Walks and Events 2017

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Sunday, 8th January 2017   CANNOCK CHASE    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 2017 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. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07791 469071 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 15th January 2017   HASLINGTON    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ738559. Start point is the main free carpark located on Waterloo Road, Haslington, CW15TW. Turn opposite the Broughton Arms, the car park is by the British Red Cross building. Nearest postcode CW1 5TW
From the center of Haslington we will head out in the direction of Hassall, through Haslington Hall following varied terrain, including farmland, bridleways, country roads, and woodland paths. After Hassall, we will head towards the outskirts of Alsager, stopping for a swift pint in The Plough, before heading back via Oakhanger Moss and Slaughter Hill. This is a fairly flat walk and would be suitable for new walkers. May be muddy in places, therefore gaiters are recommended. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Janet 07966 493372 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 21st January 2017   BARLASTON    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ900365. Address is Washdale Lane, Oulton Heath. Nearest postcode is ST15 8UU. Park at the Downs Bank National trust car park or down the road from there by the ford if there is no room in the car park. The car park is free.
Starting at the National Trust Downs Bank Car Park we explore Barlaston Downs leading us into Barlaston where we can warm up at the local pub! We then walk along the canal towards the Wedgewood estate and then make our way back across fields towards Barlaston again where we have the option of a 2nd pub stop! We then head back to explore the Downs again, leading us back to the car park. This is a mainly flat walk, only a couple of small hills on the Downs Banks. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Ed & Clare 07815 145517 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 29th January 2017   MACCLESFIELD FOREST    7 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ961711. Parking is at the lay-by next to Trentabank Reservoir, if no spaces are available use the pay and display car park at the Visitor Centre, nearest postcode SK11 0NS
A pleasant walk through Macclesfield Forest up to Shuttlingsloe, with fine views of Cheshire and surrounding areas, looping back round through Macclesfield Forest and back to the carpark. There may be an option of a pub stop on route. Gaiters advised Lunch required.
Walk leader: Karl 07810 751748 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 5th February 2017   CROMFORD, CRICH AND THE WAKEBRIDGE MONUMENT    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK298569. Take the B5035 out of Ashbourne, pass Carsington Reservoir, straight on at the crossroads just below The Rising Sun Inn, and turn left on to the B5036 to Cromford. Continue down the steep hill into Cromford. At the traffic lights, turn right and then immediately left into Mill Road. Use either of the Cromford Mills car parks, one on the right, and the left. We will meet in the smaller one on the right. Nearest postcode DE4 3RQ **Parking is £4 per day, so car sharing is advised.**
A varied and undulating walk through the beautiful Amber Valley, starting at Cromford Wharf and heading out on the Midshires Way passing 'The Watergate' (farm that is) and on to Shining Cliff Woods. Walking through the woods we head down to Ambergate, before joining the pretty Cromford Canal for a short while. We turn off, and head now for Crich, and our lunch stop with the opportunity for a pub stop at The Black Swan. Leaving Crich, we walk up the last hill to the Wakebridge Monument with commanding views over the surrounding countryside. Our return takes us down to the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail as far as the High Peak Junction, and here we follow once more the Cromford canal to the end of the walk, and a tea room which offers excellent cake and tea! **Parts of this walk are quite muddy, so gaiters advised.** Lunch required.
Walk leader: Sarah 07814 239917 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 12th February 2017   ADVENTURE AROUND APEDALE    10 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, follow the road round until you reach Apedale Heritage Centre. Parking is on the left, opposite the centre and Museum. Nearest postcode is ST5 6NB.
From Apedale we will venture off through woodland past the water tower, heading across open fields and farm tracks towards Wood Lane onto Butters Green, before picking up the disused railway line to Bateswood Nature Reserve for a lunchstop. After lunch we will continue around the nature reserve and then head to Alsagers Bank where there will be a pub stop at The Gresty Arms. We will then head off in the direction of Scott Hay, onto Silverdale Community Park and finally returning to Apedale stopping at the Mine Workers Pit Wheel Memorial, with far reaching views across Staffordshire. Gaiters are advised as it will be muddy in places. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jimmy & Janet 07803 361821 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 19th February 2017   ONE IN A MILLION- LIFE ON THE KINVER EDGE    9 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SO838828. Nearest postcode (Farm Shop & Maize Maze)- DY7 6HX. From the North, take the A449. Follow this through Wolverhampton and turn off at Dunsley Road. On entering Kinver, go past the Vine pub and onto High Street. Continue to follow this as it becomes Church Hill, then turn right into Church Road. At the end of the road there is a junction; turn left into Sandy Lane. Car Parking is two "run off" areas with public toilets close by.
Kinver Edge is a sandstone ridge shared between Worcestershire and Staffordshire. It reaches only a modest 164m, and yet offers far-reaching views, together with a beguiling mix of heathland and woodland. We will start by taking the canal towapth up the Staffs-Worcs Canal and turning off towards 'The Million' a local plantation or forest. After lunch, we will go to the historic Rock Houses at Holy Austin Rock, a National Trust site, and tackling Kinver Edge itself before returning to the cars and perhaps a drink at The Vine. Gaiters recommended as it was very muddy in places on the recent recce. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Martin 07899 832520 May contain nuts. GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 24th February 2017  PUB SOCIAL, THE SUN, STAFFORD
Start Time: 7:30pm 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, a fun night out and a bit of a dance. If you would like to have food, please can you let me know so that I can book a table. Thanks.
Organiser: Paul 07791 469071 Venue Map

