Walks: Rambling into 1998

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In a mood of celebration, the Ramblers' Association has organised a huge variety of walks around Britain. Most walks are between four and seven miles and those that are longer are often arranged in a figure of eight so people can stay for either the whole or half the day. It is advisable to take food and drink, or ring the contact to find out if there will be a pub stop. It would also be wise to have warm, waterproof clothing and stout footwear. Walks marked with a D indicate that dogs on leads are welcome. Telephone numbers marked with an (e) indicate evening only and those marked with a (d) indicate daytime only.

England

Bedfordshire: 27 Dec: Roxton: 1.15pm, Bedford Park Gates, 5 miles - 01234 301027. Clifton: 2pm, church, 4 miles D - 01462 672906 (e). 28 Dec: Luton: 10am, Putteridge Recreation Centre, 6 miles D - 01582 661944 (e). Brogborough: 10am, picnic site, 10 miles D - 01908 584348. Broom: 10am & 1.45pm, The Green, 6 & 3 miles D - 01767 318487. 30 Dec: Cople: 10am, church, 6 miles D - 01234 359256. Streatley: 10am, Sharpenhoe Clappers NT cp, 7 miles. - 01582 505808. 31 Dec: Clophill: 10am, The Green, 5-6 miles D - 01234 381508. 1 Jan: Souldrop: 10am, church, 6 miles D - 01234 822294. Shillington: 10.30am, Musgrave Arms, 6 miles D - 01234 353704.

Berkshire: 1 Jan: Chapel Row: 11am, off-road cp on left, 5 miles D - 0118 9882674.

Bristol: 28 Dec: Doynton: 10.30am, church, 6 miles D - 0117 9315033.

Buckinghamshire: 28 Dec: Lane End, nr High Wycombe: 10am & 1.30pm, village cp, both 5 miles D - 01494 881543 (am walk) 01628 483430 (pm walk). Burnham - 10.15am, Lord Mayors Drive parking area, end of Beeches Rd, Farnham Common, 5 miles - 01628 622991. Slough: 10.30am, Black Park Country Park cp (pounds 1 fee), 5 miles D - 0118 9772179 (e). 30 Dec: Weston Turville: 11am, layby fronting Weston Turville Reservoir, World's End Lane, 5 miles D - 01296 427717. 1 Jan: Long Crendon: 11am, The Square, adj. to B4011, Bicester Rd, 6 miles D - 01296 427717. Stokenchurch: 11am, Cowleaze Wood parking area, 8 miles D - 01494 528381.

Cambridgeshire: 28 Dec: Fenstanton: 1.30pm, Chequers Street cp, 4 miles D - 01480 461405. Thorney: 2pm, church, 2 miles D - 01733 222880. 29 Dec: West Perry: 10am, cp, for walk around Grafham Water Reservoir, 9 miles D - 01234 823045. 1 Jan: Longthorpe: 1.30pm, Fisherman's cp, 4 miles - 01733 264011. 4 Jan: Peterborough: 8am, Key Theatre cp, walking in Manifold Valley, ring near the day for further info - 01780 470375.

Cheshire: 27 Dec: Congleton: 10am, library cp (to share cars), 6 miles - 01782 512545. Disley: 1pm, cp next to Disley Station Approach, A6, 4- 5 miles D - 01625 873689. 28 Dec: Congleton: 10am, library cp, 9 miles - 01606 832236 (e). Great Budworth: 10am and 1.30pm, Bowling Green cp, 5 miles D - 01928 575726. 29 Dec: Congleton: 9.30am, library cp (to share cars), 11 miles - 01270 763612 (e). Culcheth: 10.30am, Pack Horse Inn, Church Lane, 5 & 10 miles D - 01925 763512 or 762472. 30 Dec: Cotebrook: 10.30am, Oulton Mill cp, off A49 S.E. of Cotebrook, 10 miles D - 01928 575726. Congleton: 11am, library cp (to share cars), 7 miles - 01477 534238. 31 Dec: Tarvin: 9.45am, layby opp. school, 6 miles D - 01244 810166. 1 Jan: Congleton: 9.30am, library cp (to share cars), 10 miles - 01543 423071 (e).

