All “A” Walks

DateVenueMilesWalk LeaderTerrainLunchStart
2018
13 JunChirk & River Ceirog Walk7Mo Patheyjohns & Eileen BennickeModeratePacked10:30
WALK : Free car parking and free toilets. Nice cafe at end of walk
DIRECTIONS : M56 then M53 leave motorway Junction for A483 South (Wrexham, Chester). Follow Wrexham signs and stay on A483 until you reach junction with A5, take the 3rd exit at the roundabout, and at the next roundabout take the 1st exit to Chirk. Carry straight on towards Town centre, and as you pass the Stanton House Inn on your left, turn left into Colliery Road then first right, Pwll y Waun, into car park
DISTANCE : Mileage from Stockton Heath 43 miles took approx. 1 hour.
LEADER : Mo Patheyjohns 01925 573357 or Eileen Bennicke 01925 261947. On the day. Mo Patheyjohns 07979 357967.
20 JunNo walk offered
27 JunFrodsham7.5Ken & Anne AinsworthModeratePacked10:30
Note:- this walk replaces the Crowden walk found to have dangerous paths.
START:- Helsby Quarry Woodland Car park, Alvanley Rd, Frodsham. Post Code WA6 9PT.
WALK:- mainly on woodland paths, no stiles but some steep steps and short rock scrambles.
DIRECTIONS:- A very easy route is to take the M56 towards Chester. Come off at Junction 14 taking first exit from roundabout onto A5117 toward Frodsham/Helsby. Go straight through Traffic lights and after ~ 200yds, on a bend, turn right onto Primrose Lane (brown sign “Helsby Golf Club”). Proceed ~ 0.8mile to T- Junction and turn left onto Helsby Road. Stay on this road for 0.5 mile ( its name changes to Alvanley Rd) to arrive at the car park on left (free, no toilets).
LEADER:- Ken Ainsworth 07772323626.
4 JulSychant Pass & St. Celynin's Church7George WilkinsonMod/StrenuousPacked10:30
MEET : Snowdonia National Park Sychnant Car Park. Free parking, but limited numbers. OS Explorer Map OL17. SH 755 769. No public toilets on this walk
TERRAIN : Mod/Strenuous as there are a few uphill sections. 9 Stiles.
DIRECTIONS : A55 to junction 18, then follow signs for Conway then Town Centre. In the one way system, turn left after the small Post Office sign into UPPERGATE STREET. Drive under the castle walls arch then continue on the same road, ignoring turn offs to the right and left. After about 1.2 miles, ignore a car park on the left and continue for a further 0.4 mile, passing Sychnant Country House on the right, then turn left into Sychnant Car Park. (If you get to a car park on the right, you have gone too far). It took about 1hour, 10 minutes from M56, J10
DISTANCE : about 65 miles
11 JulClwydian Range7.25Wendy/Gerry Brennan & Clare LancasterModeratePacked10:30
WALK: Good paths and tracks, a few stiles, long trousers advised.
MEET: Car park and start of walk - The car park at the Three Pigeons Inn, Graig-fechan. Please park away from the pub. Grid reference 147 544 (Landranger 116, Explorer 256). LL15 2EU.
DIRECTIONS: M56. At junction 33B take A494 to Mold. Continue on A494 towards Ruthin. Just after Llanbedr and before reaching Ruthin take the B5429 on the left signposted Graig-fechan. The road is narrow in places but there are plenty of passing places. The three pigeons is in the village on the RHS.
CONTACT : 07813 653357
18 JulThe Roaches & Ludds Church8Mike BrownStrenuousPacked10:30
Cancelled due to difficult road works
25 JulBickerton Hill8Alexia HineModeratePacked10:30
MEET: Car park of The Bickerton Poacher, Wrexham Road, Bulkeley, Malpas SY14 8BE.
DIRECTIONS: Follow A49 from J10 M56 towards Whitchurch, turning right at traffic lights at The Red Fox after the Tarporley bypass (brown sign to Beeston Castle and Candle Workshop). Continue on A49 approx 4.5 miles, right turn on to A534 to Wrexham. Continue about 2 miles to Bickerton Poacher on the left. 22 miles from J10, about 40 minutes.
