Walking in Parbold

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Parbold Ramblers was formed in 1998 by a group of like-minded people who fancied a bit of exercise on a regular basis, were fond of the open air and nice scenery. 


Sunday 5 March 2023 - Bleasdale

Walks are organised on the 1st Sunday of each month and are within 1½ hours drive from Parbold village.  In winter months when the days are shorter we sometimes walk nearer to home.  We meet at the Car Park behind the shops in Parbold to share cars, usually at 9.a.m prompt. (A donation towards petrol costs for the car driver is appreciated)  Members are advised to have suitable footwear i.e. walking boots, and to bring waterproofs, coffee and lunch.  Walking poles can also be useful.

The walks are over a variety of terrains and areas and are usually no more than 8 miles long.  Hills and dales, canal towpaths, green lanes and wooded areas can be expected but no fell walking is usually attempted.  If there is a local hostelry or teashop at the end of the walk, then that is usually included for those who wish. 

We get together once a month in the upstairs room of the Red Lion Pub, Newburgh starting at 8.p.m. to discuss the previous walk, the next planned walk, and any other issues that crop up.  This is on the Wednesday, which falls 10 days before the 1st Sunday of the new month.

We are a lively and friendly group and social events are planned throughout the year. There is always a Christmas meal at a local pub or restaurant, and for the last few years we have ventured out in the summer as well.  We try to plan a weekend away each year and have been to Shropshire, Durham, Wales, the Peak District & the Lakes.

The current annual subscription is £12.00. Renewable annually at the AGM in May.

More detailed information can be obtained by phoning  Carole Fishwick on 01257 472329 or email us at parboldramblers@talktalk.net


Our walking programme and meeting dates for 2022/23

A full walking programme will be published soon. See Events Calendar for individual walks details

January 2nd  2022           

Local Walk followed by Hot-Pot  Haigh Hall/Plantations

5   miles. difficulty    C. Leaders:  Lesley & Peter

Meeting date:                   

October 2nd 2022

Roddlesworth & Darwen Tower

6 miles. difficulty B. Leader: Jimmy Kelly

Meeting date: 20th September2022

February 6th 2022

Ruff Wood, Ormskirk.

61/4 miles. difficulty B. Leader: Lynn & Harry

Meeting date: 27th January

November 6th 2022

Knott End

6 miles. difficulty C. Leader: Sue Henshall

Meeting date 25th October 2022

March 6th  2022


6 miles. difficulty B. Leader: Jimmy Kelly

Meeting date 22nd February

December 4th 2022

Chester City Walk

5 miles difficulty C Leader: Joe & Bernard Halsall

Meeting date: 22nd November 2022

April 3rd  2022


7 miles. difficulty B. Leaders:  Joe & Bernard Halsall

Meeting date; 22nd March

January 8th 2023

Local Walk followed by Hot-Pot Standish Area

5 miles. difficulty C. Leaders: Sue Henshall

Meeting date:

May 8th2022

Sunderland Point

6 miles. difficulty B. Leader: John & Anne Corcoran

Meeting date 19th April

February 5th 2023

Wigan Loop

5 miles. difficulty C. Leader: Kathy & Sylvia

Meeting date; 24th January 2023

June 12th 2022

Port Sunlight & New Brighton

5 miles. difficulty.C Leaders: Carole & Chris (A G M )

Meeting date 24th May 2022

March 5th 2023

Nicky Nook

7 miles. difficulty B. Leader: John & Anne

Meeting date 21st February2023

July 3rd 2022

Bolton Abbey

8 miles difficulty B Leader: Joe Halsall

Meeting date: 21st June 2022

April 2nd 2023

Beacon Fell & River Brock

7 miles. difficulty B. Leaders: Jimmy Kelly

Meeting date: 21st March 2023

August 7th 2022

Arnside & Arnside Knott

61/2 miles. difficulty B. Leader: Jimmy Kelly

Meeting date: 26th July 2022

May 7th 2023

Downham - Sawley Abbey

7 miles. difficulty B. Leader: Joe Bernard

Meeting date: 25th April 2023

September 4th 2022

Hurst Green

71/2 miles. difficulty B. Leaders: Lynn & Harry

Meeting date: 23rd August2022


Although we plan our walking programme well in advance it may be that it has to be changed at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or unsuitable terrain. Members are informed of any changes at the meeting prior to the scheduled walk.

Meetings 2022/23 - revised 

This is on the Wednesday, which falls 10 days before the 1st Sunday of the new month (no meeting in December). The dates are published on the 'Events' calendar. They take place in the upstairs room or the Snug of the Red Lion, Newburgh. meeting dates are on the above programme.

Full walk details and start time will be posted on this website's Events calendar 7 - 10 days before the date of the walk.

Please note 

All walks meet at Parbold shops at 9.00a.m. for Car Share, unless otherwise stated.  If you need a lift, it is advisable to contact Jimmy Kelly or the walk leader before the day, so that we can ensure availability.

This is the responsibility of the individual and lifts cannot be guaranteed if contact is not made prior to the walk day.

Difficulty ratings  

              C – Almost all flat and easy going.  Accessible to all

              B – May have some rough going or hilly parts

              A – A lot of uphill walking or rough terrain

Contact telephone 

               Chairman – Jimmy Kelly         01257 463057

               Secretary – Carole Fishwick    01257 472329

               Treasurer – Margaret Fernie     01772 816019

               Email:  parboldramblers@talktalk.net

Regular updates can also be found on www.parboldonline.info  (information/walks)

Local Walks

Some walkers use the train to Appley Bridge or Gathurst for a brisk walk back along the canal or a circuit home up on the South side of the valley.

Circular Walks around Parbold
The series has now been updated and now include wildlife notes. Hard copies of the series of local walks below can be obtained from Parbold DIY Centre and Library. Please follow the Countryside Code at all times, keeping dogs on leads where there are farm animals in the fields.  Please do not feed farm stock or horses. Suitable footwear should be worn as it can he muddy in places.


You can download the walks in PDF format from the link below. Most of these walks are between 5-7 miles and are mostly within the confines of our magazine distribution areas of Central, West and South Lancashire, with particular emphasis on areas of outstanding natural beauty within easy reach such as the Sefton coastline, the West Pennine Moors and the Douglas Valley.





Haigh Hall/Plantations

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