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Roy's Roams
Friends Walking Group
group above Brotherswater

Our Current Itinerary

Whit Friday 20th May 2016 1:00pm – Saddleworth Brass Bands.
There will be a packed lunch stop early in the walk then a 5 mile stroll around Saddleworth visiting the Pots and Pans Obelisk to Uppermill to see the start of the Brass Band parades. Then we will wander up to Dob Cross to listen to a few more bands in the picturesque village setting. You can leave when you are ready but the music goes on until after dark and there is a good chip shop in Delph. Over 100 bands may be competing touring eleven local towns in coaches so each town sees several hours of bands marching through to a judging site where they play.
Leader Roy - Tel 01254 395021 or mob on day 07550 083780.
Meet on Wool Road canalside car park on left of A670 just on south side of canal bridge near the Wharf and Navigation Inn (1 mile north out of Uppermill). NGR SD995065, (N53°33'20” W2°00'30”), SatNav post code OL3 5QR.

Sunday 29th May 2016 11:00am – Valley of Oaks.
Moderate field, woodland, riverside and quiet lanes walk to Samlesbury Bottoms, Roach Bridge and Coup Green. Serene views over the valley of the River Darwen which is dominated by Oak trees. 7.25 miles, pub call afterwards (The Boars Head or Royal Oak). Leader Roy – 01254 395021 or mobile on the day 07550 083780. Meet on roadside (A675) by the Boar’s Head at Hoghton. NGR SD613266 (N53°44'06” W2°35'13”), SatNav post code PR5 0RX.

Sunday 12th June 2016 11:00am - Dane Encounter.
Relatively easy country park, field, towpath and dismantled railway walk around Astbury Lake to Astbury Village and Congleton. See the two "swirly whirly" bridges and abundant wild life. 7.5 miles, pub call afterwards.
Leader Roy - Tel 01254 395021 or mob on day 07550 083780.
Meet on Astbury Mere Country Park free car park. M60 Junction 3 onto A34 past Alderley Edge. Follow signs to Congleton but do not turn into town centre. Keep on A34 towards Newcastle and follow brown signs for Little Moreton Hall. Just after Waggon & Horses pub and Jewson's yard turn left into Sandy Lane. NGR SJ846627 (N53°09'40” W2°13'55”), SatNav post code CW12 4FR.


Sunday 3rd July 2016 11:00am - Gritstone Extravaganza. (Postponed from 2015).
Moderate fell, woodland and country park walk to Millstone Edge, Over Owler Tor, Carl Wark hill fort, the Burbage Valley eratics, Longshaw Estate and Bole Hill. A fine blend of tree and millstone grit scenery including the amazing forest of dancing trees. 8 miles, pub call afterwards (The Fox House country pub).
Leader Roy - Tel 01254 395021 or mob on day 07550 083780.
Meet on Surprise View free car park off the A625 2 miles out of Hathersage towards Sheffield. NGR SE251801, (N53°19'01” W1°37'25”), nearest SatNav post code S32 1DA.

Sunday 10th July 2016 11:00am – Pot, Knott and Scout.
Moderate coast, field and woodland paths walk to the Pepper Pot, Arnside Knott and Jack Scout. About 8 miles, pub stop afterwards in Warton.
Leader David – 01524 825028 or mobile on the day 07942 753985.
Meet on car park at Eric Morecambe Hide (Crag Foot) off the Warton to Silverdale Road. M6 junction 35 through Carnforth on road through Millhead and Warton keeping left for Silverdale. After sharp left bend near Crag Foot turn off road onto track under railway bridge keeping left into car park. If you go over the level crossing you have gone too far. NGR SD474737, (N54°09'21” W2°48'19”), SatNav post code LA5 9RZ.

Sunday 17th July 2016 11:00am - The Real Attermire Scar.
Moderate to strenuous field and lanes walk with some mild rock scrambling onto the summits of Warrendale Knots and Attermire Scar. Initial steep ascent on grass path. The usual route in these parts sticks to the popular paths below the crags but this one takes you onto their tops for great all round views. 7 miles, 1,650 feet of ascent, pub call afterwards (The Falcon Manor Hotel).
Leader Roy - Tel 01254 395021 or mob on day 07550 083780.
Meet on Greenfoot P&D car park in Settle. Turn right off B6480 at Falcon Manor Hotel into Ingfield Lane. NGR SD821633 (N54°3'58” W2°16'33”), SatNav post code BD24 9QH.

Sunday 31st July 2016 11:00am - Rufford and Mere Sands.
Relatively Easy riverside, towpath, field tracks, nature reserve tracks and lanes walk to Rufford and Mere Sands Nature Reserve. 8 miles with optional extra mile around the nature reserve, pub call afterwards.
Leader Roy - Tel 01254 395021 or mob on day 07550 083780.
Meet in Sollom just off the A59 Liverpool Road. NGR SD445187 (N53°39'44” W2°49'33”), SatNav post code PR4 6HR.

