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Roy's Roams
Friends Walking Group
group above Brotherswater

Our Current Itinerary

Changing circumstances mean that additional Roams to those listed here are becoming more frequent. So there is still usually something on at least every other week.
Any Sunday when you are wondering what to do just check us out.
Telephone Roy on Saturday evening or early Sunday morning.
Leaders with ideas should come forward urgently.

Saturday 16th May 2015 3:00pm (NOTE TIME FOR TIDES) - Hilbre Island.
Easy flat beach walk across the sands from West Kirby marine lake onto Hilbre Island, Wirral, returning by the same route. Usually views of seals and seabirds. No dogs. 5 miles pub stop at the end in Wetherspoons, West Kirby. There is no parking at the pub so we will be making a 5 minute walk to it. Leaders Clare and Andy 07751 825097.
Please note that the beach conditions can vary considerably. Crossing the beach is likely to include some paddling, and there can be muddy/silty areas at times. Old footwear which can be washed or thrown away is therefore best.
Meet at the ice cream hut on the front, at the Dee Lane end of West Kirby marine lake (toilets available). There is free parking along the seafront, and a pay and display car park at the seaward end of the Morrisons car park.
Directions: Make your way onto the Wirral peninsula via the Wallasey tunnel (toll £1.70). Leave M53 at J1 to Hoylake (A553). Go through Hoylake and on to West Kirby (A553 changes to A540). Follow brown signs to marine lake. Grid reference SJ210 866, Explorer map 266. (N53°22'19” W3°11'17”). Address for Morrrisons is Dee Lane, CH48 0QA.

Saturday 23rd May 2015 11:00am - We Might All End Up In a Watery Grave.
Moderate field, lanes and riverside walk to Otterburn, Kirkby Malham and Airton. Visiting the unusual burial plot and Quaker Friends Meeting House. 8 miles, pub call afterwards. Leader Roy – 01254 395021 or mobile on the day 07550 083780.
Meet at Bell Busk near Hellifield parking on roadside in hamlet. A65 from Hellifield towards Gargrave and Skipton. At Coniston Cold take left turn on narrow lane, proceed under railway and keep left until reaching terraced row houses on left. NGR SD901567, (N54°00'21"W2°09'10"), spot on SatNav post code BD23 4DT.

Thursday 28th May 7:30 for 8pm – 15th Pub Night at the Grey Mare, Belthorn near Blackburn.
(M65 Junction 5, two miles on the Grane Road and 1 mile after Pack Horse, satnav post code BB12PG).
Social get together for a meal and a pint at inexpensive levels.
For menu please look at the website
Although there is no need to pre-order please note that it is still vital to book for this event, contact Barbara on 01257 368929 or mobile 07502 094442 or by e-mail. Closing date is Monday 25th May.

Sunday 31st May 11:00am - Worsthorne and Hurstwood.
All day moderate walk in the Worsthorne/Hurstwood area, east of Burnley on woodland, moorland, farm, field and reservoir paths with some minor road walking, starting from Swinden Bridge to Lee Green Reservoir, Worsthorne, Hurstwood, and the reservoirs of Cant Clough and Hurstwood, returning via Slipper Hill (look out for that steamroller!) and Swinden Reservoirs. 8 miles. Leader Stephen 01204 395901 or mobile 0776 1453349.
Park at The Roggerham Gate Inn. Todmorden Road, Briercliffe. Permission has been granted to park in the car park at the back of the pub providing that the majority of us use the pub after the walk. (Moorhouses Beers).
Leave M65 at Junction 12, turning right over motorway, keeping left up to the roundabout and turning right onto the A682. Pass through the town centre, turning left at lights after the Town Hall onto Halifax Rd. Steeply uphill, through crossroads to T-junction with Nelson Rd. Turn right and continue straight on through next crossroads (Hare & Hounds & Sun Inn at Haggate). Follow the narrow Todmorden Road through several bends keeping right at Shay Lane cul-de-sac and the pub is on the left at the bottom of the hill. Please park at the rear. Map OL21, NGR SD883338, (N53°48'00” W02°10'47”), Post Code BB10 3PQ.

Sunday 7th June 2015 11:00am – Opening of a Lych-Gate.
Moderate riverside, lanes and woodland walk via Chatterton, Lumb, Rossendale Way and Buckden Wood. 8 miles or less if weather poor, Lych-Gate formal opening and chilli by Vinnie afterwards.
Meet on School Court at Stubbins just off junction beginning M66 near Edenfield parking in lay by or Chatterton Lane. NGR SD795185 (N53°39'46” W2°18'40”), SatNav Post Code BL0 0SD.

