proposals for the 2011 away days have been sent out by Walter.
Click HERE for details.
He would like a prompt response.
meet monthly, usually on the last Wednesday of each month, at 10am
by the village hall.
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.
are guaranteed a friendly welcome when you join us.
Programme of Walks
- Click on the date link for the walk report.
not on last Wednesday
27 LOUANNE & PETER COLLINS - A Bollington walk.
Meet at 9:30
DEC 15* GERRY & JAN CHARTRES
walk will be 4 miles at Rainow going up and
with a pub meal which will need to be booked in
advance. Meet 930,
to go to the Robin Hood pub.
JANUARY 27Louanne &
walk. Report on the Walk
For the first walk of 2010, twenty two walkers braved the
somewhat damp conditions for a five mile ramble led by
Louanne and Peter Collins, starting from the
Adlington Road car park, Bollington.
The walk took us north along the Middlewood way, then across
fields, skirting Styperson Pool, climbing
eventually to Long Lane. On a good day this would
have given fine views across the Cheshire Plain. The evidence of
mining in the area caused some interest.
The 22 walkers returned to their starting point along the canal
towpath, and finished the day with a convivial lunch at the Vale Inn;
an added attraction being its own microbrewery.
Louanne and Peter Collins
Brian & Alison's Manchester canals
walk. Report on the Walk Alison
and Brian Allerton had a winner with this city centre canal walk.
They expertly led 27 of us, along the Rochdale, Bridgewater and
Manchester Ship canals from Piccadilly Station to the Lowry Theatre at
Students of industrial heritage had a field day as we passed a series
of canal locks, mighty rail bridges, lifting and swing bridges and the
massive array of docks. There were touches of human interest too,
from the horse assistance posts and stones grooved by tow ropes, to the
old lock-keepers house.
But modern architecture was around too, from the new footbridge by
Piccadilly Station, reflected views of the 711 foot high (235m) Beetham
tower block, to the varied shapes by the Lowry Centre. Even
wildlife was not entirely absent. No promised herons, but a
cormorant and a pair of (bald= white faced) coots swam amongst the
canada geese, herring gulls and a swan.
After a fascinating 4 miles, we happily went our various ways; to the
outlet shops, the many eating places, perhaps the War Museum or the
metro back to town. There is no truth in the rumour that Sam
brought us back in his stretch limo!
walk. Report on the Walk Steve
Reynolds had a group of ten for his walk, who made a democratic
decision to forgo the long drive to the pleasures of Dovedale because
of the possible snow forecast on the Peak District roads. Instead
we gathered at Roman Lakes and set off by the River Goyt.
Strawberry Hill was ablaze, not with strawberries, but with
daffodills, as we dodged the puddles on the track to Greenclough Farm.
There we headed upwards by bridleways, quiet roads, and steep paths to
the plain wooden cross on Cobden Edge, a beacon point of 327metres, or
1009 feet. Hardy church people of Marple might have been making
pilgrimage to the cross for early service on Good Friday morning, two
days after us.
We were not so hardy, so lingered only briefly to scan the extensive,
but misty view towards Cheshire and Manchester, before moving on to
Cobden Edge Farm and Whetmorhirst. There the footpath went
elusively through a picturesque house garden, before following the
stream bank down to Gibb Lane and Tarden. Then it was an easy
descent from the Golf Club House and Linnet Clough Scout Camp, past
banks of Ransom (wild garlic) and Bottom’s Hall to an early
sandwich lunch by the lakeside.
The rain had been minimal, but the air was unseasonably
cold, so we were pleased that Steve had kept an alternative up his
sleeve as we thanked him for his very pleasant 4 mile walk.
climb. Report on the Walk A
group of 14 walkers tackled the 1659 feet (506 metres) of Shutlings
Loe, “The Cheshire Matterhorn”, in ideal conditions.
It was dry underfoot, with a milky sun and balmy breeze, and the steady
climb from Wildboarclough with its steep last section was worth it with
the extensive views from the summit trig. point.
