The Woodland Trust who now own the Smithills Estate have applied to site a mobile food van on its newly made car park at Walker Fold. Whilst the Trust is doing great work in restoring and re-planting Smithills Moor we, the Ramblers, object to this planning proposal as it is out of keeping with the character of the area. Also, as the Trust intends to license a mobile caterer to use the site see the problems of littering unless strictly managed. The Woodland Trust have offered and we have accepted to meet with them to discuss their proposals, but as yet a date has not been agreed.

The Ramblers Association's Area Support Officer is intending to hold a number of leadership training days in our area for members who want to a take a more active role.

Diane Simcoe, our Area Support Officer, thinks "that such a meeting would be useful for groups, as well as the area, to encourage new people to consider taking on new responsibilities by inviting anyone interested in taking up an area or group role in future".

The proposed dates are Saturday 9th November, Monday 11th November and Saturday 16th November. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at, and we will furnish more information.

BOLTON RAMBLERS is part of The Walking Partnership.

This partnership, supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, provides direct financial contributions to local walking groups to help with organising group walks, encouraging people to get out walking, helping to clear and improve footpaths, providing equipment to help walkers etc. Now our group can benefit directly. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays operate group walking holidays in the UK and all around the world. Holidays are graded in terms of difficulty, and there is a full range from sightseeing right up to hut-to-hut mountain treks. Take a look at their website on or give them a call on 01707 331133 for more details or to order a brochure. Remember when you book to quote the name of our group, and we will then receive a contribution of £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays. This extra funding could really make a difference to us! For more details, visit The Walking Partnership website at