Sunday 14th June 2015 11:00am - Sculptures and Ruins.
Moderate field, lanes and riverside walk taking the Nidderdale Way to the Coldstones Cut Panopticon, Greenhow, Ashfold mines and Bridge Inn waterwheel. 8 miles, pub call near end en-route. Leader Roy – 01254 395021 or mobile on the day 07550 083780.
Meet at Pateley Bridge memorial in riverside park near main bridge over river. Plenty of car parks nearby. NGR SE157655, (N54°05'06” W1°45'42”), SatNav Post Code HG3 5AP.

Sunday 5th July 2015 11:00am - Gritstone Extravaganza.
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 – 01254 395021 or mobile on the day 07550 083780.
Meet on Surprise View free car park off the A625 2 miles out of Hathersage towards Sheffield. NGR SE251801, (N53°19'00” W1°36'04”), nearby SatNav post code S11 7TY.

Tuesday 7th July; 7:30 for 8:00pm – Our 5th Steak Club at the JD Wetherspoons, Sir Henry Tate in Chorley.
Flat Iron car park off Union Street, satnav post code PR71DB.
Social get together for a meal and a pint at inexpensive levels. Please note that it is vital to book in advance giving your menu choices. See the website - : select “clubs” from right hand vertical lines then “Steak” tab.
To book telephone Barbara 01257 368929 or mobile 07502 094442 or by e-mail. Closing date is 6pm on Tuesday 30th June.

Sunday 12th July 2015 11:00am - The War Horse Walk.
Easy roads, lanes and tracks walk near Ormskirk, following the route which war horses took from Ormskirk station to the Remount Depot at Lathom Hall during the First World War. Dogs on short leads. 8 miles, 400ft ascent, pub stop at end. Leaders Andy and Clare 07751 825097. Meet at pay and display car park by Weatherspoons The Court Leet, Ormskirk, (free on Sundays).
M6 and M58 leaving at J3, and take 3rd exit off roundabout at end of slip road. Take first exit at next roundabout – A570 to Ormskirk. Go straight on at both sets of lights at Edge Hill University. At next set of traffic lights turn left, staying on A570 and follow one way system around to the right where the road forks at the church (A570 St Helens). Almost immediately after road forks, go past the first car park on the right. Then turn right into Leyland Way which is the second right very shortly after the pedestrian lights, and almost opposite the police station. Follow Leyland way into the car park. This may not be the quickest route if you know the area, but is the easiest to direct. NGR SD416083, Explorer Map 285. (N53°34'04” W2°53'05”), SatNav post code L39 2XA.

Sunday 26th July 2015 11:00am – Anne’s Affetside Amble.
Easy to moderate field tracks, riverside, reservoir and village walk. 7-8 miles, pub call afterwards. Leader Anne – 01706 828473 or mobile on the day 07516 531133.
Meet by Pack Horse Pub, 52 Watling Street, Affetside. NGR SD750130, (N53°37'06” W2°22'16”), SatNav Post Code. BL8 3QW. Park along roadside near pub – not in pub car park please.
From M65 Junction 5 A6177 towards Haslingden. Turn right at Holden Arms pub on to B6235, Holcombe Road. Carry straight on, through Holcombe Village down hill to X roads. Turn right on to A676 and keep in outside lane. Through traffic lights straight on up the hill and through Hawkshaw village. At X roads on bend (TAKE CARE) turn left then immediate right on to Watling Street and go straight up to Affetside.
From Bolton A676 turn left at lights in Bradshaw – Bradshaw Rd and go past Jumbles reservoir. At X roads on bend turn right then immediate right again on to Watling St. and then straight up to Affetside.

Thursday 6th August 7:30pm –
Our 36th Curry Club (9th Year) at the JD Wetherspoons. Sir Henry Tate in Chorley.
Flat Iron car park off Union Street, satnav post code PR71DB.
Social get together for a meal and a pint at inexpensive levels.
See the website - and click on Curry Club.
Or note the simplified version on the next page below. You must book well in advance giving your menu choices at the same time. Telephone Barbara on 01257 368929 or mobile 07502 094442 or by e-mail or text. Closing date is 6pm on Thursday 30th July.

Wetherspoon Menus

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

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

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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