WALK: Sandstone Trail, country lanes and field paths. Some steps and about 10 stiles.
CONTACT: 752213 or mobile on the day 07763 565928.
1 AugDunham6.5Alan OsborneEasyPacked10:30
Cancelled
MEET: Trans Pennine Trail car park Seamons Road, Broadheath ,Altrincham SJ751888, WA14 5 (Free)
DIRECTIONS: Follow A57 from Warrington towards Hollins Green,turn right onto Warburton Bridge Rd (12p toll) o.8mi,turn left onto Paddock Ln 0.4mi,,turn left onto Paddock Ln/A6144 0.9mi,turn right onto Moss ln1.1mi,turn left onto Sinderland Rd 0.6mi,turn right onto Red House Ln 0.7mi,Continue onto Black Moss Rd 1.0mi, Continue onto Seamon's Rd ,destination on right 10m. Please note Seamon's Road is closed a few metres after the car park (as the bridge over the canal is being repaired) and if you approach from a different route you will be subject to a detour.
WALK: Trans Pennine Trail, country lanes and field paths, canal tow path , 2 step stiles. No toilets at car park, but opportunities later. 'Luxury' lunch stop with picnic tables, toilets and ice cream available. Possible 0.5 mile extension.
CONTACT: 826541 or mobile on the day 07905211983
8 AugConwy Mountain and surrounding countryside6.75Wendy/Gerry Brennan & Clare LancasterModeratePacked10:30
MEET: Car park and start of walk - The car park is Morfa Bach, Conwy. Grid reference 783 775 (Explorer OL17). Post Code LL32 8FZ. Toilets are available in the car park and soon after the start. The car park charge is £3.50 for all day.
WALK: Good paths and tracks, a few stiles
DIRECTIONS: Leave the A55 at junction 18 and follow signs for Conwy. Pass Conwy Castle (to your left) and at the roundabout immediately after, take the first exit, signposted B5106 Trefriw. Once through the archway in the Castle wall, the road bends to the right and the car park is on the right hand side.
LEADERS: Gerry Brennan, Wendy Brennan, Clare Lancaster
CONTACT: Gerry 07853 914341
15 AugTiverton, Tarporley & Beeston10Alan GoodkinModeratePacked10:30
MEET: Huxley Lane, Tiverton. Parking area at junction with A49. Nearest postcode CW6 9NB. Grid ref SJ554602.
DIRECTIONS: Take the A49 south towards Whitchurch past the junction with the A51 near Tarporley. In 1.5 miles, turn right at the lights by the Red Fox (still the A49) and take the next road on the right, signed Tiverton. Distance 16 miles from the M56 J10 at Stretton.
WALK: Tracks, paths and lanes, including part of the Sandstone Trail. Mainly fairly level, with one steep up and down section including some wide and deep steps. At least 9 stiles. The walk finishes near the Lockgate Coffee House.
LEADER: Alan Goodkin. Tel: 01925 740231 Mobile: 07963 302005
29 AugBarbridge and Shropshire Union and Llangollen Canals6.5Allan RogersonEasyPacked10:45
MEET: Main car park, Old Barbridge Inn, Old Chester Road, Nantwich, CW5 6AY
WALK: Good towpaths along Shropshire and Llangollen Canals (tea stop), then Swanley Bridge Marina (lunch), returning via good field paths and farm tracks. Some styles. Toilets and refreshments at Barbridge Inn and Swanley Marina.
DIRECTIONS: A49 then A51 south towards Nantwich, then left onto Mill Pool Lane, and immediately left onto Old Chester Road. Main car park is just beyond inn on rhs.
CONTACT: Allan (07955400054)
12 SepDunham Park & the Bridgewater Canal7David HowarthEesyPacked10:30
MEET: Trans Pennine Trail car park Seamons Road, Broadheath ,Altrincham SJ751888, WA14 5NL (near Cotton Traders HQ). Free Parking.
DIRECTIONS: Follow A57 from Warrington towards Hollins Green,turn right onto Warburton Bridge Rd (12p toll) 0.8mi ,turn left onto Paddock Ln 0.4 mi, turn left onto Paddock Ln/A6144 0.9 mi, turn right onto Moss In 1.1 mi , turn left onto Sinderland Rd 0.6mi, turn right onto Red House Ln 0.7mi, Continue onto Black Moss Rd 1.0mi, Continue onto Seamon's Rd , destination on right 10m. Please note Seamon's Road is closed a few metres after the car park (as the bridge over the canal is being repaired) and if you approach from a different route you will be subject to a detour.
