Walks Programme for 2016/2017

Denise Davies is the walks co-ordinator (telephone 01606 330480 or 07932 150516).


Denise has distributed a list of the walking dates for each member giving the contact details of the walk leaders.  Will leaders please advise Denise if these details are incorrect and more lists can be obtained from Denise.  


At least three weeks before the date of the walk, the leader should provide details of the walk to Jean Pritchett (Webmaster@davenhamramblers.co.uk) or telephone 01606 76055 so that full information can be publicised on the Web-site and in the Guardian.  Leaders should also pin notices for the walk on the notice boards at the Bulls Head, the Village Notice Board and the Spar Shop in Davenham. 


Where We Went in 2016

Sunday 3rd January            Bostock and the River Weaver.   

Wednesday 6th April           Appleton Reservoir,  Higher Walton.   

Sunday 10th April                Parkgate and Little Neston    

Monday  18th April              Middlewich Rivers and Canals    

Sunday  24th April               Audlem/Hankelow  

Wednesday  4th May           Waterways of Marston and Wincham.   

Sunday  8th May                  Helsby and Frodsham Hill      

Monday  16th May               Crowton and Acton Bridge    

Saturday 21st May               Llandudo and the North Wales Coastal Path.  

Wednesday  1st June          Davenham and Rudheath.   

Sunday   5th June                Annual Day Trip by Coach to the Ironbridge Gorge  

Monday  13th June               Mobberley     

Sunday  19th June               Acton, Nantwich  

Wednesday  29th June         Frodsham Marshes

Sunday  3rd July                   Plumley Area    

Monday  11th July                 Bulkeley Hill   

Saturday  16th July               Weekend Walking around Bakewell       

Wednesday  27th July           Snidley Moor and Woodhouse Hill     

Sunday  31st July                  Dunham Massey and the Bridgewater Canal  

Monday  8th August              Treasure Hunt around Lower Peover.  

Sunday  14th August             Sponsored Walk  From Great Budworth          

Wednesday  24th August      Marston and Ashton Flashes.    

Sunday  28th August             Dyserth Waterfall and Offas Dyke  

Sunday  11th September       Daisy Nook and Hartshead Pike.   

Sunday  25th September       Alderley Edge and Hare Hill.   

Sunday  9th October              Sandbach and Hassall Green      

Sunday  23rd October            Lower Higham and Lymefield  

Sunday 6th November           Petty Pool Woods and Whitegate Way. 

Sunday  20th November        Delamere Forest    

Saturday 3rd December         Kelsall to Northwich

Sunday 18th December         Vale Royal and River Weaver

Sunday  15th January 2017   Bostock Moulton and River Weaver

Sunday  29th January 2017   Shropshire Union Canal and Chester


Walking Dates for Walking Season starting April 2017.


 Monday evening 3rd April 2017      Leaders:  Fiona and Pete Baker. 

Location:   Goostrey Village Walk. 


Sunday 9th April 2017      Leader:  Denise Davies. 

Location:  Hare Hill and Alderley Edge.


Wednesday evening  19th April 2017    Leaders:  Cath and John Freeman.

Location:   Waterways between Anderton and Barnton.


Sunday 23rd April 2017     Leaders:  Dave Capper, John Beech and Evelyn Hewitt..

Location:  Bickerton and the Sandstone Trail. 


Wednesday evening 3rd May 2017     Leaders:  Ruth Garner and Jim Dakin.

Location:  Sandiway Woods.


Sunday 7th May 2017     Leaders:  Dave and Andy Ryder. 

Location:  Llangollen.   


Monday evening 15th May 2017   Leader:  Gill Horne.

Location:  Mouldsworth.


Sunday 21st May 2017      Leaders:  Cath and John Freeman.

Location:  Hilbre Island,  Dee Estuary. 


Wednesday evening 31st May 2017     Leaders:  Julie Farrow and Jean Pritchett.

LocationHale and The Mersey Way.


Sunday 4th June 2017      Leaders:  Cath and John Freeman.

Location:  Cilcain and Moel Famau.