Sunday, 26th February 2017   PILL BOXES AND PACKINGTON PORKERS RELOADED!    9 miles  5 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. Nearest postcode is B78 3AF
We start opposite Hopwas Hayes woods on a pleasant field walk following the Heart of England Way to the edge of Lichfield, with distant views of the famous three cathedral spires. Look out for the Packington Porkers on the farm! We then walk through part of Whittington Barracks (and firing range!) to Whittington village for a pub stop at the Dog Inn. Leaving Whittington we walk through strawberry fields (but not forever) towards the Birmingham and Fazeley canal which we follow for a mile or so. We pass some old WWII pill box defences for the River Tame before returning through the woods via a short steep climb up 'Concrete Hill' and through more MOD training areas to arrive at the finish. There are some muddy sections, so gaiters advised. Please note, the route might change slightly if the MOD are using the woods or ranges. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jimmy 07803 361821 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 4th March 2017   LONG MYND WALK    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SO420953. this car park should be the nearest one to the hostel on the road between the hostel and church stretton just follow signs for church stretton and the car park is on the left. nearest post code to it is SY9 5EL. doesn't look like that much space on google maps so car sharing advised for this one but is a free car park it is called the shooting box and has an info board saying this.
A splendid stroll over The Long Mynd starts with taking in the trig point at pole bank being the highest point on Long Mynd. We are then taking a path down to Minton and a lane across to Little Stretton I have booked a table for 6/7 at The Green Dragon Pub for 12-12.30 which does excellent food and beer so preferably pub lunch here. Then a long gradual walk back up the hill to the starting point.
Walk leader: Baljeet 07711 904917 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 5th March 2017   STIPERSTONES WALK    8 miles  6 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 11:00am    Grid Ref: SO369977. nearest postcode sy5 0nl follow signs for the bog but its not the bog car park its one on your right before you get there. the turning for the bog is opposite the turnoff for the hostel from the main road
free parking, starting at 1100 as the stiperstones inn opens at 1130. There is a very long steep (approx 250m) walk down to the pub and back, there is the option of a pub lunch so long as it doesn't take too long a table for 8 has been booked at 1215 in addition to the one Danny has booked, boots must be removed before entering the dining area as there is new carpet fitted. The pub website does say you can eat your own food in the beer garden if buying drinks so hope this is also an option There are a lot of rocks sticking up everywhere on the actual ridge walk so its quite punishing on the ankles. A walking weekend close to the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding natural beauty. I will be leading a walk at Stiperstones on the Sunday and also leading a walk on the long mynd on Saturday as well. We will be staying at YHA Bridges on the Friday and Saturday night.
Walk leader: Baljeet 07711 904917 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Wednesday, 8th March 2017  COMMITTEE MEETING
Start Time: 7:30pm Start Time: 7:30pm The Greyhound Pub, Penkhull, ST4 5DW
Staffordshire Walkers Committee Meeting. For those who are also eating there, the table is booked for 6:30
Organiser: Alan 07720 911788 GoogleMaps   Venue Map

Sunday, 12th March 2017   IN THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM    9 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK100542. Parking at Weag's Brigde, nearest postcode ST137TP. From Leek take the A523 Ashbourne Road, at Bottomhouses turn onto the B5053 to Onecote. Go though Onecote and after approx half a mile turn right into Parsons lane, signposted Grindon. Follow the signposts for Manifold Valley through Grindon, continue down this lane for just over 1 mile, at the bottom (just before the weak bridge) turn left into the carpark.
Starting from Weag's Bridge, a walk over varied terrain, heading off along the River Manifold, over old park hill, past Throwley Hall, and onto Rushley. With a pub stop at Ye Olde Royal Oak in Wetton, and a visit to Thor's Cave (opening shot in the Ken Russell film Lair of the White Worm), and finally back to the car park via the River Manifold. May be muddy in places, gaitors advised Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jimmy 07803 361821 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 17th March 2017  CURRY, KARAOKE, DANCING NIGHT OUT
Start Time: 7:30pm Starting point is Nirvana restaurant, 558 Hartshill Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6AF
Night out to celebrate Clare, Jimmy and Sarah's birthdays! and any other March birthdays! Starting in Nirvana curry house, getting nicely merry, then onto The Old House at Home for some Karaoke if you fancy or just listen to the beautiful singing! Then we can meander in and out of the pubs on the way to Newcastle town centre where we can go for a boogie! Come and join in the fun!
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Venue Map

Sunday, 19th March 2017   TICKNALL TUNNELS & ANCHOR CHURCH    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK352242. The walk starts at Ticknall at the village hall postcode DE737JX the car park is free and has toilets .
From Ticknall village we head towards Stanton woods following bridle paths down to the village of Ingleby, from there we follow the river Trent briefly before we reach the cave of Anchor church. From there we make our way to the lovely Foremark reservior where we will have lunch and a chance to have an ice cream or coffee depending on the weather there are toilkets here too if required, we follow the reservoir round to carver rocks,passing through the woods and then onto the the oaklands wood and finally onto the Ticknall tram line where we pass through two tunnels before making our way back to Ticknall, Light refreshments after in The Wheel puplic house. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Michael 07939 222460 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 26th March 2017   CANNOCK CHASE    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:15am    Grid Ref: SJ979191. Park and meet at Coppice Hill car park on Cannock Chase by Brocton Coppice, Brocton.
Leaving the car park we will head down into Oldacre Valley - you may be lucky to see the famous Fallow Deer in their regular haunt! We will leave the other side of the valley and head towards the half-way point; Springslade Cafe for a well earned bacon and egg sandwich and a hot drink (optional!)! Feeling refreshed we will follow the Heart of England Way into Sherbrook Valley and head through the forest towards the Stepping Stones which we will cross and head back up into Brocton Coppice to the car park Lunch required.
Walk leader: Zoe 07969 077341 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 2nd April 2017   ROUND THE WREKIN    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ638092. Follow the M54 to Junction 7 and turn left towards Little Wenlock (The location is clearly signposted) and follow the road. At the junction turn left and look for the Wrekin Forest Glen Car Park (Postcode TF6 5AL). Car sharing is advised.
From the Car park we turn left onto the road and then turn left on to the Wrekin Forest trail where from then we then we will walk up the Ercall (Yellow route)(259m) which gives great views as we walk from the top of the Ercall we head down into Ercall Wood. We leave the wood and walk pass the Golf Course on to Red Route where we will walk through Limekiln Wood and Maddocks Hill and eventually onto Spout Lane. From Spout Lane (Road walking) we will head to the start of Little Hill (Little its not) for a ascent upto the top of Wrekin(407m) pass the Needles Eye and onto the top. I will state that both the ascents of Ercall and the Wrekin are steep but the views on top are well worth it as you can see 4 counties and plus the Shropshire Hills. From the top we head down the other side of the Wrekin which was a former Roman fort but this isn't as steep as our ascents and back to the Car Park. Gaiters may be required as at the time of the recce it was muddy in the forest and Lunch will required. After the walk, We can head to the Huntsman Inn for well deserved drink. Lunch required. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Elliott 07964 850996 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 9th April 2017   TEGGS NOSE RECCE    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ950732. Teggs Nose car park is located along Buxton Old Road, nearest postcode is SK11 0AP. Parking is 2.50 all day, with toilet facilities.
A recce starting from Tegs Nose, following the Gritstone trail to Langley, through Macclesfield Forest, onto Walk Barn, with lunch at Lamaload Reservoir. After lunch, we will stop for a pint in Rainow. Then to White Nancy, and back to Teggs Nose.....hopefully. As it's a recce the milage is a rough estimate, maps will be provided with set points marked to navigate to. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jimmy 07803 361821 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 14th April 2017   EASTER BREAK STRATFORD UPON AVON    3 nights    Grade 2
The Staffs Walkers Easter Weekend break will be in Stratford upon Avon YHA, please let me know if your interested more information to follow, I'm expecting it to cost around £20 per night and there will be a number of different room options.

