Below is a write up of some of the previous walks. They are a personal write-up (by the website owner or otherwise the author initials are indicated at the end) and do not necessarily reflect the club as a whole.
Those members willing to do a walk report can find a template they could use in our Resources section.
Congleton Ramblers: Whitby weekend, 16–19th October 2020
Twenty four members of the Congleton Ramblers went to Whitby from 16-19 th October and stayed at Saxonville Hotel, a family run business in the heart of Whitby. Previously delayed since March due to Covid19 restrictions, the weekend had the approval of the Ramblers Association and the hotel had adhered to all the social distancing rules. All the walkers had been issued with the Ramblers Association badge for easy identification as legitimate group walkers and social distancing of 2 metres was adhered to, as well as using hand sanitiser when in contact with stiles or gates was advised.
Saturday 17th October
Walk One Staithes to Whitby: Fifteen ramblers travelled on a local bus from Whitby to Staithes and then walked back along the coast to Whitby taking in part of the Cleveland Way. Staithes is the home of Captain Cook, Royal Navy captain and explorer. The walkers encountered steep cliffs at Saltburn-by-the-sea, Runswick Bay and secluded bays and paths along the coastline which were busy with other walkers, family groups and dog walkers. As the group approached Whitby, the monumental outline of the abbey ruins came into view and the 12 mile walk ended at the harbour walls and the fishing boats. (RH)
Walk two a circular walk from Whitby: A medium group walk of 7.5 miles started at the bottom of the 199 steps that climb to St. Mary’s Church and the magnificent and iconic ruin of Whitby Abbey, the former home of the Benedictine monks. The walk continued along the coastal path towards Saltwick Bay where the ramblers spent a leisurely 25 minutes taking a coffee break. Sadly, the famous Whitby Jet gemstones were nowhere to be found! The group continued towards the lighthouse where they turned right, traversing farm tracks, fields and quiet country lanes towards Whitby viaduct and the Cinder Track leading back to the 199 steps. The weather was warm although muddy underfoot. (SC)
Sunday 18th October
Walks one and two: Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay
Both walks started out along the Cleveland Way on a wet and drizzly morning, heading towards Hawsker and the lighthouse. Ramblers walked the seven miles to Robin Hood’s Bay, the route was wet and muddy but finally they all had a well deserved break at one of many tea rooms in the village. A group of 8 ramblers returned back to Whitby by bus whilst five returned on foot along the Cinder Track, which is a disused railway line path between Whitby and Scarborough. They arrived back to Whitby having completed 16 miles in total. (TM)
Congleton Ramblers – Dunster weekend 29th March to 1st April 2019
A group of 34 from Congleton Ramblers recently visited Exmoor for a 3 night walking holiday staying in the medieval village of Dunster, within Exmoor National Park and stayed at the Yarn Market Hotel. The break included the option of both a long and shorter walk each day. The group were entertained on one evening with a magic show given by Malcolm the Magician, who also performed some table magic whilst the group enjoyed a 3 course meal.
Friday 29th March: Historic Dunster, 6 miles - Friday 29th March 2019
The walk was lead from the hotel, through the village and onto Castle Hill, crossing the River Avil using Gallox Bridge – a medieval pack horse bridge. Once used by the Dunsford villagers to sail their small boats into Bristol Channel! The country route trekked through Dunster deer park, Gallox Wood and Bat’s Castle which is an old iron-age settlement which might have been occupied by Romans. The return trek lead through Avill valley with Dunster Castle on the hillside and wild ponies and deer roaming the moorland. The ramblers finished walking to the village, to the familiar sights of Tithe Barn, Dovecote and St. George’s Church.
Walk one – Coastal Path 11.5 miles - Saturday March 30th 2019
The ramblers set out on a leg of the South West coast path from the edge of Porlock Marsh in thick cloud and mist before climbing to Hurlston Point. At this point the sun came out for a glorious day’s walking, up to Bossington Hill and along the cliff top, descending via North Hill. The ramblers ended their walk with a well earned ice cream and coffee in Minehead.