Cornwall: 27 Dec: Holywell Bay: 10am, NT cp, 9 miles - 01637 875199. The Lizard: 10.30am (for bus to Mullion), The Lizard Green, 8 miles D. - 01326 240193. 28 Dec: Hayle: 11am, swimming pool, 5-6 miles - 01736 756510. St Columb Major: 11am, by church hall, 6 miles D - 01637 872008. Polzeath: 1.30pm, new Polzeath cp, Xmas cake walk, 4 miles D - 01208 73489. 29 Dec: Penryn: 1.45pm, Xmas cake walk, Mabe church (follow signs from village crossroads), 4-5 miles - 01326 372462. 31 Dec: Lelant: 10.30am, church, 4 or 8 miles - 01736 756510. 1 Jan: Treverva: 11am, village layby, 10 miles D - 01326 340728. Gorran Churchtown: 12noon, roadside parking, 8 miles- 01637 878707.

Cumbria: 28 Dec: Lowick: 10.30am, layby nr Farmer's Arms, A5092, 7 miles D - 01229 772217.

Derbyshire: 27 Dec: Rowsley: 10am, old station cp, 6 miles D - 01629 583142 (w). Dale Abbey: 10.30am, Carpenters Arms cp, 5 miles D - 0115 9254066 (e). 28 Dec: Blore: 10am, Blore cp, 10 miles D - 0115 9254066 (e). Belper: 10am, Field Lane cp, 10 miles - 01332 662534. 29 Dec: Morely: 11am, layby on A608, SW of Rose & Crown, 6 miles D - 0115 9392554. 30 Dec: Ticknall: 10am, village hall, 8 miles D - 01332 516264. 1 Jan: Oakerthorpe: 10am, Anchor Inn (A610 Ripley towards Ambergate), 6 or 9 miles D - 0115 9254066 (e).

Devon: 28 Dec: Totnes: 10.30am, National Trust Shop, 5-6 miles D - 01803 863043. Musbury: 10.30am, village hall, 6 miles. D. Ashcombe: 10am, Mamhead obelisk cp, 6-7 miles D - 01392 413073. 30 Dec: Newton Poppleford: 10am, cp behind church, 8 miles D - 01392 413073. 31 Dec: Totnes: 10.30am, Pavilion cp, 5 miles D - 01803 862426. 1 Jan: Exeter: 11am, Matford Park and Ride, 6 miles D - 01392 413073. Rose Ash: 11.30am, Five crossway, 5 3/4 miles D - 01271 342703.

Dorset: 27 Dec: Dorchester: 1.30pm, Maiden Castle cp, 4 miles - 01305 784672. 1 Jan: Compton Abbas: 10.30am or 1.30pm, Airfield, 8 & 4 miles D - 01258 820209. Bournemouth: 10.30am, Riverside Avenue, opp. Tesco entrance off Castle Lane East, 8 miles - 01202 470543.

Durham: 28 Dec: Ebchester: 10am, Bridge End, 6 miles D - 01207 560208. Durham City: 1.30pm, Moor House layby on A690, 1 miles NE of A1 junction, 5 miles D - 0191 3866886.

Essex: 27 Dec: High Easter: 10am, Cock and Bell pub, fig. of eight, 8 miles - 01245 609064. East Hanningfield: 10.30am, village hall cp, 3-4 miles - 01245 223657. 28 Dec: Great Waltham: 10am, A130 layby north of Warners Farm, 8 miles - 01245 609064. Clacton-on-Sea: 10.30am, Holland Haven Country Park cp, 8 miles D - 01255 551301. 30 Dec: Snaresbrook: 10am, station, outside booking hall, 5 miles D - 0181 5303020. 31 Dec: Stebbing: 10.30am, High Street, 7 miles D- 01206 250585. Writtle: 10am, Hylands Park, 10 miles - 01245 609064. 1 Jan: Chigwell Row: 10.30am, cp opp. church, 8 miles - 0181 5273938 or 478 0747. Gosfield: 11am, on the road by the side of the lake, 7 miles D - 01376 331909. Navestock: 10.30am, opp. the Green Man pub, 4 miles - 01708 348046.