Friday - Stratford. Start about 1pm from the hostel. A 5 mile walk to Stratford town centre, wander round some of the touristy bits, with a couple of pubs thrown in for good measure.
Saturday - Welcombe Park. Start 10am from Welcome Country Park, approx. 10 minute drive from the hostel. A 13 mile walk up to the obelisk at Welcome park, with views over Stratford, along Monarchs Way to Snitterfield, Sherburne Hill, down through Hampton Wood, picking up Shakespeares way along the river Avon. Stopping off for a drink in Hampton Lucy (approx. 9 miles), then heading back to the car park.
Sunday - Alveston. Start 10am from the Youth Hostel. A 11 mile walk, heading in the direction of Loxley, through Wellsbourne Wood onto Walton, and along the river Dane to the town of Wellsbourne (pub stop - 7 miles). Returning to the river Dane, skirting around Charlecote Park (deer park) and then back to the Youth Hostel.
Monday - Alcester. Start 10.30am from village of Alcester, 10 mile drive from the hostel, along the A46 on the way home. A 9 mile walk, starting from the roman village of Alcester, heading towards Overlay Castle, along Arden Way, through Upton, Walcott to Great Alne (pub stop - 5 miles), then onto Monarch's Way, Heart of England Way and back to Alcester.
Organiser: Rosie 07972 372994 GoogleMaps   Area Map

Friday, 21st April 2017  OFF THE HOOK STAFFORD SOCIAL MEAL OUT
Start Time: 7:30pm The restaurant is called Off the Hook fish and chips. The address is 16-18 Mill St, Stafford ST16 2AJ.
Come and join us for a meal out in Stafford. For menu details click on http://www.off-the-hook.co.uk/ Please let Paul know if you wish to come. Thanks.
Organiser: Paul 07791 469071 Venue Map

Sunday, 23rd April 2017   WINSTER AND THE NINE LADIES OF STANTON MOOR    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK240605. The postcode for the car park at winster is DE4 2DR it's opposite the minors standard pub
This walks starts in the old mining town of winster the car park is free but limited in space ... we will be taking in Clough wood and on to Stanton moor where we visit the Nine Ladies stone circle from there we head down to the Druid inn pub at Birchover for light refreshments.then we explore the Rowtor rocks a hidden gem of caves carved chairs and alcoves which was formed by Thomas Eyre 300 years ago,from there we head to robin hoods stride and hermits cave ...and then on to Elton by road before taking a bridle path back to winster.. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Michael 07939 222460 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 28th April 2017   BETWS-Y-COED WEEKEND AWAY    3 nights    Grade 3
For those that don't know, Betws-y-Coed is a beautiful small town in the heart of Snowdonia National Park with plenty of hiking opportunities but also shops and pubs for us to venture to after walking with plenty of ice cream eating opportunities! Of course the highlight of the weekend will be a wander up the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon! I propose a second mountain walk also, route to be decided. Plus, I shall lead a forest walk to a lake on one of the days. The cost of the accommodation is 19 pounds per night or 25 pounds if you want breakfast. I will organise the booking of the dorms. All are ensuite. There are self catering facilities. I have provisionally reserved two 6 bed dorms. They want payment for this at the end of November. I will fill these on a first come first served basis. I can potentially increase the numbers if more want to come. If you want a private room, please book separately, details on the hostel website: http://swallowfallshotel.co.uk/accommodation/youth-hostel/ It looks like there may be camping and a hotel on the same site as the hostel but check when you call if you want to book this. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to come so that I can secure the booking, Thanks all Clare and Ed
Organiser: Clare and Ed 07815 145517 Area Map

Sunday, 7th May 2017   GRADBACH AND DANE VALLEY    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ998662. The start point is the Gradbach Car Park, nearest postcode is SK17 0SU
Starting at Gradbach carpark, we go past Gradbach youth hostel and on to the the Dane Valley Way following the River Dane taking in the stunning views of the river until we reach Wincle, then we have a cheeky beer in the Ship pub, then onto Wincle Brewery for a sample and a lunch stop.. we carry on along the River Dane to Gig hall bridge, this stretch of river has beautiful weirs and rapids, we leave the river and make our way to Swythamley Park from there we go to Hanging Rock and make our way back, gaiters are required. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Craig 07590 572808 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 14th May 2017   WILDBOARCLOUGH, SHUTLINGSLOE AND THREE SHIRES HEAD    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ987698. Parking near the village of Wilboarclough. Nearest postcode SK11 0BD. (this postcode is approx 1km south of Clough House car park where the walk will commence).
A challenging and hilly walk up to the top of Shutlingsloe followed by a ramble around three shires. We will stop for lunch by the picturesque packhorse bridge before taking in some fantastic views and scenery on are way back to the village of Wilboarclough. There is an opportunity to enjoy a well earned drink in the local Crag inn. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Gary 07731 579282 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 19th May 2017  MEAL AND DANCING SOCIAL PARTY NIGHT NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME
Start Time: 7:30pm We will eat first at Blue Chilli Thai restaurant. The address is 9 Berkeley Court, Newcastle ST5 1TT.
Come and join us for a meal in a Thai restaurant, followed by dancing in Newcastle town centre! Please let Clare know if you wish to come for the meal. Thanks
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Venue Map

