Member's Walks, Talks and other news items

Tuesday 7 August: Next meeting at Legion.

News date: 

Wednesday, 27 June, 2018

This will be our last monthly meeting at the Legion.  There will be a speaker from Blood Bikes.


You may wish to book for our next coach trip to Kettlewell on Sunday 19 August with Jackie Cumiskey (0151-527 2090), below itinerary.


Our new printed programmes for July to December will be available from Fred Coyne.  Only one per member.


Maghull Ramblers coach to

Kettlewell: Sunday 19 August.

This is a repeat of a previous visit which was more or less abandoned due to torrential rain.  Let us hope we have better weather this time.  Our coach leaves Central Square at 8:15 via M58, M6 and M65 to Darwen services for a toilet stop at about 9 am.

Coach continues via M65, A56 , A59 and the B 5258 to Threshfield, where C party alights at about 10:15. Then  continues via B6160 to Buckden, where A, B and D parties alight at about 10:50.

A Party: Buckden Pike and Great Whernside: Rob Culkin.

10.3 miles; Hard/Strenuous; 2300 ft of climbing.

(This is a challenging walk, suitable only for those who are fit and experienced.)   It is a high level walk visiting some of the hills around the Wharfedale valley.  It begins with a 1500 ft, climb to the summit of Buckden Pike (2303 ft).  From here the walk visits the Memorial Cross then over to Tor Mere Top and an 800 ft climb to the cairn on Great Whernside (2309 ft).  The final leg is a steep descent to Hag Dyke and down into Kettlewell, arriving back at about 4:30 pm.

B Party: Firth Fell and Littondale:

Ray Pearson.

11 miles; Hard; 1750 ft of climbing.

This walk is not as challenging as the A walk but you should still be reasonably fit.  This is a circular walk around the valley of Littondale.  It begins with a climb of about 1200 ft to reach the summit of Firth Fell

(1991 ft).  This is followed by a steep descent into the valley and through the villages of Litton and Arrncliffe.  There is a further climb of about 500 ft to reach Knipe Scar and back into Kettlewell, arriving at about 4:50 pm.

C Party: Grassington and The Dales Way: Ken Price.

8.6 miles; Easy/ Moderate:

750 ft of climbing.

This walk starts at the crossroads at Threshfield and drops down to Linton Falls, crossing the River Wharfe then up into the town of Grassington (shelter and toilets).  After going up through the village, the walk follows part of the Dales Way across Limestone Country, gradually rising  for about 500 feet with views down into Wharfedale.  There is a further modest climb before dropping down through woodland to reach the valley and into Kettlewell, arriving back about 4 pm.

D Party: Hubberholme and Dales Way:

Gail Aindow.

7.9 miles: Easy; 325 ft of climbing.

This is a nice gentle stroll along part of the Dales Way and following part of the River Wharfe downstream.  It begins with the only climb along Buckden Rake to the hamlet of Cray, then down to the little village of Hubberholme, with its ancient church. From here the walk joins the valley and perhaps crossing the valley to the hamlet of Starbotton (pub).  The walk then rejoins the riverside and into Kettlewell, arriving back at about 3:30 pm.


Our coach will be in the car park in this attractive village (public toilets and shelter nearby).  The name of the village is said to derive from the Anglo-Saxon meaning a bubbling spring.  It derived its economy from textiles and lead mining but today it is mainly sheep farming and tourism which benefits the local area.  There are three pubs: The Racehorses, the Blue Bell and the King’s Head (near the church).  There is also a village shop.

Our coach leaves at 5:45 pm, arriving back in Maghull at about 8pm.


Tuesday 14 August: Ormskirk History Trail (evening).

News date: 

Monday, 23 July, 2018

Meet at Maghull station for 6:38 train for Ormskirk (note revised time) arrive about 6:52. Meet at the station (Ormskirk) at about 7 pm for a History Trail around the town lasting about 2 hours.  Leader: Peter Neild.  Return by train after the walk.


Thursday 23 August 2018; Public Transport Walk from Rufford

News date: 

Monday, 23 July, 2018

Meet at Maghull station for the 10:23 train to Ormskirk (note revised time), arriving approx. 10:29.  The means of transport from Ormskirk to Rufford is uncertain at present due to problems with Northern Rail.  Ken Smith will advise when we arrive at Ormskirk.  It may be necessary to go by bus. The walk is 10.2 miles Easy.  Leader: Ken Smith.  Return by bus or train from Ormskirk to Maghull.


Next Meeting: Tuesday 4 September.

News date: 

Monday, 23 July, 2018

Please note this and future meetings will be at the main function room at St George’s Social Centre, Station Road, Maghull L31 3DF.  There is ample parking at the rear of the building.  It is within walking distance of the railway station and bus terminus.

We anticipate this will be a more suitable and less costly venue for the Club.  There will be a licensed bar available and we hope members will patronise this, as they have done at the Legion.  Given the uncertain future of the Legion we needed a change of venue to ensure a place for our future events, including our Christmas Social in December.

This will be a Charity Evening in aid of Patterdale Mountain Rescue.