monthly, usually on the last Wednesday of each month, at 10am
by the village hall.
Walks are not long or
strenuous; 5 or 6 miles on average, each with a different leader. Come along to
see the countryside in all its moods, sometimes
sunshine, often with a shower or two, even perhaps with a carpet of
walkers might pass stone-age remains, badger setts and tracks, and
fascinating old farmhouses and cottages.
enjoy sweeping views over the Cheshire plain, Peak District panoramas
of hills and dales, and gentler scenery by canals and parkland in Lyme,
Alderley and Ladybrook.
You are guaranteed a
friendly welcome when you join us.
are being prepared by Steve Reynolds for a walking 'weekend'. This will
take place on Sunday & Monday 28,29 June. Location is the
Raven Hall Hotel (http://www.ravenhall.co.uk/)
at Ravenscar, N. Yorks. It’s
between Scarborough & Whitby at the south end of Robin Hood’s
The main walk on the Monday will include part of the Cleveland Way.
Indication of hotel cost is £49 per person per night for a
double room including dinner.
If you are interested, please e-mail Steve by 16th November with a copy
to Walter, so that rooms can be booked.
Any walking group members who have changed their e-mail
address recently, or who haven't received e-mail reminders of walks,
please send their updated e-mail
address to Walter Mason.
ALL WEDNESDAYS Meet at the
Village Hall at 10am unless stated otherwise.
at 10am for Walter’s mystery
walk, which won’t be more
than 4 miles, and should be
walkable by all –
could be a couple of
inclines and occasional mud
a meal or light refreshments.
Report on the Walk Bright
sunshine brought 34 curious walkers for Walter’s mystery walk
This led them from Wyevale garden centre up through the woods to the
site of Marple Hall, home of the Bradshaw family from 1658, but
demolished in 1960 to make way for Marple Hall School. Our party passed
through the estate to the semi - mansions of Dale Road, and descended
past the canoe centre to the wooded valley of the River Goyt.
herons entertained us by Lower Dale farm, but we walked on to the weir
and ford opposite Chadkirk. This is the spot where Sustrans want to
build a cycle bridge, recently featured on TV. Good for the cyclists,
perhaps less good for nature lovers, in that the cyclists would have to
appropriate some public footpaths, and would make a currently peaceful
area much less so. Recent storms had breached the weir, and left their
mark with one or two fallen trees.
Finally our group
climbed up through the woods and down again to Otter’s Pool, and the
pleasant surroundings of Wyevale conservatory restaurant, who just
about coped with our numbers and our varied demands. It had been an
easy walk with only the odd patch of mud, and although the large group
held together well, on a route with stiles or sterner ground, we could
have been straggling and scattered.
It was great to see a record turnout, but it did raise the possibility
of logistical problems for the future, if we frequently have such
FEBRUARY 27 David
for a 5 mile walk in the area of Styal and
the woods by the river
Bollin. Meet at 10am and bring packed lunch.
The walk is fairly flat,
but there will be several sets of steps.
Report on the Walk Once again we were
very fortunate with the weather, and 24 turned up for the February
Starting from Twinnies Bridge, between Wilmslow and Styal we meandered
along the "apprentice" path to Greg's Mill and a coffee stop. The walk
continued down river, but not all downhill, as there were a couple of
areas where the river bank has to be negotiated up and down lengths of
The River Bollin had to be crossed and recrossed several times, and
after the last bridge there was a suitable picnic spot, with lots of
fallen logs to sit upon. The sun came out and it was very pleasant.
On leaving the river, we negotiated a number of field paths, wooded
glens and boardwalks, bringing the group to the final river crossing
and the car park. Most people enjoyed the walk, although one or two
might have found it a little long.
Thanks to David Lloyd for leading the walk, and for providing the
26 Meet at 9.30am for an intermediate
4 mile walk in the Strines area.
is a steady climb of about 400 feet part way round the walk
and some of the tracks, which are rough
uneven, become very
muddy after prolonged rain. There
is the opportunity to have lunch
Sportsman after the walk. Leaders Barbara & John McCartney.
Report on the Walk In
March, 22 of us joined John McCartney. We walked past the millpond and
distinctive dovecote of the former printworks, past Strines Hall, and
up the long muddy incline to Brookbottom hamlet. Rumour does tell
of Morris dancing at the Fox Inn, but not on this drizzly day. A
gentle contour with sweeping views over the valley of the river Goyt
led us to Mellor golf course,
where we turned down Linnet Clough past
wide swathes of ramsons (often incorrectly called wild garlic ).The
chopped and cooked leaves of ramsons
(allium ursinum) have been used to
flavour dishes and sauces,
but are rated inferior to cultivated garlic
Roman Lakes and the Roman Bridge took us quickly back to the Sportsman
for enjoyable and substantial meals. Thanks to
John for his very
Led by Rae and Ray. Meet High Lane 10.00am with packed lunch,
for directions to the start, for a promised lovely 5 miles mainly flat
walk at Swettenham, dry and safe to walk on! There will be a
opportunity after the walk, either to visit Quinta arboretum (£2
donation - but free to RHS members), or for a drink in the pub (if well
dressed, and still open!).