After carefully descending a short rough section, we picked up a grassy
sheep track, which easily us led down to the alternative footpath, and
a retreat towards the valley and Bank Top Farm. A very pleasant
track led northwards to the valley road, where a stroll on the road was
followed by another track past attractive cottages to St.
Saviour’s Church. This was open, so we had a brief visit to
view the surprisingly large interior until hunger pangs caused a return
to the Crag Inn. Food was slow to come, but eventually welcome.
All seemed to enjoy the 3 - 4 mile route, and we appreciated the
occasional sounds of lark, curlew, and pheasant, and glimpses of an
unidentified bird of prey and an unperturbed heron in this quietly
beautiful part of Cheshire.
Glossop to Longdendale Report on the Walk Richard
Clark led a group of 17 from the interesting surroundings of Old
Glossop, to explore a new area for many. We were led up past Cote
Lodge, up alongside a waterfall and the Swineshaw Reservoirs and over
the fields to Little Padfield Farm and Padfield (home of The Peels Arms
with its Hole in the Wall test and certificate).
After a coffee stop with lovely views of the Longdendale Valley, we
descended to the former railway line, now converted to long distance
trails – the Trans Pennine Trail or Longdendale Trail are both on
this track. Then a little further to skirt Bottoms and
Valehouse Reservoirs – part of the famous chain of 5
Longdendale reservoirs, and continued as far as the heavily
There we had to climb some fairly rough semi-moorland, to join the
Woodhead Road. A left turn took us past Blackshaw farm, where several
horses had young foals, into a short stretch of pleasant woodland, and
past a large enclosure with hens, small pigs, and displaying peacocks.
A short diversion past Shire Hill Hospital soon brought us to our cars
opposite the Wheatsheaf, where a locally brewed beer proved
popular. Our food order was soon with us, and was well cooked and
enjoyed – as we had all enjoyed the varied 5 mile walk, and
thanked Richard and Sue for leading us. The promised heavy
showers on the Pennines had held off, and the cool grey day had been
good for walking.
Delamere Forest Report on the Walk Only
a select group of 8 did the Delamere Forest walk, perhaps deterred by
the risk of missing the England-Slovenia game. After a birthday
bun from Walter, we walked past attractive Hatchmere cottages, one
harbouring swans and cygnets, and looked at a carved log by the lovely
Then the route went by Flaxmere, no longer a real mere, and a
lane, then branching off on shady footpaths and across open
before picking up the Delamere Way. This brought us
Bank on the less frequented eastern edge of the forest, with tall pines
and beeches, not dissimilar to Alderley Edge.
a brief coffee stop, we
skirted a large forestry car park, now
longer free parking, before crossing Station Road and going down to
Blakemere Moss. This used to be an extensive
scrub land, but has been flooded and made into a
But no rare geese here, the
mere has been taken over by
hordes of noisy
gulls resting and nesting on the semi-submerged
After eating our packed lunch in a suitably scenic spot, we circled the
mere, quiet during our Wednesday walk but often busy at weekends, until
we came under the high wires and ropes of the latest sporting
Go-Ape. None of us dashed to try it!
Instead we continued round the mere, before venturing
paths leading into the denser trees of
Hunger Hill. We speculated
on a Welsh takeover of
Cheshire, as piles of logs were guarded by
bilingual signs in Welsh and English, before
completing our 5/6 miles,
which had been made very
pleasant by trees sheltering us from the warm
Soon we were back, and in time for the football game after all!
JUL 28 David's
Parsley Hay Walk Report on the Walk David
Lloyd led 15 of us on a 6 mile walk from the Parsley Hay car park (just
off the Buxton/Ashbourne road), which made good use of former railway
we went towards Hartington (with its restored signal box)
and Ruby Wood, before following field paths past Stanedge Grange Farm.
Two Dutch visitors were helped
in getting their cycles over high
stiles (the 'walkers only' sign not having been seen!), enabling
to practise his Dutch language skills!
Soon we passed Newhaven, and had a welcome lunch stop near Friden Brick
Works – thriving after 118 years and still making their
Derbyshire high quality silica refractory firebicks.
