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Roy's Roams
Friends Walking Group
Roy the Leader

Our Current Itinerary

Following my surgery and recouperation I am now getting back out walking though only modestly but it does mean that Roy's Roams can resume in earnest. However, whilst winter lasts all walks will be entirely weather dependant to try and avoid the worst of the muddy fields, gales and blizzards. So if you are in any doubt as to whether any walk can go ahead due to the conditions please telephone the leader in good time first. Bear in mind that at five to eleven in remote places there may not be a mobile phone signal.

Sunday 18th March – Postponed.
I have decided to postpone my Baildon Hill Walk this Sunday as I do not want to be out on the hills coping with another Beast from the East!
Snow or no snow its going to be dull and cold and that is not the sort of weather I can now enjoy.
I have rescheduled Baildon Hill for Sunday 6th May. Hopefully it will be warmer by then?
Sorry about this but I am sure most Roamers will understand and agree.

Sunday 25th March 2018 – There will be no walk on this date but remember that the clocks go on an hour for BST.

Easter Sunday 1st April 2018; 11:00am - Clapper Bridges & Dark Tunnels.
All day moderate Yorkshire Dales walk starting from Clapham village using field, green lanes and rocky paths with some minor road walking, crossing fields to Austwick and onto Wharfe via green lanes to the ancient clapper bridge at Wash Dub (lunch) then returning via Nappa Scar and the Norber Erratics to emerge from dark tunnels into Clapham. 7.5 miles. Pub after. Leader Stephen – 01204 395901 or mob on day 07761 453349.
Park at National Park car park in Clapham (£4.50 all day). NGR:SD746692 – postcode LA2 8EQ – Lat&Long 54.118N,2.390W (N54°07'07” W2°23'22”). 11.00am start.

Sunday 8th April 2018; 11:00am - Bingley Alps.
Moderate field, woodland, hill and lanes walk to Harden, St Ives Country Park, Lady Blantyre's Rock and the Druids Altar. Interesting and varied route culminating in aerial views over Bingley and Keighley. 7 miles, pub call afterwards. Leader - Roy 01254 395021 or mobile on the day 07550 083780.
Meet on Keighley Road car park at Harden. A629 to Keighley and at second roundabout take third exit through town centre. Go past railway station and Sainsburys then fork left by some tall flats onto Coney Lane. Under railway bridge follow main road (Park Lane becomes Long Lee Lane) watching for right fork to Harden. Car park is on the right on the moor. NGR SE082391, (N53°50'53” W1°52'35”) nearby SatNav post code BD16 1BP.

Thursday 19th April 2018 7:30 for 8pm – 25th Pub Night at the Grey Mare (7th Year), Belthorn near Blackburn.
(M65 Junction 5, two miles on the Grane Road and 1 mile after Pack Horse, satnav post code BB12PG).
Social get together for a meal and a pint at inexpensive levels. For menu please look at the website Although there is no need to pre-order please note that it is still vital to book for this event, contact Barbara on 01257 368929 or 07502 094442 or by email. Closing date is 6pm on the Monday before (16th).

Sunday 6th May 2018; 11:00am – Baildon Hill.
Relatively easy heathland, lanes and woodland walk over Baildon Hill to Shipley Glen and Gill Beck. 360 degree panorama followed by varied rural scenes. 6.5 miles, pub call afterwards.
Leader - Roy 01254 395021 or mobile on the day 07550 083780.
Meet on Hawksworth Road (B6151) car park on the moor just outside Baildon. A650 through Bingley keeping left at Shipley through Saltaire following signs for Leeds (A657), then turn left onto A6038 signed Otley and Baildon. Keep left at lights by KFC onto B6151 through Baildon (signed Shipley Glen) but keep straight on through town centre roundabout up the hill out of town and shortly after last houses car park is on right. NGR SE153404, (N53°51'36” W1°46'04”) nearby SatNav post code BD17 6BQ.
Sounds complicated and far but its only an hours drive.

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2018
Roy's Roams Spring Weekend in East Anglesey.

Things are shaping up now. I originally mentioned Beaumaris as a focal centre but this has changed.
We shall now be based upon the two villages of Moelfre and Benllech near Red Wharf Bay on the east coast of the island.
Alan and Kathy will be organising and leading three walks.
I will be staying in the Ty Dderw Country Inn, LL72 8HB. Seven members who have kept closely in touch about this weekend have already also taken rooms in Ty Dderw and it now seems to be full (subject to cancellations).
Two members have secured a room in a bed and breakfast next door Bryn Awelon. There are other hotels, guest houses and cottages in the vicinity but some eg. Sea View at Benllech, are already booked up.
If getting somewhere in the immediate area does prove difficult its worth remembering that the following places are close by. Pentraeth 6 miles, Amlwch 6 miles, Menai Bridge 11 miles, Cemaes Bay 11 miles, Beaumaris 12 miles and Caernarfon 19 miles.
Therefore, if you want to join us on the weekend you will need to find and book your accomodation as soon as possible and let me know where you are.
Alan and Kathy will be at Plas Uchaf camp site, LL74 8NU.
They are going over during March to plan the walks and I'm going over at the end of March to plan the pubs!!
So all the details will be sent out shortly before the actual weekend to those members who let me know they are coming.
I hope everything here is clear but if not please ask me any questions.

