The mid-week group was formed 25 years ago and continues to be well supported by its’ regular members. All members of the club are welcome on the walks.
There is a walk each week which alternates between Tuesdays and Thursdays. Members meet at the starting point of the walk, usually at 10. 30 a.m. The leader chooses the venue for the walk and details are circulated to members by email. Transport is by car, members ‘car sharing’ where possible. Sometimes local transport is used. Walks take place in the Lancashire Hills, South Lakes, Cheshire, Wirral, North Wales and closer to home particularly in winter. Walks are about 7 – 9 miles in length. A packed lunch is taken and members usually enjoy afternoon tea after the walk. The last walk before Christmas is shorter and is followed by a Christmas lunch.
The dates for the walks are coloured pink on the calendar. Details of walks will be on the web site nearer the time.
Further information can be obtained from the Weekday Ramble Chairman, Tel: 0151 426 3050.
Photographs of the various walks can be seen by clicking on the link to Flickr
December 14, 28
January 4, 9, 18, 23
February 1, 6, 15, 20
March 1, 6, 15, 20, 27
Christmas Walk & Lunch
Thursday 14th December 2017
The Saracen's Head, Halsall
LEADER: Virginia McCombe
TELEPHONE: 0151 924 1556
DISTANCE: about 4½ miles, 2 hours of walking
MAP: Explorer 285
TIME: 10.30 a.m.
How to get there: Approx. 17 miles from Crosby. At Tesco’s lights on the Formby by-pass turn right into Altcar Road and follow signs for Farmer Ted’s Farm Park. Pass this on your left. At the T junction go right into Black-a-Moor Lane and at next T junction go left into Delf Lane. Continue through Haskayne to Halsall. In Halsall, at the church on right, turn right into Summerwood Lane. Drive VERY carefully over the canal bridge and the Saracen’s head is on your right. Turn into the very large carpark by the canal. Free.
The walk: Flat, no stiles. The first 2 miles is along the canal towpath going South to Haskayne Bridge (no. 21A). Care needed going up the rather steep steps to the road. We return to Halsall over fields via footpaths. There is very little roadwalking and there was very little mud on the reccie. The Christmas lunch has been booked for 1.30. If we set off on the walk promptly at 10.30 we should be back around 12.30, leaving plenty of time for a quick look round Halsall, e.g.The Halsall Navvy, and the church (which wasn’t open on the reccie but worth a look round the outside) and for changing into your glad-rags for lunch.
Ainsdale Nature Reserve
Thursday 28th December 2017
Leaders: David and Hilary Barton
Tel: 01704 562868
Distance: about 7 miles
Map: OS Explorer 285
Start: 10.30 a.m. Shore side Ainsdale Station
The walk takes us first by good footpaths, then along a 1/4 mile Boardwalk around a lake through dunes, and tufted grass
tracks which takes us around the compound where the Herdwick sheep are wintering, Onwards over two good stiles, into
woodland returning to Ainsdale Station.
We travel by train to Birkdale for refreshments at our flat No 6 The Swallows 42 York Road.
Walking poles and boots are recommended.
On arrival at The Swallows the Garage will be available to leave your boots and rucksacks so please bring a change of
DO NOT FORGET YOUR BUS PASS
If anyone wishes to travel travel to Birkdale first there is limited parking at the Swallows but room in the road if
It would help very much if you would let us know if you are able to come.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Two Bridges & Lunt Nature Reserve
Thursday 4th January 2018
Leader: Roger Tolley
Tel: 0151 928 2942
Distance: Up to 8 miles, generally flat with one & a half stiles
Time: Meet 10.15 a.m. at the Punch Bowl. Note earlier starting time.
Plenty of parking areas either in the pub car park or lane by the church.
A very Happy New Year to all as we kick off the 2018 midweek walks program with what is known locally as the ' Two Bridges Walk' incorporating the popular Lunt Nature Reserve .
Heading into Sefton Meadows we cross the River Alt via Showrick Bridge, this links up with the Cheshire Lines path. We will keep to the elevated bank which is far better than the field path. Aiming north over ground barely above sea level we look for the Maghull Hey Cop track that takes us to the Baines Bridge and to Carr Farm near Ince Blundell. A mighty north westerly wind always seem to blow along this area.
Some pavement walking along the Lunt road takes us to Homer Green were we enter Lunt Nature reserve at the far northwest end.
A fine elevated bank path takes us clockwise around the reserve, binoculars recommended if you wish to view the area.
Before entering Sefton Meadows we view an 8000 B.C. settlement used by hunter gathers. This area was unearthed by the Liverpool University archaeology group.
Now the return through woods and an opportunity to view St Helens well - this well was renowned for its icy waters which was good for various ailments. Folklore stories say pins were thrown into the well and the ones which floated were good luck for a healthy marriage and good fortune.
Refreshments can be at the Sefton Meadows garden centre around the corner or obviously the Punch Bowl, but alas no cake here.