The branch's annual New Year's walk will be on Saturday, January 2 when we will walk the approximately four miles from Cholmondeston Lock on the SU Middlewich Branch to The Badger Inn at Church Minshull, with the aim of arriving there in time for lunch!
The walk will begin promptly at 10.30am, so those wishing to join the walk should arrive in good time from 10.00am at Venetian Marina (CW5 6DD) where car parking is available.
Branch member and co-ordinator of the Shropshire Union Middlewich Branch Adopters (SUMBA) – Graham Russell – has agreed to guide the walk, and he and members of his team will be on hand to explain the pleasures and challenges of adopting a length of waterway, the successes so far some eighteen months into the adoption and what SUMBA still aims to achieve. The group has also kindly offered to provide notes for walkers on items of interest on our route.
This year’s walk breaks with recent tradition in that it is not a circular route, so while energetic and enthusiastic walkers have the opportunity to retrace their steps back to Cholmondeston, IWA and SUMBA members have volunteered to provide transport from Church Minshull back to Venetian Marina for those who feel that the one-way walk is quite enough fresh air for one day!
The Winter Walk is usually a popular event, so we hope to see plenty of members and their friends on the day. Please note that the trail involves crossing a small number of stiles, takes in the canal towpath and woodland tracks and is not hard surfaced, so please wear appropriate footwear.
If you know you would like to join the walk, a quick text to 07801 415573 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org would be much appreciated to help us plan transport logistics, and to give the pub an indication of how many lunch guests to expect.
Sample lunch menus can be found on The Badger’s website at www.badgerinn.co.uk.