Hilbre Island 17/04/2024

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Judith wrote:

Today both Stramblers groups went to West Kirby to walk to Hilbre Island. It was a great day, dry but quite windy. No rain, thank goodness! We our had lunch on the island. At the end of the walk 11 walkers walked around the Marine Lake, while the others dispersed, some going straight home, others going for lunch.
Thank you Anne for arranging our lovely day out, Judith.

Chester Walls and Water 28/03/2024

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Fifteen Stramblers took the train to Chester. We walked into the City Centre to Bath Street and the City’s historic Public Baths, housing not just one but two Victorian Swimming Pools and have been at the heart of Chester’s community for well over 100 years. Leaving Bath street, we turned into Forgate Street and saw the Grade II listed Parkers Buildings flats built in 1889 for the first Duke of Westminster. We then Continue reading

Pier Head to Aigburth 22/02/2024

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Despite the heavy rain and train delays, sixteen Stramblers met at the Pier Head. It wouldn’t have surprised me if the walk had been cancelled, but we set off with brollies up and fingers crossed. One good thing was that the wind was very light and behind us. We headed south past the Museum, Albert Dock, the M&S Arena and the Queen’s Continue reading

Eastham/Willaston 31/08/2023

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Eighteen Stramblers took the train to Eastham Rake Station and (after we found our way out of the station) made our way to Lowfields Avenue. The avenue led us past a wood until we reached a footpath. A fallen tree blocked our way but we managed to get round it and duck under another one before the path took us through a tunnel Continue reading

Stramblers walk near Chorley

A group of sixteen Stramblers met at Yarrow Valley Country Park Visitor Centre on 27th July looking forward to a pleasant walk around the area. The weather forecast indicated that after some initial rain it would brighten up. The walk started from the car park where we noticed an interesting face carved on one of the nearby trees.
Anne outlined a little of the history of the valley, which was a large, industrialised area in the 18th century and beyond. It was a centre for bleaching, dyeing, calico printing and mining. Richard Arkwright developed the water spinning frame later named after him and formed part of the start of the Industrial Revolution. Arkwright’s frame made many of the local workers redundant and he eventually had to move away because of local hostility. Continue reading