WALK: Trans Pennine Trail, country lanes and field paths, canal tow path, 2 step stiles. No toilets at carpark, but opportunities later. 'Luxury' lunch stop with picnic tables, toilets and ice cream available.
LEADERS: ALAN OSBORNE CONTACT: 826541 or mobile on the day 07905 211983. DAVID HOWARTH CONTACT: 491591 or mobile on the day 07957 635609
19 SepNelson's Pit (Lyme Park)7Elaine BagleyModeratePacked10:30
Meet: Nelson’s Pit carpark. Nearest post code SK12 1TE. Carpark £3.
Walk: 6.5-7 miles with 930 ft of ascent. 7 stiles, including 3 tall ladder stiles and 1 tall stone stile. Mainly good paths, could be muddy in places. Includes 1 long pull uphill and 1 short, steep, rocky descent. Toilets at start/end of walk and after approx 1 hour.
Directions: approx 25 miles from jct 10 of M56. M56 to jct 6, 3rd exit at roundabout to A538 Wilmslow. Follow A538 to Wilmslow centre traffic lights. Turn left and then right at next traffic lights, signposted to station. At mini roundabout turn left onto A5102 to Stockport and Poynton. Keep on A5102 through various roundabouts until Woodford (Notcutts garden centre on left), and take right turn at next mini roundabout to Poynton. At centre of Poynton, with church on right, go straight across at 2 mini roundabouts into Park Rd, following brown signs for Anson Engine Museum. Go past shops and fork left into Middlewood Rd, and then right into Anson Rd, always following brown signs for Anson Engine Museum. At cross roads go straight across (no through road) and car park is on left hand side.
Contact: Elaine, mobile 07483 825254
26 SepPotter Fell from Staveley7Alan & Linda BroadbentStrenuousPacked10:45
MEET: In car park - tearoom, brewery pub, and artisan bakery
DIRECTIONS: Take M6 north, exit at Junction 36 - leave roundabout at first exit and take A590 which becomes
A591 towards Windermere for just over 11 miles. Turn right into Staveley (Kendal Rd) signed Staveley and Kentmere. After about ½ mile turn right into Mill Yard car park (just into Back Lane) - LA8 9LR
DISTANCE: About 80 miles from Warrington - approx 1hr 20mins
LEADERS: Mobiles on day - 07787 363 425 / 07875 747 940
10 OctLoggerheads and Maeshafn7+Jenny RandleModeratePacked10:30
MEET: Park at Map 265 ref. 213 624. Nearest postcode is CH 7 5LG. Gwernymynydd
DIRECTIONS: M56 towards north Wales, and continue. Take exit 33B towards Mold, and then bypass towards Ruthin on A494. Go around Mold and eventually up the hill to . enter village of Gwernymyndd. Past Eagles & Crawford on L, and then take next L into Llys Enfys immediately after some house building. Park here.
DISTANCE: Approx 35 mls and 50 mins from M6/M56 junction
LEADER: Jenny Randle. 01925 754454. 07814622740
24 OctHurst Green7.5Ken and Elizabeth CockburnModeratePacked10:30
PARKING: next to Bayley Arms car park (honesty box). Toilets: near Memorial. Post code: BB7 9QB
TERRAIN: Lanes, footpaths, tracks
SUGGESTED ROUTE: M6 north to junction 31. Take the A59 towards Clitheroe. After 6.3 miles at traffic lights, turn left onto the B6245 towards Ribchester. After 2.1 miles turn right into Gallows Lane signed Hurst Green (easy to miss). After 1.5 miles turn right onto B6243 towards Hurst Green. After 1.5 miles in Hurst Green, turn left at the Shireburn Arms. The car park is on the right immediately after the Bayley Arms car park.
DISTANCE: about 37 miles from Junction 22 on the M6. Takes about 45 minutes from there.
