Walks and Events 2018

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Sunday, 7th January 2018   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 2018 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.
Walk leader: Paul 07791 469071 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 14th January 2018   A BUNCH OF CLENTS (AND WASELEYS)    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SO925797. Start point will be the free car park at Adams Hill (Postcode is DY9 9PS, for sat-nav purposes. Also Four Stones Inn will get you to start point). Clent lays between Halesowen and West Hagley. Take the M5 and come off at J3 or J4 Please note it is Adams Hill car park, not Nimmings Wood (about 1.5 miles away), so best to go off the postcode.
From Adams Hill, we head down into Clent itself and then on to Romsley via the Waseley Hills Country Park. There should be an opportunity for at least 1 pub stop and a cafe stop at The Windmill Visitors Centre (if open) on Waseley Hills, where there are also toilets. Both the Clents and Waseleys offer great views from the top. We return via the North Worcestershire Path, Walton Hill and Four Stones. There are flatter sections of this walk but I can also guarantee quite a lot of steep ascent/descent. Gaiters advised as some paths were muddy during the recce. Bring a head torch, if you have one, as there may be fading light towards the end of the walk. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Martin 07899 832520 "Thanks Tchaikovsky. Thaikovsky." GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 19th January 2018  MEAL AND BOWLING
Start Time: 7:30pm The address is: Toby Carvery Festival Park, National Festival Park, Marina Way, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5PA
A meal out to celebrate Michaels birthday, followed by tenpin bowling. Let me know if you would like to come. Thanks, Clare.
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Venue Map

Sunday, 21st January 2018   ECCLESHALL    11 miles  6 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 Offleyhay and the High Offley, followed by Woodseaves where the will be a pub stop. Before returning to Eccleshall. This walk will be quite flat and is over varied terrain and may be muddy in places so gaiters are advised. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Janet 07966 493372 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 28th January 2018   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, 4th February 2018   GRADBACH    10 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ998662. Starting point is Gradbach carpark, nearest postcode SK17 0SU
Take A53 from leek towards Buxton, turn left at crossroads by The Winking Man pub and follow signs to Gradbach. Starting from Gradbach car park we will head towards Wildboarclough, then onto Danebower Hollow, then via Danebower Quarries to Three Shires Head and back to Gradbach. Gaiters advised. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Kevin & Sharron 07922 144378 Mobile number for today GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 9th February 2018  STAFFORD SOCIAL ZIZZI
Start Time: 7:30pm The address is Zizzi, Stafford Riverside, Stafford ST16 3PT
A night out in Stafford for pizza, drinks and chit chat! Let me know if you would like to come.
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Venue Map

