A socially distanced Ramble

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After over 100 days in lockdown the Rambling group finally managed to get out together today, and after all the lovely weather we have had, it absolutely poured down! Walking in groups of six, as per Government guidelines, we kept a social distance and covered the route  of the Warhorse Walk from Ormskirk to Lathom Chapel. After a quick drink break we continued along very muddy paths, across lush overgrown fields to the site of the old Burscough priory where we had a standing up lunch. Suitably refreshed we carried on through the countryside to Ruff Woods and back to the start point at Ormskirk station. 17 people walked and everyone was in a cheerful mood in spite of the weather, as it was good to get out together as a group in spite of the strange configuration we had to adopt. Hopefully this will be the restart of our walking programme but we are mindful that the rules are constantly changing and so will be keeping to local walks as much as possible for the foreseeable future. In spite of the rain it was good to see the gang back together, even if it was 2 metres apart!

Ramble 2nd July

There will be a ramble on 2nd July following all social distancing guidelines. I will be sending out an email to existing members of the rambling group with full details for the walk. If you are a member of the group and have not received an email by Sunday 28th Please email me at pollypaws46@gmail.com .

I look forward to seeing a lot of you next Thursday for a return to the new normality!

Marg Kendall

Possible Ramble 2nd July

I am considering organising a local ramble on 2nd July for existing members of the rambling group only. I am leaving it until this date as the rules regarding groups outside have only just been relaxed, and hope that by July, either,  more people will be able to take part, with appropriate social distancing, or we will have been hit by a second wave and all bets are off!

I have contacted most of the group by email with tentative details, but if you are a regular rambler and have not been contacted, please email me kendall914@btinternet.com to register your interest. At this point there is nothing definite but am keeping fingers crossed we can get back together in the ” new normal”.

Marg Kendall

Walk with a ‘buddy’ ?

If you enjoy walking and would like to find a walking buddy, Group Support are willing to set up a What’s App group so members can find a walking  partner/sThe Nordic

Walking Group have this week successfully started this and couples are going out walking keeping to the social distancing rules.

If you do not have access to What’s App if you email me I am willing to try and find you a walking partner🤞 My email address is mnmck21@aol.com or my telephone number is 07900525222 if you want to send me a text

Walking is a great way to keep fit and it is so much more enjoyable doing it with someone else

Hike to the Pike


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25 of us had a great ramble today in the countryside around Rivington Pike. The weather was beautiful. After the early morning frost, the sun came out and we walked under a clear blue sky and no wind. We set off from Great House Barn and followed the tracks across Breres meadows. The leaders had chosen a lower route than the ascent to the pike, due to the volume of high winds we have recently had, which would have made the higher route dangerous. We were joined by another walker as we strolled through the woods who then gave us a very comprehensive history of the Castle, which is in fact a Folly, and was constructed as a ruin, and also the history of the reservoir. The land still belongs to the Leverhulme family, owners of Port Sunlight on the Wirral. Continue reading

Ramble breaks a record


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On a bright crisp Thursday morning in February we met at the allocated point on the pub car park ready to undertake a ramble. The first couple of cars arrived early, followed by more, and more….and then more! Until finally everyone was assembled and the head count revealed a whopping 27 people! Certainly a record for our ramble group. Maybe it was the gorgeous spring sunshine that made people venture out, or maybe the chance to walk around Lunt meadows, which was a new venture for some people. Anyway, whatever the reason, everyone was ready for a wander through our local nature reserve. Continue reading

February Ramble

The next ramble will be on Thursday 6th February. This will be a 6 mile ramble around Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve. Please meet at Ego at the Punchbowl (L29 7WA) to leave at 9:45. Please park at the end nearest to the field. Having done a further recce I have amended the route to try to avoid as much mud as possible, but please wear suitable footwear anyway. No need to book…just turn up suitably clothed with good footwear. We will have a meal in the pub at the end of the walk. Contact Margaret Kendall 07810 730936 if you need more details.

Ramblers – 2020 Program

Date           Walk Location
2nd Jan     Ship to ship: Haskayne to Lathom
6th Feb      Lunt Meadows
5th Mar      Reeler’s trail Blackburn
2nd Apr     Overton Sandstone trail
7Th May    Moel Fenlli
4th Jun      Simons seat Bolton abbey
2nd Jul      Rivington Pike
6th Aug     Hebden bridge
3rd Sep     North Wales
1st Oct      Warhorse walk Ormskirk
5th Nov     Calderstones Park
3rd Dec     Local walk and Xmas meal tba

January Ramble: Ship to Ship

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11 Ramblers completed the first walk of the New Year today. Setting off from the Ship Inn at Haskayne, we completed an 8 mile walk along the banks of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. In spite of the recent rain the towpath was passable with no dense muddy sections. The first part of the walk was quiet with no passing barges or fellow walkers on the canal bank. Our first prospective coffee stop at Scarisbrick Marina was aborted as it was closed! Our next attempt was equally fruitless as the next pub we got to was also still shut! However it was 3rd time lucky and we managed to find the Heaton’s Bridge open, much to the horror of the landlady, who clearly had not expected a group of 11 coming through the door as soon as she opened up. Continue reading

December Ramble

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15 Ramblers and 5 Easy walkers joined together today for a roam around 2 of the parks in the south of the city. Alighting at St Michaels station we walked to the perimeter of Sefton Park and meandered along its wide pathways. Passing by the fountains, band stand and fairy glen we took a detour into the Palm House. This was set up for Christmas celebrations and looked splendid. The guide showed several of the group the donation book which included the donation made by the late George Harrison to help return the building back to its former glory in 2002.  Continue reading