LEADERS: Ken and Elizabeth Cockburn Tel: 01925 764571 Mobile: 0788 7971689
31 OctBollington/White Nancy7Alexia HineModeratePacked10:30
MEET: Pool Bank car park, Palmerston Street, Bollington, opposite the Spinners Arms, SK10 5PW. Free parking but it can get busy. Parking also on side roads off High Street (first turning on right after the Spinners Arms).
WALK: Moderate after initial, fairly strenuous, climb. About 10 stiles.
SUGGESTED ROUTE: M56 to J6, A538 to Wilmslow, turn left at lights, right past station, then left onto A5102. At second roundabout, take 2nd exit (B2358). Right onto A523 at lights. First exit off roundabout to Bollington. Continue on main road through Bollington. Car park is on the left after traffic lights under viaduct and Holly Bush pub.
LEADER: Mobile: 07763 565928
14 NovKnutsford and Tatton8Alan GoodkinEasyPacked10:30
MEET: Mobberley Road, Knutsford. Parking area between Moordale Road and Teal Avenue. Nearest postcode WA16 8EP. Grid ref SJ757788.
WALK: Paths, tracks and lanes east of Knutsford towards Mobberley and then round Tatton Mere. Mostly fairly level, but quite a few stiles. Refreshments available afterwards in Knutsford.
DIRECTIONS: Get to Knutsford via M6 J19, A556 and A5033, or via A50. Follow the A50 south, and turn left at the lights onto the A537 towards Macclesfield. Go past the station and Aldi and immediately left at the next lights up Hollow Lane towards Mobberley (B5085). In about 0.3 miles, the parking area is on a slip road to your left. If it is full, you will have to park at the roadside nearby.
LEADER: Alan Goodkin. Tel: 01925 740231 Mobile: 07963 302005
21 NovBlackstone Edge & First Reservoirs7.5David HowarthModeratePacked10:30
MEET: at free public Car Park adjacent to White House Pub car park on A58 – OL15 0LG. . No toilets at start and pub open on return only until 3pm. The Moorcock Inn open all day and is 0.75 miles from The White House back towards Littlborough for refreshments.
WALK: a couple of strenuous inclines (one at the end of the walk). Route is through moorland, reservoir paths and a canal towpath, with some rocky paths and small boggy section. Would recommend walking sticks.
DIRECTIONS: Suggested route M62/M60/M62 to Leeds. Exit at J21 Milnrow. At end of slip road turn left to Milnrow on A640. After 0.5 mile turn right to Hollingworth Lake B6225 – follow brown signs. Go passed the lake all the way to Littleborough. At ‘T’ junction of A58 turn right towards Halifax. White House about 1.5 miles on left at top of hill. (7 miles from Junction 21)
DISTANCE: 30 miles from J11 M62. Approx 55 minutes (subject to traffic).
LEADER: David Howarth mobile on day 07957 635609
28 NovTurton & Entwistle Resevoirs8Peter HoughtonModeratePacked10:30
MEET: Batridge Barn car park off Greens Arms Road (B6391) ref SD720169
SAT NAV Warning: If you enter the post code of the car parks it will probably send you to the East of the reservoirs and direct you down a very bad road/track. I suggest you use the Chetham Arms postcode BL7 0EW which gets you onto the B6391.
WALK: Waterside tracks, a moorland ridge viewpoint and fortified tower, moorland may be boggy, stiles 15 I think.
DIRECTIONS: M62, M60, M61, A666 through Bolton. Right into Turton St A673, then left onto A676, then left Turton Rd B6472, Under railway bridge then immediately right into B6391 signed Turton Tower which eventually becomes Greens Arms Road. Past Batridge Road on right, Batridge Barn car park is next turning on the right.
LEADER: Peter Houghton 01925 602956 or mob on day 07546722697.
12 DecFrodsham & Helsby7Reg DaceyModeratePacked10:30
MEET: Beacon Hill Car Park, Frodsham, SJ 516769
DIRECTIONS: Follow M56 West, Exit Junction 12. Follow Frodsham signs to Town Centre (A56). At traffic lights turn left onto Church Street (B5152). After three-quarters mile turn right onto Manley road signed forest Hills Hotel. After half-mile turn right onto Simons Lane again signed Forest hills Hotel. After quarter-mile car park is on the right below the communications tower. Entering the following co-ordinates into your satnav will take you from home to car park - 53*17-174N 2*43-647W or Postcode nearby WA6 6HQ.
