2016

January Japes

  Dove Stones, Longendale, Mossley - DLM. Sunday 31st January. 19 miles from Dove Stones. Leader: Steve Clark.   As we gathered in Dove Stone Reservoir carpark we shared our various weather forecasts.  13 people with 13 different views on what the weather was going to be: “light…

Plodders January 2016

 Wednesday January 20th. The Affettside Amble. 11.5 miles from Affetside. Leader: Chris Langabeer. 21 walkers started the walk from the Pack Horse Affetside shortly after 10 am on what turned out to be a warm Spring like day.The group made its way downhill towards Jumbles reservoir and around the…

John Hall

John Hall. 18.8.1953 to 16.1.2016. We regretfully inform you of the death of John Hall, once an active member of East Lancs. His daughter Lisa says:- Hi, please find attached some pictures of my dad who sadly suddenly passed away last month. He was a member of your club for many years and lived his…

February Flounderings

Grange Over Sands. Social week away   See Social Activities or click on the link below.    Click here to read about the week.     Reservoir Round. Sunday February 28th. 20 miles. Leader: Ken Noble   With the promise of a dry day, 18 walkers from various groups left Smithills Hall to view a few…

March ing On

  Two Rivers. Monday March 28th. 16 miles. Leader: Norman Thomas. Bank Holiday Monday, weather very mixed, rain, wind, hailstone and sunshine.  23 brave souls and 3 dogs started the walk from Top Barn, Rivington. We made our way to Lead Mines Clough and up to Bomber Memorial and onto the open…

Fools in April?

Spring and Other Woods. Wednesday April 27th. 14 miles. Leader: John Thompson. 21 people and 2 dogs set off in cloudy and chilly weather. Up via Clerk hill and into Deerpark wood, on then to Wiswell and crossing the A59 passing Brook House farm to Common Side. Here we stopped for coffee at a stack…

Plodders March 2016

Springtime in Bowland. Wednesday March 30th. 12.5 miles. Leader: Bernard Hedley   Fifteen Plodders (and Millie the dog) assembled on the car park in Bolton by Bowland on a day of promised showers and sunshine. A light shower just at 10 am saw most of the group set off in waterproofs. Don's boots…

Plodders February 2016

  Watergrove Skyline - Leader Don Watson - Wednesday 17th February - 12 miles Twelve hardy Plodders met at Watergrove Reservoir, Wardle in the pouring rain. An old friend of mine, Michael, joined us for the first time on a Plodders walk. We both joined the LDWA together in the late 1980s. We set…

Grange Over Sands Week 2016

Grange over sands 27.2.16 - 4.3.16   Day 1 Grange over Sands, The Hospice, Hampstead Fell, Cartmel coffee shop, Cark, Humphrey Head, Allithwaite, Kents Bank, back to Grange (16.5 miles) Weather clear and sunny but a cold day. Day 2 Arnside and coastal path to Jenny Browns point, Cragg Foot, Yealand…

Party

Two Crosses/100 Party. The Two Crosses/100 party was held on Friday June 10th at Jumbles Sailing Club. Every year East Lancs holds a party to celebrate the successful running of the Two Crosses Event. Also to thank all those who helped at the 100 checkpoint manned by East Lancs volunteers and to…

100 miles - a personal story

  Gordon Stone has written the story of his first 100 completion on the Dorset 100. Please read about it on After The Walk May 2016 or click here. If you are thinking about entering a 100 or even if you have completed many of them, it is well worth a read

Rogues Gallery

Rogues Gallery is back! Keep on looking to see who is there - and beware when you are out and about!  

Meeting Minutes 2016

  Below are the minutes from the club monthly meetings. Minutes_2016-_December2016 AGM_Minutes_01November 2016. Minutes_2016-12_01November 2016. Minutes_2016-11.pdf October 2016 Minutes_2016-10.pdf September 2016. Minutes_2016-9.pdf August 2016 Minutes_2016-8.pdf July 2016 Minutes_2016-7.pdf June…

Three Peaks of Yorkshire Challenge

  Wednesday 5th October – East Lancs members beat British Army Soldiers on the Three Peaks of Yorkshire challenge walk. Starting at 0800 hours from Horton car park Neil Smith (alias Billy Whizz) and Jemma Taylor Thomas (my granddaughter) began the challenge, the weather was gale force winds…

TMB An East Lancs Outing

  Tour de Mont Blanc   Ken Noble got the idea from the book "Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die".  A couple of years back, he emailed the East Lancs group asking who would like to do the Tour de Mont Blanc with him.  With sufficient interest shown, he embarked on rigourous research and…

