Friday Walkers enjoy a short break in the Lake District, 16th to 20th July 2018
Eleven members of Chester U3A's Friday Walking Group headed to the Lake District for this year's summer break, staying in HF Holidays Derwent Bank Country House on the edge of Derwentwater. The accommodation, food, weather and walking were all excellent. Three walks were on offer every day, each walk being led by an experienced HF leader. Most of the walks were in and above Borrowdale and the Buttermere Fells, and included Green Gable, Great Gable, Fleetwith Pike, Dale Head, High Spy, Cat Bells, Grasmoor and Barrow. The group hasn't decided yet where to go next year, but this year's break will be a hard act to follow!
Friday Walking Group swelters in Shropshire, 6th July 2018
The Friday Walking Group enjoyed a hot day in Shropshire on 6th July. The walk started in Carding Mill Valley (near Church Stretton, then climbed Ragleth Hill, descended to Little Stretton, climbed to Pole Bank via Ashes Hollow, then returned via Townbrook Valley. Wonderful views of Caer Caradoc, Hope Bowdler, The Long Mynd and the Stiperstones. Dave Atkinson, a member of Chester Songwriters, provided musical entertainment on the top of Ragleth Hill by singing a couple of the many songs he has composed - a welcome interlude before the long climb up Ashes Hollow!
Friday Walking Group's 'Christmas' walk, 1st December 20172017
The Friday Walking Group enjoyed a relatively short walk to the summit of Foel Fenlli on 1st December 2017, and then proceeded to the Plas Hafod Hotel, just outside Gwernymynydd, for a most enjoyable Christmas lunch. Thanks to Dave Atkinson for arranging both the walk and the meal so proficiently, and for this group photo on the summit of Foel Fenlli
Friday Walking Group visits The Wrekin, 3rd November 2017
The Friday Walking Group visited The Wrekin for the first time on 3rd November. The group has driven by The Wrekin on many occasions en route to walks round Church Stretton, but never stopped. Thanks to Mike and Janet for rectifying this omission. The right hand photo, which was taken earlier in the year from the Long Mynd by Dave Atkinson, shows clearly the ridge from Caer Caradoc to The Wrekin. The other photos were taken during the walk by Annie Bellinger.
Friday Walking Group visits Sedbergh, 15th to 18th July 2017
The Friday Walking Group visited Sedbergh this year for their annual holiday, staying at Thorns Hall, HF Holidays house in the town. The weather was hot and sunny, and the walking excellent. High level walks visited the Howgill Fells, the Mallerstang Edge and High Cup Nick. Lower level walks explored the Lune and Eden valleys and the area to the north of Appleby. Many thanks to Tony for co-ordinating such an enjoyable holiday.
Friday Walkers have an energetic walk in the Peak District, 3rd June 2017
This walk was held on a Saturday to avoid the heavy traffic we would have encountered in Macclesfield on a Friday evening. The walk started at the Trentabank Visitor Centre in Macclesfield Forest, steadily climbing through the forest and up Shutlingsloe Hill, then dropping to Clough House before climbing over the moors to the Cat and Fiddle Pub. The return route followed paths and tracks to Forest Chapel (see photo), then down through Macclesfield Forest to the Visitor Centre. A visit to the Peak View Tearoom for tea and cakes capped an excellent days walking! Thanks to Peter Miles for organising a memorable walk.
Friday Walking Group heads for the Brecon Beacons, 26th to 30th September 2016
The Friday Walking Group headed for the Brecon Beacons this year for their annual holiday, staying at HF Holidays house in Brecon. The weather wasn't great, but, after a very wet first day on the Western Fans, the second day, spent amongst the waterfalls to the south of Fforest Fawr, was mainly dry, and the final day, across the Black Mountains and down to Hay-on-Wye, was sunny, with wonderful views. The accommodation, meals and company were excellent. Thanks to Tony for co-ordinating the holiday.
Friday Walking Group heads for Aber Falls, 3rd June 2016
The Friday Walking Group's walk on 3rd June headed south from Abergwyngregyn to Aber Falls (see photo), then headed west along the North Wales Coastal Path, with wonderful views across to Anglesey and Puffin Island. The walk returned along a minor road and paths, finishing with welcome tea and cakes in Abergwyngregyn. Thanks to Tony for a very enjoyable walk.
Friday Walking Group braves icy wind and mist on New Years Day!
A select group from the Friday Walkers celebrated New Year's Day with a walk from Loggerheads. A good start to 2016 – despite the icy wind and mist on top of Moel Famau!
