Jeff Milne will be hosting a Mr and Mrs competition. You may also wish to book for our next coach trip to Leek (Staffs.) with Dave Schumacher (0151-526 5280) – see itinerary below
Maghull Ramblers coach to
Sunday 18 February 2018
Our coach leaves Central Square at 8:15 via M58 and M6 to Lymm services for a toilet stop at about 8:55. Continues via A50 to Knutsford, A537 to Macclesfield and A523 to Rushton Spencer, where A, B and D parties alight at about 10:15. Then into Leek and A53 to Broad Street, where C party alights at about 10:30.
A Party: Dane Valley and The Roaches: Beth Ashby.
14.2 miles; Hard; 1850 ft of climbing.
From Rushton Spencer there is a short walk to join the Dane Valley Way upstream to Danebridge. From here the route climbs up to the sandstone ridge which is followed for about 4 miles to reach a trig. point at The Roaches (1657 ft). From here the route is mainly downhill to Abbey Green and into Leek, arriving at about 4:45 at the Bus Station, where our coach will be parked.
B Party: Dane Valley and Gun Hill:
11.3 miles; Moderate/Hard;1375 ft of climbing.
The first leg of this walk follows the A party route to Danebridge. From here there is a climb of about 750 ft to reach the summit of Gun Hill (1263 ft). The walk is then mainly downhill to Abbey Green and up to the Bus Station in Leek, arriving at about 4:15 pm.
C Party: Cheddleton & Churnet Valley: Margaret Schumacher.
10.4 miles; Moderate; 825 ft of climbing.
The walk starts near the outskirts of Leek and continues for 4 miles to reach Cheddleton station on the Churnet Valley Steam Railway (toilets). From here the walk follows the Caldon Canal to Horse Bridge and through Ladderedge Country Park, returning to the Bus Station at about 4 pm.
D Party: Dane Valley and Rudyard Lake: Cath Pearson.
6.9* miles; Easy; 375 ft of climbing.
*Please note this walk has been shortened from the 9.4 miles shown in the printed programme. From Rushton Spencer this walk follows part of old railway then diverts to the western shore of Rudyard Lake to reach the Visitor Centre (picnic area and toilets). It continues along the Churnet valley into Leek, arriving at the Bus Station at about 3:15 pm.
There are plenty of shops and cafes in the town centre. According to ‘Beer in the Evening’, there are no less than 20pubs in Leek! This does not include the latest: ‘Green Dragon’ (Wetherspoons) in St. Edward Street.
Our coach will be parked in the Bus Station, reached by a walkway through the shops on Haywood Street (A 53). We leave at 6pm and expect to be back in Maghull at about 8:15 pm.