Gloucestershire: 27 Dec: Cheltenham: 10am, Chase Avenue, 5 miles - 01242 522276. 28 Dec: Churchdown: 10am, parish council offices, Parton Rd, 7 miles - 01452 855909. Coleford: 10am Speculation Picnic Site, Forest of Dean, 4 or 8 miles (4 + 4 figure of 8 route, returning to starting point for lunch - 01594 530928. Painswick: 10am, Stamages Lane cp, 5 miles - 01453 860004. 29 Dec: Chipping Campden: 10am, Chipping Campden comprehensive school cp, 5 miles - 01386 841 791. 1 Jan: Cirencester: 10am, Waterloo cp, 5 miles.

Hampshire: 27 Dec: Lyndhurst: 1.30pm, Shatterford cp, Beaulieu Rd station, 5 miles - 01703 292010 (e). 29 Dec: Titchfield: 10am, cp behind fire station, 6 miles D - 01329 284556.

Hereford & Worcester: 27 Dec: Abbeydore: 10am, park in road near Abbey, 10 miles - 01432 354098. Bromsgrove: 10am, layby on A448, west of M5 bridge, 5 & 8 miles - 01527 873441 (e). 28 Dec: Holt Fleet: 9.30am, Kings Norton Park, West Hill Rd, 7 miles - 0121 4435792. Kington: 10.30am, Mill St cp, 6 miles - 01544 267380. Pershore: 10.30am, Old Bridge picnic site, on Evesham Rd out of Pershore, 4 miles D - 01386 554438. Redditch: 9.30am, Abbey Stadium Car Pak, 8-mile figure of eight walk - 0121 4714159. Blakedown: 2pm, shoppers cp at jncn of A456 and B4188 (opp. Old House at Home pub), 3 miles D - 01562 700719 (e). 1 Jan: Dodford: 10.30am, Dodford Inn, 6 miles - 0121 4765420.

Hertfordshire: 8 Dec: Hitchin: 10.30am, St Mary's square, 10 miles - 01763 242677. 1 Jan: Royston: 9.30am, Heath Sports Centre cp, Baldock Rd, 6 miles D - 01763 242677. Wheathhampstead: 10am, public cp behind The Bull pub, 7 miles -01582 457359. Digswell: 10.30am, Welwyn North Station, 10 miles D - 0181 449 2139.

Isle of Wight: 27 Dec: Newport: 10am, Carisbrooke Castle cp, 3 & 5 miles D - 01983 862479.

Kent: 28 Dec: Adlington: 9.30am, Adlington Railway Station, 8-10 miles - 0171 339 8501. Hayes: 10am, station, 8-9 miles. Egerton: 10am or 1pm, fig. of 8, George Inn, 5 or 10 miles D - 01580 291596. 29 Dec: Toys Hill: 10am, NT cp, 8 miles D - 0181 468 7867. 30 Dec: Hadlow: 11am, village square, 6 miles D - 01732 851310 (e). 1 Jan: West Malling: 11am, cp off High St, 4 miles - 01634 364855. Cudham: 1pm, recreation ground cp, 4- 5 miles D - 0181 467 4698.

Lancashire: 27 Dec: Garstang: 10am, Community Centre cp, 6 miles D - 01995 604716. Preston: 1.30pm, Haslam Park cp, 5 miles D - 01772 736467. Roddlesworth: 9.30am, Info Centre, 10 miles D - 01772 431053. 28 Dec: Sabden: 9.45am, cp in village centre, 13 miles D - 01706 217577 (d) or 228681 (e). Colne: 10.30am, Ball Grove picnic area, 6-7 miles D - 01282 613721. 1 Jan: Belmont: 11am, cp at jncn of A675 and Crookfield Rd, 2 miles north of Belmont, 10 miles. D - 01772 736467. Ormskirk: 1pm, St Anne's Church, Prescot Rd, 5 miles D - 01772 812034 (e).

Lincolnshire: 1 Jan: Lincoln: 10.30am, Stamp End Locks on Witham River, east side of city, 7 miles D - 01522 522534.