Walk Two: Dunkery Beacon 10.5 miles - Saturday March 30th 2019
This walk was broadly based on climbing to Dunkery Beacon at 1702ft (519mtrs) the highest point on this part of Exmoor. The ramblers drove to Webbers Post and parked in the large free car park. The walk starts by gently climbing on a path up through woodland then heather moorland to the Beacon. From there the trek went westwards to Exford Common before heading around and down to Horner Woods. The walkers then crossed the the river (Horner Water) before heading up a short steep path back to Webbers Post. Once the morning mist cleared there were fine views northwards to the North Devon Coast and southwards to Exmoor. The overall ascent was 2080ft.
Walk Three: Saturday and Sunday March 30 & 31st 2019 – TITLE: Woodlands, Wagtails and Wild Garlic
Walking group leader, Liz who runs Moor Wild Experiences, was honoured to show the Congleton Ramblers the joys of exploring Exmoor. From the heights of Bossington Hill overlooking Porlock Marsh to the 360 views of the Dunster estate, Liz explained all the spring edibles, wildlife and the extensive hidden history of the land. As a treat, the chef spruced up wild garlic pesto for a tasty starter in the eve. With steep climbs, undulating paths and rewarding flat ridges, the ramblers did exceptionally well covering over 12 miles and over 3000ft of ascent across the Exmoor terrain! The Ramblers were Liz's first largest group to lead of 2019 and one to remember!
Sunday 3rd February 2019 - Hulme End
We could not have had a better day, blue skies, sunshine, snow on the ground, and virtually no wind. The walk started from the old station at Hulme End, and the first bit was a climb up Ecton Hill, we followed the old leat contouring round the hillside , past the outdoor centre and up past the old engine house, before dropping down to Wetton Mill for elevenses.The frozen ground and snow, made the valley walk onwards to Butterton mud free for once , Butterton is one of the few doubly thankful villages , with the plaque stating that all servicemen returned from both first and second world wars. Return to Hulme End was via the summit of Revidge, with good views of the surrounding snow covered hills, the Brund and the Manifold valley. Just time for some quick refreshment at the Manifold Inn. We were down on numbers, only four, the others missed a super day.
Sunday 27th January 2019 - Rowsley Circular via Bakewell
16 walkers took part in this 11 mile walk. The route took the group via Carlton Lees and past some of Chatsworth’s holiday cottages. The walkers then had a brief refreshment stop before heading along a cold and breezy hillside towards Bakewell. The group descended into Bakewell via a steep woodland path and the golf course. In Bakewell the cricket pavilion provided the group with benches and a shelter for a lunch stop before the return leg to Rowsley. The walkers crossed fields, reaching a disused quarry that is now designated as a bird sanctuary. They then headed steadily uphill to Stanton-in-Peak where they turned back towards Rowsley.
Sunday 27th January 2019 - Bollington
Last Sunday 15 walkers set of from Bollington recreation ground for a short afternoon walk. It was a bright but cold day so the ramblers set of quickly through the the park,then along the main Street till the Drop in Centre. Opposite this community center the road was crossed and the start of the climb, up Beeston Brow, then Green Lane. At the top wonderful views of the surrounding countryside could be seen in all directions . The path continued over a few fields before coming to a minor road. The route now was mostly downhill passing close to a couple of houses before emerging onto Holehouse Lane, close to the canal. A short refreshment break was had, with some sheltering in the lee of the bridge from the cold wind. After a few minutes the walkers were off again passing the Windmill pub before crossing a style and heading towards the Middlewood Way. A short section of this disused railway line was walked before another style was climbed. The route was now along the side of a field were there were 2 horses and a tiny Shetland pony. The walk continued along the tow path till the majestic Clarence mill, then down a tack back into the park where the walk started.