Each week the Chester Chronicle lands on my doormat. Its really useful. Sometimes when I come back from a walk with Tony, my walking boots are muddy, and there really isn’t anything that protects the carpet better than the “Chron”.
Christmas last year, I decided to actually read it. In amongst the plumbers and transvestite prostitutes, was a section on clubs and societies. From here, I found out about the excellent Chester Globetrotters and I’ve been to every meeting since.
About halfway through the year, they organised a pint after the meetings, and I got talking to a girl called Sarah. She tald me about a really cool walking group, of committed people, who were friendly and unpretentious.
I normally I go walking 3 weekends out of 4 with Tony, around the Chester – Warrington train-line area, but I wanted to do more.
I initially attended an evening walk, and found everyone to be just as described. After an interesting walk/tour around Tarporley, we had a pint in the local pub.
A few evenings later I attended a pub crawl around Chester which I really enjoyed (Glenn even came along, and he’s more mountain biker than walker).
I decided to join, and attended my first day walk as a full member, around Liverpool. We passed through Sefton park and visited the Palm house, a sort of Victorian style botanical garden.
The walk had been superbly planned by Brian, and as we continued on, we stopped at Liverpools Anglican Cathedral for lunch. I’ve never been there before, it was quite spectacular inside.
After this, we headed into Liverpool, to join the Mathews street festival. Not my sort of thing, so headed home. Varied and interesting, what a fantastic trip.
Since then, Glenn has joined (even though he doesn’t like walking that much, he’s more of a mountain biker). I’ve arranged to go on a weekend away over Christmas, which only cost £65. I’m delighted to be a member, and it only costs £10 for the year.
So whats the moral of the story.
1. Never overlook any opportunity for adventure, even if its a boring local newspaper.
2. If you read about an organized group, don’t go into it with any preconceptions. It may be that they are weirdo’s, but the highest likelihood is, they are a group of ordinary people like you, who just want to get together and share a hobby.
The Chester and District Walking Group website can be found here.