Numbers were reduced by holidays and family committments, but eight of us managed the early start at Poles Coppice car park on a beautiful autumn morning. At first we were quite cool walking though the extensive woodland of the Nature Reserve, listening to a noisy chorus of birdsong. As we emerged into the sunshine, we could see the twin peaks of Pontesford Hill and Earl's Hill looming above us.
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Keswick Week End Away
Many thanks to all who took part & made the Keswick weekend the success it was. We had glorious weather, a superb choice of walks and a most enjoyable meal & get together on the Sat night. If anyone has photos to bring to the blog they would be welcomed. Autumn had not quite set in so still pretty green although the fells were changing colour with the dying bracken.
Our B&B was wonderful. We'd taken it over, filled with Stoke/Newcastle Ramblers & so created almost a house party atmosphere. Our hosts were kept amused.
It was good that so many were able to come on the weekend & we hope there will be more to enjoy in the future. A meeting to discuss this will be held at Holy Inadequate (back room) on 10th Nov at 7.30pm
Ramblers Showcased on HitMix Radio
Richard Clamp was recently interviewed by HitMix 107.5 FM Radio which is based at Alsagers Bank. He provided an excellent account of the origins of the Ramblers, the activities of the Stoke/Newcastle group and the advantages of membership. The full interview is available via the station's 'Listen Again' page at http://www.thehitmix.co.uk/onair/listen-again.
The Stoke/Newcastle Ramblers group held their annual general meeting on Thursday 22/9/16. The enthusiasm of the group was evident from the presence of a large number of members; a fact noted by the Ramblers area representatives in attendance. At the meeting the following group committee members were elected:
|Stephen & Susan Merry
||Membership Secretary/ Publicity
||Group FP Coordinator
||Full day walks Programme Secretary
|Howard & Maggie Caton
||Half day walks Programme Secretary
||Mid week walks Programme Secretary
|Lyn & Dave Wynne
It is the role if the committee to both serve the members and to uphold the values of the Ramblers.
Rambling Away win Eggheads!
On Tuesday 27/9/16 the BBC broadcasted the much anticipated contest between a team from Stoke /Newcastle Ramblers and the Eggheads. The Rambling Away team comprised Doreen, Pete, Richard, Rob, Stephen and Susan who each made made their contribution to what was an enjoyable and interesting day. The win was a bonus and, perhaps, further eveidence that walking promotes mental wellbeing.
A tree with life and understanding
Reaching high and demanding
Sun light through golden leaves
Swaying gently in the breeze.
Real Tea and Real ale in Rainow
Brian L proudly flew the Rambler's Walk About Britain flag on our walk on Sunday the 4th of September as part of the Rambler's National Walking Festival. Sixteen of us enjoyed the 360 views from Teggs Nose viewpoint and explored some of the points of interest in this highly acclaimed Geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. After a pleasant liquid lunch on the sun terrace at the Robin Hood pub in Rainow, where we were made to fell most welcomed we ascended White Nancy to take in the magnificent view across the Cheshire Plain. It was fun to watch marathon runners attempting the 35 mile Gritstone Trail Challenge pass us by as we continued our Sunday saunter along Kerridge Ridge. The day was rounded off nicely by the excellent Real Tea (Irish breakfast) and nice cake provided by Tegwyn in Tegg's Nose visitor centre.
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A Walk in Audlem showing the Ramblers at their best
Last Sunday Doreen and Tony led a half-day walk from Audlem village car park. Yes, we had a pleasant time walking through verdant countryside giving oppportunities for both chat and private moments of reflection. This was as expected as was the social gathering at the Bridge Inn afterwards for a pint of good beer.
For me, however, there were three other highlights. Firstly, the willing collaborative efforts of the leaders and other group members to ensure all walkers were able to safely park their cars at the meet point which we found ourselves sharing unxpectedly with a large group of cyclists showed the supportive nature of the group. Secondly, the work of Tony in clearing a partially blocked stile showed the the importance of the ongoing footpath maintenance the group undertakes. Thirdly, one of the footpaths we used took us across two potato fields which were only passable with difficulty. While I am sympathethic to the needs of farmers, the absence of a clear route through these fields emphasised the value the legal and political actions of the Ramblers organisiation to ensure fair access to our beautiful contryside for all.