London: 31 Dec: Chingford: 10.30am, station, 8 miles - 0181 527 3938 or 478 0747.

Manchester: 27 Dec: Broadbottom: 10am, Lymefield visitor centre, 9 miles - 0161 494 9918 (e). Whaley Bridge: 10.30am, station, 7 miles D - 01663 732706.

Merseyside: 27 Dec: Heswall: 10.30am, Banks Rd cp, Lower Heswall, 8 miles D - 0151 648 3070. 29 Dec: Thurstaston: 10.30am, Country Park Centre, 6 miles D - 0151 608 9472. Irby (Wirral): 10am, Anchor Hotel, 11 miles D - 01928 575726.

Norfolk: 28 Dec: Hunstanton: 10.30am, Holme Beach cp, 7 miles D - 01553 671829. 1 Jan: King's Lynn: 10am, layby opp. golf club, 4 miles D - 01553 675722.

Northamptonshire: 27 Dec: Earls Barton: 9.30am, picnic site, Grendon Rd, 5 miles D - 01933 678694. 28 Dec: Oundle: 9.30am 12 miles, 9.45am 10 miles, 10am 5 miles, 1.30pm, series of walks, all starting from Barnwell Country Park, 5 miles D - 01933 460373. 28 Dec: Southwick, nr Oundle: 10am & 1.30pm, Shuckburgh Arms, 4 miles - 01780 470375 or 01733 892216. 1 Jan: Bugbrooke: 9.30am or 1.30pm, Bakers Arms, Gayton Road, 6 miles D - 01604 755786 (e). 3 Jan: Cranford St John: 2pm, village green nr old post office, 4 miles D - 01536 511162.

Northumberland: 28 Dec: Morpeth: 9.30am, castle square, 10 miles - 01670 518031. 29 Dec: Elsdon: 10.30am, village green, 8 miles - 0191 4887693.

Nottinghamshire: 28 Dec: Rufford: 10am, Rufford Abbey cp, 5 miles D - 01636 636357. Brinsley: 10.30am, cp on A608 south of Brinsley, 8 miles D - 0115 9821022 (e). 31 Dec: West Hallam: 10.30am, Station Rd layby (A609 west of Ilkeston), 7 miles D - 0115 9254066 (e). 1 Jan: Lowdham - 10.30am, north end of Main St, 8 miles D - 0115 9623560.

Oxfordshire: 27 Dec: Bletchingdon: 10.30am, the shop, 7 miles - 01869 244436. Chilton: 10.30am, cp to west of church, 9 miles - 01235 530174. 28 Dec: Woodstock: 10am, Church Enstone, 6 miles D - 01608 642360. 29 Dec: Quainton: 10am, church, 8 miles - 01869 244624. North End (S.E. of Watlington): 10am, village green, 5-6 miles - 01491 836654. 30 Dec: Freeland: 10am, opp. Oxfordshire Yeoman pub, 9 miles - 01993 898289. Ashbury: 10am, Rose & Crown pub cp, 6 miles D - 01367 241384. Ashbury: 2pm, Rose & Crown pub cp, 5 miles D - 01367 241384. 31 Dec: Childrey: 10am, church, 8 miles D - 01235 751280. 1 Jan: Ipsden, nr Wallingford: 10am, Homer Farm (park in house drive), Ipsden, nr Wallingford, 5 miles D - 01491 574065. Middleton Cheney: 10am, public library, 9 miles D. Longworth: 1.45pm, village centre, 4 miles D - 01367 710650.

Shropshire: 27 Dec: Church Stretton: 10.30am, cp on Easthope Rd, 8 miles - 01743 244922 (e). 28 Dec: Knowbury: 10.30am, village hall, 6 miles D - 01584 877375. 1 Jan: Ellesmere: 10am, Moors cp on A495/528 at southern end of Mere, 6 miles - 01691 623026. 1 Jan: Worfield: 10.30am, The Wheel pub, 5 miles D - 01902 843176.

