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U3A Walk on Thursday 8 February 2018.

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U3A are planning their next walk this Thursday and have sent in some terrific pics of recent walks just to whet your appetites!

Thursday's 4 mile walk will be led by David and Jenny Thomson — they write ...

'We start at the National Trust Bickerton Hill car park, about a mile along the lane past Bickerton Church entrance, then turn right at the pond. We will walk around the southern side of Bickerton Hill, along road and footpaths, then descend to and through Brown Knowl village. Turning off part-way along Reading Room Lane, we will walk up the footpath to Bickerton Hill and the viewpoint, then follow the Sandstone Trail to Maiden Castle and it's viewpoint, before returning to the car park on tracks and road.

The early part of this 4 mile walk is a bit muddy, but the rest of the route is relatively dry underfoot, considering recent deluges. There are a couple of stiles, no livestock, two short, steep sections and some super viewpoints covering all directions.

To get to the car park, go out of Tattenhall along the Bolesworth Road, through Harthill Village, down the hill and bear left 200m beyond Harthill Church before the garage repair centre. Go along that road for nearly a mile to the A534. Cross it and turn right just after the Bickerton Institute, at the Church. Keep along that narrow road, past the church entrance, for about a mile to a farm on the left and a pond on the right. Turn right there into the free National Trust car park, going 150m along the rather lumpy bumpy track to find parking.

Regarding refreshments, there are no facilities on this route, so walkers should bring their own requirements. We suggest a return to Alison's in Tattenhall for lunch.'

  • A reminder that if you would like to join us on our walks, you are now required to be a Member of our U3A group. This is because of insurance risks. We apologise if this causes some slight inconvenience -- for information our membership secretary is Hilary Scarratt and contact details are on the West Cheshire Rural U3A site.
  • We suggest meeting behind Alison's to leave at 10.00am, or at the car park mentioned to start walking at 10.15am. The walk is about 1.75 to 2 hours, we think, for a big group.
  • As usual, please let me know if you can come and where you will meet since bad weather can result in a change of plan -- jillhug@ hotmail.co.uk or 01829 770634. It would also be really helpful if Members could let me know by Tuesday if they would like to use Alison's after the walk so that a space can be reserved.

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