Sunday, 11th February 2018   ADVENTURE AROUND APEDALE    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    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 6BN. **NOTE Start time is 10:30**
From Apedale we will venture off along the salt line towards Bignall Hill and onto the Wedgewood Monument, we will then pick up the disused railway line to Bateswood Nature Reserve for a lunchstop. After lunch we will continue around the nature reserve, through Podmores Wood and up to Alsagers Bank where there will be a pub stop at The Gresty Arms. We will then head off in the direction of Apedale stopping at the Mine Workers Pit Wheel Memorial, with far reaching views across Staffordshire. Gaiters are advised as it may be muddy in places. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jimmy 07803 361821 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 18th February 2018   TUTBURY, FAULD AND HANBURY    9 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK211289. The post code for the start point is DE139NE which is Duke Street Car Park, Tutbury
A countryside ramble starting in the centre of Tutbury heading across open fields to the Tutbury Weir before heading in the direction of Fauld. There is a gentle climb through woodland and on to the site of the Fauld disaster which is the site of the UK's largest explosion. Beware, unexploded bombs (don't worry we skirt around the edge of the infamous crater). We then head to the village of Hanbury before making our way back to Tutbury with views of Tutbury Castle as we head back into the village. A walk with craters, castles and plenty of mud so bring your gaiters and don't forget your lunch. There will be an opportunity for a pub stop during the walk if we wish and of course a pub at the end. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jessica 07834 813500 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 25th February 2018   KNYPERSLEY POOL AND BROWN EDGE    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ893550. Location: One mile south of Biddulph just off the A527. Coming from Stoke on Trent follow the signs for Greenway Bank Country Park ST8 7QX. There are two car parks: one is halfway up the hill at the visitor's centre, however the walk will start from the Poolside Carpark at the bottom of the hill, next to the dam.
A gentle start takes us around Knypersely Pool, with landmarks including the Warder's Tower, Gawton's well, a druid site, and a little waterfall. We leave the park and head up through Rock End past the Wicken Stones. Undulating countryside and beautiful views across the Moorlands with sights of Mow Cop on the horizon. After lunch we make our way along the top path to Marshes Hill, with a pub stop in the Top Pub on Brown Edge. The final leg takes us back down through the fields to the reservoir. Gaiters advised as the route may be muddy in places. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Harriet 07944 240627 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Tuesday, 27th February 2018  COMMITTEE MEETING
Start Time: 7:30pm
Staffordshire Walkers Committee Meeting at The Greyhound Pub in Penkhull. For those who are also eating there, the table is booked for 6:30
Organiser: Marie 07592 089464

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Sunday, 4th March 2018   FROM MILDALE THROUGH WOLFESCOTE DALE    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK136548. WE START FROM THE FREE CARPARK OF MILDALE POSTCODE DE62GB THE CAR PARK IS JUST BEFORE YOU ENTER MILDALE COMING FROM HOPE
THIS IS A LOVELY RIVER WALK STARTING IN MILDALE (THERE ARE TOILETS IN MILDALE AND A COFFEE WINDOW IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE ONE BEFORE WE HEAD OFF)) FROM THERE WE FOLLOW THE RIVER DOVE BACK ALONG THE VALLEY OF WOLFESCOTE DALE FROM THERE WE CLIMB OUT OF THE VALLEY TO THE ROAD BACK TO ALSONFIELDS FOR A CHEEKY PINT BEFORE HEADING BACK DOWN TO MILDALE.GAITERS ARE ADVISED THIS IS RELATIVELY FLAT AND PICTURESQUE WALK WITH A HILL IN THE MIDDLE.. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Michael 07939 222460 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 11th March 2018   BARLASTON AND THE DOWNS    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ886383. Meet in the large car park to left of the Plume of Feathers pub, in the centre of Barlaston (next to the canal bridge on Station Road).
Our route follows the tow path along the canal towards Stone, before heading off across the fields to Barlaston Downs. We then join the route of the Stone Circles Challenge long distance path, before joining the canal again at Wedgwood, to return to Barlaston and a visit to the pub. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07443 929412 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 18th March 2018   THE ROACHES    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    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.
Start by ascending Hen cloud, then walk across the tops, north bound, with spectacular views. We will descend to Luds church and through woods, then back up hill to the car. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Clare 07815 145517 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 23rd March 2018  THAI MEAL AND NIGHT OUT NEWCASTLE
Start Time: 7:30pm The address is Blue Chilli Thai restaurant, 9 Berkeley Court, Newcastle ST5 1TT
Meal out in Newcastle Under Lyme in a Thai restaurant. Then drinks and dancing afterwards.
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Venue Map