Sunday, 21st May 2017   ILAM, DOVEDALE AND A CREAM TEA :-)    10 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 (still Ilam Moor Lane after the left turn!). The free 'Blore Pastures' car park is situated about 200m on the right over looking Ilam. If you reach Ilam village, you've gone too far!
Ilam Park and Dovedale are situated within the spectacular limestone "White Peak" area of the Peak District. From the start point, we head towards Ilam village and then along the river briefly, turning off before Dovedale. We then go to Thorpe village (toilets!), where we make the steep but small climb up to Thorpe cloud (287m), and then head back down to the famous stepping stones. We walk along the river, past the caves, as far as Ilam Rock, where we cross the water and wander up through the (steep!) forest. The walk then goes past Bunster Hill and is a mixture of fields and roads before we reach Ilam Hall, where frankly it would be be rude to refuse the opportunity for a cream tea or a cake ;-), and admire the Italian gardens, before climbing back up the hill to the car park (this stop may add an extra half hr on :-)). Lunch required. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Rachel 07730 596866 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 26th May 2017   HELVELLYN WEEKEND AWAY    3 nights    Grade 3
The Lake District's Helvellyn mountain range overlooks the village of Glenridding next to Ullswater lake.
The area has numerous opportunites for fantastic walks, including the famous scramble along Striding Edge onto the mountain of Helvellyn itself.
Helvellyn YHA is situated right in the middle of all this glorious countryside, less than 1.5 miles from Glenridding itself.
As a group we can get a good deal with the hostel for 3 night's bed and breakfast, plus one evening meal for about 97 pounds (breakfast is effectively free!)

There's also likely to be a full day mountain walk on Friday for early starters and a shorter afternoon Friday walk for later arrivals.
Saturday will be an ascent of Helvellyn via Striding Edge or an alternative for those with less enthusiasm for heights.
Sunday may be a lower level walk on the Ullswater Way (newly opened last year).
Monday may include a shorter walk or a trip into Bowness for ice cream and a bit of pitch and put golf.
Fully Booked
Organiser: Phil 07443 929412 GoogleMaps   Area Map

Sunday, 4th June 2017   CANNOCK CHASE - SEVEN SISTERS (WITH CAFE STOP)    11 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 11:00am    Grid Ref: SJ994161. Parking postcode WS12 4PR T-junction Penkridge Bank/Marquis Drive
We will make our way around Warrens Parr to Haywood Slade over the 'Seven Sisters' (Switchbacks) before making our way to Abrahams Valley. We then head to the Marquis Drive Visitors Centre for coffee and cake (public conveniences available) before doing a loop around Dimminsdale and Fair Oak Lodge. Lunch required.
Walk leader: YF 07790 576598 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 11th June 2017   TIMBERSBROOK    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ895627. 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 Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jenny 07731 579282 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 18th June 2017   DEEP DALE    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SK170706. The start point is White Lodge pay and display car park, located on the A6 Buxton road, nearest postcode SK17 9UQ (this will lead you past the car park so be on the look out).
Starting from the White Lodge car park, we will be walking through Deep Dale, past Magpies Mine, then onto Sheldon, Ashford in the Water (chance for an ice cream/lolly stop if the weathers nice), Pennyunk Lane, Monsal Head (chance for a pub stop), Monsal Dale, finally finishing back at White Lodge car park. Very likely to be muddy in places therefore gaiters are advised. Hope to see you there :) Lunch required.
Walk leader: Zita 07801 586125 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 24th June 2017   **SATURDAY WALK** DERBYSHIRE FOUR CHURCHES WALK    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK233547. **Saturday Walk** The walk starts in Brassington at a disused quarry, now Wirksworth Dale car park, nearest postcode DE4 4HA.
The route passes through the active mining village of Ballidon, onto pretty Parwich and then historical Bradbourne (resting place of stage and film actor Alan Bates), before looping back to Brassington, taking in the four churches along the way. Some inclines through fields and on country lanes, and hopefully no mud at this time of year! Lunch required.
Walk leader: Helen 07527 029209 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 24th June 2017  PUB SOCIAL, THE SUN, STAFFORD
Start Time: 7:30pm *****THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*****
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Organiser: Paul 07791 469071 Venue Map

Wednesday, 28th June 2017  COMMITTEE MEETING
Start Time: 7:30pm
Staffordshire Walkers Committee Meeting. For those who are also eating, the table will be booked for 6:30
Organiser: Alan 07720 911788

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Sunday, 2nd July 2017   HASSALL GREEN    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ774582. Start point is Salt Line Car Park on Smithy Grove, Sandbach CW11 4YB (just outside Hassall Green). The car park is quite small, so car sharing is advised.
A fairly flat walk, starting from the car-park we will pick up the Trent & Mersey Canal, onto the South Cheshire Way, stopping for lunch close to Little Moreton Hall. After lunch, we will follow the Macclesfield Canal for a short distance to Scholar Green, before turning towards Lawton Heath, finishing along the salt line back to the car-park. There are 5 pubs along the route. We will of course be stopping at one of them.... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Janet 07966 493372 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 9th July 2017   CHEEDALE    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK103724. Parking at the Wyedale car park just off the A6 opposite Topley Pike Quarry, nearest postcode SK17 9TE. The car park is £4.50 per day. Car share if possible.
Starting from the car park we walk along the river towards the Monsal Trail. Crossing a bridge we enter Cheedale. It is very picturesque with rocky hillsides, we walk along the riverside and cross several sets of stepping stones. There is a pub stop half way around! Heading back we touch on the Monsal trail before leaving it to climb a steep hill which offers rewarding views at the top of the Monsal Valley. This is a stunning walk with fantastic views. The path is a little tricky at times and walking poles could be of use. Gaiters advised. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Clare & Ed 07815 145517 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 16th July 2017   LATHKILL DALE    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK193644. Parking on Moor Lane car park. Nearest post code DE451LU
Turning right from car park we head along the Limestone way and follow the river Lathkill running through Lathkill Dale, with impressive weirs and rapids pools and caves a very picturesque walk before heading up a steep but short incline to the village of Over Haddon where we will stop for lunch at approx 12.45pm at The Lathkil Hotel over looking the Dale. They offer a superb hot and cold buffet for up to £10 , well worth it and very quick service. Hope we can all partake and make it a party but if you prefer to bring lunch there is an area opposite the Hotel. After lunch we will continue along the river before crossing a bridge and heading up towards One Ash Grange farm, Cales farm followed by an ascent and short road walk to visit the henge site of Arbor low, £1 charge. We then have a road walk back to the car park.
Walk leader: Peter 07968 520167 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Thursday, 20th July 2017   BARLASTON DOWNS EVENING WALK    4 miles  2 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 6:30pm    Grid Ref: SJ893383. Starting from Barlaston Downs car park,nearest postcode is ST12 9AE. Come into Barlaston village and follow signs to the Upper House Hotel. Turn as if to go up the drive to the Upper house Hotel and the Downs car park is on your right.
Hi all, I'm planning on putting on an evening walk this Thursday 20th June. It will be a short 3 mile walk around Barlaston Downs to the stream, across the stepping stones and up to the trig point with lovely views.
Walk leader: Clare 07815 145517 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 23rd July 2017   CHILLINGTON    13 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ880073. Heading in the direction of Brewood, follow the signs for Chillington Hall/Coven, continue along Port Lane, turning right along the next road after Upper Lane. The car park is located immediately on the left. On the map its the one with the picnic sign, not the P sign just to the right. Nearest postcode WV9 5BJ
A 13 mile walk (graded as a 2 based on the fact it is fairly level walk) starting on the outskirts of Brewood, taking in the sights of Chillington Hall landscaped by Capability Brown, Boscobel House and its Royal Oak which was the hiding place of King Charles II after defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, White Ladies Abbey and Belvide Reservoir. There is a planned pub stop at 8 miles, however the pub in Bishops Wood was closed on the reccie and is currently in the process of changing owners, if closed there is another pub stop planned at 11 miles. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jimmy 07803 361821 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Thursday, 27th July 2017   SWYNNERTON EVENING WALK    4 miles  2 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 6:30pm    Grid Ref: SJ852356. Starting from The Fitzherbert Arms pub in Swynnerton, postcode ST15 0RA
This is a 3.5 mile walk in the fields and woods around Swynnerton with nice views, finishing with a drink in the pub. Let me know if you would like to come.
Walk leader: Clare 07815 145517 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 28th July 2017  PASTA DI PIAZZA SOCIAL
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 7.00pm followed by drinks and dancing in town. £5 per person deposit required. RSVP via text or Facebook event page. Thanks.
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Venue Map

