Sunday, 20th December 2015   CHRISTMAS WALK - OAKAMOOR OR BUST    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK052446. 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 Car Park is on the right.
Once again I'll be finding another variation on the route we've taken on our previous pre-Christmas walks from Oakamoor.
Lunch required.
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Sunday, 27th December 2015   ECCLESHALL    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ829291. Eccleshall is reached either by the A519 from the north, or along the A5013 from Stafford. Parking will be on the High Street (B5026) in town centre, just past traffic lights. Meet under the arch at the Royal Oak Pub
Starting from the town centre, heading towards Offley,then Copmere End where the will be a pub stop. This walk will be quite flat and is over varied terrain, so gaiters, leftover mince pies, chocolates and sausage rolls are advised. A walk to blow away the Christmas cobwebs and walk off the Christmas pud. Lunch required.
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Thursday, 31st December 2015   CHESTER    5 miles  4 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 11:00am    Grid Ref: SJ411665. Meet outside the Premier Inn
Starting along the canal, pick up Chester city walls to the River Dee, follow this to Handbridge, over to marches way, stopping off at the boathouse pub at about 4 miles (pub/lunch stop). Then back onto the city walls finishing off by the cathedral. Should be finished by 3pm to give me chance to get back and do my hair before new years eve party in Telfords Warehouse
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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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