The annual field event by the RMNF went well on the 13th August with hundreds of people turning up to enjoy the day. The Ramblers had a stand manned by Freda Moody and myself to promote walking which attracted a good deal of interest. We also promoted other groups such as the Long Distance Walkers Association, Rochdale Field Naturalists, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and many others. The handout for Walking for Health was very popular as was the Ramblers programme. We look forward to attracting some new members. The Autumn and Winter Programmes 2017-2018. The programmes are now complete so a big thank you to those members who volunteered to lead walks and to Gill and David, and Maureen and David for putting the programmes together. We will continue to use electronic mailing where possible but will send out printed copies of the programmes on the 20th September to those members who do not have access to the Internet and to members who still prefer a printed copy. Please let us know before the 20th if you want us to send you printed copies. Walk details will also be on the main Ramblers website at the Group Walks Finder and on our own website as soon as possible. Rochdale Group Committee Vacancies. Footpath Secretary, Countryside Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Minutes Secretary We already have a vacancy for a Minutes Secretary but by the end of the Summer we will be looking for a new Footpath Secretary, a Countryside Secretary and a Newsletter Editor. We want to identify these new post holders before our AGM in November so that we can have a period handing over responsibilities. If you would like to take on any of these roles please contact either our Chairman Richard or myself as soon as possible.
Coach Trip to Richmond, North Yorkshire, Saturday 23rd September. Will everyone going on the trip please be at Manchester Road (cul de sac near Dixons Funeral Parlour) before 8.30am so the coach can depart on time. We will travel directly to Calfhall Woods near Richmond, about 2hours, where the first of the two walks starts. Public toilets. David and Maureen Butterworth will lead this walk of about 10 miles which goes to Marske and then back to Richmond. This should finish around 4pm or a little before. The coach will drop the second group at Yorke Square car park in Richmond. David and Gill Hollas will lead a walk of about 7 miles. This should finish a little after 3pm. Both walks cover parts of the Coast to Coast Trail and end in Richmond which is classic market town with a range of shops, tearooms and pubs to suit most tastes. Coach will depart 5pm and arrive back in Rochdale about 7pm. All 48 seats are now booked but keep checking with Joan in case any seats become available. The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival. This year’s South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival will take place between Saturday 9th September and Sunday 24th September. We have 4 members, Mick Chatham, Andrew Underdown, Richard Gibbons and Jim Hargreaves who are all leading walks in this years Festival and hopefully our members will join the walks and take advantage of the other varied walks on offer in this years programme. Mick Chatham is leading 4 circular walks from Brighouse to Walsden titled WALKING THE CALDER WOODLAND WAY. These are on 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th September. Mick is also leading the TODMORDEN CENTENARY WAY in two parts on 16th and 17th September. Jim Hargreaves is leading a walk near Marsden, the STANDEDGE CLASSIC on 14th September and Richard Gibbons is leading a walk in Todmorden to GREAT BRIDE STONES on 17th September, both of these walks are part of Rochdale Ramblers summer programme. Andrew Underdown is leading a Long Distance Walkers Association walk as part of the Festival on Thursday 14th September. Details : CALDER WOODLAND WAY : 25 miles ( severe) a challenging 8/9 hour linear walk at a brisk pace for experienced walkers. It follows the route of the Calder Valley starting at Brighouse Railway Station and finishes at Walsden Railway Station.8.30am start. It involves 4,700 feet of ascent.