Two group coach rambles are proposed for 2018. Both trips will have the usual long and medium walks together with opportunities to saunter at the destination. Confirmed dates, venues and costs are:
1. Thursday June 14th to Kington in Herefordshire. Cost £13.50 ***Please note the amended date*** Booking deadline 31/5/18
http://www.stokeandnewcastleramblers.org.uk/members/document-library.html contains the booking slip which will also be added to the summer printed programme.
2. Thursday August 23rd to Conway, North Wales. Cost £14.30 Booking opens 1/4/18
Both of our trips will depart from Hollinsheads Garage at 7-30am and from St Luke’s Church Clayton at 8-00am. While parking at St Luke's is very handy, in order to retain the goodwill of the church participants joining the coach at St Luke's are kindly requested to park at the church and not in the road outside. This makes it much easier for the coach to turn around and is a gesture of appreciation for use of the church facilities. There is a £3-00 per car parking fee at St Luke's.
Further details including booking arrangements will be provided in the summer printed programme and through updates to this announcement.
We should thank Dave M. and Malcom S. for their efforts in organising these events.
Thursday June 14th Kington (Herefordshire)
Long Walk (10 miles) starts from Presteigne with a long, but steady, ascent through the Lugg Valley onto Offa's Dyke trail. We then follow the trail, passing around Herrock Hill and over Rushock Hill before crossing the golf course on our way to Kington. If it is a clear day we will be able to enjoy excellent views throughout the whole walk.
Short Walk (5.5 miles) starts from the village of Titley. There is a gentle ascent from the village onto The Mortimer Trail. After about 2 miles we leave the trail for the ascent onto Offa's Dyke Path at Rushock Hill. A short section of this ascent is quite steep but we will take this leisurely pace. From here we follow Offa's Dyke and cross the golf course into Kington.
Non Walkers would be welcome on the trip. There would be plenty to do, and see, in Kington and at Hergest Croft Gardens.
Kington is a small market town with several interesting shops and a small, free entry, museum. Our coach will be parked at Hergest Croft Gardens which is about 10 minutes walk from Kington. There is a tearoom and toilets at Hergest. The gardens are quite large 50 acres in total, the azaleas and Old English Roses are said to be delightful in June. There would certainly be time to visit the gardens at the end of the short walk; the admission cost is £6-50.
Thursday August 23rd Conway
Long Walk (8 miles) starts from Penmaenmawr with a quite steep ascent of about 1100 feet onto the North Wales Coast Path which we then follow towards Conway. We will make a small detour up to the summit of Foel Lus, if it is a clear day we will be able to take in the panoramic coastal views. We then rejoin the coast path which leads us to the Synchant Pass then onto Conway Mountain where the gorse and heather is quite spectacular. After crossing Conway Mountain we descend in Conway itself the last section of the walk taking us alongside the estuary.
Short Walk (5.5 miles) starts in Llandudno from the promenade near the Little Orme. It is an undulating but there are no really steep ascents. The walk passes through the grounds of St David's College and the Bodysgallen Hall Hotel before arriving at the site of the former Deganwy Castle which should be the lunch stop. After descending into Deganwy we cross the railway to follow the estuary into Conway.
Non Walkers are very welcome to join us and spend the day in Conway where there is plenty to see and do.