The return route
was on the former Cromford – Whaley Bridge railway, once a
pioneering contoured and inclined plane railway.
The whole route
had attractive views and magnificent displays of wild
flowers (harebells, rose bay willow herbs,
vetches, toadflax and many more) with a sprinkling of butterflies,
including the common blue.
The occasional showers had not spoiled David’s very enjoyable
25 JOHN McCARTNEY Shooters Clough to
Shining Tor Report on the Walk Walter
Mason led 13 walkers to the summit of Shining Tor, following a route
planned by John McCartney. Unfortunately, an injury to
John’s wife Barbara had prevented John from leading the walk
After a fairly steep and testing climb out of Errwood Hall car park,
the gradient eased as we climbed above Stake Side towards the Cat and
Fiddle, disturbing a few grouse in the process, before turning (after a
coffee stop) onto the smoothly relaid path to Shining Tor. At
1834 feet, this is now the highest point in Cheshire, since the
Longdendale stretch to Holme Moss was removed from Cheshire in boundary
The return route was easy going on consecutive slabs of paving down the
long ridge to Cats Tor (lunch stop) and Pym Chair, then a short stretch
on the Roman road “The Street”. A narrow path, rather
tricky in places, took us past the Spanish Governess’ Chapel on a
secluded valley before we selected the wooded path past the now
derelict Errwood Hall back to our cars.
The weather had been kind, pleasantly warm for walking and with
occasional sunshine, and all seemed to enjoy the very pleasant route
with fine views that John had originally selected for us.
BRIAN FARQUHAR Grappenhall Report on the Walk Despite
gloomy reports of rain and blustery weather, sixteen hardy members
gathered at the village hall, before heading off for the 5 mile walk
around Grappenhall. Parking at the Parr Arms, we went down a
cobbled street, past St Wilfrid’s Church and the old village
stocks, and walked along Canal Bank to Australia Lane, treading on
damsons on the way. Local knowledge is that Australia Lane is so
called because this is where emigrants used to embark on the first
stage of their journey to the antipodes.
We walked for some distance through fields along a narrow track,
which was bordered by a very old hedge
– the knowledgeable
among us reckoned it was at least two or three hundred years old
– containing, amongst others, hawthorn, crab-apple, elderberry
and holly. Behind the hedge was a very deep ditch, reputedly that
which gave Grappenhall its name, for it means quiet place by a
ditch or drain. After a while we passed through a kissing gate
onto rough pasture land bordered on the right by woods. We passed
a number of badger setts, picking the last of the blackberries on the
way, before coming on to a tarmac road for a short distance where we
stopped in a lay-by for coffee. Those of us that didn’t
our own took advantage of the ‘buttie wagon’ in the
Our break over, we continued through fields bordered by
trees and hedges, past Grappenhall Hall which
had once been
the home of the Greenall brewing
family, but which is now a
boys’ school. Going through another kissing
gate, we entered
wood, which was planted to commemorate the
millennium. It’s amazing how quickly
the trees have grown in
those ten years. Leaving the wood, we came back
Bank alongside the
Bridgewater Canal, and headed back to the
Parr Arms for a very welcome and enjoyable pub
Next to the Parr Arms is St Wilfrid’s Church, which dates back to
the 16th century, although some of the relics it contains go back even
further to Saxon times. The church itself is very interesting and
apparently there is a carving of a cat which is said to have been Lewis
Carroll’s inspiration for the Cheshire Cat of
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.
Unfortunately, time wasn’t available for us to see the inside of
the church, but it could be well worth a visit, perhaps one that could
be of interest to the Pubs and Churches group.
MERLYN & JOYCE YOUNG Lindow
Common and Morley
areas. Report on the Walk
Merlyn and Joyce Young led 14 members for about 6
miles around Lindow Common; Bridle Paths; Morley and
Quarry Bank Mill, Styal. We set off at 10.15 from Lindow
car park for a day in glorious autumn sunshine, crossing
Lindow Common towards Black Lake. This area, a
Special Scientific Interest being a Lowland Wet
Heathland rich in
flora and fauna, is managed under Cheshire County Council to
this habitat. Soon we reached Black Lake whose name
comes from the Welsh (Celtic) LLYN DDU whence the name
Lindow originates. We crossed Racecourse Road, a former
track, and entered the crisscross tree lined bridal paths surrounding
the area on Lindow Moss, famous for Lindow Pete, the Iron Age man
discovered in 1983
during peat extraction.