Monday evening 12th June 2017   Leaders:  Evelyn Hewitt and John Beech.

Location:  Overton, Frodsham.


Saturday-Sunday    16th-17th June 2017  Leader:  Alan Briers.

Location:  Weekend away to Bewdley (Severn Valley)


Wednesday evening  28th June 2017    Leader:  John Freeman.

Location:  Hartford, River Weaver and Vale Royal Whitegate. 


Sunday 2nd July 2017     Leaders:  Mike and Sue Beresford.

Location:  Nant y Ffrith, Llanfynydd.


Monday evening    10th July 2017  

Treasure Hunt arranged by Ron McLaverty and Jenny Kennerley.

Location:  Lymm


Sunday 16th July 2017    Leader:  Mike Holmes.

Location:  Timbersbrook and The Cloud.


Wednesday evening  26th July 2017     Leader:  Colin Bond. 

Location:  Redesmere and Capesthorne.

This is a four mile walk following foopaths and tracks with a number of stiles, several field crossings (longish grass) and will pass along the side of the lakes at Capesthorne Hall, returning along the edge of Redesmere and the sailing club.  All is fairly level.  Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead where there are animals.

Car share will start from the  Bulls Head at Davenham at 6 p.m.  but the walk will start at 6.45 p.m. from the car park at the southern end of Redesmere Lake in Redesmere Lane near Siddington (post code might be SK11 9PR but this might not be reliable - OS reference is SJ849713). 


Directions from Davenham: Through Middlewich and Holmes Chapel take the A535 towards Chelford.  Turn right by Jodrell Bank through Lower Withington and follow the road to the junction with the A34.  Turn left on the A34 and then 2nd right into Fanshawe/Redesmere Lane.  Car park is about 200 yards on the left. 

Alternative route from other areas:  Take the A537 towards Macclesfield and turn right onto the A34 signposted Capesthorne Hall and then turn left at the southern end of Redesmere Lake into Fanshawe/Redesmere Lane to the same car park about 200 yards on the left. 



Sunday  30th July 2017    Leader:  Jean Pritchett (change of leader)

Location:  Sale, Manchester - a country walk in an urban area.

This is an eight mile easy walk with no stiles, cows or hills.  It includes the lakes of Trafford and Chorlton Water Parks, a couple of nature reserves, the banks of the River Mersey, part of the Trans Pennine Trail and a visit to the Manchester Southern Cemetery with the graves of Sir Matt Busby and L.S. Lowry. 

Walkers should bring a packed lunch and a drink.  New members and dogs are welcome but dogs must remain on leads where there are roads or in the Cemetery.

Meet at the base of the Motorway steps, in the car park at Trafford Watersports Centre, Rifle Road, Sale, M33 2LX at 11.a.m.  There will not be  car share from Davenham.  Easiest way to the start is via the M56 and then M60 towards Stretford but leave the M60 at junction 6 which is at the entrance to the Watersports centre.   



Monday evening  7th August 2017   Leaders:  Mike and Sue Beresford.

Location:  Crowton, North Cheshire Way.

This is a four mile walk along lanes and field paths and will be partly alongside the River Weaver where there is long grass. Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead where there are animals.

The walk will start at 6.30 p.m. at the far end of Ainsworth Lane.  This road starts opposite the Hare and Hounds pub in the centre of Crowton CW8 2RN (so turn right into AInsworth Lane if you are coming from Acton Bridge). 

Please note that there will not be a car share from the Bulls Head. 

Telephone Mike Beresford on 01606 41787 or 07443423511 for more information. 


Sunday 13th August 2017     Day Trip by Coach

Leaders: Julie, Hayley, Jean and Ray.

Location:  The Ribble Valley including Hurst Green, Stonyhurst, The Three Rivers Walk and Clitheroe. 