Report on the Walk
and Rae took 23 of us to Swettenham for a very pleasant walk in the
well kept Cheshire countryside. We left the Swettenham Arms (a
former nunnery, reputably with a secret tunnel through to the nearby
church), and walked quiet lanes and the attractive bridle path across
the fast flowing River Dane through to Brereton Heath Country Park.
former heathland was extensively quarried for its high grade silica
sand to be used locally in glass making and in the
Midlands for iron foundry casting. The quarry has now become a
lake surrounded by pleasant birchwoods and open glades, and as is
nowadays common in country parks, with an occasional wood carving.
the rest of the country was suffering heavy downpours, we were blessed
with fine weather for walking, and for eating our packed lunches.
The walk was not overlong, but one or two did get up sufficient
thirst for a jar or two in the Swettenham Arms. Many thanks to
Ray and Rae for their walk.
May walk will be on MAY 21ST (a week earlier than usual). Richard
Susan Clark will lead a fairly easy 4½ mile walk with some
a pub lunch afterwards at Mottram St. Andrew. Meet at High Lane
going directly to the start, the pub is the Bulls Head/Osteria Mauro
Mottram Cross, Mottram St. Andrew - grid ref SJ 881784 - park in the
rear car park.
Report on the Walk Eighteen
of us (including a visitor from Liverpool) enjoyed the walk led by
Richard and Susan Clark. They took us to the pleasantly
undulating meadows and woods between Mottram St Andrew, Hare Hill and
the ridge of Alderley Edge. Late bluebells sprinkled the
undergrowth, fishing ponds were all around, and there were lovely views
of the distant Cheshire plain and the nearby hills of Lyme and Sponds.
In one field
were cattle with calves, of a breed we couldn’t identify, but
they tolerated our passage. Other walking groups passed to and
fro, one had some old University friends of our Chairman John, and
there was even a group from Formby. Occasional rough ground and
an awkward stile or two were the only blemishes on a very pleasant walk
with a very pleasant meal to follow at Osteria Mauros (formerly the
Bull’s Head). Many thanks to Richard and Susan.
– meet 1000am High Lane, with packed lunch for a 6 miles fairly
walk, which starts on the Long Hill road out of Whaley Bridge, at a lay
by on the right soon after leaving the traffic lights.
Report on the Walk Brian
and Alison took 14 of us on an interesting walk in the Taxal,
Windgather, Fernilee area. The walk climbed up to the beautifully
situated St. James Church in Taxal, and past the former Chimes of Taxal
restaurant (remember it?) which is now a private house, before finding
a lovely concession path ascending Taxal Edge and further to Windgather
descent through the fringes of the Goyt forest, still devastated in
places from past storms, led to the tracks leading round to Fernilee
dam. Then it was an easy descent past Fernilee, with clusters of
Fragrant Orchids and an occasional Ragged Robin in the damp meadows by
the river Goyt, until a last short climb through Shallcross Wood led to
our cars. Very
mixed weather had kept us on our toes, but the clear views and fresh
countryside gave us a worthwhile walk, hillier than most, but a good
warm-up for those going on the Grasmere weekend.
30 Walter Mason – bring bus passes and packed lunch, and
meet at 9.45am for a choice of 5 or 7 mile walks. We will catch the
9.59am 199 Buxton/Skyline bus as far as Dove Holes, and return by 199
bus either from the Hanging Gate at Combs, or the Jodrell Arms at
Whaley Bridge. One longish hill at the start, but then a lot of
downhill on good roads/paths, with just one stretch which is fairly
rough, possibly muddy. If going straight to Dove Holes, aim to be
there for 1036am.
Report on the Walk A
leaden sky and occasional drizzle greeted the 16 walkers, who boarded
the 199 bus to Doveholes. Doveholes is not the prettiest village,
but a climb past the grey houses surprised our group with close views
of the sharp ridges of Lady How and Castle Naze, and a panorama across
to Chapel-en-le Frith, Kinder and Rushup.
After a coffee stop, Walter led us down past the modernised buildings
of Ridge Farm, and through the beech
trees to Chapel-en-le-Frith
station (Walter’s grandfather had been stationmaster there
1910 to 1930, and the family lived in the Station House, now a
After sandwiches, now in warm sunshine, we followed railway paths to
Combs, to link up with the waterside path round Combs reservoir.
3 walkers headed for the nearby bus stop, but the other 13
continued up to Tunstead farm onto a little used field path to Cadster
House and farm (Brian Allerton’s mother was born here in 1909).
Then it was down to the Whaley Bridge outskirts and the bus home.
By common consent, an attractive 7½ mile walk on new
countryside, and the use of bus passes a useful tool for the future.
Heap's walk in August will be 4½-
5 miles in the Grindleford/Padley
area with some hills. Meet at 9.30 am
with a packed lunch.
