Member's Walks, Talks and other news items

Tuesday 2 October: Monthly Meeting at St George’s Social Centre from 7:30 pm.

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Sunday, 30 September, 2018

This is just a social evening but you may wish to book for our next coach trip on Sunday 14 October to Braithwaite in the Northern Lakes with Dave Schumacher (0151-526 5280).  See itinerary below.

Our subscription year ends on 30 September so you can renew your membership tonight with our Membership Secretary Fred Coyne (0151-547 4182).  The membership for 12 months remains at £10.  Under 16s free.

At this meeting Ron & Sandra Rawlinson will start taking bookings for our Santa Special trip to Chipping (near Preston) on Sunday 2 December. The cost of the coach plus a carvery at the Calf’s Head will be £28 members (£32 non-members).  Those entitled to a free seat on the coach pay just £15 for the meal.


                                                                     Maghull Ramblers coach to Braithwaite:Sunday 14 October 2018

Coach leaves Central Square at 8:15 am via M58 and M6 to Tebay services for toilet stop about 9:45.  Continues via M6 and A66 to Braithwaite, where all parties alight at about 11 pm.

A Party: Eel Crag and Sail – Rob Culkin.

10.8 miles; Strenuous; 2700 ft of climbing.

(This is a challenging walk, suitable only for those who are fit and experienced.)   From the village of Braithwaite the walk begins with a steep climb of about 1500 ft following Coledale Beck upstream.  There follows a further steep climb to reach Coldale Hause then up to the cairn on Eel Crag (2749’).  There follows a short high level route to the cairn on the summit of Sail (2536’).   There is a steep descent from Sail towards Barrow Door then up to Barrow(1494’) then a less steep path to arrive at Braithwaite at about 5:15 pm.

B Party: Barf and Lord’s Seat:

Ray Pearson:

9.9 miles; Hard; 1825 ft of climbing.

This walk starts with a leisurely stroll towards Thornthwaite and the Swan Hotel.

The climb begins with a steep climb of about 1200 ft to reach the summit of Barf (1536’).  On the way up we pass two rocky outcrops which have been painted, known as the Bishop and lower down, the Clerk.  There are some excellent views from Barf over to Bassenthwaite Lake.  From the summit there is a short climb of just 400 ft to reach Lord’s Seat (1811’).  From here a forest track leads downhill to the Whinlatter Visitor Centre (café and toilets).

The final leg is downhill through the forest to Thornthwaite then back to Braithwaite, arriving at about 4:45 pm.


C Party: Derwent Water and Newlands Beck : Margaret Schumacher.

7.0 miles; Easy: 475 ft of climbing.


This is quite a gentle C walk following a fairly level route to Derwent Bank, on the northern side of Derwent Water.  Nearby is the launch pier at Nichol End (toilets and café).  From here the path goes gently uphill through woodland to reach another landing place at Hawes End.  There is another uphill stretch to Skelgill and on to Stair, where our members have enjoyed a stay at the Ramblers’ Chalet.  The return leg takes us back to Braithwaite, returning to the coach at about 4pm.


D Party: Ian Filby.

7.0 miles: Easy; 200 ft of climbing.


This is a rather shortened version of the C Party walk as there is less climbing.  Ian will use his discretion to as to the length of stops, particularly at Nichol End with its renowned tea and scones.  Expect to return to our coach at about 3:45 pm.


Our coach will be parked by the school in Braithwaite.  There are just two pubs in Braithwaite so as they have the monopoly, don’t expect Wetherspoon’s prices!  Our coach leaves at 6 pm.  Back in Maghull about 9pm.


Thursday 18 October: Train/Bus from Bidston to Heswall.

News date: 

Sunday, 30 September, 2018

Meet at Maghull station for the 09:46 train to Central (09:43 from Maghull North) arrives 10:08.  Change to Wirral Line for 10:25 West Kirby train, alight at Bidston 10:40.  (Note change of times from printed programme).  9.8 mile Easy/Moderate walk (675 ft climbing) to Bidston Hill, Storeton and Barnston.  Return to Liverpool by frequent bus from Heswall.

Leader: Cath Pearson.