Sunday 27th May; 11:00am - Chinley Charms
All day moderate Peak District walk starting from the village of Chapel Milton off the A624, approx. 8 miles south of Glossop. An interesting walk on little used paths to the summit of South Head (or round it, if you prefer – meeting back up on the other side) calling at Breckend, Andrew’s Farm, South Head, Roych Clough (lunch), Bagshaw, Bowden Hall, Wash and finishing in Chapel Milton itself with its two massive railway viaducts.
8.5 miles, pub at end. Leader Stephen - 01204 395901 or mobile on the day 07761 453349. Park on the ‘Wash’ road opposite Chinley Independent Chapel. NGR SK055820, Lat&Long 53.335N, 1.918W (N53°20'06” W1°55'05”), postcode SK23 0QN. Head south from Glossop on A624 passing through Hayfield. Turn left at t-junction under railway bridge, still continuing on A624. On reaching next railway bridges both together, turn under the left one (signposted to ‘Wash’ only) park in lay-by on left opposite the chapel. 11.00am start.

Sunday, on a date to be decided; 11:00am - Combing Round the Bend.
Moderate field, hill and lanes walk to Round the Bend and then along Combs Edge. Some of England's finest green hill and valley scenery overlooking Errwood and Fernilee Reservoirs, Combs Reservoir and Buxton. 8.0 miles, pub call en-route(the Bee Hive Inn, Combs village).
Meet on Combs Reservoir car park off the B5470 Chapel Road. A6 to Whaley Bridge and through town centre. Turn left at traffic lights for 3 miles then turn right just before reservoir down lane into car park. NGR SK033797, (N53°18'54” W1°57'03”), nearby SatNav post code SK23 9UN.

A New Innovation.

Some walks may now have a "Quiet Mile" designated by the leader.
This is where from a declared time or point on the walk no one should speak until the end of that mile or period (normally 20 minutes). That means no conversations save for essential comments of guidance or safety. It gives time for increased awareness of what is being seen, heard, smelt and felt and therefore a heightened appreciation of the countryside experience. Off course this may seem weird at first but when you become attuned to it and realise its value great pleasure and spiritual renewal should ensue.

Volunteers to lead walks are always welcome and should contact me. The walks will be arranged ad-hoc week to week depending on the weather forecast. For information contact myself on 01254 395021 or mobile 07550 083780.

Wetherspoon Curry Club : approx £5.49 incl drink

Chicken Korma - very mild
Tandoori Chicken Skewers - mild
Chicken Tikka Masala - mild
Lamb Rogan Josh - mild
Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Spinach in Coconut Sauce - mild (Veg)
Indian Sharer (Bhajis & Samosas) - medium (Veg)
Chicken Balti - medium
Beef Madras - hot
Chicken Jalfrezi - hot
Chicken Vindaloo - very hot

Photo Library

Great Gable pic

Brendan on Reston Scar pic

Roamers at Airton Bridge pic Roamers at Grindleton pic

Roamers on the Colvend Coast pic Roamers on Criffel pic

Roamers at Anglesey pic Roamers at Rockcliffe pic

God's Bridge pic Roamers on Holme Fell in Cumbria pic

Roamers at Styal pic Roamers on Holme Fell in Cumbria pic

Roamers descending from Crown Point pic Roamers on Arnside Knott pic

roamers at janet's foss, malham pic red tree at silverdale pic

glen nevis pic ben nevis pic

nick of pendle pic summit trig point of Red Screes

coppice monument pic summit pic

group pic group pic

footpath sign footpath sign
All regular walkers should consider joining the Peak and Northern Footpath Society. Or at least making a donation or bequest to contribute towards the preservation of the footpath network that we all enjoy. For a few hundred pound you can have your own dedicated sign put up like these in the photos.
Take a look at the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society website

Constitution of Roy's Roams

This cordial walking group started in April 2007 and is aimed at my friends who seek an intimate and relaxed approach to joining walks with no membership fees, no registration procedures and no particular rules about bringing dogs.

Although many members of the group are in couples many are single. There is nothing prescriptive about this, it is just the make up that has evolved. We are NOT a singles group.

To join Roy's Roams you should already be "a walker" and be known personally to Roy either now or in the past. Guests invited by and accompanied by an existing member are welcome.
Attendance will incur no obligation or permanent membership and participants will not be expected to support every walk or carry a membership card.

The basic itinerary of Roy’s Roams offers at least one walk every month usually on a Sunday with a fairly wide variety of locations, grades and distances although moderate all day walks of around 7 or 8 miles requiring packed lunches are the norm. Occasionally, there will be short easy walks of around 5 miles. If members are available mid week, Saturday, half day or evening walks are possible.

There are also a regular social events like meals out and at least once a year a weekend away.

If you would like to receive further information please contact Roy and say what is the best way of keeping in touch. If possible provide an email address that you use. If you want to make any suggestions or contributions about the walks or their organisation then please feel free to do so.

Needless to say you will join these walks at your own risk, myself or other walk leaders cannot take any responsibility for your personal safety, loss or damage howsoever caused.

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