Sunday, 30th July 2017   CHROME HILL AND PARKHOUSE HILL FROM EARL STERNDALE    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.
Walk leader: Ed & Clare 07815 145517 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Thursday, 3rd August 2017   HEM HEATH WOODS EVENING WALK    4 miles  2 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 6:30pm    Grid Ref: SJ885411. Start point is Hem Heath Woods Car Park, nearest postcode is ST4 8FR.
Hi all, I'm planning on putting on an evening walk this Thursday 3rd August at 6.30pm. We will take an evening stroll (4 miles) through Hem Heath Woods to Wedgwood, into Barlaston and back again through the woods with a pub stop at the end!
Walk leader: Clare 07815 145517 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 6th August 2017   IPSTONES    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK027476. Park at Froghall Wharf car park. 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. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Sarah GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Thursday, 10th August 2017   TRENTHAM WOODS EVENING WALK    4 miles  2 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 6:30pm    Grid Ref: SJ871382. We will park on the road (Winghouse Lane) just as you enter Tittensor from the A34, postcode ST12 9HW
I am going to put on an evening walk on Thursday 10th August at 6.30pm. The walk will take us around the woodlands of the Trentham Estate with the chance of seeing monkeys and deer! Let me know if you would like to come.
Walk leader: Clare 07815 145517 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 13th August 2017   CURBER EDGE AND THE BARBROOK ANCIENT VILLAGE OF BIG MOOR    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK295749. We meet at Shilito car park nearest poats code S18 7WG grid ref for the car park is SK294749 the car park is free.
This is a lovelly flatish 10 mile walk starting at the shilito car park, from there we go on to the big moor taking in the ancient settlement of barbrook and the first of two stone circles,we then head towards ladys cross and on to The Grouse Inn for light refreshments, we then head towards Froggatt edge and the second neolithical stone circle 'Stoke Flat, then we carry on to the spectacular views of Curber edge from there we pass Eagle Stone and finally Wellingtons Monument before we make our way back to the car park. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Michael 07939 222460 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Thursday, 17th August 2017   APEDALE COUNTRY PARK EVENING WALK    4 miles  2 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 6:30pm    Grid Ref: SJ815480. An evening walk around Apedale starting from Grubbers Ash car park. The address is High Street, ST7 8BS. The car park is just before you reach Alsagers Bank
An evening stroll around Apedale Country park, up to the monument, around the trails and through some woods. This walk is mainly gravel tracks with some woodland walking and a few hills. Let me know if you fancy coming along!
Walk leader: Clare 07815 145517 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 20th August 2017   MAER, MAER HILLS & CAMP HILL FROM HANCHURCH HILLS    12 miles  7 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SJ839399. Start point is at Hanchurch Hills Car Park ST4 8SN
NOTE START TIME 9.30AM My first led walk in over 5 years so bear with me! An original circular round the Newcastle Under Lyme borough with a potential 3 pub stops (time permitting) if people desire should be good for all the summer weather! Out of Hanchurch Hills, going west to Maer past Hill Chorlton and Springfields. Maer has St. Peters Church where a certain Charles Darwin got married and he took up residence at Maer Hall alongside for many years. Main pub stop at The Swan With Two Necks for a swift half/pint. Up into Maer Hills woods for lunch with summit at Camp Hill where legend states Yorkists camped the night before the first battle of The War of The Roses. From Camp Hill Road we go down into Baldwins Gate for another possible pub stop at The Sheet Anchor Pub then back to Hanchurch Hills. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Sam 07798 763732 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Thursday, 24th August 2017   HANCHURCH WOODS EVENING WALK    4 miles  2 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 6:30pm    Grid Ref: SJ839397. I will be leading an evening walk around Hanchurch Woods starting from Hanchurch Hills picnic site car park (same start point as this Sundays (20th) walk!) The nearest postcode is ST4 8SN.
An evening stroll around Hanchurch Woods, through fields to the village of Hanchurch and around the Hanchurch pools. There are a few hills. Let me know if you fancy coming along! NB the walk is the opposite direction to this Sundays (20th) walk!
Walk leader: Clare 07815 145517 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 25th August 2017   MALHAM AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND    3 nights    Grade 2
The August Bank Holiday weekend away will be held at Hill Top Farm Bunkbarn in Malham - exclusive hire. The plan is to do a similar weekend to that we did in Mankinholes.