Friday Walking Group. Walk from Llandrillo, 2nd October 2015.
Friday Walking Group's walk on 2nd October started in misty conditions from Llandrillo, a small village between Corwen and Bala. The sun soon broke through as the group headed steeply uphill to Bwlch Maen Gwynedd, the col on the Berwyn ridge between Cadair Bronwen and Cadair Berwyn. A small group headed up to Cadair Berwyn before joining the others as they headed back to Llandrillo, via the Moel Ty Uchaf stone circle. Thanks, Tim, for organising this strenuous walk in such wonderful weather and for arranging tea and cakes afterwards at the Glyndwr Plant Centre.
Friday Walking Group. Walk from Loggerheads, 7th August 2015.
Friday Walking Group's walk on 7th August started from Loggerheads Country Park, then headed along the Alyn Valley to Llanferres before following Offa's Dyke Path to the Clwyd Gate and round Moel Gyw. Then across to Llanarmon-yn-lal, where we stopped for lunch, before heading back via Bryn Alyn (super views) and Big Covert. Thanks to Ian for devising such an interesting and energetic walk. We arrived back at Loggerheads just in time for tea and cakes at Caffi Florence.
Friday Walking Group. Walk from Hayfield, 3rd July 2015.
Friday Walking Group's walk on 3rd July started from Hayfield beneath cloudless skies and headed along the Sett Valley Trail for a short distance. The route then turned north to climb Lantern Pike, then dropped to the A624 before climbing Mill Hill. The walk then skirted Kinder Scout before dropping down William Clough to Kinder Reservoir and then Hayfield, where we visited an excellent tea shop for sustinence before heading home. Thanks to Garry for organising the walk, and for arranging such wonderful weather!
Friday Walking Group walks from Llanddulas, 6th February 2015
Friday Walking Group's walk on 6th February started along the North Wales coast from Llanddulas to Old Colwyn, then followed a stream up through a small park and into the Fairy Glen area. The walk then looped round above Old Colwyn, over a varied mixture of open hillside, woodland and paved paths, partly on the North Wales Path, before descending past impressive cliffs back to a warm welcome at the Valentine Inn, in Llanddulas, where the group enjoyed tea, cakes and strawberry scones. Thanks to Tony for organising such an interesting walk.
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Belated report on Friday Walkers walk in the Peak District, 5th September 2014
Friday Walking Group's September walk started at Standing Stone Car Park on the edge of Macclesfield Forest. The route climbed Shuttlingsloe, dropped to Clough House, climbed again over the moor to the Cat & Fiddle and Shining Tor, then down to Lamaload Reservoir before climbing back to Macclesfield Forest. The weather was excellent and the views were wonderful, but the high spot of the day was the visit to the Peak View Tearoom after the walk to sample their fantastic selection of cakes (see adjacent photo)!
Friday Walkers enjoy their walk from Beddgelert, 1st August 2014
Friday Walkers' walk from Beddgelert on 1st August is listed as one of the top 50 most scenic walks in Britain, having lovely views, legends, history and industrial heritage, and a café half way round! The weather was much better than had been predicted, and the hardy few who attended enjoyed a very good walk on rocky paths, tracks, moorland and pasture.
Friday Walkers find a dry sunny day for their February walk!
In a horrible wet winter, ten members of the Friday Walkers were extremely lucky to have a dry sunny day for their walk on 7th February. The route started from Trevor, near Llangollen, and, after a climb through woodland on the Offa's Dyke Path, we enjoyed superb open views over the Dee valley and Castell Dinas Bran. As the paths continued upwards above Trevor Rocks the views extended to the Llantysilio range and the snow-covered Berwyn mountains. Finally we reached a point above the spectacular Eglwyseg cliffs and began our route back to the pub and a well-deserved afternoon tea.
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Holiday in the Dolomites for Chester U3A's Friday Walking Group
In July 2013 members of Chester U3A's Friday Walking Group travelled to Italy for a walking holiday in the spectacular mountain scenery of the Dolomites. Our comfortable base in the pretty ski resort village of Corvara offered guided or independent walking at grades ranging from (relatively) easy to quite challenging. Other activities enjoyed by members of our group included a more serious Via Ferrata route, guided wildflower walks in the flower-filled Alpine meadows where even non-enthusiasts were impressed by the Ladies Slipper orchids, a couple of firsts for the less-expert birdwatchers in the group (Nutcracker and Ring Ouzel) and watercolour painting days trying to capture it all in paint. Something for everyone in fact – and one of our party even celebrated her birthday with apple strudel at 6000 feet!