Welsh Coast Path 2016

Welsh Coast Path 2016. Four days of walking for 16 people and one dog. 10/09/2016 Rest Bay to Baglan. 17 miles. The group actually walked 18.3 miles this day due to our coach driver dropping us off at Porthcawl, and one of Norman's unscheduled lighthouse visits, more later on that one. 9am at the…

Monarch's Way 2016

    Monarch's Way Stage 4   Based in Cheltenham for four days an intrepid group of six plodders, led by Reg and including  Helen, Nancy, Jim, Pete and Roger, walked our Monarch's Way stage four .This was the 20 miles, in the Cotswolds, from Moreton-on-the-Marsh to Northleach.  Each day we would…

Merry May

The Dorset 100. A Personal View by Gordon Stone.   I promised I would write an article to gather my thoughts on my first completion of an LDWA 100, this year's Hundred down in deepest darkest Dorset.   I completed it but only just.    Based on the recommendations on the organisers' website, I chose…

Jaunts in June

Wednesday 29th June, Lancashire Trail Part 2, 15 1/2 miles, Leaders: Norman Thomas, Chris Langabeer & Ian Pickup.   A group of 22 walkers met near the Lower Barn at Rivington to take the minibus to the Miller and Carter Hotel on Parbold Hill; the starting point of the walk. The rain, which had…

July, sunshine at last?

Wednesday July 27th. Lancashire Trail Part 3. Rivington to Billinge Hill. 16.5 miles. Leaders: Norman Thomas, Chris Langabeer, Ian Pickup.   We met at the Clog & Billycock Pub at 8:50am.  Our journey to the bottom barn at Rivington was a scenic route, the coach driver must have thought we were on a…

August, please can the sun come out to play?

Wednesday August 31st. Lancashire Trail Part 4. 13 miles. Leaders: Chris Langabeer, Norman Thomas, Ian Pickup.   20 Walkers and 1 dog assembled at the Nick of Pendle car park to board the coach for the journey to the start of the walk at the Clog and Billycock Hotel near to Witton Park. The route…

Two Crosses 2016

Pictures etc from the event in 2016.   March 20th 2016 was the 31st Two Crosses Challenge. 177 entrants successfully completed the event. There were no drop outs. The photos below are from 2016. Thank you to Brian Fisher who took the photos below which were shown on Granada TV on Monday March…

September Serendipity?

Wednesday September 28th. Lancashire Trail Part 5. 13.5 miles. Leaders: Ian Pickup, Norman Thomas. A group of 22 walkers (plus 1 dog) met in the lay-by near the parish church in Thornton-in-Craven to take the coach to the starting point of the walk at Nick o' Pendle. On this occasion Chris was not…

October, time for spookiness and mists

Sunday October 30th. What Castles? 20 miles. Leaders: Dave and Alma Walsh.   The reccies of this walk had been done in bright sunshine but today the weather was overcast but at least it was mild & dry. Twelve of us, including two ladies from the West Lancs group & a new East Lancs member lined up…

New Year 2016

New Year 2016 At The Neuadd Arms Hotel. Llanwrtyd Wells. A Group from East Lancs spent a few days celebrating the New Year at the above hotel. There were led walks during the day. On New Years Eve itself there was a meal followed by a torchlight procession plus music till the small hours. See below…

Christmas Meal 2016

  41 members of East Lancs including partners/friends/family enjoyed a Christmas Meal at the Rivington on Dec 9th 2016. Many thanks to Norman Thomas who organised it. Below are some pictures from the night (some have come out sideways - sorry!)

Ghyll Head 2016

Ghyll Head, December 5th - 9th. Each December members of East Lancs go to the bungalow in the grounds of Ghyll Head Activity centre. This year there was three days of walking and plenty of eating and drinking in the evening! It is a self catering holiday and the evening meal was cooked by different…

Real Ale Ramble 2016

  East Lancs, West Lancs and London LDWA. Thanks to all for making this such a good trip to organise. Book now for the Real Ale Ramble 2017, 24th Nov for 3 nights. Thanks. Viv  

November, will there be fireworks or damp squibs?

Sunday November 27th. Ken's Pearler. 19 miles. Leader: Ken Noble.   I devised this walk to commemorate the 30th anniversary of my membership of the LDWA. As a Yorkshire man now living in Lancashire (Greater Manchester actually), I felt the walk should reflect this, so it started in Lancashire and…

December Delights

Wednesday December 21st. Ribchester Rumble. 14 miles. Leader: Roger Jackson.   A party of 20 set off from the former Roman settlement of Ribchester for this pre-Christmas walk , on a wet and cloudy day.  Walking past the Roman Museum we followed the River Ribble initially along a lane which later…