Sunday 21st August 2016 11:00am – Chatterton, Buckden, Pilgrim & Peel Tower.
Moderate River side, woodland and moorland walk following the River Irwell to the village of Chatterton then head up hill via Buckden Wood to Holcomb Moor then via Pilgrims cross and on to Peel Tower. Aprox 9 miles (short route can be done aprox 5 miles).
Leader Norman 01706822837 (Mob 07970593089).
Meet on the car park for Nuttall Park OS Explorer map 287 Grid ref SD795164 (N53°38'34” W2°18'33”) sat nav BL0 9LR.
You are invited back to Noman & Gwenda’s house (opposite park gates) after the walk, bring your own drinks and we will supply snacks & nibbles, (drinks can be left in fridge before departing if required).
As we need to have an idea of numbers, can you please let us know not later than the Friday before the walk if you are coming back after.

Dates yet to be decided

Walshaw Waters.
Moderate field tracks and urban trails walk around Walshaw seeing at least six scenic lakes and long distance views from Manchester to the Pennines. 5.5 miles, pub stop afterwards.
Leader Roy - Tel 01254 395021 or mob on day 07550 083780.
Meet on playing fields car park in Newbold Street, Elton, Bury. A58 Bury to Bolton Road forking right onto B6196 and then right turn onto B6212. NGR SD 790110 (N53°35'43” W2°19'05”), SatNav post code BL8 2RR.

Waters between Hyde and Denton.
Moderate riverside, quiet lanes and canal towpath walk through Haughton Vale nature reserve. A quite and surprisingly green corridor between two conurbations. 6 miles, pub call afterwards.
Leader Roy – 01254 395021 or mobile on the day 07550 083780.
Meet on Jet Amber Fields picnic site car park at the end of Dunkirk Lane. M67 Junction 3 turning left for Dukinfield. Turn right at Mitsubishi Motors and then first left after Orient House. This is the A627. After one kilometre look for the thatched Newton Hall then turn left into Dunkirk Lane. This becomes a leafy rough track leading over a canal bridge. Turn right and take right fork into car park. NGR SJ939961 (N53°27'41” W2°05'34”), SatNav post code SK14 4QF.

Wetherspoon Curry Club : approx £5.49 incl drink

Chicken Korma - very mild
Chicken Tikka Masala - mild
Lamb Rogan Josh - mild
Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Spinach in Coconut Sauce - mild (Veg)
Indian Sharer (Bhajis & Samosas) - medium (Veg)
Chicken Balti - medium
Beef Madras - hot
Chicken Jalfrezi - hot
Flaming Dragon - very hot

Wetherspoon Steak Club : approx £7.49 incl drink

Skinny sirloin steak with salad
10oz gammon and free-range eggs - with chips, peas, tomato and a flat mushroom
14oz Aberdeen Angus steak - with chips, peas, tomato and a flat mushroom
8oz rump steak - with chips, peas, tomato and a flat mushroom
8oz sirloin steak - with chips, peas, tomato and a flat mushroom
BBQ chicken melt - chicken breast, topped with cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce
Chicken & rib combo - chicken breast, half rack of BBQ pork ribs, coleslaw, onion rings, chips
Full rack of BBQ pork ribs – coleslaw, onion rings, chips
Mixed grill - gammon, pork loin, rump steak, lamb, sausage with chips etc
Large Mixed grill - gammon, pork loin, rump steak, lamb, sausage, fried eggs with chips etc

Photo Library

Brendan on Reston Scar pic

Roamers at Airton Bridge pic Roamers at Grindleton pic

Roamers on the Colvend Coast pic Roamers on Criffel pic

Roamers at Anglesey pic Roamers at Rockcliffe pic

God's Bridge pic Roamers on Holme Fell in Cumbria pic

Roamers at Styal pic Roamers on Holme Fell in Cumbria pic

Roamers descending from Crown Point pic Roamers on Arnside Knott pic

roamers at janet's foss, malham pic red tree at silverdale pic

glen nevis pic ben nevis pic

nick of pendle pic summit trig point of Red Screes

coppice monument pic summit pic

group pic group pic

footpath sign footpath sign
All regular walkers should consider joining the Peak and Northern Footpath Society. Or at least making a donation or bequest to contribute towards the preservation of the footpath network that we all enjoy. For a few hundred pound you can have your own dedicated sign put up like these in the photos.
Take a look at the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society website

Constitution of Roy's Roams

This cordial walking group started in April 2007 and is aimed at my friends who seek an intimate and relaxed approach to joining walks with no membership fees, no registration procedures and no particular rules about bringing dogs.

Although many members of the group are in couples many are single. There is nothing prescriptive about this, it is just the make up that has evolved. We are NOT a singles group.

To join Roy's Roams you should already be "a walker" and be known personally to Roy either now or in the past. Guests invited by and accompanied by an existing member are welcome.
Attendance will incur no obligation or permanent membership and participants will not be expected to support every walk or carry a membership card.

The basic itinerary of Roy’s Roams offers at least one walk every month usually on a Sunday with a fairly wide variety of locations, grades and distances although moderate all day walks of around 7 or 8 miles requiring packed lunches are the norm. Occasionally, there will be short easy walks of around 5 miles. If members are available mid week, Saturday, half day or evening walks are possible.

There are also a regular social events like meals out and at least once a year a weekend away.

If you would like to receive further information please contact Roy and say what is the best way of keeping in touch. If possible provide an email address that you use. If you want to make any suggestions or contributions about the walks or their organisation then please feel free to do so.

Needless to say you will join these walks at your own risk, myself or other walk leaders cannot take any responsibility for your personal safety, loss or damage howsoever caused.

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