- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 19th January
- Welcome to 1997 and a happy new year to everyone. On
Sunday 19 January, we go to Danebridge on the borders of
Staffordshire and Cheshire (Outdoor Leisure Map 24), an
unspoilt area not previously visited by the Club. All
walks are circular, based on the Rose and Crown at Allgreave (973670), where the landlord has generously
agreed to open at the end of the Walks for toilets, tea,
coffee or something stronger. All walks involve some road
walking and a visit to Church. Lud's Church is a cave
steeped in history and legend - find out more on
the day. We leave school at 0800 hrs prompt (toilet stop
en route) and will commence our return journey at 1700
hrs in order to be back in Formby about 1900 hrs. The
cost of travel is £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for
children and students in full-time education.
Please return slips with cheque (not cash) to the school
office on Monday, 13 January, in an envelope marked
"Range Walking Club". please
note that due to school holidays, time for returning
slips is considerably curtailed. Walking boots are
essential for all walks.
We follow the river valley to Danebndge then
climb steadily to Bearstone Rock, walk the Reaches and
circle back to Bearstone then through Gradbach Wood to
Luds Church. The River Dane is crossed at the Mill (now
YHA) and a short road walk leads us back to the Rose and
Distance: 12 miles
- Ascent: 1500'
- Leaders: Meirion Williams and Gordon Spence
We circle Hammerton Knowl to the north then
continue south through Bennets Hill and Winde Grange
farms to Danebridge. A steady ascent takes us to
Bearstone Rock for lunch. Refreshed, we follow the 'A'
walk to Lud's Church and back to the Rose and Crown.
Distance: 10 miles
- Ascent: 1200'
- Leaders: Dave Miles and Rick Tynan
- 'B' Walk
The walk follows a minor road to Gradbach Mill and
continues for a short distance along the River Dane, We
then climb gradually out of the valley until we come to
the Hanging Stone before descending once more to the
riverside and continue to Barley Ford Bridge. For a short
distance we continue along the Gritstone Trail
before cutting off to Wincle Grange and return on the
opposite bank of the river.
- Distance: 9½ miles
- Ascent: 800'
- Leaders: Dave Griffiths and Keith Ellard
- 'C' Walk
From Allgreave we follow the ridge above the River Dane,
dropping down to cross the river at Danebridge. We then
climb gently to the opposite ridge to visit the Hanging
Stone and onwards to a lunch spot before going to Church.
A woodland walk returns us to the river which we re-cross
at Gradbach. A short climb leads to a minor road on which
we return to our starting point. This is a pleasant and
varied stroll on mostly good surfaces with good views
from open land and enjoyable wooded sections. There will
be plenty of time to explore 'Luds' Church' and we should
arrive at our destination with ample opportunity to use
the facilities there.
Distance: 5 miles
- Ascent: 500'
- Leaders: Ginny and Dave Willis