Our main walk will be The Three Rivers Walk.  This is a walk of about 8 miles and will follow good tracks and paths from Hurst Green  through the grounds of Stonyhurst College and down several steps through the woods to the River Hodder and will follow the  river to Cromwell's Bridge.  The walk then follows the Ribble Way following the banks of the River Ribble to the juntio with the River Calder at the Jacobean manor house of Hacking Hall before returning up hill to Hurst Green.  Walking is relatively easy with no major hazards although there are several stiles.  There are superb views together with interesting bird life along the rivers..  Walkers should bring a packed lunch and a drink. 


A shorter walk will include the River Ribble and the farm trails round Hurst Green and will also include a private escorted tour of Stonyhurst College.  This is a magnificent building dating back to 1372 and is of historical and architectural interest and is not normally open to the public.  During the Reformation many of the inhabitants were martyred and in later years the buildings were used to accommodate Cromwell's army but Stonyhurst is now a major public school.   The buildings hold the largest collection of relics in Britain and the tour will include the museum, the traditional Hogwart's classrooms, other older and newer parts of the buildings and the spectacular gardens. Reservations for this tour must be confirmed before 4th August and the tour will also be available for members who are not walkers.  Unfortunately there will not be sufficient time for walkers on the Three RIvers Walk to take part in this visit. 


In mid afternoon the coach will take us to Clitheroe which is the major market town of the Ribble Valley and is overlooked by an imposing castle with expansive gardens.  For members interested in real ale there is also the Bowland Brewery.


In early evening we have arranged a three course meal at Mytton Fold Golf and Country Club near Whalley. See separate page for meal choices. 


The coach will pick us members outside The Bulls Head in Davenham at 9.30 a.m. and we expect to return by 9.30 p.m. 


Reservations and meal choices must be made to Julie Farrow (01606 784393) or Jean Pritchett (01606 76055) before 4rd August with cheques payable to Davenham Rambling Society.  Price per person is £30 including the cost of the meal and coach fare.  The conducted tour of Stonyhurst is free but donations to Stonyhurst Enterprises would be appreciated. 


Walkers, non-walkers and non-members will be welcome but no dogs please.  



Wednesday evening    23rd August 2017    Leader:  Paul Everatt.


Sunday   27th August 2017    Leader:  Denise Davies

Sponsored Walk on behalf of The Samaritans. 

Location:  Higher Burwardsley.  CH3 9PF. 

This will be a walk in a figure of 8 but in two sections both starting from The Candle Factory at Higher Burwardsley, CH3 9PF.

The first section will start at 10.30 a.m. and will be 5.5 miles.  This will be quite a challenging walk taking in Bulkley Hill and Rawhead.

The second section will start at 1.30 p.m. and will also be 5.5 miles but will be a gentler walk taking in Beeston and the surrounding flat areas but will return through the Peckforton estate up a gradual hill. 

Please note that walkers should use their own transport as a mini-bus will not be provided.  Denise can give more information and will also provide Sponsorship forms. 



Sunday 10th September 2017     Leader:  Ray Jones.


Sunday 24th September 2017     Leader:  Paul Everatt (change of Leader).


Sunday 8th October 2017     Leaders:  Fiona and Pete Baker.


Sunday  22nd October 2017   Leaders:  Evelyn Hewitt, John Beech and Dave Capper. 

Location: Linear Walk between Weaverham and Northwich. 

This will be a level walk of 8.5 miles following canal banks and footpaths.  Walkers should bring a packed lunch but stops will be made at various hostelries en route including the Legh Arms, the Stanley Arms and the Salt Barge.  New walkers and dogs are welcome.

The walk will start at Lakehouse field, Withers Lane, Weaverham and will travel via Acton Bridge, Marbury and Wincham ending at The Salty Dog or Penny Black in Northwich.

As this is a linear walk, the walk leaders will be arriving at the start by bus, travelling on the 11.28 a..m. from Northwich to start the walk at 11.45.  Other walkers could catch the same bus that also stops at Greenbank and Bradburns Lane.  At the end of the walk, the last bus to Weaverham leaves Northwich at 17.28 p.m.

Our leader Dave says that this could be a staggeringly good walk!



Sunday 5th November 2017   Leaders:  Mike and Sue Beresford


Sunday 19th November 2017    Leaders:  Gill Horne and Denise Davies.