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Roy's Roams
Friends Walking Group
group above Brotherswater

Our Current Itinerary

Sunday 16th April 2017 11:00am – Wainwright's Memorial.
Moderate field, farm lanes and riverside walk to Arley Brook, heading over to Nabs Head into Samlesbury Bottoms. Then following the river Darwen until crossing the river to pick up the Witton Weavers Way which leads us past Wainwright’s Memorial before returning to our cars. 7 miles, pub call afterwards. Leader John Plumb, mobile 07842 388961 e-mail
Meet in the lay by at Westholme Six Form & Senior School. From the M6 junction 31 take the A59/A677 towards Blackburn. Pass Samlesbury Hall on the left and carry on past the Junction for the A6119 on the left. Pass Beardwood Hospital on the right then shortly after Westholme Junior School on the left turn into Mein’s Road on the right. Follow Mein’s Road to the bottom where you will see a school lay by. OS Explorer map 19, NGR SD651285, post code BB2 6QU, (N53°45'06” W2°31'53”).

Thursday 20th April 2017, 7:30pm - Our 42nd Curry Club (10th 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 -
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 try to avoid late bookings, alterations or cancellations. Have due consideration for Barbara and the pub. The deadline is 6pm on Monday 17th April.

Sunday 7th May 2017, 11:00am – Cludders.
Moderate stony tracks and reservoir walk to The Cludders Stones, Widdop Reservoir and Gorple Lower Reservoir. Pleasing views and fascinating rock formations. 7 miles, pub call afterwards. Leader Roy – 07550 083780.
Meet on Clough Foot car park. M65 junction 12 turning right into Brierfield town centre. Turn left at lights up Halifax Road. Straight through first cross roads turning right at T junction. Turn left at Haggate cross roads (Sun Inn). In just over 2 miles turn right for Heptonstall & Hebden Bridge and its about 4 miles on the single track cliff hanging fell road to parking on the left soon after passing Widdop Reservoir dam. NGR SD947323 (N53°47'14” W2°04'54”), SatNav post code HX7 7AU.

Friday 19th May to Sunday 21st May - Roamers Annual Spring Weekend : Carsington Water, Derbyshire.
Based on Stainsborough Hall Cottages in the NE corner of the lake.
Take narrow lane off B5035 signed to Callow and Kirk Ireton.
NGR SK266531 (N53°04'31” W1°36'12”), SatNav Post Code DE4 4DF.
Note that there is poor signal strength at the cottages for phones.

Friday 19th May 2017, 1:00pm – Nine Ladies to the Tower.
Moderate open common and woodland walk to Stanton Moor, Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Reform Tower and Rowter Rocks. Two ascents of 100 feet. 4 miles, optional pub call en-route, The Druid Inn. Leader Roy – 07550 083780.
Meet on the quarry free car park near Birchover. From Bakewell turn right off A6 just past Haddon Hall onto the B5056 signed to Ashbourne. Keep left initially for Ashbourne then turn off left to Stanton in Peak. Stay on the main route through the village and beyond until you reach the quarry and the car park is on the right.
NGR SK241624 (N53°09'31” W1°38'27”), SatNav Post Code DE4 2DW.

Evening meal will be at the Bear Inn, Alderwasley, 7:30pm.
Leave the B5036 at the top of Cromford Hill turning left just after the railway bridge signed B5035 to Bolehill and Crich. Proceed along Oakerthorpe Road past the Malt Shovel Inn and here keep straight on taking the minor "Wirksworth Road" after the houses. Keep right at the next fork signed to Belper and the pub is shortly on the left.
NGR SK314527 (N53°04'16” W1°31'58”), SatNav Post Code DE56 2RD.

Saturday 20th May 2017, 10:30am – The Rocks and Stones Railway.
Moderate High Peak Trail, fields and lakeside walk to Black Rocks (short optional ascent), The National Stone Visitor Centre (short optional geology trail), Middleton Top incline winding engine, Harboro Rocks (short optional ascent), Brassington, Carsington and the Lake. 7.5 miles or with the optional ascents 9 miles, also optional pub call en-route, The Miners Arms. We end at Stainsborough Hall for afternoon tea and biscuits where spare cars will be available to take drivers back to Black Rocks car park. Leader Roy – 07550 083780.
Meet on Black Rocks car parks near Wirksworth. Leave the B5036 at the top of Cromford Hill just before the railway bridge. There are two P&D car parks (£4.40) and some free roadside space. Meet up by the toilet block.
NGR SK290556 (N53°05'50” W1°34'05”), SatNav Post Code DE4 4GT.

Evening meal will be at the Knockerdown Inn, on the west side of the lake, 7:30pm.
B5035 near the entrance to the main visitor centre car parks.
NGR SK233519 (N53°03'50” W1°79'12”), SatNav Post Code DE6 1NQ.

Sunday 21st May 2017, 11:00am – Carsington Water.
Lakeside stroll for as far as we want to go and back along the nicest part of the lake. 4 or 5 miles, optional cafι or pub stop en-route. Leader Roy – 07550 083780.
Meet on Sheepwash car park at north end of the lake. B5035 opposite to Carsington village.
NGR SK248528(N53°04'19” W1°37'48”), SatNav Post Code DE4 4DD.

Sunday 4th June 11:00am – Striding Edge.
Strenuous Lake District mountain walk over Striding Edge to Helvellyn and Swirral Edge. 8 miles, 2,624 feet of ascent, pub call afterwards (The White Lion). Leader Roy – 07550 083780.
Meet on Patterdale P&D car park off A592 (opposite Patterdale Hotel). NGR NY395159, (N54°32'08” W2°56'06”), SatNav Post Code CA11 0NN.

Friday 9th June 2017, 2:00pm – Saddleworth Whit Friday Brass.
Moderate field, green tracks and quiet lanes walk to Dobcross and Delph listening to some of the music and seeing some of the parades in the Saddleworth Whit Friday Brass Bands Contest. 6 miles with optional pub call and fish and chips tea. Leader Roy – 07550 083780.
Meet on Bishops Monument car park at Grains Bar near Oldham. M62 Junction 21 turning right on A663 through Newhey and after 1.5 miles turn left up Buckstones Road (B6197). Straight on at Grains Bar Cross Roads, still B6197 but fork immediate right into Ship Lane and car park is on right. NGR SD966082 (N53°34'20” W2°03'27”), SatNav Post Code OL4 2JX.

Sunday 16th July 11:00am - 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”), SatNav Post Code S32 5QW.

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

Photo Library

Roy at Twiston pic

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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