Friday Walking Group visits the Ceiriog Valley, 7th June 2013
Chester U3A's Friday Walking Group enjoyed a warm sunny day during their 10 mile walk in the Ceiriog Valley on 7th June. The walk headed north from Llanarmon DC towards the head of the valley, before looping round to return to Llanarmon. The group had a sandwich lunch adjacent to a Memorial to James Darlington, a former manager of Black Park Colliery near Chirk. Thanks to Tony Crane for a most enjoyable walk.
Friday Walkers have a damp holiday in Northumberland, 24-29 September 2012
Chester U3A's Friday Walking Group headed for Wooler for this year's walking holiday. It was very wet and windy for the first couple of days, but the weather improved as the week progressed. We avoided the rain on the first day by visiting Paxton House (just over the border), said to be "one of the finest examples of neo-Palladian architecture in the whole of Scotland". The extra-large chair in the adjacent photo is one of many items of Chippendale furniture in the house. Our three days of walking were in the northern Cheviots, firstly a circuit of the Breamish Valley from Ingram, then a walk from Wooler to Yeavering Bell, and finally a walk from Hethpool to the Scottish border along St Cuthbert's Way.
Thanks to the Tankerville Arms Hotel in Wooler for looking after us so well. Thanks also to Tony Crane for organising the holiday. Northumberland is a wonderful place for a walking holiday - so much to do and so few people!
Friday Walkers have a bracing holiday in Leyburn, 11-16 September 2011
The arrival of 10 members of the Friday Walking Group in Leyburn, on the eastern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, coincided with the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Katia, so the walking over the first couple of days was restricted to low levels, mainly in Wensleydale, and was quite bracing. Later in the week, when the wind had dropped, it was possible to climb higher in beautiful sunny conditions, with wonderful views of Arkengarthdale and Swaledale. Accommodation was in Eastfield Lodge, Collett's only 'Walking Lodge' in the UK, where the group was looked after exceptionally well by Dave and Pol. Many thanks to Phil and Gaye for organising the holiday.
Friday Walkers have an eventful walk on the White Peak, 5th August 2011
The Friday Walking Group set off from the Cat & Fiddle to do a circular walk via Three Shires Head, Knotbury and Axe Edge Moor. All went to plan until just after Knotbury in a fairly remote location, when Sue went over on her ankle and was unable to even hobble. A telephone call to the Emergency Services led to a startling succession of emergency vehicles to deal with Sue's problem. First on the scene was a Community First Responder, followed by a Community Paramedic from Leek. Next to arrive was an East Midlanda Air Ambulance emergency helicopter from Tatenhill Airport (near Burton upon Trent), and finally an ambulance from Macclesfield. Sue's leg was strapped up and she was whisked away to Macclesfield A&E, where her ankle was X-rayed and diagnosed to be a bad sprain. We are very grateful to the emergency personnel who helped us - we were most impressed by their efficiency and professionalism. Click here for a few photos taken by Nicolette during the walk and the 'rescue'. Thanks, Jenny, for an eventful walk!
Friday Walkers off to Moel Eilio, Snowdonia, 1st July 2011
The Friday Walking Group spent a glorious day in Snowdonia on 1st July. Starting in Llanberis, the route ascended Moel Eilio, then followed the ridge over Foel Gron and Foel Goch before looping back to Llanberis. The views were stunning in all directions - north east to the Glyders and Tryfan, south east to Snowdon, and south to the Nantile Ridge. The walk finished with the usual mandatory café stop, this time in the excellent Pete's Eats in Llanberis. Thanks, Paul, for a memorable walk.
First walk of the year in Snowdonia for Friday Walkers, 1st April 2011
18 members of the Friday Walking Group met at the Sychnant Pass car park, 2km to the west of Conwy, on 1st April, and enjoyed a scenic walk in bright windy conditions. The walk headed west across open moorland, traversed the Jubilee Terrace round Foel Lus (above Penmaenmawr), then looped round to return to the start. Many thanks to Pat for planning and leading the walk.
Friday Walkers brave slippery conditions during first walk of 2011
Are they mad? No less than twelve Friday Walkers braved the slippery roads and snowy paths to enjoy a bracing walk over Burwardsley, Bickerton and Bulkeley Hills on 7th January 2011. Nobody fell, nobody crashed, and the toasted teacakes (and other delights) were most welcome as they finished the walk at The Candle Factory. Thanks to Stephen for a great walk. Thanks to Tim and Nicolette for these photos.