Somerset (inc Bath & N.E.Somerset): 27 Dec: West Lydford: 10.30am, Parish church, 5 miles D - 01458 447421. 28 Dec: Luxborough: 10.15am, village hall cp, 9 miles D - 01823 324185. Wells: 10.30am, Moat Bishops Palace, 7-8 miles D - 01749 670019. 30 Dec: Bishop's Lydeard: 2pm, Lydeard Hill cp, 4 miles D - 01823 442509. 31 Dec: Wells: 1.30pm, Moat Bishops Palace, 5 miles D - 01749 670019. Norton Fitzwarren: 2pm, Hillfort cp (Blackdown View), 4 miles D - 01823 324185. 1 Jan: Clevedon: 10am, Salthouse Fields cp, 5 miles D - 01275 871236. Midsomer Norton: 10.30am, Safeway cp, 5 miles D - 01761 436398. Bath: 2pm, outside RSPCA centre, The Avenue off Convocation Avenue, Claverton Down, 4 miles D - 01225 826279 (d) or 01225 337240 (e).

Staffordshire: 27 Dec: Newborough: 10am, parish church, 4 miles D - 01283 565201. Cannock: 10.30am, Marquis Drive Visitors Centre, 4 miles D - 01543 274805. 28 Dec: Wolverhampton: 8.30am, West Park outer rim (opp. Summerfield Rd), to share cars, 13 miles inc. 2000 foot climb - 01902 758947. Sutton Coldfield: 9am, South Parade cp, 9 miles - 0121 3131563. Stourbridge: 10am, Stourbridge Junction railway station, 5 miles D - 01384 395692 (e). Lichfield: 10.30am, Friary long stay coach and lorry park, 6 miles - 01543 671962. Hanchurch: 10.45am, Hanchurch Hills picnic site, 7 miles - 01782 512851. 1 Jan: Lichfield: 10.30am, Friary long stay coach and lorry park, 6 miles - 01543 258439. 3 Jan: Wolverhampton: 9.30am, Broad St Basin cp (on ring road), 12 miles - 01902 847041 (e). 4 Jan: Tamworth: 10.30am, Spinning School Lane cp, 7 miles - 01827 383577.

Suffolk: 28 Dec: Barham: 10.30am, picnic site, Pesthouse Lane, Old Norwich Rd, 5 miles D - 01449 721121 (e). Aldeburgh: 10.30am, Slaugdon cp, south Aldeburgh, 5 miles D - 01728 648481. Sudbury: 10.30am, Kingfisher swimming pool cp, 5 miles D - 01787 210532. 1 Jan: Bury St Edmunds: 10.30am, Nowton Park cp, 5 miles D - 01284 768729.

Surrey: 27 Dec: Farnham: 10.15am, old road just north of 6 Bells roundabout on left of A287, 5 miles D- 01252 722081 (e). 28 Dec: Friday Street, nr Abinger: 10am, cp, 9 miles - 01483 417528. Guildford: 11am, Newlands Corner, A25, 8 miles - 01483 722018. Brookwood: 10am & 1.15pm, station cp, both 6 miles D - 01483 768548. 30 Dec: Chipstead: 10.30am, Holly Lane cp (B2219), nr Outwood Lane, 4 miles D - 01372 720816. Woking: 10.30am, Pyrford Common cp (off Old Woking Rd), 8 miles D - 01483 770484. 31 Dec: Witley: 10am, off Church Lane (200 yds from A283), 5-6 miles D - 01428 682842. Walton on the Hill: 10.30am, Walton Heath cp, Dorking Rd (B2032), 4 miles D - 01737 833155. 1 Jan: Shalford: 10.15am or 1.45pm, fig. of 8, the Parrot pub (park in indust. est. cp), 5 miles D - 01252 657741 (e).

Sussex (East): 28 Dec: Holtye: 10am, layby on south side of A264, just east of White Horse Inn, 5 miles D- 01892 536715. Crowborough: 1.30pm, Ghylls Lap cp, Ashdown Forest, 5 miles D - 01892 654850. 1 Jan: Alfriston: 10.15am, Alfriston Long Term Car Park (fee payable), 8 miles - 01323 730891. Battle: 10.30am, railway station, 5 miles D - 01424 773998 (e).