19 DecGawsworth6.5Wendy & Gerry Brennan / Clare LancasterEasyPacked10:30
MEET: Car park and start of walk - Park at the side of the road, just after passing St. James Church on your left, Gawsworth. SK11 9RJ. OS Explorer 268. Toilets at Bosworth Locks, around coffee time.
WALK: Circular, from Gawsworth via North Rode.
DIRECTIONS: From Warrington take the A50 to Knutsford. Then the A537 towards Macclesfield. Go through Chelford, then another 5.3 miles to Broken Cross. Just after the Pack Horse Inn on the RHS, there is a roundabout. Take the 3rd exit signposted B5392. Follow the B5392 for 0.1 miles. Then continue onto Gawsworth Road. Stay on Gawsworth Road for 1.9 miles. Then turn left into Dark Lane. Travel for 0.2 miles. Continue onto Church Lane and the church is on your left after 0.6 miles. (At Broken Cross there is a brown sign - signposted Gawsworth)
CONTACT: 07813 653357
2019
2 JanTatton (Joint walk)4 or 6/7Alan & Linda BroadbentEasyVarious10:30
MEET: Just outside Knutsford entrance to Tatton Park (Knutsford Road). Parking in park £7, on Mereheath Road (can be busy) or Tatton Street Car Park (up to 4hrs £2.50, up to 6hrs £3.10).
WALK: We will go round Tatton Mere then straight back which is almost 4 miles. Walking to the Hall adds about 2 or 3 miles. If going to the hall lunch options are, cafe or eat outside.
LEADERS: Alan and Linda Broadbent. 07875747940 / 07787363425
9 JanLym Damm8Jenny RandleEasyPacked10:30
MEET: By the side of Lymm dam next to the railings on A56. Park there or on Crouchley Lane
LEADER: Jenny Randle. 07814622740 or 754454
16 JanNorton Priory and Sandymoor7Mo Patheyjohns & Eileen BennickeEasyCafe10:30
MEET: Norton Priory, Tudor Road, Windmill Hill, Runcorn, WA7 1SX. Car Park on the left, over a narrow bridge. Toilets available and lunch if wanted. Opportunity to go round the excellent museum afterwards.
DIRECTIONS: From Warrington take the A56 to Daresbury, then the Express Way. Follow the large brown signs to Norton Priory. Takes about 20 minutes.
TERRAIN: Undulating woodland, urban paths, parkland, good views. One uphill stretch, no stiles.
LEADER: Eileen Bennicke – 01925 261947, Mobile on the day – 07717470194
Mo Patheyjohns – 01925 573357, Mobile on the day – 07979357967

NOTE: The first half of this walk is suitable for ‘C’ walkers – all welcome
30 JanWalton, Hatton, Daresbury7+Alan and Linda Broadbent ModeratePacked10:30
MEET: Walton Hall car park - nearby postcode WA4 6SN - - the cafe at Walton Gardens should be open at the finish
LEADERS: Alan and Linda Broadbent 07787363425 or 07875747940
13 FebVale Royal Locks via Whitegate Way & The Weaver6+George WilkinsonEasyPacked10:30
MEET: The Plough Inn, Beauty Bank, Whitegate, Cheshire, CW8 2BP. OS Explorer Map 267
SUGGESTED ROUTE: A49 South to cross roads/traffic lights where it joins the A556 at Blakemere. Turn left onto A556. After about half a mile, turn right at traffic lights onto Dalefords Lane. After 2 mile turn left onto Beauty Bank (narrow lane) and the Plough is a few yards on the left. Either park in the pub car park, however there is an overflow car park on the right just after the pub that you can use.
DISTANCE: About 20 minutes from A49/M56 junction 10
TERRAIN: Easy with about 9 Stiles. There is a very wet small section so spare socks may be useful.
LEADER: George Wilkinson. Tel 861220 & on the day 07733 433012.