Sunday, 25th March 2018   DEEP HAYES COUNTRY PARK    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    Grid Ref: SJ961533. Starting at the Deep Hayes Country Park Visitors Centre, Park Lane, Nr Cheddleton, ST13 7JS.
This interesting walk follows the Staffordshire Way along the Caldon Canal to Cheddleton before climbing out of the valley to a viewpoint at Tompkin. The route then follows an old track way down towards Stanley Pool and Stanley village before crossing the high ground once more to return to the canal near Hazlehurst Aqueduct. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Maxine 07730 683103 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 30th March 2018   EASTER WEEKEND AWAY - HAWORTH YHA, YORKSHIRE    3 nights    Grade 2
Booking Info:
One spare space left in female dorm... contact organiser for details.
Description:
Overlooking the Pennine Moors, YHA Haworth is set in a Gothic Victorian Mansion containing a sweeping staircase, ornate painted glass, richly carved oak and plaster friezes that hint at the building's opulent past.
The nearby Keighley and Worth Valley Steam Railway is is also bordered by the Railway Children Walk, as this is the area captured in that famous film.
Haworth was also home to the Bronte's and so the long distance path the "Bronte Way" passes through the area.
The Millennium Way is nearby and as we're in the Pennines, so there are plenty of choice for good walks.
Details of walks will be posted nearer the time.
Free parking included.
Organiser: Phil 07443 929412 GoogleMaps   Area Map

Sunday, 8th April 2018   RECCIE SUNDAY - HOAR CROSS    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK139231. Parking is at Jacksons Bank Car Park, Brakenhurst Rd, Burton-on-Trent, nearest postcode DE13 8RG
A 9-10 mile recce starting from Jacksons Bank Car Park, a chance to take it in turns, leading the group following a mapped route starting along the National Forest Way passing Tatenhill Airfield, the National Football Center, Oakwood Nature Reserve, White Wood and then onto Yoxhall, where there will be a pub stop. Following the pub stop we will again be picking up the National Forest Way heading in the direction of Woodmill, onto Braken Hurst, then back to the car park..... hopefully :-) Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jimmy 07803 361821 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 15th April 2018   BEESTON CASTLE    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: AA000000. Details to follow...
Details to follow... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Michael 0 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 22nd April 2018   CANNOCK CHASE    8 miles  5 hrs   Grade 1
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ979181. From Brocton Village turn at the green and head up Chase Road. Park at the Glacial Boulder Car Park approx 1 mile on the right.
This walk covers a large area of smallest mainland ANOB in the UK. The walk begins at local landmark - The Glacial Boulder and continues across the heathland to the pine woodlands in Brindley Heath before crossing over the quarry to the Sherbrook Valley. The walk passes the visitor centres at Marquis Drive and Birches Valley meaning 2, yes 2, cafe/toilet stops. Mainly gentle paths but there are a few not too steep inclines. Paths are generally good but may be wet and muddy in places. Lunch required. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Marie 07592 089464 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 29th April 2018   IPSTONES    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: AA000000. Details to follow...
Details to follow... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Liz 0 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 4th May 2018   SNOWDONIA WEEKEND 2018    3 nights    Grade 3
I know that it seems a long way off but I am organising a trip away to Snowdonia for the group for the first bank holiday weekend in May 2018. The dates are 4th May until 7th May 2018. The YHA is Snowdon Bryn Gwynant which is close to the lovely little town of Beddgelert. It is in the heart of Snowdonia National Park with plenty of hiking opportunities but also shops and pubs nearby in Beddgelert for us to venture to after walking. Walks are yet to be decided but you can walk to the Watkins path (up Snowdon) from the hostel, so a strong possibility. The cost of the accommodation varies from £16.99 for a bed in a dorm, more if you wish to have a private room. I am happy to arrange accommodation for the dorms. If you would like a private room, please could you arrange yourself. The hostel we are staying at is 4 miles from Beddgelert. The link to the website is: http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/snowdon-bryn-gwynant. 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. NB - This event is for paid ramblers members only.
Organiser: Clare 07815 145517 Area Map