Sussex (West): 27 Dec: Horsham: 9.45am, Southwater Country Park visitor centre, 5 miles D - 01403 263346. 28 Dec: Crawley: 9.15am, railway station (to share cars), phone by 22/12 if require pub lunch, 8 miles - 01293 533242 (e). 31 Dec: Crawley: 9am, railway station or 9.45am, Duncton recreation ground, 8 miles - 01293 522715 (e).

Tyne & Wear (inc Gateshead & Sunderland): 28 Dec: Newcastle-upon-Tyne: 9.30am, Prudhoe Place coach stop, (prepaid coach trip to Elsdon: pounds 4 adults, pounds 2 under 14s), various linear walks between 10-14 miles - 0191 252 1949. 1 Jan: Sunniside: 1pm, Potters Wheel, 4 miles - 0191 4887693.

Warwickshire: 28 Dec: Alcester: 10.15am, Bull's Head Yard cp, 8 miles - 0121 779 4456. 30 Dec: Farnborough: 10am, Butcher's Arms, 6 miles - 01926 640815. 31 Dec: Banbury: 10am, Edgehill, Castle Inn, 6 miles D - 01608 642360. 1 Jan: Stratford-on-Avon: 10am, Gower Memorial, 8 miles - 01789 298061.

Wiltshire: 28 Dec: Horningsham: 10am, telephone kiosk nr Bath Arms, 8 miles - 01225 753897. 29 Dec: Salisbury: 10am, NT cp south of Dinton church, 6 miles D - 01722 330214. 1 Jan: Salisbury: 9.30am, Salt Lane cp, 11 miles - 01722 324949. Box: 10am, Selwyn Hall cp, 9 miles - 01225 761200.

Worcestershire: 29 Dec: Powick: 10.30am, Old Road, off A44, Bastonford, 5 miles - 01886 832064. 31 Dec: Castlemorton: 9.30am, Plume of Feathers, Castlemorton, 5 miles - 01684 560989.

Yorkshire (East Riding, Kingston Upon Hull & York): 1 Jan: Hedon: 10am, market place, 8 miles D - 01904 708479 (e).

Yorkshire (North): 28 Dec: Burniston: 10am, old railway track, coastal road, 12 miles - 01723 863975. Chop Gate: 10am, Clay Bank cp, 11 miles D - 01653 692478 (e). Cawood: 10am, cp next to bridge, 7 miles D - 01937 833574. Leyburn: 10am, Nun's Close cp, or 10.30am, Leyburn Market Place, 6 miles D - 01748 824218. 31 Dec: Ripon: 10.30am, Fountains Abbey visitor centre, 11 miles D - 01904 791187 (e). 1 Jan: Summerbridge, nr Harrogate: 10.15am, Brimham Rocks main cp, 8 miles D - 01943 873197 (e).

Yorkshire (South): 27 Dec: Sheffield: 9am, station tram stop, 8 miles D - 0114 238 9173. 28 Dec: Sheffield: 9.15am, Pond St Bus No 274 to Fairholmes, 8 miles D - 0114 2389173. 29 Dec: Sheffield: 9.27am, bus to Fox House, White Edle, 8 miles D - 0114 2389173. 30 Dec: Sheffield: 9am, Commercial Street for tram to Malin Bridle, 8 miles D- 0114 2389173.

Yorkshire (West): 28 Dec: Gargrave: 10am, cp, 11 miles - 0113 2403889. Harrogate: 10am, Gateway, Valley Gardens, 9 miles - 01423 872268. Ilkley: 11am, station, 5-6 miles D- 01943 609321. 29 Dec: Horsforth: 2pm, station, 5-6 miles D - 0113 2286274. 30 Dec: Menston: 11am, station, 5-6 miles D- 01943 873123. 31 Dec: Guisley: 10.30am, station, 6-8 miles D- 01943 863786.

Wales

Carmarthenshire: 28 Dec: Trap: 10.30am, Cennen Arms cp, 4 miles D - 01558 822960. 1 Jan: LLandybie: 10.30am, Red Lion cp, 4 miles D - 01550 777623. Llansaint: 11am, cp off Kings Arms, 5 miles D - 01554 759280.

