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Weekly Edition - Published  18 August 2016


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The Ramblers inspires people in the North West to Walk About

OVER September 2016 the Ramblers are getting the North West on its feet with 'Walk About' its biggest ever free nationwide walking event, offering a walk to suit everyone. But people don't have to wait to get started. The Ramblers has launched a free online tracker that allows people to log their walking activity and make the most of everything the festival has to offer. The festival takes place from Saturday, 3 September 2016, until Sunday, 11 September 2016. With over a thousand walks all over Britain, and more than 60 in the North West, there's something for everyone to enjoy; from a short stroll in the park to a challenging hike up a mountain. During the festival, people in the North West can enjoy the following group led walks:-

  1. Manley

    Date:- Saturday, 3 September 2016
    Start time:- 1.30pm
    Distance:- 5 miles
    Difficulty:- Easy
    Description:- Join the North and Mid Cheshire Ramblers for a lovely walk exploring the edge of Delamere Forest and the pretty villages of Manley and Mouldsworth.
    Starting point:- Manley Village Hall car park, WA6 9EJ
    Group:- North and Mid Cheshire Ramblers

  2. Grisedale Pike and Grasmoor

    Date:- Sunday 4 September 2016
    Start time:- 9am
    Distance:- 19 miles
    Difficulty:- Strenuous
    Description:- This circular walk takes in some of the highest points in the North Western Fells, offering up fantastic, far-reaching views across a large part of the Lake District. The route takes you up Grisedale Pike, along Hobcarton Crag, down Sand Hill and up Grasmoor. Having paused to enjoy the view the route doubles back towards Eel Crag and Crag Hill, then follows the ridge past Sail and Outerside, descending into Braithwaite.
    Starting point:- Small car park just outside Brathwaite at the bottom of Whinlatter Pass (nearest postcode:-CA12 5TL)
    Group:- Summit Good

  3. Daresbury 

    Date:- Wednesday 7 September 2016
    Start time:- 6.30pm
    Distance:- 5 miles
    Difficulty:- Easy
    Description:- This lovely evening walk is a celebration of Lewis Carroll, visiting his birthplace and the Lewis Carroll Centenary wood.
    Starting point:- Daresbury Church - The nearest postcode is:- WA44AE.
    Group:- North and Mid Cheshire Ramblers

  4. Dunham 

    Date:- Saturday 10 September 2016
    Start time:- 11am
    Distance:- 4.5 miles
    Difficulty:- Leisurely
    Description:- Join the Trafford Ramblers for a gentle stroll in the grounds of the ancient deer park of Dunham Massey, and alongside the canal.
    Starting point:- Outside Dunham Massey Village Hall, beside the statue (nearest postcode:-WA14 4SJ)
    Group:- Trafford Ramblers

  5. Loughrig Fell

    Date:- Sunday, 11 September 2016
    Start time:- 10:15am
    Distance:- 8 miles
    Difficulty:- Moderate
    Description:- Loughrig Fell may be a small mountain, but this walk offers up spectacular views all the way down to Grassmere.
    Starting point:- White Moss car park and its nearest postcode is:- LA23 1PS.
    Group:- Fylde Ramblers

For those who prefer to walk alone, or lead their own walks, the Ramblers has picked its favourite routes in the North West, available from Ramblers Routes; an online library of Britain's best walks:-

  1. Carlisle, Cumbria

    Length:- 5.5 miles
    Walking time:- 2 hours
    Difficulty:- Easy
    Starting point:- Sands Car Park, Carlisle
    Description:- This is a lovely walk through the beautiful city of Carlisle, with a mix of urban and green walking. You'll head through beautiful parks, along riverside paths and through the city, passing some impressive buildings. This route even treats you to a stretch along Hadrian's Wall, the famous Roman frontier.

  2. Wrenbury, Cheshire
    Length:- 10.2 miles
    Walking time:- 5 hours
    Difficulty: -Moderate
    Starting point:- Wrenbury church, Cheshire (nearest postcode:-CW5 8EY)
    Description:- This route starts in the attractive village of Wrenbury, heading along a lovely stretch of the Llangollen Canal. You'll be treated to glimpses of the Quoisley Meres and enjoy a stunning viewpoint from an impressive sandstone obelisk, which commemorates the first Viscount Combermere.

  3. Heswall Dales and Fields, the Wirral

    Length:- 3.8 miles
    Walking time:- 2 hours
    Difficulty:- Leisurely
    Starting point:- Bank's Road car park, Heswall (nearest postcode:- CH60 9JS)
    Description:- A pleasant walk along the coast and then inland through the ancient woodland and waterfalls of Dungeon Wood. The climb near Oldfield Farm is well worth the effort as you enjoy magnificent views over the River Dee to Wales. The route returns through Heswall Dales to the shoreline.

    The Ramblers' director of walking development, Simon Barnett, said:- "We all know walking can do wonders for our wellbeing, which is why we want to get the nation on its feet with our biggest free walking festival to date. Walking is good for our health and our minds and we want everyone to be able to experience the many benefits and joys it can bring. But we want to encourage people to get more active in advance of the festival, which is why we've introduced our new online tracker, which allows people to log all their walking activity and monitor their progress. It's a great way to build up activity levels, which means that by the time the festival comes around people will be able to step out on a longer walk."

    Designed to suit both the seasoned walker and someone taking their 1st steps, there are lots of badges and rewards for walking regularly, completing long distances and reaching particular milestones. For example it could be for walking every day in a month or completing the equivalent of the length of Hadrian's Wall.

    Anyone can take part by visiting the groups website and starting to log their walking trips; whether short or long, in the Town or the countryside, alone or with friends. Simon added:- "We're hoping the online element of Walk About will encourage people in the North West to walk more so we can create happier, healthier communities. Not only can you collect badges, but there's also a leaderboard, so people can race their friends and family to the top. With a walk to suit everyone, we want the nation to step out with us this September and join us as we Walk About Britain."

    Walk About is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery to help everyone, everywhere enjoy walking. Clara Govier, head of charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said:- "We are delighted that players of People's Postcode Lottery are able to support the Ramblers with their exciting new walking festival, which we know will help thousands of people discover the joys of walking."


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