Monday, 26 November 2012

25th November 2012 - Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill

Five intrepid walkers braved the inclement weather and set forth on the ascent of Pendle Hill, although due to the poor conditions the walk length was reduced from 8 to 5 miles.

 "Winnie the Witch", not currently presenting a halloween quiz was one of the walkers, and she explained that she was climbing Pendle Hill in memory of her ancestors who were cruelly condemmed at Lancaster assizes four hundred years ago. Winnie was in a particular buoyant mood as she had been given permission to park her broomstick in our car park.

Although setting out in poor weather, around 12:00 the promised break in the rain occurred and surprise views of the surrounding Pennines were revealed. The reduced length of the walk was appreciated by Winnie who was doubtless missing the aid of her broomstick.

Tea and scones in Barley village were much appreciated at the end of the walk.

Attendees: Chris, Christina, Denise Pete & Sue (Winnie)

Chris Hughes

Monday, 19 November 2012

18th November 2012 - Marple to New Mills

                     Marple to New Mills Walk

Lovely walk today in wonderful sunny weather with a great group of people turning up, 23 in total.  .

We stopped at the Fox Inn, at Brook Bottom for a nice pint and a sandwich, lovely pub  


Along the way we passed the Torr Vale mill, and Rock mill at New Mills using the Millennium walkway.  We saw the Hydro-electricity generator at work there,using Archimedes screw.  

                                        The children in the group enjoyed the playground!!


We then made our way back along the canal from  New Mills.

Thanks for turning up,  hope to do this again.

Alex Williams

16th November 2012 A - Z Manchester Pubs

Friday pub night on Bridge street in Manchester

Originally a children's refuge, now a noisy, dark bar on our A to Z tour of Manchester's pubs.

11th November 2012 Werneth Low & Compstall

Werneth Low & Compstall Walk

Lunch was taken in Compstall, recently erected village sign by local artist.

5th November 2012 - Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night On a a dry Saturday night 15 SWOG members turned up to see the Fireworks at the Piggy. The Fireworks lasted for 40 mins in all. When the fireworks were over we walked the 20 yards to the warm of the pub where we stayed for the rest of the night.

Monday, 5 November 2012

4 November 2012 Chatsworth Walk

Chatsworth Walk

Eleven of us arrived at Rowsley. Due to the sun not shining we were not going to get the full golden light on the leaves. Our route was to take us to Chatsworth and though several woods. The first hour was uphill but only 200m in all. The first wood we came Towas Bouns Corner then Rowsley Moor Wood before coming out onto Calton Pastures where we stopped for a quick drink. At 289m this was the highest point on the walk. From here we carried onto the Village of Edensor which is part of the Chatsworth estate.

Some of the group went into the church to have a look around, following this we then we went down the road to Chatsworth. We had lunch in Chatsworth, but soon the rain started so we made our way back where we crossed over the Derwent again and follow the river to Beeley.

We now proceeded to our last climb of the day. We went into Smelting Wood and again we followed a lovely track though to Rowsley Wood. Then we dropped down to Rowsley and the walk was completed by 2.30pm.

This walk was not about the miles, nor about going up high on the moors but to take in the short window span we have for Autumn leaves. Sometime we miss the chance and pass many woods in the summer, but don’t go back when they changing colour.

On completion of the walk we then all went to the pub and chatted the last hour away.


Thursday, 1 November 2012

26th-28th October Whitby Halloween Spectacular

27th October Whitby to Robin Hood Bay Walk

We woke on Saturday Morning to a cold and windy day.  We split into two groups with 24 members heading south along the coast to Robin Hood Bay.

The scenery along the way was lovely.  The weather remained cold and very windy but at least it did not rain.  However, we all did get wet with the wind blowing a back spray from gullies along the way, but it was fun running through them.

On reaching Robin Hood Bay we all had a quick look around and then made our way to various hostelries. A good day was had by all.

Staithes Walk to Whitby Saturday Walk Halloween Fancy Dress Goathland and Coastal Walk