Conwy: 27 Dec: Abergele: 1.30pm, opp. police station on A547, 4 miles - 01745 824611.

Gwent/Torfaen: 30 Dec: Pontypool: 10am, leisure centre cp, 8 miles D - 01495 772109.

Gwynedd: 28 Dec: Llandanwg: 10.30am, cp on turning off A496, over 1ml south of Harlech, 5 miles - 01341 440238. Llanberis: 11am, Oriel cp, 6 miles D. Chwilog: 11am, Lon Goed, 5-8 miles D - 01766 522238. Llanberis: 11am, cp, 6 miles - 01286 870441.

Merthyr Tydfil: 1 Jan: Ponsticill: 11am, The Red Cow pub, 5 miles D - 01443 836257.

Monmouthshire: 1 Jan: Chepstow:10am, Castle cp, 6 miles - 01594 530928.

Powys: 27 Dec: Llangattock: 10am, cp opp. church, 9 miles D - 01495 773495 (e). Llangammarch Wells: 10am, Aberceiros Inn, 6 miles - 01591 620295. 28 Dec: Knighton: 10.15am, Crossways (on A488 on to B3456), 13 miles inc. 2,000ft climb - 01902 758947. 30 Dec: Llanbrynmair: 10am, cp opp. Wynnstay Arms Hotel, 8 miles - 01650 521544.

Rhondda Cynon Taff: 28 Dec: Llantrisant: 10am, leisure centre cp (to share cars), 6 miles - 01443 740507. 30 Dec: Aberdare: 10am, Dare Valley Country Park centre cp, 7 miles - 01443 223470. 1 Jan: Llantrisant: 11am, leisure centre cp (to share cars), 8 miles - 01222 890621.

Swansea: 1 Jan: Gower: 10am, A4118 Rose Cottage, west of Penmaen, visiting Cefn Bryn, Mill Wood, Penrice Hse & Castle, Nicholaston Wood & Burrows, 7 miles D (no extending leads) - 01792 367188.

Wrexham: 28 Dec: Erdigg: 10am, Yale Hostel cp, 4-5 miles D - 01978 755406. 29 Dec: Glyn Ceiriog: 10.30am, Pont-y-Meibion, river bridge, 2mls SW of Glyn Ceiriog, 5 miles - 01691 718771.

Scotland

Aberdeen: 4 Jan: Castlegate: 11am, Mercat Cross, 5 miles.

Ayrshire (south): 28 Dec: Troon: 9am, Fullerton Woods cp, 7 miles - 01563 527996 (d). Straiton: 9am, cp, 8 miles - 01294 822158. Irvine: 9am, Volunteer Rooms, 8 miles - 01294 822158.

Dumbartonshire: 27 Dec: Dumbarton: 10am, Overtoun House, 7 miles - 0141 4290893 (e).

East Lothian: 28 Dec: Dalkeith: 9.30am, indoor bowling club cp, 8 miles - 0131 6639335 (e). Whitecraig: 10am, Crossgate Hall cp, 7 miles - 01506 635901.

Edinburgh: 2 Jan: Riccarton: 10.45am, Riccarton Arms cp, short walk - 0131 3374544 (e).

Fife: 27 Dec: Kingsbarns: 1.30pm, village square, 4 miles D - 01334 657573. 28 Dec: Wormit: 10am, end of public road at Wormit Bay, 6 miles D - 01382 623052 (e). Leslie: 10.30am, Holl Reservoir cp off A911 bet. Leslie and Auchmuirbridge, 8 miles - 01592 873297. Charlestown: 10.30am, Harbour cp, Limekilns, 3 miles - 01383 723560. Kettlebridge: 11am, Main Street (garage end), 5 miles - 01592 750332.

Stirlingshire: 30 Dec: Stirling:11am, Linden Avenue cp, 5 miles - 01786 472323.

West Lothian: 31 Dec: Linlithgow: 9am, Linlithgow Cross (bus stance) for bus trip to Uphall, 12 miles - 01506 845234 (e).

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