Report on the Walk Recent
heavy rains had left Grindleford paths excessively muddy, so Don Heap
switched the August walk to firmer terrain locally. Don led 10 of
us past Disley St. Mary’s, up the gradual climb of Green Lane
(not so green these days!), with sweeping views over Kinder and
Lyme. Thick grey clouds kept dry as we followed Mudhurst Lane,
had a coffee stop, and did the steeper climb to Bowstonegate.
Then it was
downhill to Knightslow Wood, with glimpses of familiar Red Deer and
surprisingly light-coloured Sika (?) Deer, on opposite sides. After a
pleasant sandwich stop by the lake, Don took us through the Arboretum
(new to several), with a few Autumn leaves beginning to show, down the
Elmerhurst trail, and back to our cars at Disley station. All 10
enjoyed Don’s walk, very suitable for the day with the misty
air obscuring the distant views.
SEPTEMBER 24 Sam Chappell
- About 5 miles in
Ridge/Strines/Brookbottom area (Possible
shorter/easier variation). Meet at 10.00
Two alternatives for food - either
pre-order sandwiches the day before from the Fox Inn @
£2.80/£3 - 0161 427
1634, or bring packed lunch, and just buy a drink at the Fox on the day.
Report on the Walk Lucky
were the 13 who joined Sam Chappell’s “maiden” walk.
They enjoyed a lovely walk in the picturesque Strines valley.
From Marple Ridge, we descended overgrown Plucksbridge Road
(however did we drive cars down there 40 years ago?), went over the
canal and down to the Roman Bridge and Lakes (there used to be a
massive mill here – scenically it is a blessing in disguise that
it burned down years ago!).
Hall (Old Hall), we climbed the ancient track towards Gibb Lane, but
turned across Mellor Golf Course, with stunning views to our right, on
our way to the charming hamlet of Brookbottom, and its welcoming Fox
Inn. There the sun came out as we had our lunch stop.
A warm and
pleasant amble down to Strines village followed, where the millpond
dovecote is now being disturbed by an unwelcome housing scheme, before
we had to climb up to the High Peak canal, past the ancestral 17C
cottage of David Lloyd’s wife.
29 Louanne Collins –
Meet 9.30, with packed
lunch, to walk in the
Ashford-in-the-Water/Monsall Head area.
Report on the Walk 19
joined Peter and Louanne Collins and undeterred by dire BBC warnings
of dangerous icy roads, we zoomed through the High Peak to
Ashford-in-the-Water. A clear blue sky and frost-free landscape
greeted our walkers, as we threaded the limestone field paths and
narrow muddy lanes, with a gradual ascent to a surprise aerial view of
the Monsal viaduct. The narrow path above steep slopes led to a
drinks stop at the picnic tables of Monsal Head viewpoint.
Then a steep,
but easy descent dropped us down to the dale and a footbridge crossing
over the River Wye, well swollen from weekend rains. The grassy
walk by the river was suffering from too much damp and too many
pedestrians, but the views of the weir and the Monsall Dale woods were
superb. “Peaks’ Autumn Leaves Are Golden And
Brown”, said the poem on a passing bench!
After a lunch
stop at White Lodge, we skirted Dimin Dale (or Demon’s Dell),
which was settled 4½ thousand years ago by Beaker folk.
Then a climb into Shacklow Woods, with one or two slippy
stretches. Back down to the River Wye, there was interest from
fish jumping in the extensive fish ponds, from the Magpie Sough –
the drainage tunnel from the former Magpie lead mine (once navigated by
one of our members!), and from the Shacklow Mill – with its
unusual two water wheels, one on either side!
But soon we
were back at Sheepwash Bridge in Ashford-in-the-Water, having very much
enjoyed Peter and Louanne’s walk.
26 Ruth and Dave Smith
at 9.30am, for a short and relatively easy walk
in Castleton, followed by a pub lunch.
Report on the Walk
On a grey drizzly day at High Lane, 25 went with Ruth and Dave Smith to
a surprisingly sunny Castleton for our 3 mile stroll. But not for
long, as the mist overtook us by the stream to Hollowford Road, and we
swung round on some muddy paths to Dinscar Farm, and by Odin Sitch
(stream) to the remains of Odin Mine.
We passed the
protected grindstone and joined the former Manchester/Sheffield
trunk road, closed in 1977
because of persistent severe subsidence (the slippage below Mam Tor).
As we hit some heavy drizzle, Ruth and Dave streered us along an easier
route on the quiet road below Treak Cliff back to assorted meals at the
Castle Hotel, where we thanked them for
a well-judged walk.
17 * Steve Reynolds–The
walk will be 4/5 miles from the Devonshire Arms,
Mellor, followed by a pub lunch.
Meet at 9.45
* NB walk not on
2009 Walking Weekend
are being prepared by Steve Reynolds for a walking 'weekend' at
next summer. Those on email will be circulated with details when
finalised. Any walking group members who have changed their email
address recently, or who haven't received email reminders of walks,
please send their updated email
address to Walter Mason.
– Alderley Edge Copper Mine – Paul Stubbs,
Derbyshire Caving Club