Friday Walkers off to Kinder Downfall, 3rd September 2010
Friday Walkers were blessed with a wonderful sunny day on 3rd September. Starting at Hayfield the route headed for Kinder Reservoir, then climbed up William Clough to join the Pennine Way at Ashop Head. The walk then followed the edge of the Kinder Plateau, past Kinder Downfall to Edale Cross, before turning west along Oaken Clough and dropping back via Tunstead Clough Farm to Hayfield. Thanks to Tim and Jenny for organising the walk. Jenny had a senior moment amongst the rocks, but emerged with no more than a few grazes and bruises. A small price to pay for those stunning views!
Damp conditions on Y Garn for Friday Walkers, 6th August 2010!
The Friday Walkers aren't put off by a little rain, or even quite a lot of rain, in fact almost continuous rain, wind, mist .......! These were the conditions on 6th August when an intrepid group ascended the 3100ft peak of Y Garn in Snowdonia and completed a short but fairly strenuous circuit with a descent through the steep, rocky Devil's Kitchen to Llyn Idwal. Judging by the bedraggled but curiously happy faces in the summit photo they even quite enjoyed it! Thanks to Stephen (The Rain King) Trumper for leading us safely in difficult conditions.
Friday Walking Group walks from Llangynog to Pistyll Rhaeadr, 2nd July 2010
This energetic walk, measuring about 13km with about 650m climbing, was led by Tony and Esme. It started at Llangynog and headed north towards the Berwyns before dropping down to a picnic lunch above the waterfall at Pistyll Rhaeadr. The return route included a steep descent towards the Afon Tanat valley, followed by a leisurely walk into Llangynog, where the local pub provided welcome drinks! Click here for a few photos, taken by Helen Holyoak.
Friday Walkers off to Shropshire, 7th May 2010
Friday Walkers walk on 7th May 2010 climbed from Carding Mill Valley (near Church Stretton) to the top of the Long Mynd, before dropping down, along the Post Way and the Shropshire Way, to the tiny village of Ratlinghope. The return trip headed back to the top of the Long Mynd, then took the scenic route, via waterfall and reservoir, down to the Carding Mill Café where tea and cakes provided a welcome finish to the day. Total distance was about 10 miles, with about 1700 feet ascent.
Friday Walkers off to Snowdonia, 2nd April 2010
A little bit and rain and snow can't stop the Friday Walkers! On the 2nd April 2010, we defied the elements - and the over enthusiastic weather forecast - to enjoy a nine mile walk around the hills, lakes and ruins of former leadworks to the west of Llanrwst in the Snowdonia National Park. The rain almost held off, and when it came it was far gentler than forecast. Thanks to Pat Bucknell for devising and leading what was a very enjoyable walk.
Friday Walking Group's New Year Walk, 1 January 2010
The Friday Walking Group had an excellent New Year walk of around 10km on the Cheshire Ridge in cold sunny weather. The walk started at the Sandstone Pub (previously the Coppermine), then proceeded through Harthill and up to Raw Head, then down by Bickerton Church and up to Maiden Castle before looping back to Brown Knowl and an excellent meal at the Sandstone Pub. Click here for photos of the walk.
Friday Walking Group's Christmas Walk, 4 December 2009
The Friday walking group had an excellent walk of around 5 miles in good weather, starting from Llanferres. The walk took them through fields and woodland to a col below Foel Fenlli. From there some went up to the summit, others followed the path round the hill and they all enjoyed lovely views across to a snowy Snowdonia. They met again at the upper Moel Famau car park before making their way back to the Druid Inn for their Christmas lunch. Click here for a few photos, taken by Nicolette.
Friday Walking Group's wet day on The Roaches and Hen Cloud on 2 October 2009
The Met Office got it wrong yet again! The Friday Walking Group didn't expect rain, but they didn't let the damp conditions spoil their enjoyment of this interesting walk along The Roaches, taking in Doxey Pool, Whillans Memorial Hut, Hen Cloud and Lud's Church. Click here for a few photos of the walk. The views could have been better, but tea and cakes after the walk at Blaze Farm didn't disappoint!
Devil's Kitchen to Llyn y Cwn. 4 September 2009
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Caer Caradoc and The Lawley, 3rd July 2009
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Cheshire Ridge in the snow, 6th February 2009
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