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Roy's Roams
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Our Current Itinerary

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. Bear in mind that at five to eleven in remote places there may not be a mobile phone signal.

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2018 - Roy's Roams Spring Weekend in East Anglesey.
This is based upon the village of Moelfre on the east coast of the island with Alan and Kathy leading walks. Alan and Kathy will be at Plas Uchaf camp site, LL74 8NU.
Seven members are staying in the Ty Dderw Country Inn, LL72 8HB which now seems to be full (subject to cancellations) but two members have secured a room in a bed and breakfast next door Bryn Awelon. There are other hotels, guest houses and cottages in the vicinity but some eg. Sea View at Benllech, are already booked up.
If getting somewhere in the immediate area does prove difficult its worth remembering that the following places are close by. Pentraeth 6 miles, Amlwch 6 miles, Menai Bridge 11 miles, Cemaes Bay 11 miles, Beaumaris 12 miles and Caernarfon 19 miles.
Therefore, if you want to join us on the weekend you will need to find and book your accomodation as soon as possible and let me know where you are.

Friday 25th May 2018; 2:00pm – Saddleworth Whit Friday Brass.
Moderate field, green tracks and quiet lanes walk passing between reservoirs and the site of a Roman Fort into Delph to hear some of the music and parades in the Saddleworth Whit Friday Brass bands Contest. The route back is entirely on the Tame Valley Way so will not have the difficulties encountered last year! 6 miles with fish and chips tea then pub call afterwards. Leader Roy – 07550 083780.
Meet on Denshaw Village Hall car park near Oldham. M62 Junction 21 turning right on A663 through Newhey and after 0.5 miles turn left up Huddersfield Road (A640). Upon reaching Denshaw turn left by the pub (Junction Inn) and the village hall is on the right. NGR SD975106 (N53°35'33” W2°02'21”), SatNav Post Code OL3 5SY.

Sunday 27th May; 11:00am - Lyme Park – Around And Through.
All day moderate walk around the area of Lyme Park on moorland, woodland and field paths with some walking on minor roads. The walk starts on the eastern edge, to the Bow Stones, crosses Park Moor giving fantastic views over Cheshire descending to West Parkgate and entering the grounds of the park (spot the deer!) passing the hall and climbs up to The Cage, descending the hillside via The North Cheshire Way to the northern edge passing two reservoirs through woodland. 7.75 miles. Leader Stephen 01204 395901 or mobile 07761 453349. Pub after.
Park on Mudhurst Lane - large lay-by on right-hand bend opposite entrance to Rock Farm and Kennels. NGR:SJ983832 : 53.346N,2.027W postcode SK12 2AN (Bolder Hall – just beyond lay-by). Leave Stockport and head South on A6 to Disley, turning Right at lights (The Ram’s Head pub on corner) go uphill, turn Right into Mudhurst Lane (signed Kettleshulme & Macclesfield) continue down this road till you reach parking area on R.H.Side on bend.

Sunday 3rd June at 11.00am - Upper Wharfedale Walk.
A walk from Buckden to Cray, Yockenthwaite & Hubberholme.
All day walk starting from Buckden village. After an initial moderate climb along a former Roman road (Buckden Rake) and then descent to the picturesque hamlet of Cray, it follows a level terrace around the valleys before descending to Yockenthwaite (basically a large farm) then following the course of the river Wharfe via The Dales Way to Hubberholme and Buckden. Superb scenery and views throughout. 7 miles. Leader - Stephen 01204 395901 or mobile 07761 453349. Pub stop at Hubberholme.
To get to Buckden turn off the A59 onto the Grassington road (B6265). At Threshfield, ignore the right turn to Grassington and continue ahead, now on the B6160 to Buckden passing Kilnsey, Kettlewell and Starbotton. The (pay & display) car park is through the village on the right. NGR:-SD 942773 : 54.192N, 2.090W (N54°11'31” W2°05'23”), nearby SatNav post code BD23 5JA.

Thursday 7th June 2018, 7:30 for 8:00pm - Our 45th Curry Club (11th 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 please try to avoid late alterations or cancellations and have consideration for Barbara and the pub. The deadline is 6pm on Monday 4th June.

Sunday 10th June; 11:00am - Combing Round the Bend.
Moderate field, hill and lanes walk to Round the Bend and then along Combs Edge. Some of England's finest green hill and valley scenery overlooking Errwood and Fernilee Reservoirs, Combs Reservoir and Buxton. 8.0 miles, pub call en-route(the Bee Hive Inn, Combs village).
Meet on Combs Reservoir car park off the B5470 Chapel Road. A6 to Whaley Bridge and through town centre. Turn left at traffic lights for 3 miles then turn right just before reservoir down lane into car park. NGR SK033797, (N53°18'54” W1°57'03”), nearby SatNav post code SK23 9UN.

Sunday 17th June: 11.00am - Brinscall-White Coppice-Heapey Walk.
All day easy to moderate walk starting from Brinscall village on riverside and field paths with some walking on minor roads, following The Goit to White Coppice then alongside the three reservoirs to Heapey where we can have lunch at St Barnabas Church, continuing on to South Miry and Portland Farms and returning via Brinscall Hall. 7 miles, pub call afterwards. Leader Stephen 01204 395901 or mobile 0776 1453349.
Roadside parking at Lodge Bank in centre of Brinscall, opposite swimming baths. NGR:SD627214 – 53.687N, 2.566W, nearby Satnav Post Code PR6 8QR. Leave M65 at Junc.3 take road to Bolton, after passing through Abbey Village, turn Right opposite Hare & Hounds pub, follow road to Brinscall, turning left into Lodge Bank. Park on roadside on the right.

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.

Volunteers to lead walks are always welcome and should contact me. The walks will be arranged ad-hoc week to week depending on the weather forecast. For information contact myself on 01254 395021 or mobile 07550 083780.

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

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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