Walks and Events 2022

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Sunday, 2nd January 2022   CANNOCK CHASE    8 miles  4 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:30am    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 2022 with 3 cafe stops. Going via Sherbrook Valley, Birches Valley Visitor Centre, Cannock Chase, and Springslade Lodge, before heading back to the car park. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Paul 07791 469071 GoogleMapsGoogle Maps      Start Point Map

Saturday, 8th January 2022   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 7JS
From the car park we will venture off around Apedale, through Silverdale Country Park, and then head towards Finney Green, and onto Bateswood Nature Reserve for a lunchstop. Following 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 Watermills Wood and finally back to Apedale Country Park. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Janet 07966 493372 GoogleMapsGoogle Maps      Start Point Map

Sunday, 23rd January 2022   GOYT VALLEY    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK018716. Meet at the Derbyshire Bridge Car Park, nearest postcode SK17 6TT
This route begins from the Derbyshire Bridge car park, takes you through the Goyt Valley before hiking up to Pym chair. From Pym chair, you then follow the ridge up and over Cats Tor then on to Shining Tor in the distance, before calling in at the Cat and Fiddle, on our way back to the car park. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Kevin & Sharron 0 GoogleMapsGoogle Maps      Start Point Map

Sunday, 30th January 2022   ECCLESHALL    9 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 Horsley Hall, Offleymarsh, Offleyrock, Walkmere, followed by Copmere where there will be a pub stop. Before returning to Eccleshall. This walk will be quite flat and is over varied terrain. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Jimmy 07803 361821 GoogleMapsGoogle Maps      Start Point Map

Saturday, 26th February 2022   MAM TOR    8 miles  6 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK171835. The starting point is the Hope car park in Hope. If coming from the west of the village it is on the main A6187 Castleton Road through the village. It is on your right immediately after a bus stop and before the petrol garage on your left. The car park costs £6 and only takes coins but there are public toilets there. Nearest Post code S33 6RS.
The walk starts taking a footpath from the south side of the village that heads towards castleton. We walk through the high street in castleton and then follow the Old Mam Tor Road (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A625_road#Mam_Tor_road) which is closed to motor vehicles to the top of Winnats Pass passing the Blue John Cavern. From here it is a short but steep climb to the summit of Mam Tor (517m above sea level).We then follow the Great Ridge across to Back Tor and Lose Hill before descending into Hope with the opportunity to quaff a fine victory ale. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Baljeet 07711 904917 GoogleMapsGoogle Maps      Start Point Map

Sunday, 27th February 2022   STANNAGE EDGE AND BAMFORD EDGE    10 miles  7 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK227843. Nearest postcode S32 1BQ. Dennis Knoll Car park, Long causeway, Hathersage. There is limited space here but parking should be free. The Hollin Bank car park is nearby if this one is full which also has toilets.
A walk over Stannage Edge and Bamford Edge with views of The Derwent Valley and Ladybower Reservoir. 376 metres of ascent. Summit High Neb 458m above sea level. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Baljeet 07711 904917 GoogleMapsGoogle Maps      Start Point Map

Sunday, 24th April 2022   DOVEDALE AND ILAM    10 miles  5 hrs   Grade 2
Start Time: 10:00am    Grid Ref: SK135498. From Newcastle or Stoke, take the A523/A52 towards Ilam. For the A52, turn left onto Ilam Moor Lane towards Ilam and remain on this lane until you reach the tiny hamlet of Blore. Remain on Ilammoor Lane and turn left towards Ilam. The free Blore Pasture car park can be found about 200m on the right hand side over looking the valley. If you reach the village of Ilam you have gone too far. Closest postcode DE6 2BS.
This route goes along the delightful Dovedale to the famous Stepping Stones where we will have a coffee break. We will then continue past the spectacular limestone features which the valley renowned before stopping for lunch by the river in the pretty hamlet of Milldale. Milldale also has free toilets and a takeaway cafe. After lunch, we have a brief climb out of Dovedale and head across open fields and lanes to Ilam. In Ilam, there is not to be missed opportunity for a visit to the National Trust cafe at Ilam Hall. This walk does not ascend or descend Bunster Hill or Thorpe Cloud although there are some inclines and undulations. Lunch required.
Walk leader: Helen S 07906 014099 GoogleMapsGoogle Maps      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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