Wednesday Walkers

British Empire Medal

Our president Ida Ashworth has been awarded a "British Empire Medal" in the Queens 2019 New Year's Honours list for services to the community in Oldham.

Congratulations Ida from the Wednesday Walkers.

To see more about Ida's involvement in the Wednesday walkers read the notes on our About our club page.

Introduction to our Club

The Wednesday Walkers Walking Club is a happy and friendly walking club, based in the Oldham area. We currently have about 260 members. We pride ourselves on having enjoyable walks in good company. The club arranges 4 levels of walks every Wednesday, except for during the Christmas period. During the Summer months the Amblers who are the longer standing members have a monthly social walk to meet up with each other.
We also have a residential week in October and a day's trip by coach in June and September. The walks are graded. Level 1 is the easiest grade, offering walks of approximately 5-7 miles. There are normally very few hills. Level 2 walks cover 6-8 miles, whilst Level 3 cover 8-10 miles with more hills. Level 4 walks are the hardest, being 10-12 miles and possibly include very steep hills. Level 1 and 2 walks normally start at 10:30 am from places accessible by public transport whilst levels 3 and 4 require private transport and start at 10:00 am. Members are happy to offer lifts if asked.
The walks are led by members of the club. Without these leaders the club could not function so it is hoped that new members will consider leading walks in the future. The programme is set and published in 3 month periods. On the last Wednesday of each quarter we always have a shorter walk so that we can meet for a Potato Pie Lunch. This enables all members, old and new, to meet socially and officials to exchange information.
All walks are open to all members. However, some walks may travel through quite arduous, remote and exposed areas in severe weather conditions. Members must consider whether their level of fitness and equipment match the demands; a sturdy pair of boots, a good waterproof jacket and trousers are basic essentials. You will also need a picnic lunch each week and drinks whether water or tea/coffee/soup. Advice on equipment is always available from experienced club members.
The club is formally organised. We have a President, Chairman, Secretary and many other officials who help to run the organisation. Each year there is an Annual General Meeting which is always very well attended. There are few club rules but the important ones involve safety and are printed in the Members Handbook. Consequently, we always walk as a group. Walkers should not walk in front of the leader nor be behind the "backmarker". Please note that dogs are not permitted on walks.
In the early months of the year we offer various training, basic first aid and heart start training, Classroom map and compass training, Field map and compass training and Leadership skills. This training is all free but we ask for small donations to organisations such as British Heart Foundation, Air Ambulance and Mountain Rescue. It is important that we support these organisations where possible. Please be our guest for 3 weeks and if you wish to join there is a membership fee, currently 5, for each year starting in January.

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Forthcoming events

30 October 2019 Walk 4 Autumn Special to Blackpool.

All welcome to join this walk with Geoff Sumner.
Start Lytham Station, Station Square, Lytham, FY8 5PA. SD 365274. Pay and display or on-street parking available.
Option of travel by coach from Royton Methodist Church leaving 1:00pm with drop off for different distances. Cost 14.00 (contact Maureen Lindsay. 01706 376066)
Linear walk along the coast to Blackpool North Pier incorporating Blackpool Illuminations, via Lytham Windmill, Fairhaven Lake and St Annes Promenade.
Flat on sand and tarmac. 10 miles.
Optional Fish and chips before return.
Note walk start time 3:00pm. Coach leaving for return home 8:45pm prompt

6 November 2019 Walk 3 Early Christmas Lunch.

Alma Inn Car Park, Four Lane Ends, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 4NS. SE028215.
Morning walk only of approx 6 miles, Arrive 1:00pm for lunch at 1:30pm.
Menu to follow. 2 Courses 15.00 3 courses 19.00 Just join us for the meal or walk and eat. Everyone welcome. To book a place contact Maureen Lindsay 01706 376066

11 December 2019 Wednesday Walkers Christmas Meal

White Hart Lydgate. Meal cost 26.50
See your social reps for menu and choices.

Thursday 16January 2020 Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held at Trinity Methodist Church Royton. Time to be confirmed.

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Footpath Issues

Any footpath issues reported by club members are recorded by our footpath secretary. The current list along with the actions taken can be downloaded from the link below.

Click here to download the latest footpath issues report.

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Club Documents

Click on the item to download a document

Chairmans Report 2019 AGMAGM Minutes 2019
Our Constitution.Health and Safety Guidance.
Club Rules.Incident Report.
Leaders Guidelines.Application form and introduction.
Privacy Statement 


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