The group were treated to the next surprise of Ross Mere, a lake
which formed as result of sand excavation and is now leased
the Prince Albert fishing club. This area appeared serene with
autumn gold reflections from the surrounding woodland and cattle
grazing at the water’s edge. We made our way across fields
and roadways to Morley Green for a coffee stop and a short visit to
Cheshire Smoke House. The walk then followed a short busy
minor road before entering a muddy farm track leading to our lunch stop at Styal Mill, which came
as a surprise to a
few. Leisurely lunch was taken on the meadow
overlooking the River Bollin with time for brief sightseeing. We returned
following the River Bollin and old track ways back to the car park.
Everyone agreed that the weather, history and beautiful
made it a very enjoyable day thanks to Merlyn & Joyce.
NOV 24 RUTH & DAVID SMITH Combs
area. Report on the Walk Christmas
came early, as the walking group were taken to the Hanging Gate pub
near Chapel-en-le Frith by Ruth and Dave Smith. 24 set out on the
fairly short (3½ mile) walk, first over the frost on the
fairways of Chapel Golf Club, then a tricky boggy section with one or
two awkward stiles by the appropriately named Marsh Hall Farm.
The old farm buildings had been sympathetically improved, with many
fascinating features. Incidentally, there are almost a dozen
“Halls” in Chapel-en-le Frith, perhaps a vestige of its
origin as a royal hunting forest.
A gentle climb skirted Marsh Green and Down Lee farms, before we turned
right and along the railway path down to Combs village, with wide views
from Ladder Hill round to Mount Famine and beyond. A quick right
and left saw us walking the still heavily frosted fields to Combs
Reservoir, quietly beautiful in the low winter sunshine. A stroll
up the lane below the dam, and along Tomlane and Manchester Road soon
saw us back at the Hanging Gate, where Mike and Margaret Snape awaited
Thoughtfully, Ruth and Dave had booked a quiet upper room for us, as
news of the pub’s fantastic Christmas decorations had even
attracted 2 coach parties! The food, too, was fantastic as we enjoyed
our 2 and 3 course pensioners’ specials!
A happy birthday chorus for David Lloyd, and many thanks to Ruth and
Dave, left us all happy and looking forward to the real Christmas when
it comes. DEC 15 GERRY & JAN CHARTRES
- Rainow and the Kerridge Ridge. Report on the Walk 22 joined Gerry and Jan Chartres for their December walk.
From the Robin Hood Inn in Rainow, our 4½ mile route dropped
down through the village, then peeled off with glimpses of an
attractive water-featured garden by Hayles Clough, and along the narrow
paved route once used by mill workers, to Waulk Mill farm.
around the north end of Kerridge Hill, before climbing a newly laid
stepped path through woodland, leading directly to White Nancy, a
favourite feature once a folly built by the Astleys of Ingersley Hall
(now Savio House), but today inappropriately decorated with a Che
A chill mist hid much of the extensive views, but after coffee and a
photo stop, Gerry led us along the Saddle of Kerridge, which
surprisingly unmarred by the quarries of the west side, to the trig
point at 313m (1028 feet) with a little unmelted snow. The descent
undulated between spoil of former coal mines, and needed a little care
with a muddy, occasionally icy, surface.
We returned part way along the lower part of the ridge, then skirted
Hough-Hole Farm and up the lane back to the Robin Hood, and well earned
drinks. The new landlord was evidently still finding his feet, and
although the food was good, those without starters were definitely
feeling peckish until main courses finally arrived.
It was the last walk of the 2010, and we were grateful the Chartres had
chosen a good route in a nice location for our Christmas walk. Steve
Reynolds added to the occasion with some well chosen words as we looked
forward to 2011 and more good Wednesday walks, plus a few Tuesday ones