Sunday, 13th May 2018   TBC    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: AA000000. Details to follow....
Details to follow.... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil & Deb 0 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 20th May 2018   TBC    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: AA000000. Details to follow....
Details to follow.... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Richard 0 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 25th May 2018   HAWKSHEAD YHA - SPRING BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND    3 nights    Grade 2
***Group Booking Fully Booked***
Further bookings can be made direct at the YHA website https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/hawkshead
Spring bank weekend away will be at Hawkshead YHA, set in a stunning regent mansion overlooking Esthwaite Water. Walks will be in the surrounding area including Lake Windermere, Conniston Water and Grizedale Forrest.
https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/hawkshead
The YHA does breakfasts, packed lunch and evening meals in addition to the self catering kitchen.
There are a number of options for accomodation ranging from camping, pods, private and dorm rooms.
2 x dorm rooms have been reserved. The cost for 3 nights is 90 pounds, with a 20 pounds deposit required by March 5th, followed by full payment for the end of April.
Camping is also available at a cost of 12 pounds, reserved direct with the YHA. Thanks Jimmy
email. jimmypoole23@gmail.com
Organiser: Jimmy 07803 361821 GoogleMaps   Area Map

Sunday, 3rd June 2018   TBC    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: AA000000. Details to follow....
Details to follow.... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jenny 0 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 10th June 2018   THORPE CLOUD    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: AA000000. Details to follow....
Details to follow.... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Clare & Ed 0 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 17th June 2018   TBC    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: AA000000. Details to follow....
Details to follow.... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Kate 0 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 24th June 2018   LLANGOLLEN    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SJ272422. Details to follow.......
Sunday walk in Llangollen, with camping on Saturday evening. More detals to follow... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Steve 07341 891868 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 1st July 2018   TBC    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: AA000000. Details to follow....
Details to follow.... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Sam 0 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 8th July 2018   TBC    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: AA000000. Details to follow....
Details to follow.... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Danny & Rachel 0 Area Map    Start Point Map

Saturday, 14th July 2018   EDALE SKYLINE    21 miles  9 hrs   Grade 3
Start Time: 9:30am    Grid Ref: SK171837.
We'll meet in Hope and park on the road by the Primary School.
On the main road through Hope, turn by The Old Hall Hotel (opposite the Church), the school is a little further on, on the left.
A legendary walk around the Vale of Edale, with excellent views all the way.
Starting in Hope our route will pass through Win Hill, Hope Cross, Madwoman's Stones, Ringing Roger, Edale Head, Brown Knoll, Lord's Seat, Mam Tor, Holins Cross, Back Tor, Lose Hill and finally back to Hope.
Which should offer your legs a bit of a challenge, but you'll have Sunday to get over it.
Lunch required.
Walk leader: Phil 07443 929412 GoogleMaps   Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 29th July 2018   GLOSSOP    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK034940. Details to follow.....
A weekend walking in Glossop, including camping on the Saturday evening. More details to follow.... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Michael 07939 222460 Area Map    Start Point Map

Sunday, 5th August 2018   TBC    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: AA000000. Details to follow.....
Details to follow.... Lunch required.
Walk leader: Peter 07968 520167 Area Map    Start Point Map

Friday, 24th August 2018   AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AWAY - BORROWDALE YHA, LAKE DISTRICT    3 nights    Grade 3
Group Booking Info:
I have a reservation for a 2 bed dorm, a 3 bed dorm, a 4 bed dorm and 6 bed dorm.
Allocation to smaller dorms will be based on first come, first served! To be in the queue, I'll need an EMAIL, TEXT or FACEBOOK MESSAGE stating your interest!
Ultimately, it will also depend on numbers and the mix of boys and girls. This is still a long way off, but I will release unneeded rooms if there is no demand.
So please think about it NOW and let me know if you want to be included in the group booking.
Cost:Likely to between 90 and 110 pounds dependent numbers and mix.
Description:
The Borrowdale YHA is in a fabulous valley location, surrounded by the fantastic mountain scenery of The Lake District.
Walks will include an ascent of Scafell via a route I don't believe our group has done before.
Great Gable is another ascent directly accessible from the hostel. More details will given near the time.
Organiser: Phil 07443 929412 GoogleMaps   Area Map


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

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