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. 


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 £ 10.00. 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 for 2018/19

May 6th 2018                           Grassington                          8miles            difficulty B

Leader  Joe & Bernard Halsall.      Meeting date 25th April


Sunday June 3rd 2018               Abbeystead                          7 miles           difficulty B

Leaders: John & Ann Corcoran       Meeting date May23 


Sunday July 1st 2018                 Arnside Knott                       7 miles            difficulty C

Leader: Joe Halsall                        Meeting date June 20 (In the snug)


Sunday August 12th 2018             Ringing Singing tree, Burnley 7 1/2 miles     difficulty B

Leader: Peter Wallis                       Meeting dates July 25


Sunday September 2nd 2018      Stainforth, Settle                   8 miles           difficulty B

Leaders: Harry Carlson &Lynn Chapman.  Meeting date August 22


Sunday October 7th 2018             Martholme                            6 1/2 miles     difficulty B

Leader: Jimmy Kelley                       Meeting date September 26


Sunday November 4th 2018         Calder Vale                           7 miles            difficulty B

Leaders: John & Ann Corcoran          Meeting date October 24


Sunday December 2nd 2018          Heskin Hall                           41 /2 miles      difficulty C

Leader: Sue Hensall                          Meeting date November 28


Friday December 14th                   Christmas meal

Walk details For January available


Sunday January 6th 2019              Appley Bridge, followed by Hot-pot 6 miles     difficulty C

Leaders: Peter Taylor & Peter Rigby

Meeting date


Sunday February 3rd 2019             Sawley, Grindleton Fell                7 miles       difficulty B

Leader: Peter Wallis                           Meeting date January 23


Sunday March 3rd 2019                  Upp.Dolphinholme                       6 1/2 miles difficulty B

Leader: Jimmy Kelley                         Meeting date February 20


Sunday April 7th 2019                      Prirose Hill, Delamere                 7 miles       difficulty B

Leader: Jimmy Kelley                          Meeting date March 27


Sunday May 5th 2019                       Stocks Reservoir                         7 miles       difficulty B

Leader: Peter Wallis                             Meeting date April 24


Additional walks to the programme.

We are looking to include 3 additional walks to our program in July 2018 and October 2018 and April 2019. These will be more challenging than normal being longer or hillier still keeping within the area we currently visit.

15 July 2018                                      Stoodley Pike and Langfield Edge. Details on Events calendar.

Leader:Harry Carlson

14 October 2018                                Yorkshire Dales.               More details to be given later

Leader: Joe Halsall

14 April 2019                                      To be arranged                 More details to be given later               


Difficulty ratings: 

A – A lot of uphill walking or rough terrain.     B – May have some rough going or hilly parts

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

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.

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.

Contact telephone
Chairman: – Jimmy Kelly 01257 463057  Treasurer:  – Tony Ormrod 01942 200967. Sec - Carole Fishwick 01695 633138  

Email:  parboldramblers@talktalk.net


This is on the Wednesday, which falls 10 days before the 1st Sunday of the new month. The dates are published on the 'Events' calendar. They take place in the upstairs room of the Red Lion, Newburgh.
For more detailed information contact:
Jimmy Kelly: 01257 463057     Email: parboldramblers@talktalk.net


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.

Walk No 1 - From the Farmers Arms, Chorley Road, Hilldale. L40 3SL. 2 miles

Walk No 2 - From Bramble Way car park with optional detour to the site of the old Douglas Chapel. WN8 7HZ 1.75 miles

Walk No 3 - From the Village shops. WN8 7HA. 3.5 miles

Walk No 4 - From the canal bank car park, Station Road. WN8 7NU. 1.5 miles

Walk No 5 - From the canal bank car park, Station Road. WN8 7NU. 4.7 miles

Walk No 6 - From the car park at Hunters Hill quarry, Hilldale. WN6 9QB. 3.5 miles

The above walks can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.

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