Accommodation.... The barn is split into four different levels and can sleep up to 32 people in 6 different sized bedrooms (allocation to be decided when numbers are known). On the first floor is a combined lounge, kitchen, and dining room with magnificent views over Malhamdale. There are two bathrooms, both on the ground floor, comprising four showers and five wc's in total. To the rear of the barn is a drying/boot room. The kitchen (self catering) is fully equipped with everything you should need for cooking for large groups and we have an outside area for games, sunbathing and barbecues. Pillows and pillowcases are provided, guests bring sleeping bags or duvet. Two minute walk into village - two pubs, Parking for 8-10 cars, Oil central heating.

Costs.... Rough cost for 3 nights accommodation will be between 55 and 95 pounds per person. 12 people are now confirmed which works out at just over 90 pounds, 15 people will be 73 pounds, 20 people will be 55 pounds. Shorter stays are also available. The accommodation booking has been confirmed. Full balance will be required by 16th June.

Food.... Breakfasts, either prepare your own, or for those who wish we will be cooking up some bacon or sausage breakfast baps (pre-ordered and at a small cost). Lunch, you will need to provide your own. Evening Meals, we propose to do a group meal in the bunkhouse on Friday (bolognaise or similar) or bring your own, Saturday will be a BBQ and Sunday evening will be in a local pub.

Walks....
Friday afternoon, there will be a 6 mile walk, starting at 12:30pm from Malham we will follow the Pennine Way alongside the River Aire, past Windy Pike and onto Airton. Then over to Kirkby Malham stopping for a drink in The Victoria Pub before returning to Malham.
Saturday morning will be a 5 mile walk taking in the local landmarks of Janet's Foss, Malham Cove, and Goredale Scar, returning around lunchtime with then the option to go to the local Malham Agrigultural Show (£8 admission) which includes, Heavy Horse Championship, Showjumping, Mountain Bike Stunt Display Team, Vintage Tractors & Historic Vehicles (Rob) , Farmers Market, Handicrafts, Horticultural & Floral Exhibits, Falconry Display, Art & Photography Exhibits, Trade stands & On-field Catering.
Sunday's walk will start from the bunkbarn, heading in the direction of Settle going up Pikedaw Hill, picking up the Pennine Bridleway going around Rye Loaf Hill, and onto Scaleber Force (described as a stunning 40ft waterfall whose crystal clear waters tumble over limestone cliffs before plunging into a deep pool), before dropping down into Settle for a pub stop. We will then pick up the Dales High Way, going past Victoria and Jubilee Caves, onto the Pennine Bridleway to Malham Lings, down Malaham Cove and back to the Bunkbarn.

Please let us know if you are coming as soon as possible. For those that haven't already got them, we will pass on bank details for bacs payment on request. Thanks Janet & Jimmy
Organiser: Janet 07966 493372 GoogleMaps   Area Map

Sunday, 3rd September 2017   ***CANCELLED***TO BE RESCHEDULED KINDER SCOUT FROM EDALE    8 miles  6 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK124853. Parking is at the main public car park (postcode S33 7ZD) in Edale (it costs approx £5 for the day,so have sufficient change and consider car-sharing!) The car park is situated off Edale road, by the village hall (S33 7ZA) and across from the Rambler Inn pub. From Buxton, take the A6 towards Chapel-en-le-Frith and turning right at the roundabout, take the A623 towards Sparrowpit and then Edale is signposted off this road. There are toilets at the carpark!
8 mile circular from Edale, scrambling up Grindsbrook Clough waterfall, and down Jacobs Ladder. From the car park, we head on a trail, climbing gently towards Grindsbrook Clough gorge/waterfall where we scramble over the rocks to the top, which forms the east side of Kinder Scout. Whilst relatively steep in places, this is actually only a Grade 1 scramble on the rocks around the waterfall (plenty of children do it!), you won't need to wade through water (assuming the weather has been reasonable!) and it is really only because of this scrambling element and the general height/exposure of Kinder at the top, that this is classed as a Grade 3. Once at the top, we will (hopefully!) be rewarded with stunning views across the valley. We then continue across the plateau on the Pennine Way path towards Crowden Brook. Eventually, we begin to descend, via some moorland, and then down Jacob's Ladder (the start of the Pennine Way), a relatively steep, but paved path, down to the hamlet of Upper Booth and then across moorland, fields and road back to Edale. Since there is a pub across from the car park, it would be rude not to stop by for a swift half! Because of the scrambling and often boggy conditions on the plateau, gaiters advised. Lunch required. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Danny 07736 380939 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 10th September 2017   TREVOR, PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT AND LLANGOLLEN    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ272422. Parking is at the Trevor Basin Visitor Centre, off New Road. If full you might need to park somewhere on the road around the Telford Inn. LL20 7TY is postcode to get there. Travel times are not much more than for walks in the North Peaks.
A walk from Trevor in the Dee Valley taking in the World Heritage Site Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, along Offas Dyke, The Panorama and past Trevor Rocks. We take in Castell Dinas Bran before a likely pint in Llangollen before returning along the canal to our start point. A really lovely walk with some hills but nothing too steep. Good paths most of the way. Homemade cookies will be provided :) Lunch required.
Walk leader: Steve 07341 891868 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 17th September 2017   LEEK    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ975552. The start of the walk is from Ladderedge Country Park. The car park is approx. 1 mile from Leek town centre near the main A53 Newcastle road. The car park is off Sunnyhills Road, 100 metre from its junction with Newcastle road. nearest postcode ST13 7AE
A 9.5 mile walk encircling the town. The route passes mostly through attractive farmland and offers many interesting views of Leek and its setting. Some short sections cut through built up areas. The Ordnance Survey Map no 24 White Peak covers the area, or the Ordanance Survey explorer Map no 258. Hpoefully with a pub stop at the Abbey Inn for refreshment. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Richard 07716 632253 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 22nd September 2017  BASMATI INDIAN RESTAURANT SOCIAL, NEWCASTLE
Start Time: 7:30pm Address is 13 Brunswick Street, Newcastle, Staffordshire, ST5 1HF.
Come and join us for an Indian and a dance to celebrate Steves 40th! Let me know if you can come. Website is http://www.basmatinewcastle.co.uk/2809-2/
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Venue Map

