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Lichfield Ramblers

Welcome to the LICHFIELD and DISTRICT (Including TAMWORTH) website

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ENJOY THE COUNTRYSIDE WITH YOUR LOCAL GROUP

Want to get fit? Then why not join us on an enjoyable ramble?

 

If you enjoy walking or are thinking of taking it up, why not come along and give us a try?

 

We organise a programme of walks suitable for a range of abilities. In 2015 and the first half of 2016 we included a few shorter walks, suitable for people who hadn’t done a great deal of walking recently or at all. These generated quite a lot of interest, so in the programme for the second half of 2016 we have again included shorter walks on Sundays, again trying to give an alternative where the main walk is long or hard. There are also Friday evening pub walks in July and August. Check the ‘Latest Walks’ section on the left for further details – just click on each walk.

 

We also organise social events and short breaks away, and have just completed the Snowdonia trip, described below. 

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 For further details please contact our secretary on 01543 491469  or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:46
 

Working Party 1st Nov 2016

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0The Lichfield & District Ramblers work party has been out and about again, this time near the Drill Inn in the quaintly named Springlestyche Lane near Burntwood. The working group, consisting of Tony G, Tony B, Pete and Ed (labourers) and Jean (specialist back-filler and official photographer) under the watchful eye of Nigel from Staffs County Council, repaired one double stile and completely replaced another stile on Tuesday 1 November 2016. 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2016 17:06
 

Snowdon Trip - May 2016

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Fifteen people took part in this midweek break, staying in the Mount Garmon View and The Ferns guest houses in Betws-y-Coed.

 

On Monday afternoon, the first walk, an easy one to get in trim was at Dolgarrog, 10 miles north of Betws y Coed. Reaching the car park involved a hair-raising drive up a single track lane for 3 miles. The walk took us past the Dolgarrog reservoirs, still used to generate hydroelectric power, the oldest of which catastrophically failed in 1925. 

 

On Tuesday the plan was changed and it was decided to attempt Snowdon because of the good weather. 

 

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 A party of five took the bus to Pen y Pass and made the ascent by the PYG track, led by Alan, and the views were spectacular, both of Alan and Snowdonia in general.

 

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Ed and Jean intended to go up by steam train, but lack of seats meant that they came up the PYG track as well. 

 

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Descent was made by the Llanberis route, allowing views of the Snowdon Mountain and Llanberis Lake Railways, as well as the huge purple scars left by the Dinorwic slate quarries.

 

 Some of the ladies made a trip to Bodnant Gardens, led by Anne. Another party of five made the ascent of the Nantlle ridge.

 

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 On Wednesday the weather was not good enough to allow ascent of Tryfan and the Glyders, so we parked at the Sygun Copper Mine at Beddgelert and walked down the Aberglaslyn Pass, where we were surprised to find the Welsh Highland Railway, then back up Cwm Bychan with its remains of an old cableway from the copper mines.

 

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We then skirted the east bank of Llyn Dinas before starting up what is the Watkin Pass. But there was no intention to return to Snowdon!  We turned left at a short way and returned to Craflywyn Hall and the car park. The ladies’ trip this time was to Penrhyn Castle, a National Trust Property near Bangor..

 

On Thursday a walk around Llyn Geirionydd and  Llyn Crafnant took place as planned, led by Alan. There were fine views of both lakes. Afterwards most people had lunch by the lake, others set off home, after a very pleasant trip indeed.

 

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  Thanks are due to Tony and Anne, and Alan and Pauline who organised and ran the trip very well.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:46
 

Walking Etiquette

At the recent AGM, different aspects of walking etiquette were raised by several people.  Just to make sure that things go smoothly in future and that we all look after each other:

1) Leaders – PLEASE don’t make walks significantly longer or harder than they are shown in the programme. If you don’t know how long or hard they are ask Phil to check them for you with Memory Map.

2) Leaders – When you stop to allow people at the back to catch up after a hard stretch PLEASE give those people a chance to rest before starting again.

3) PLEASE DON’T walk in front of the leader, unless you’ve asked first. The leader has to make sure that the slowest walkers are in sight, so can’t always go as fast as you’d like.

4) When you reach a turning point PLEASE make sure that you can see the people behind you and that they know where you’re going.  If possible the leader should post a ‘sentry’ to make sure everybody follows.

5) Similarly, when you pass through a gate in a field with animals in PLEASE DON’T leave it open, relying on people far behind to close it.  Wait, or post a sentry to look after it.

6) Finally, PLEASE be prepared to use your car when you go on the short walks.  The success of the scheme is going to rely on this.

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