It was good to be reminded why we continue to pay our Ramblers membership fees and support the group walks programme.
Brian's Social Evening
Brian had a social evening at the London Road ale house on Thursday 11th August. There was a good turn out of about 25 with savouries funded by the club. A number of beers and ciders were available and also a good selection of wines. As it was a member`s birthday, a few went for a curry afterwards at Planet Bollywood, a good time was had by all.
Here's looking forward to the next social gathering!
14 August: Worfe to the Severn
Starting point for the walk was in the village of Worfield in Shropshire. Commencing from the village hall car park on the East side of the village at 09.45 hrs. on Sun August 14.
The walk headed west initially through some arable farmland which gives way to pasture, woodland and parkland on its way to Bridgnorth. A short walk through the outskirts of town offered a view of the river Severn and a magnificent stone bridge spanning the river and leading up to the Victorian walkway and steps at the side of the funicular/ cliff railway. A long terrace at the top allowed great views of the town and railway below.
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Wildboarclough to Sutton Common
A hot day, but very wet underfoot. After a late start waiting or everyone to gather at the starting point near the the Crag Inn, the group set off, passing over Sutton Common (or Croker Hill as it is usually known). After a welcome pub stop at The Ryles Arms, the party split.
The main party followed the Gritstone Trail to Macclesfield Forest, then returned over Shutlingloe. A sub-set avoided to worst of the climb by returning past the former Youth Hostel.
The usual Sunday group was depleted by holidays, recce and other commitments so it was a party of six that enjoyed Ashley's walk. Parking opposite the Cat and Fiddle, we were saddened to find it now closed, and hope it will reopen soon.
Cutting south across the moors, we were able to enjoy views to Jodrell Bank, and beyond that right across the Cheshire Plain to Beeston and beyond before turning West across the A54 and down to Three Shires Head. The path along the Dane was much drier than usual, but still muddy and marshy in places.Crossing over the pack horse bridge into Staffordshire we were able to enjoy a break, basking in the sun beside Pannier's Pool, listening to the burble of two waterfalls.
From there, the sandy bridleway led us to Knotbury, and then a climb up the road brought us to our lunch stop at the Travellers Rest at Flash Bar. Luckily the sun was still shining, as the pub was full with diners and the only seats were on the outside terrace, where we sat well wrapped up for protection from the constant wind.
We then headed north towards Buxton, keeping to the high ground until we reached to highest point in Staffordshire. A curious place for a "county top", as a narrow tongue of land stretches up part way to the ridge, but is looked down on by the surrounding slopes of Cheshire and Derbyshire.
From there, a good dry path took us back over the A54, and we dropped down to Derbyshire Bridge, than a final climb up the minor road returned us to our cars.
Hope for a Mountain, nr Wrexham, 31 July 2016
Considering several people were on holiday, delighted to have 10 of our group willing to travel to North Wales, to tackle Hope Mountain in what turned out to be perfect walking weather. Zigzagged up from Caergwrle Castle through Bryn Yorkin Manor to take morning break overlooking the Clywdians. We dropped steeply down to Llanfyndd for lunch, and then could move fast afterwards along the disused railway line, before taking on the climb up to Waun y Llyn country park. Afternoon tea break on the top gave us 360o views - would you believe we could see Moel Famau, the Dee estuary, Liverpool cathedrals, Jodrell Bank and Mow Cop, quite apart from the Sandstone Trail hills - all at once! A tough walk of 11.5 miles, with ascents totalling 2,000 feet, but all completed safely.
Eggheads - rambling away
Susan, Stephen, Doreen, Rob, Peter with Richard as our reserve journeyed up to Glasgow on Sunday to record the above programme on Monday. We were made to feel so welcome by the production team, Eggheads & Jeremy Vine. Nervous initially we soon relaxed into the recording & enjoyed ourselves immensely including the make up room. The recording time flew by & we were soon heading home but what an experience!
We’re not allowed to tell you the outcome of team Rambling Away vs Eggheads. You’ll have to wait for the broadcast which will be later in the year. We’ll keep you posted.