the last Wednesday in September, Mike Snape and his wife led 15 of us
along the grand series of 20 limestone wall stiles to cross Linen Dale
(a dry dale derived from "lime tree valley") and gradually descended to
Eyam. This village is famed for the villagers' heroism in
1665, following the arrival of plague bacillus amongst
cloth from London. The rector and inhabitants isolated
themselves to prevent the spread of bubonic plague to others, but at
the loss of 260 villagers.
Eyam was full of interest, and Mike pointed out several plaques on
buildings, including the pigeon loft from where "pigeon post" took
sales/ordering messages to Macclesfield from one of the local mills.
returned past Dunlow farm along an easy walled track, and looped round
on pleasant field paths by Silly Dale (another dry dale).
Suddenly we re-entered the picturesque village of Foolow,
complete with duckpond, stocks, churches, and most satisfying of all, a
welcoming Bulls Head pub for a very pleasant pensioners' meal!
Thanks Mike and Margaret
Report on the Walk
October 25th, in spite of a pessimistic forecast from BBCs Dianne
Oxbury, Don Heap had an assembly of 12 as we strolled past the church
of St. Mary the Virgin in Disley, and then up past the cottages of
Green Lane, with their memorabilia collections of post boxes and
telephone boxes. There was an Autumn stillness in the air, with misty
views towards Lyme Park cage, before we admired the profusion of wild
rose berries in the recently planted Millennium wood, courtesy of
Macclesfield Council. The weather remained relatively kind while we
passed Bolden Hall farm (now split up into separate dwellings), climbed
to the ancient Bowstones, and descended to Knights Low. Distant red
deer stags, mixed groups of Highland cows and white fallow deer
shepherded us along to Lyme Hall.
A huge beech tree gave good shelter as the forecast rain finally
arrived, but sandwiches, drinks and conversation revived us. Then we
enjoyed the pleasant paths in the mini-arboretum of Crow Wood, through
the Horse Chestnuts, Beech and Monkey Puzzle trees, and onto the
Elmerhurst trail with Fly Agaric toadstools lurking under the Sweet
Chestnuts. The toadstools had attractively coloured spotted caps, but
thoughts of severe sickness and coma reminded us not to be tempted. We
got a little wetter on the exposed track back to Disley, but were soon
back to our cars, and thanking Don for his excellent walk.
Wednesday 29th November.
Richard and Susan Clark will lead a mostly level 4-5 mile walk between
Whiteley Green and Kerridge. Meet 10am, pub lunch.
Report on the Walk
29th dawned bright and fair, and with holidays over encouraged a mass
turn out of 29 walkers. We headed for Bollington and an easy, but very
pleasant, stroll of 5 miles by the Macclesfield canal and former
Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple railway. The going was good, with
just the occasional flights of steps to make us watch our footing. We
admired the 60 foot canal aqueduct, and refused to be tempted by the
tea shop at the Clarence Mill, no longer producing high quality fine
cotton clothing, linen and lace goods. We passed the Windmill pub at
Whiteley Green, where archery butts are set up, before we headed back
past Bollington to the Kerridge. There we crossed the old tramway
incline and skirted past the former Redway Tavern, once a popular and
thriving historic pub, but now a pair of bland and sad looking
Earlier in the walk, Richard and Susan Clark our walk leaders, had
liaised with our lunch pub to ensure food for all – happily
was, and at pensioners prices too! With our large turnout, the decibel
level swiftly rose as the happy conversation amply demonstrated our
appreciation to Richard and Susan, and our real enjoyment with the walk
Walter Mason will take a 3-4 mile
walk in the Wildboarclough area, with
a pub lunch. Meet 10am.
Report on the Walk
walking group saw off 2006 with a picturesque walk in Wildboarclough
(pronounced “Wilbercluff”by the locals). The valley was
pleasantly quiet and misty, and we observed the contrast between the
gentle bubbling stream, and the scene seventeen years ago. Then a
cloudburst caused the destruction of 3 bridges by 18 foot deep flash
floods and the death by drowning of a car driver, commemorated in a
plaque on one of the rebuilt bridges over Clough Brook. Later in the
walk, a local farmer described how his outbuildings had been washed
away by the torrent, and how a cow had been swept downstream –
only to recover and stagger back!
The walk was a mere 3 miles, but we saw the
grand building which used to house
the largest sub post office in England. We passed the attractive St.
Saviour’s Church, the imposing Crag Hall (country seat of the
Earls of Derby), and some lovely scenery; all this within a scattered
country parish of about 200 people.
The 18 of us had a friendly welcome at the Crag Inn (formerly Bottom
o’ th’ Bank Farm) and there were
definite thoughts of returning in the
2007, with a longer walk to tackle Shutlingsloe or Three
Shires Head. Watch this space!