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Our Current Itinerary

Thursday 14th July 2016 7:30 for 8pm – 19th Pub Night at the Grey Mare (5th Year), 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 Roy on 01254 395021 or mobile 07550 083780 or by e-mail. NOT Barbara please this time, she is on holiday! Closing date is 6pm on the Monday before.

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 24th July 2016 11:00am - The Old Man of Helsby.
Moderate paths, tracks and quiet lanes walk over the Old Man’s head into rural Cheshire and the half way point at the monument on top of Frodsham Hill, with views over the Mersey and towards Liverpool.
The walk has few obstacles, apart from the hills and is approx. 7.6 miles. Leader Malcolm.
The meeting point is at the Old Quarry car park, Alvanley Rd, on top of Helsby Hill.
Its about an hours journey for most of us.
Directions. From the M6 J20A take the M56 towards North Wales/Chester.
Leave M56 J12 Frodsham, at traffic island go left take A557 for A56 0.5 miles.
At traffic lights turn right onto A56.
Continue on A56 for 3 miles passing through Frodsham.
200 metres after passing Helsby High School on the RHS, turn left into Old Chester Rd immediately after a cemetery.
Continue on Old Chester Rd which turns into Alvanley Rd after 1km.
The car park is on the right after a further 0.5km.
Map Ref SJ 490749.   Post Code WA6 9PT.   Sat Nav N53° 16' 09'', W2° 45' 54''.

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.

Thursday 4th August 7:30 for 8:00pm -
Our 39th 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 -
Or note the simplified version below. It is vital to 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. Please please try to avoid late alterations or cancellations and have consideration for Barbara and the pub. The deadline is 6pm on Monday 1st August.

Sunday 14th August 2016 11:00am - Longridge Fell.
Moderate field, lanes, woodland and heather tracks walk by Knowle Green to the summit of Longridge Fell and along the spine to Jeffrey Hill. Great views of Chipping Vale, the Ribble Valley and Irish Sea. 7 or 8 miles, pub call afterwards.
Leader Roy - Tel 01254 395021 or mob on day 07550 083780.
Starting point and directions yet to be determined.

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.

Sunday 4th September 11:00 am - A Walk With an End.
Relatively Easy promenade, field tracks and lanes walk to Knott End-on-Sea and Preesall Hill. Great views of two estuaries and across the bay to Cumbria. 7 miles, pub call afterwards.
Leader Roy - Tel 01254 395021 or mob on day 07550 083780.
Meet in Preesall Park Sports Centre car park on the B5270, Sandy Lane. Half way between Preesall and Knott End. NGR SD362481 (N53°55'32” W2°58'23”), SatNav post code FY6 0JU.

Sunday 18th September 11:00 am prompt start. - South Lakes Classic.
Moderate tracks, fields and woods walk from Gummers How car park. to return over Gummers How Summit. 8 miles, pub call afterwards.
Leader Harry - Tel 01254 246 660 or mob on day 07908 358597.
Meet on Gummers How car park. M6 J36 for A590 Barrow/Kendal. Keep left after Levans Hall to continue on A590 (Barrow). After a little over 1 mile take A5074 right up Lyth Valley towards Bowness for about 6 mile to take Bowland Bridge road just after sharp left at Crosthwaite road exit on right. Continue through Bowland Bridge to keep left at Masons Arms for about 2 mile to car park on left just past small layby on right. NGR SD389 876 (N54°16'49” W2°56'22”) post code LA11 6NR,

Sunday 2nd October 11:00 am prompt start. - Yorkshire Dales Classic.
Moderate tracks, fields and woods walk via Yarnbury lead mines and Bare House to return via Linton Falls (shorter return if weather conditions warrant). 7/8 miles, pub call afterwards.
Leader Harry - Tel 01254 246 660 or mob on day 07908 358597.
Meet at Hebden on the B6265 road from Grassington to Pateley Bridge parking on laneside off to right before bridge in Hebden. NGR SE026631 (N54°03'52” W1°57'47”) post code BD23 5DE,

Dates yet to be decided
Request options. Let me know which you want to do?

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.

The Hewenden Alps.
Moderate field, woodlands and quiet roads walk taking in the majestic Hewenden viaduct and two reservoirs. Returning along the hill top high road via the beautiful Goitstock Woods. 8.5 miles, pub call afterwards (The George). Leader Roy – 01254 395021 or mobile on the day 07550 083780. Meet on Cullingworth village hall car park (honesty box). M65 to end and through Colne onto A6068 and A629T to Keighley. At second major roundabout turn right into Keighley town centre on A6035. Just after railway station fork left into Coney Lane which becomes Park Lane climbing steeply. Turn right at small sign for Cullingworth into Glen Lee Lane. At T junction with Halifax Road turn right up hill and right again at cenotaph into Church lane. Car park opposite church with spire. NGR SE067368 (N53°45'40” W1°53'56”), SatNav post code BD13 5HE.

Amble Around Altham.
Moderate field, woodland, riverside and canal towpath walk to, Shuttleworth Hall, Altham Clough Wood, Brownsills, Cock Bridge, Read Hall and Gooseleach Wood. 8 miles, pub call afterwards (The Game Cock).
Leader Roy – 01254 395021 or mobile on the day 07550 083780.
Meet on roadside in Harwood Lane at Harwood Bar. This is the village green type triangle at the junction of the A680 and the B6535 in Great Harwood. NGR SD744329 (N53°47'32” W2°23'23”), SatNav post code BB6 7TE.

Beauty and the Beast.
Moderate undulating hill and dale walk to Bretton, Abney and Sir William's Hill. See all the sights of the fascinating plague village and its attractive surroundings. Includes the tombstones, lead mines, church yard and Mompessons Well. 8 miles, pub call afterwards (The Miners Inn).
Leader Roy – 01254 395021 or mobile on the day 07550 083780.
Meet on Eyam P&D (£4.50) car park with toilets opposite the museum. Turn left off A623 8 miles after Peak Forest following signs. NGR SK216767, (N53°17'13” W1°40'37”).

Twisleton Sentinels.
Moderate Yorkshire Dales fell, field and quiet lanes walk along Twisleton Scars and the Roman Road past the numerous gaunt cairns lining the limestone edge. 8.3 miles, pub call afterwards (The Hill Inn at Chapel-le-Dale).
Leader Roy – 01254 395021 or mobile on the day 07550 083780.
Meet at Twiselton Dale House (farm parking). A65 to Ingleton then along the narrow Oddie's Lane (Roman Road) accessed either from riverside in Ingleton or it's other end at Chapel-le-Dale Church. NGR SD718758, (N54°10'36” W2°26'03”), SatNav Post Code LA6 3JH.

Wetherspoon Curry Club : approx £5.49 incl drink

Chicken Korma - very mild
Tandoori Chicken Skewers - 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
Chicken Vindaloo - very hot

Wetherspoon Steak Club : approx £7.49 incl drink

Skinny sirloin or rump steak with salad
8oz rump steak - with chips, peas, tomato and a flat mushroom
8oz sirloin steak - with chips, peas, tomato and a flat mushroom
14oz Aberdeen Angus steak - with chips, peas, tomato and a flat mushroom
Two 5oz gammon steaks and free-range eggs - 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

Great Gable pic

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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