Sunday, 24th September 2017   CANNOCK CHASE BLUE TRAIL    12 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK018171. Starting at the Birches Valley Vistors Centre (£4 to park all day), car sharing may be good idea.
We will be walking around a 12 mile loop of a beautiful part of the world. We will walk past Marquis Drive, the Stepping Stones, Abrahams Valley and Fair Oak pools, this route is fairly flat apart from a couple of gradual inclines Lunch required.
Walk leader: Elliott 07964 850996 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 1st October 2017   ASHFORD IN THE WATER AROUND THE DALES    13 miles  7 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK194697. *** NOTE: ALTERNATE WALK DUE RE-SCHEDULING OF STANAGE AND BAMFORD WALK *** 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. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil H 07443 929412 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 8th October 2017   CAVERSWALL    13 miles  7 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ950429. Postcode: ST11 9ED
Travelling along the A50 between Stoke and Uttoxeter, take the Meir Park turn-off (also signposted for the A521 and The Foxfield Railway). Don't turn into Meir Park itself, but take the opposite turn-off, on to the old Uttoxeter Road. This immediately loops back on itself, and passes the Catchems Corner pub before becoming Caverswall Lane and crossing the railway. Continue on this road, which becomes School Lane, pass the entrance to Caverswall Castle, and turn right at the junction onto The Dams. Park in the The Red House, pub car park on the left.
A stroll passing through Forsbrook, Totmonslow, Upper Tean, Brookhouses, Dilhorne and back to Caverswall and the pub. A relatively flat walk though we still manage to take in two trig points.
Gaiters advised. Shorts not advised. Not suitable for dogs. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07443 929412 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 15th October 2017   FRADLEY JUNCTION, KING'S BROMLEY AND ALREWAS    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK138138. From the A38, take the junction at Alrewas, for the A513. Coming south, on leaving the A38, turn right at the island and follow the road for about 1 1/2 miles. Take the left turn with a brown sign towards Fradley Junction. The car park (£1.50) is signposted before the canal bridge. Nearest postcode is DE13 7DN. There are some spaces on the road outside, but these are limited. Please walk down from the road to the car park to meet us.
Starting from Fradley Junction, we head off across fields to King's Bromley, then follow the River Trent for a while until we arrive in Yoxall with the opportunity for a pub stop. We then follow 'The Way for the Millenium' through fields and woodland to the pretty village of Alrewas, where we might do another pub stop! Finally, we head back along the Trent and Mersey Canal to Fradley. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Lee 07773 930315 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 22nd October 2017   A TRAIL OF FOUR DALES RECCE    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK138732. From Buxton follow the A6 in the direction of Matlock/Derby, after approx 4 miles turn onto the B6049, signposted Tideswell/ Millers Dale. Continue for 1.5 miles, turn left at signpost Wormhill, Monsall Trail. Go under the bridge, Millers Dale carpark is on the left. Parking is £4.50 for the day, with toilets and refreshments available. Car share where possible. Nearest postcode SK17 8SN
Similar walk to earlier in the year at Teggs Nose, a 11-12 mile recce starting from Millers Dale Car Park, a chance to take it in turns, leading the group following a mapped route along the Monsall Trail, through Millers Dale, Litton and Cressbrook Tunnels. Then leave the trail, walking through Water-cum-Jolly Dale following the river Wye, onto Cressbrook Dale, stopping for lunch at Peter's Stone. Pub stop at The Three Stags Head described as "A quaint 300 year old pub with two small rooms, stone flagged floors and low ceilings. One of the few inns in the area on CAMRA's National Inventory of unspoilt pubs". Following the pub stop we will head towards the villages of Litton and Tideswell, through Monks Dale, and then back to the car park..... hopefully :-) Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jimmy 07803 361821 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 29th October 2017   CHEDDLETON    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ982520. This walk starts at the cheddleton churnet valley railway station on station rd postcode st13 7EE, if your coming from cellerhead the first roundabout before you come into cheddleton turn right down BASFORDBRIDGE LANE to the bottom of the bank over the river and turn right along station rd parking long side the station.
We start the walk from the station going over fields heading towards butter cross, from there we head up and over and onto coombs valley, we turn right out of the valley and loop round to the lovely Sharpcliffe Hall before heading back down into Coombs Valley and a stop for lunch, we then head towards the ancient EGG WELL at bradnop from there we head along fynneylane and back down to cheddleton station and a niiiice cheeky pint in THE BOAT INN. i reccomend gaiters as walking accrosss fields it may be muddy, this walk will be undulating Lunch required.
Walk leader: Michael 07939 222460 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 5th November 2017   WARSLOW    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK085585. Turn off A523 at Bottomhouse onto B5053 towards Onecote. Continue through Onecote to Warslow. Parking by Village Hall. Nearest Postcode is SK17 0JL.
We will make our way to Revidge before crossing moorland to visit a couple of Warslow's neighbouring villages. Lovely views all round (if it's a nice day). It will be muddy in places so gaiters are advised. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Liz 07805 143927 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Wednesday, 8th November 2017  STAFFORDSHIRE WALKERS AGM GEORGE & DRAGON, MEAFORD, STONE, ST15 0PX
Start Time: 7:30pm
AGM for Staffs Walkers, All welcome. 6:30pm for those wishing to eat. The meeting wil start at 7:30pm and last approximatly 1 1/2 hrs
Organiser: Alan 07720 911788

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Sunday, 12th November 2017   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 Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jimmy 07803 361821 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 19th November 2017   CIRCULAR WALK AROUND MILFORD, BROCTON AND SHUGBOROUGH HALL    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ973211. The Starting Point is the public car park at Milford Common, Stafford on the main A513 Stafford to Rugeley Road (nearest postcode is the Barley Mow Pub - ST17 OUW) UPDATE - We may need to pay £2 to park on the day
The route will firstly take us into Cannock Chase at Milford heading towards Brocton before heading up Satnall Hills (only a short climb) onto Shugborough Hall Estate and Park Land (Cafe stop available if open) before crossing the River Trent to reach the Trent & Mersey Canal to Great Haywood. We will then pick up the Stafforshire & Worcestershire Canal back to Tixall and Milford. I've put as a Grade two as there are a few hills and varied terrain under foot at times, although majority of the walk is flat - can be muddy in places by canal. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Lisa H 07890 230171 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 26th November 2017   LOOP AROUND THE HANCHURCH HILLS    7 miles  4 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ839397. From A34 Hanford Island follow A500 towards M6 J15. Turn left at the roundabout and through the lights. Take a righthand turning signposted Stableford/Chapel Chorton and follow the signs for the picnic area where there is free parking.
A walk from Swynnerton Old Park, discovering the legacy of Hanchurch's watery heritage (or so the book says) - something to do with water towers. A gentle walk over undemanding terrain. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Marie 07592 089464 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 1st December 2017   CASTLETON WEEKENDER    2 nights    Grade 2
Join us on a walking weekend away to start the Christmas celebrations this year! We will stay Friday and Saturday night. There will be walks on Saturday and Sunday. There are many pubs, usually have bands on in the evening. The Christmas lights will be up together with a festival of lights in the church with lots of pretty Christmas trees. We will stay at the YHA in Castleton which is one of the nicest YHAs I have stayed in (and that's a lot!). Let me know ASAP if you want to come and I will start the group booking. The approximate cost for the dorm is £19 a night. Thanks! Clare xx
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Area Map

