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Our Current Itinerary

Things are a bit different for the time being so please read and note all the details below.

Please note the following dates in your diary as the next three meals have been arranged and bookings can be made although bookings will not be acknowledged until after 16th September.

Thursday 27th September, our 27th visit to the Grey Mare at Belthorn.
Thursday 8th November, our 48th Curry Club at Chorley Wetherspoons.
Thursday 20th December, our 28th visit to the Grey Mare for the Roamers Christmas Meal.
All need to be booked through Meryl on mobile 07503 196746, (phone or text), or land line 01254 777022 or by e-mail to

There are no plans for any Roams in the first half of September due to many walk leaders being away on holiday.
The next possible date is 16th September.

Future walks will be ad-hoc dependant on the weather forecast but below are some details of what may be in the pipeline.

Confirmation about whether there is a walk on can be obtained from Harry by phoning 01254 246660 or mobile 07908 358597 on the Friday or Saturday after 13th September.

Please note that if you are in any doubt as to whether any walk can go ahead due to the weather conditions please telephone the leader in good time first. Don't turn up on a wet or snowy day when there is no one else there. Bear in mind that at five to eleven in remote places there may not be a mobile phone signal.

Volunteers to lead walks are always welcome and should contact Harry, Meryl or Stephen with a proposed date and full description.

My chemotherapy treatment remains deferred pending radiotherapy to try and control bleeding from a tumour. This puts me out of action for the time being.

Sunday TBA; 11:00am – Under the Arches.
Easy fields, roads and limestone pavement walk to Colt Park, Sleights, Gunnerfleet and the Ribblehead Viaduct. We go under the arches to get close up to the magnificent structure. 6.5 miles, pub call afterwards. Leader Harry 01254 246660 or Mob 07908 358597.
Meet on Ingleton/Hawes Road B6255 at Ribblehead. NGR SD770795, (N54°12'40” W2°21'12”) SatNav post code LA6 3AS.

Sunday TBA; 11:00am – Weets Short and Easy.
Moderate hill tracks walk to the summit of Weets Hill via Lister Well Road, Gisburn Old Road and Folly Lane. Far ranging views from the summit. 5.5 miles, pub call afterwards. Leader TBA.
Meet at Letcliff Country Park on the B6251 at Barnoldswick. Turn off A56 at Foulridge, or Salterforth or Barnoldswick. This is the back road to Barnoldswick which has several names along its length but becomes Manchester Road at the entrance to the country park. NGR SD878458. (N53°54'31” W2°11'11”) SatNav post code BB18 5HF.

Sunday TBA; 11:00am – Ingleton Waterfalls.
Moderate to strenuous riverside walk with steps and scrambling through the spectacular glens and waterfalls. 5 miles, pub call afterwards. Leader TBA.
Meet on Ingleton/Hawes Road B6255 at the quarry roadside space on right ½ east of the village. NGR SD701732, (N54°09'15” W2°27'30”) SatNav post code LA6 3AN.
There is a charge of £6 per person to go through the gate which includes parking so it might be sensible to park and start from the official car park in the village.

Sunday TBA; 11:00am - Chinley Charms
All day moderate Peak District walk starting from the village of Chapel Milton off the A624, approx. 8 miles south of Glossop. An interesting walk on little used paths to the summit of South Head (or round it, if you prefer – meeting back up on the other side) calling at Breckend, Andrew’s Farm, South Head, Roych Clough (lunch), Bagshaw, Bowden Hall, Wash and finishing in Chapel Milton itself with its two massive railway viaducts. 8.5 miles, pub at end. Leader Stephen - 01204 395901 or mobile on the day 07761 453349.
Park on the ‘Wash’ road opposite Chinley Independent Chapel. NGR SK055820, Lat&Long 53.335N, 1.918W (N53°20'06” W1°55'05”), postcode SK23 0QN. Head south from Glossop on A624 passing through Hayfield. Turn left at t-junction under railway bridge, still continuing on A624. On reaching next railway bridges both together, turn under the left one (signposted to ‘Wash’ only) park in lay-by on left opposite the chapel. 11.00am start.

A New Innovation.

Some walks may now have a "Quiet Mile" designated by the leader.
This is where from a declared time or point on the walk no one should speak until the end of that mile or period (normally 20 minutes). That means no conversations save for essential comments of guidance or safety. It gives time for increased awareness of what is being seen, heard, smelt and felt and therefore a heightened appreciation of the countryside experience. Off course this may seem weird at first but when you become attuned to it and realise its value great pleasure and spiritual renewal should ensue.

Wetherspoon Curry Club : approx £5.99 incl drink

Chicken Korma (contains almond nuts)
A traditional, mild, sweet curry, made with chicken breast and cooked with yoghurt, coconut, cream, almonds and fresh coriander.

Lamb Rogan Josh
Slow-cooked lamb in aromatic spices, served in a Kashmiri-style sauce, with tomato, onion, coriander, cumin and green chillies.

Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry.
An award-winning dish of sweet potato, fried and tossed in a rich coconut sauce, with chickpeas and spinach.

Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken breast, marinated in tandoori spices, in a rich tomato sauce, with cream, red onion, butter, coriander and cardamom.

Chicken Jalfrezi
Seared marinated chicken, with onion and peppers, in a tomato sauce tempered with whole cumin seeds.

Beef Madras
Tender pieces of diced beef, in a spiced tomato sauce, with onion, coconut, mustard seeds and chilli.

Chicken Vindaloo
Seared marinated chicken, in a hot spicy sauce, with onion petals and chilli slices.

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 prohibitive rules about bringing dogs except where landowners impose restrictions.

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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