The Walking Group has been up and running (walking) for many years now, and happily, so far, we have managed to avoid getting soaked through. We meet every couple of months in the Tower car park on a Sunday afternoon, and either set off on foot, or drive in convoy to more exotic locations (other parts of the West Pennine Moors). Numbers vary, but we average out at about a dozen or so.
Initially we ventured out over Turton Moor and around the reservoirs. Last winter the January walk was more like an Olympic ice-skating event, a few slips and tumbles, but no bones broken.
As the daylight hours lengthened and the sun shone, we strode a bit further afield. Firstly to Quarlton, where we got a bit lost, but nothing serious, and were able to enjoy refreshments atop the tumulus, where we pondered the theory that it could be a stone age burial mound.
After all that exercise we gratefully slaked our thirsts in the Chetham Arms. Our next outings were two separate hikes up Holcombe Moor, to the Pilgrims’ Cross, Ellen Strange’s memorial stone and Robin Hood’s well. We even managed to climb up Peel Tower, as it is open to the public certain Sundays in summer.
The most recent walk , in September, was the most adventurous so far. Bill Upton led us a lovely route from Barrow Bridge, up the miners’ steps to the mast. We were rewarded with spectacular views as far as Jodrell Bank, the Peak District, Snowdonia and Anglesey. Thanks to Bill for organising this for us, and planning the walk as well.
Our winter walks will not be as ambitious as this, and we hope to do a couple of easier local routes early in the new year, before stepping out to discover new places in the spring and summer.
If you feel like a bit of exercise on any of the published dates, please come and join us. Bring your own refreshments and comfortable, stout shoes/boots. Any suggestions of places to go and new routes to take will be most welcome!
For more information on the walking group please feel free to contact the group organisers Bill and Cilla Duncalf ~ 01204 882 671
The walks are not official FoTT events and are undertaken at your own risk, but are very pleasant social occasions and with good company, in beautiful countryside taking in places of interest along the way.
For information on the next walk please contact Cilla Duncalf using the form below.
All walks are undertaken entirely at your own risk. FoTT take no responsibility for any injuries which may occur on the day.
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