20 FebRawhead and Bulkeley Hill6.5Allan RogersonModerate / EasyPacked10:30
MEET: Candle Workshops, Barracks Lane, Higher Burwardsley, Tattenhall, Post Code CH3 9PF
WALK: Takes in quiet country lanes,clearly defined footpaths and fields. Some steeper sections on Bulkeley Hill and Rawhead, with ~ 100 steps, 10 kissing gates, and 6 Styles. May be muddy in places. Great panoramic views across the Cheshire Plain (weather permitting).
DIRECTIONS from Warrington: Follow A49 south to Beeston (~30 miles). Take exit on right (Dean Bank) signposted (brown signs) for Beeston Castle/Candle Workshops. Follow brown signs for Candle Workshops for 5 miles. Park in public car park at entrance to Candle Workshops car park. Toilets/cafe inside Candle Workshops.
DISTANCE: Total travel time 1 hr.
27 FebCulchethColin GrimePacked10:30
MEET: Shaw Street Car Park (Post Code WA3 5SW and Map Ref SJ 661935).
DIRECTIONS: Coming from Warrington on the A574 cross a mini roundabout and carry on to a BP garage (on the right). Just past the garage and the Spice Lounge restaurant turn right into Shaw Street and left into the large car park. There is no parking fee.
WALK: Mostly flat across fields that can be muddy in a few places. There is a small climb up what was the Silver Lane waste tip and is now grass and tree covered with paths. At the base of the hill are ponds that usually have wildfowl swimming about. On a clear day there are extensive views to the Pennines and West down the Mersey Valley. The walk returns to Shaw Street via Culcheth Linear Park and a section by the Manchester Liverpool Railway originally built by Stephenson. There are several stiles. Distance about 7 miles.
13 MarAbove Helsby & Frodsham7Ken AinsworthModeratePacked10:30
Cancelled due to weather
MEET - Helsby Quarry Woodland Car Park, Alvanley Road, Frodsham, WA6 9PT.
WALK - Mainly woodland paths, no stiles but some steps and short rock scrambles.
DIRECTIONS – Easy Route:- Take M56 towards Chester. Exit at junction 14 and on roundabout take first exit onto A5117 towards Frodsham/Helsby. Go straight through Traffic Lights and after ~ 200 yards on bend turn right onto Primrose Lane (brown sign ‘Helsby Golf Club’). Proceed ~0.8 mile to ‘T’ junction, turn left onto Helsby road and continue straight ahead for ~0.5 mile to reach the small car park on the left (free, no toilets).
LEADER – Ken Ainsworth 07772323626
20 MarClitheroeLinda & Alan BroadbentModeratePacked10:30
MEET: at Aspinall Arms, Great Mitton near Clitheroe BB7 9PQ
DIRECTIONS : M6 north to junction 31 - A59 towards Citheroe, at roundabout follow signs into Whalley along Whalley Rd. Through the town this becomes King St, at roundabout turn left into Station Road, which becomes Mitton Road. After approx 2 miles and just before the river Ribble the pub is on the right - please park in the rear car park - good drinks and food if wanted at the pub after the walk -
LEADER: Alan and Linda Broadbent 07787363425, 07875747940
27 MarHurstwood & Towneley Hall7Peter & Evelyn MeyrickModeratePacked10:30
MEET: Hurstwood C.P. GR 882313 O.L.21. Approx. postcode BB10 3LG. C.P. fee £1.00 all day. No toilets at C.P.
TERRAIN: Moderate. Tracks, field paths with some road walking. Will be muddy in places.
DIRECTIONS: M6 to J29. T.R. onto M65 towards Burnley to J9 S.P. Burnley. At R-about T.R. over M/way at next R-about take the first exit onto A679. At + roads T.R. onto A646. Stay on A646, after ~3 miles pass under railway towards Walk Mill. After Walk Mill in Cliviger/Southward Bottom turn sharp L. into Red Lees Road. Pass through Overtown & Mereclough to Red Lees. In Hr. Red Lees, T.R. into Salterford Lane, S.P. Worsthorne. After about ½ mile T.R. into Hurstwood Lane to Hurstwood. At T junction T.L. then R. down to C.P. Café & toilets at lunch stop.
DISTANCE: It took just under 1 hour from M6 J22.
LEADERS: Evelyn & Peter Meyrick. Tel. 763955 & on the day Mob. 07818 696024 or 07766 872161.

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