Why You Should Join Our Club

We are a friendly Cheshire walking club (part of the Ramblers) based in Congleton covering the local towns of Sandbach, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel, Alsager, Wheelock and Goostrey.

We are privileged to live in a wonderful country with outstanding beauty on our doorstep. Many people simply do not realise the variety of landscapes that we have here in the UK, all of which are stunning and the envy of other countries.
 
Based in Congleton we are fortunate to be able to walk in many different and varied places  either from our weekly day trips or our weekends away where we journey further afield. Places like the Peak District, Shropshire, Wales, Yorkshire and the Lake District are all venues that the club goes to in one form or another.
 
There is nothing like going for a walk in the countryside to blow away the cobwebs and leave you invigorated for the rest of the week.
 
Walking in a group is a good way to meet other people and talk. However, it is also worth highlighting that you can also find your own space so there is always quiet time to think if you want that too.

If you already walk on your own or in a small group - how about joining a club?
As well as meeting new people, you might see some new walks that you were not aware of.  Plus you could share your walks with others by leading a walk yourself.

We do not have huge numbers on each walk so there is normally no major issue with long queues waiting to cross stiles etc.

What is there to lose? .... Give it a try.
 
About the photographs
The main top photograph is of Parkhouse Hill, taken from the top of Chrome Hill, 2 distinctive hills in the peak district near Longnor - and yes we do walk up and down them!

The side picture is of the Three Shires Head where Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet and shows the ancient packhorse bridge. This was supposed to be a meeting point for smugglers as the many routes allowed for a quick escape from the authorities!

These just give you an idea of where you could find yourself if you come on a walk with the club. There are many other fantastic scenes out there for you to discover - see the Picture-Gallery page for some more photographs of our walks.

How fit do I need to be?

We offer a typical range of walks from 4 to 16 miles.  A general level of fitness is required. However, you will be surprised how the miles will simply go by on a day and you may look back in amazement at the distance you have covered at the end of the day. 

Who is welcome?

We welcome everyone!  -Walking is a great activity and there is no reason to be put off if you are young, old, (or in between), on your own or with a friend or partner. We are a friendly bunch and will do our best to make you feel welcome.

What characteristics do I need?

Just a sense of adventure and some humour - We walk in all seasons and nearly all weathers!

Equipment?

A suitable pair of walking boots/shoes, some clothes to keep you dry/warm, a rucksack and a packed lunch is all that you should need to get you started.

 Where do I .... go to the toilet?

This is a common question from new people - Sometimes there will be facilities but other times not. However, as we are in the great outdoors there is always a place to go and while it may be strange at first it really is not a big deal.