The first Short-ARS walk takes place tomorrow, Saturday, 27th February. It's a new idea from the Audlem Ramblers Society and will, it's hoped, appeal to current ARS members and others looking for a shorter walk than the normal ARS expeditions.
Short-ARS walks are 5 to 7 miles in length with only easy climbs. They will normally be on the last Saturday of the month. The walks will be no more than 45 minutes or so (and usually less) driving from Audlem.
If you are interested, meet up at 9.30am tomorrow, Saturday, on the main Car Park in Audlem. Walkers need to wear good stout shoes but preferably walking boots and carry wet weather gear. Bring a packed lunch although we should be back in Audlem early afternoon for the customary 'de-brief' in a local hostelry.
The five-mile hike features the highest part of the Sandstone Trail, Cheshire's most popular long-distance footpath. The walk should take under two and a half hours, including short stops for views, coffee and a sandwich.
It takes in the attractive ridge rising to Rawhead – with views on a clear day to Chester, the Wirral and Liverpool – then, after passing by the starting point – it is a figure of eight route – a pleasant circular walk through woodland with fine views eastwards.
There are a few inclines – the most strenuous involves a climb of 54 steps – and there's just one stile. Yesterday, when checked out, the paths were in generally good condition although there are short stretches of mud and there was a little snow left. The path can be slippy in icy conditions as ARS found out a year ago in this same area.
Walkers are expected to become members of ARS, although do come along for a "trial" walk to see if joining is likely to appeal. Annual membership is £5.
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