Saturday, 2nd December 2017   LIFE ON 'THE EDGE' - STANAGE AND BAMFORD (PEAK DISTRICT)    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK208825. Passing the YHA on the left hand side, follow the A6187 (Hathersage Road) through Castleton and Hope (approx. 10 mins), turning left at the traffic lights by Sickleholme petrol station. Bamford railway station (nearest postcode S33 0BN) can be found on the right hand side, just after crossing the railway bridge.
A steady climb out of Bamford leads to Bamford Edge, offering spectacular views of both Stanage Edge to one side, and the Hope Valley and Ladybower reservoir to the other. After descending we will cross the impressive Ladybower dam and follow the path alongside the reservoir, before beginning the ascent of Win Hill, part of which follows the old Roman Road. The trig point at the summit offers expansive views back towards Stanage, as well as more of the Ladybower reservoir, before we begin the descent back towards Bamford and a well-deserved pint at The Yorkshire Bridge. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Matt 07866 836567 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 3rd December 2017   CASTLETON - MAM TOR    11 miles  6 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SK153838. This walk forms part of the Castleton Weekender, though all are welcome to join us for the day.
We'll start from Castleton YHA (Losehill Hall) at 9:30am and then wander over to Castleton car park for about 10am to meet up with anyone staying overnight in Castleton instead of the YHA.
Due to popular demand Mam Tor will feature heavily in this walk. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07443 929412 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 9th December 2017  CHRISTMAS PARTY
Start Time: 7:00pm The address is Basmati Indian restaurant, 13 Brunswick St, Newcastle ST5 1HF
This years Christmas Party for Staffordshire walkers will be in Newcastle Under Lyme on Saturday 9th December at Basmati Indian Restaurant. It will involve pre drinks, lots of food, post drinks, dancing until early hours, santa hats and any other accessories!
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Venue Map

Sunday, 10th December 2017   NO WALK    4 miles  1 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 7:00am    Grid Ref: SA000000. No planned walk today, to many sore heads from Xmas party last night.....
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Sunday, 17th December 2017   MELBOURNE TO BREEDON    5 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK386252. A circular walk from Melbourne through to Breedon-on-the-Hill; which is reached on the A514 from the A50 and the A38 or the B587 from the south. You should park in the public car park signposted from High Street. A footpath link takes you from the car park to Market Place where the walk starts. The walk is approximately 5 miles/8km and takes 2 hours 45 minutes.
Bring your own lunch, no toilet breaks on the walk (there is at the beginning and the end though). Hope to see you there :) http://www.derbyramblers.org.uk/images/derby/govwalks/SouthDerbyshire/Melbourne_A3.pdf Points of interest - Melbourne craft centre (with the history of Melbourne and its link to Australia) with local shops and a tea room, Melbourne Pool, Breedon-on-the-Hill Church, pub stop at the end of the walk Lunch required.
Walk leader: Zita 07801 586125 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 22nd December 2017  PRE CHRISTMAS DRINKS
Start Time: 4:00pm The address is The Lymestone Vaults, Pepper St, Newcastle ST5 1PR
I'm planing a fun night out for us just before Christmas to celebrate.......Christmas! For those that finish work early, we'll start early at the Lymestone Vaults. Make sure to wear Christmas jumpers and all things Christmassy! We'll head off for something to eat at tea time, then find somewhere to dance later! Feel free to come and join us throughout the evening at any point! :)
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Venue Map

Sunday, 24th December 2017   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 left.
This year our Christmas route will head in a different direction and will include, Oakamoor, Santa Hats, The Ranger, Stolen Bites, Dimmings Dale, Oldfurnace, Fairy Lights, Threapwood, Alton Common, Peakstone Rock, Mince Pies, Bradley in The Moors, Full Bodied Sherry, Alton, Churnet Valley disused railway, Mulled Wine, Farley woods, Oakamoor.
Likely to be muddy in places, so gaiters might be useful.

*** DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR SANTA HEAD GEAR! ***
Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07443 929412 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Wednesday, 27th December 2017   TWIXMAS WALK FROM BOUNDARY TO CHEADLE VIA THE SECRET RAILWAY LINE    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ981424. ST10 2NU is the postcode ...From Blythe bridge follow the cheadle road for approximately 2 miles untill you come to a crossroads the Red lion pub is visible turn right onto this road ...opposite the pub (not the pub car park) is where we park
We walk along the road heading towards Huntley wood ...from Huntley wood we head for the unused railway track...this track leads us into cheadle town a quick cheeky beer stop before we head back passing through JCB territory and then the red House pub...this walk is roads woodland and fields so gaiters are advised...######its official phil has passed the sherry on to me for this walk so there will be a tipple for all######## Lunch required.
Walk leader: Michael 07939 222460 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 31st December 2017   SUSIE'S SALT WALK ABRIDGED - AN AMBLE ON NEW YEARS EVE    5 miles  3 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ958277. The walk starts from the Hollybush Inn in Salt, nearest postcode ST18 0BX. Due to the time of year we are unable to use the pub car park, so parking will be on village side roads, this is limited so please car-share where possible, thanks!
We leave the Hollybush Inn and soon head off the road to join the Two Saints Way, passing through open fields and woodland, a point of interest is a memorial stone commemorating the Battle of Hopton Heath in 1643! We continue along the Stone Circles footpath through open countryside and farmers fields, circling back to Salt and the Hollybush Inn. We will be walking along undulating/uneven ground, and there are some short but steep inclines. There will be plenty of mud, and possibly ice depending on weather conditions!
Walk leader: Helen & Lee 07527 029209 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point 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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