Member's Walks, Talks and other news items

Tuesday 6 November: Annual General Meeting at Red Lion Club from 7:30 pm.

News date: 

Wednesday, 31 October, 2018

Please note that this and future meetings will be held at the Red Lion Club (formerly Maghull British Legion), not from St. Georges’ Social Centre.  The agenda for this meeting is below.  On this evening members may book for the following events:

  • Renewal of membership with Fred Coyne (still at £10 for a year to September 30th 2019.)
  • Next coach trip to Loggerheads on Sunday 18 November with Dave and Elaine Kay (see itinerary below).
  • Santa Special coach trip on Sunday 2 December (£28 for members, non-members £32) with Ron and Sandra Rawlinson.
  • Christmas Dance and Buffet on Friday 7 December with Maggie and Jeff Milne.   £6 members. £11 non-members
  • Reservation and payment for Bistro Franc, (20th January) with Dave Kay. £21 for        2 courses/wine, incl tip.


Maghull Ramblers’ AGM: 7:30 pm Tuesday 6 November 2018.

Venue: Red Lion Club (formerly Maghull Royal British Legion).


            1.         Report of activities: 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018


            2.         Audited accounts for year ending 30 September 2018.


            3.         Election of honorary auditor [Stan Williams].


            4.         Election of Management Committee [present members in brackets]:

     Hon. Chairman [Peter Neild].

  • Vice-Chairpersons [Ken Price and vacancy].
  • Treasurer [Jeff Milne].
  • Membership Secretary [Fred Coyne].
  • Social Secretaries [Val Coyne and Cath Pearson].


In respect of items 3, 4 and 5 it is assumed that those members whose names are shown in square brackets are willing to stand for re-election              unless they state otherwise.  This does not prevent other members from putting their names forward.


5.         Election of walks representatives:

  • A Party [Chris McFadden].
  • B Party [Vacancy].
  • C Party [Cath Pearson].
  • D Party [Jenny Jobe].


6.         Subscriptions for the year 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019. [It is proposed that this remains unchanged at £10 per person].


7.         Affiliation to the Ramblers’ Association.


8.         Coach fares.  It is proposed to retain the current fare of £15 for members and £18 for non-members.  This enables us to provide two coaches where necessary.


9.        Venue for Christmas Social and monthly meetings in 2019 at Red Lion Club.


10.       Members who do not have access to a computer.


11.      Data Security [Fred Coyne].


12.       Printed programme January to June 2019.


13.       Any other business.



Maghull Ramblers’  Coach to


Sunday 18 November.


Coach leaves Central Square at 8:15 am via M57 and A5300 to Runcorn Bridge then A557 and M56 to Chester Services (toilet stop about 8:55 am). Our coach continues via M56, A5117 and A494 towards Loggerheads Country Park.  Although there is a car park, the responsible authority has banned coaches from parking there so we have to find a suitable location, which will probably be near Cadole, possibly in the car park of the local pub. This involves a walk of about ¾ mile to and from the start of the walks. 


A Party: Moel Fammau and Foel Fennli:

Chris McFadden.

11.6 miles; Hard; 2200 ft of climbing.


(This is a challenging walk, suitable only for those who are fit and experienced.)   From the Country Park, the walk begins with a fairly steep climb of about 1300 ft. from the River Alyn, around the side of Frith Mountain and up to the summit of Moel Fammau (1818’).  There is a downhill track to Bwlch Pen Barra then a short climb of 500 ft to Foel Fenlli (1676’).

There follows a descent towards the main road and across to the village of Maeshafn (pub) before the final leg down to the Country Park and up to our coach at Cadole, arriving back about 4 pm.

B Party: Maeshafn and Moel Fammau:

Dave Kay.

11.2 miles; Hard 1750 ft of climbing.


This is a reverse of the A walk but avoiding Foel Fenlli.  From the Country Park, there is a short climb to the village of Maeshafn then across to the main road and a nearby picnic area (toilets).  From here the track climbs for 900 ft. to reach the summit of Moel Fammau (1818’).  The final leg is downhill to the Country Park, arriving back about 4pm.

C Party: Nant Alyn:

Margaret Schumacher.

8.9 miles; Moderate: 1125 ft of climbing.


From the Country Park there is a track along by the River Alyn for about 2 miles. The walk then crosses the river and up to the village of Cilcain (toilets), then down to the river again and up to the village of Gwernaffield (pubs).  The final leg goes down to the Country Park, arriving back about 3:15 pm. 


D Party: Over the Rainbow:

Alan McDonald.

7.8 miles; Easy; 575 ft of climbing.


This is a shortened version of the C Party walk as it avoids the detour to Cilcain so there is less climbing.  The walk leaves the riverside track and goes up to the village of Gwernaffield.  From here there is a climb of about 200 ft. towards the main road and the village of Gwernymyndd and the Rainbow pub, where you can watch cyclists struggling to climb up to this summit.  The final leg circles around by the Outdoor Centre (formerly Colomendy Camp) and arrives back at the Country Park at about 3 pm.


There are facilities in the Country Park, including a tea room, toilets and a picnic area.  There is also the Loggerheads pub across the main road.   You should allow about 30 minutes to return to our coach, which will be parked either in a lay by on the main road or down the side road in the village of Cadole.  The nearby pub is the Caernarvon Arms and we may be able to leave the coach in their car park.  Our coach leaves at 5:15 pm and we expect to arrive back in Maghull at about 7:30 pm.



Thursday 22 November: Train from Aintree to Town Green.

News date: 

Wednesday, 31 October, 2018

Meet at Maghull station for the 09:46 train to Central, alight at Aintree 09:51.  9.6 mile Easy walk from Aintree to Melling and Aughton.  Return by train from Town Green to Maghull.  Leader: Ken Price.  The train journeys should not be affected by the closure of this line up to 9 November.


Sunday 25 November: Car walk from Parkgate

News date: 

Wednesday, 31 October, 2018

Meet 9:30 am at Central Square for directions to Parkgate picnic area car park (B5135).

 9.6 mile Easy circular walk to Parkgate and Barnston.  Leader: Dave Kay.


Thursday 29 November: Short local walk.

News date: 

Wednesday, 31 October, 2018

Meet 10 am at Maghull station car park for Easy walk around the Canal and River Alt (4 miles) returning to Central Square via Sefton Garden Centre.  Leader: Ken Price.