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
March 1, 6, 15, 20, 27
April 5, 10, 19, 24
May 3, 8, 17, 22, 31
June 5, 14, 19, 28
July 3, 12, 17, 26, 31
August 9, 14, 23, 28,
September 6, 11, 20, 25
Formby Pinewoods, Asparagas Trail etc.
Tuesday 20th February 2018
Leader: Marie Shellard
Tel: 01704 809826
Distance: 6 miles or so or as long as you want
Start: 10.30am Formby Railway Station (if travelling by car, cross the railway crossing Ravenmeols Lane/Queens Road and
turn immedately right into Andrews Lane. You might be lucky to find a space in the car park on the right but if no space
in Andrews Lane drive on to reach Kirklake Road and Sefton Road and there is usually space to park around there).
We shall walk down Kirklake Road to reach St Lukes Church and then right into Lifeboat Road and on to a footpath through
the woods towards the car parks. From thereon we shall be on footpaths towards the squirrel reserve in Victoria Road where
there are toilets. On the way we shall be on the Asparagas Trail. There may be be the odd diversion to view the
shoreline etc if the weather is good. I have not decided where we can have a drink etc. It may have to be The Railway pub
beside Formby station.
Dunham Massey and the Cheshire Ring Canal
Thursday March 1st 2018
Leader: Philomena McLindon
Tel: 0151 489 0536
Distance: approx 5 miles
Map: Explorer 276
Time: 10.30 / 10. 45 a.m. (see note below).
How to get there:
Choose your own route to the M56 towards Manchester.
We took the M6 to Junction 20A then took the M56, signposted to Manchester Airport. Leave M56 at Junction 7 then keep in
the right lane and follow the brown signs to Dunham Massey, going right round the roundabout towards Altrincham on the
A56. At the traffic lights, turn left down Charcoal Road (towards the crematorium), B5160.
The entrance to the car park is about a mile down the road on the left, clearly sign posted.
Note: The car park opens at 8 a.m. but the Visitors Centre only opens at 10.30 a.m.
I suggest you are ready with boots, rucksacks etc in the car park before 10.30 then go to the Visitors Centre at 10.30
a.m. when it opens – there are toilets there. Could we then be ready to start walking by 10.45, meeting in the Visitors
Centre to the right of the reception desk, no need to wait out in the cold.
Car Park: Parking is free for National Trust members, otherwise it is £6 per car.
We do an easy circuit of the deer park before heading over the River Bollin to the canal path. We follow the canal then
come up to Dunham village, then head off across the golf course, finally back into the park. Some paths were muddy and
there is a bit of road walking - dry!
Choice of two cafes for tea – the new one is bigger.
Return to the M56, watching out for the Chester/ North Wales sign.
Footnote: this is not the walk I had planned originally but when we went to do a recce last week (near the candle works in
Cheshire) we were ankle deep in mud; the paths were dangerously slippy and eroded so I have opted for this shorter easier
Tuesday 6th March 2018
Leader: Maria Hearne 0151 924 2195
Distance: 7.5 Miles
MAP: OS Explorer 285 Southport & Chorley
Time: 10:30 a.m. at Car park by the canal bridge in Parbold
ROUTE: From the M58 coming from Crosby, at junction 4 take the A5068 exit to Skelmersdale
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Glenburn Rd/A5068
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Glenburn Rd/A5068
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Glenburn Rd
At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Cobbs Clough Rd
Turn left onto Cobbs Brow Ln
Turn right onto Ash Brow/A5209
Continue to follow A5209
Go through 1 roundabout
Turn left onto Mill Lane
As you go over the canal bridge, car parking is on the left.
If coming from the M6 exit at junction 27. Follow signs for A5209 to Parbold and Ormskirk. The village is approx. 10 Km or
6 miles from junction 27.
Parbold Village to High Moor 3 and 3/4miles
From the car park walk to a parade of shops turning Right into Tan House Lane. We will do a short road walk, the first
part of the walk will be heading towards the Fairy Glen a lovely wooded area following a footpath beside Sprodley Brook.
This part of the walk could take 11/2 – 2hrs were we can stop and have lunch. We will carry on through the woodland and
head for High Moor Lane and High Moor Restaurant.
High Moor to Parbold Village 3 3/4miles
From High Moor we will be going through fields towards an old wind mill ruin in a wooded area that marks the top of
Harrock Hill. We will carry on through fields. There is a short walk up a steep road towards the end making our way back
to Parbold village. This walk has plenty of variety and interesting. There are a few muddy patches which could be bad if
it has rained and walking sticks would be helpful. There are only a few stiles.
There are no toilets on this walk, but there is a nice café by the car park, we can have tea stop at the end.