Friday, 29 June 2018

Our next walk - Saturday 14th July 2018

Elmerhurst Wood Poynton

An easy 4 mile ramble through Elmerhurst Woods starting and finishing at the Nelson Pit Car Park in Poynton. There is a charge for use of the car park of £3, Please make sure you have sufficient change to meet the cost. A pub lunch has been arranged in the Boars Head at the end of the walk.

Meet outside St Paul's Church at 9.30 a,m,

For Satnav users the Post Code for Nelson Pit Visitor Centre is SK12 1TH.  

Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail - Saturday 9th June 2018

The Ingleton Waterfalls


On a warm sunny Saturday a party of 8 of us set out for Ingleton to explore this very scenic area of the Yorkshire Dales. The journey to the start of the walk took us about an hour and an half from Stockport  and entrance to the Trail is £6 per head but includes the car park.

The footpaths are all well maintained and there are ample directions and points of interest along the route. Although the walk is listed as moderate there are steps to be climbed at each fall to the next level and plenty of time is required to view the magnificent waterfalls, local scenery and occasionally rest the weary legs. 

Half way round we stopped to enjoy a picnic lunch in the sun before making our way back to the start point. Everyone enjoyed the walk immensely but we were all glad to reach the teashop at the end and appreciate a cup of tea and cake.

Setting off

Swilla Glen

Pecca Falls
Plenty of signs along the route
Tricky manoeuvre

Into the woods.


More water
Stop to admire the view

Multiple waterfalls

Ingleton Village

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Lathkill Dale Derbyshire - Saturday 12th May 2018

Our route started at Over Haddon above Lathkill Dale near Bakewell and I remember thinking, as we descended the steep road to the bottom of the Dale, that at the end of the walk this hill would be the sting in the tale.

The walk along the dale was beautiful with the sparkling water to our left. The path starts as a very well constructed track but as we got deeper and deeper into the dale the track became more rugged and the feeling of walking in the bottom of a steep sided valley was more intense. There are caves on the way and one was explored by two of the younger group members!

To reach the head of the dale the route was really quite challenging for some of us and required care by all. Eventually we were at the top of the cliffs and began our walk back. The views were such a contrast to the earlier ones. These gave the wonderful feeling of expansiveness that is so precious to urban dwellers. It was a D of E weekend and it was great to see cheerful groups of young people out in the country side working together and enjoying themselves. Some of their map reading needed a bit more work though and one of our group gave a good piece of advice saying that if you thought you had to climb a wall with no stile you had gone wrong.

From here a well trodden path went through a farmyard  where a Blue poster pointed the way to the various nearby places. The route then dropped back into the valley bottom and we walked somewhat slowly back to Over Haddon. Of course there was that slog up to the car park but there was the reward of the Garden tearooms with huge pieces of fantastic cake. A good walk with a few challenges and beautiful weather.

Setting off up the Dale

The path follows the river for much of the walk

Enjoying a break by the waterfall

Caving in Derbyshire!

The path to the head of the Dale

All Routes thataway!

First of the summer flowers

Marsh Marigolds

 Cowslips, early purple orchids and meadow saxifrages
. The limestone grassland was full of them.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Dunham Massey - Saturday 14th April 2018

Our group repeated a short, 4 mile, circular walk from the Axe and Cleaver at Dunham Massey. The weather was a distinct improvement on last September although parts of the canal path were muddy. No heron was sighted this time unfortunately but a canoe was spotted on the canal. The walk took us through the village and the National Trust site where some retail therapy was undertaken in the NT shop! Everyone enjoyed the meal at the Axe and Cleaver at the end of the walk. 

Dunham Massey House and Grounds

Axe & Cleaver Dunham Massey

Towpath on BridgewaterCanal

Lone canoeist on canal

Coffee time.

Don't fancy that muddy field

We'll use this muddy path instead

Ancient oak tree entrance to Park

Axe & Cleaver for a good lunch.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Alderley Edge - Saturday 10th March 2018

We had a pleasant walk at Alderley, mostly on the south side of the Macclesfield Road, through the old mine workings and Windmill Wood, ending up on the Edge at Stormy Point, with a view across to Lyme Park and the Peak District. We had to negotiate a couple of quagmires and one tunnel under a fallen tree. Fortunately the walk just fitted into the gap between two bands of heavy rain. Lunch at the Wizard was good, if very slow.
National Trust Car Park

Alderley Edge

View across Cheshire

Woodland sculpture

Don't think he will be winning the 'National'

Lake on route

Heading back across the fields

Tree hazard

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Greenbooth and Naden Reservoirs - Saturday 10th February 2018

Due to extremely wet and cold weather conditions we had to cancel this walk. We shall probably tackle it later in the year when the weather will have improved.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas Ramble and Lunch – Saturday 9th December 2017

At the start on a cold and frosty morning

This year our Christmas ramble started from the Greyhound Inn at Ashley in Cheshire and a party of twelve set off to explore the paths and bye ways of this pretty Cheshire village. As always, this walk is more about lunch than ramble and the short four mile walk meant we were back at the Greyhound in plenty of time to enjoy an excellent Christmas Dinner in warm, comfortable surroundings.

Off into the snow

Coffee break in the cold

Muddy path by M56 Motorway

Tripping through the mud.

Back onto the fields

Making our way to the pub!

Christmas dinner at the Greyhound

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Saltscape Trail - Saturday 11th November 2017

A party of ten left the Lion Salt Works, Northwich on a fine November Saturday to explore the Saltscape Trail. The first part of the walk took us along the Trent & Mersey Canal for about a mile and at this point we crossed over the bridge and into Maybury Country Park. From here we followed the path along Budworth Mere to the Coffee Shop where we stopped and enjoyed a break in the warm sunshine.

At this junction the route crossed fields but with all the recent rain, which had made the paths extremely muddy, we elected to follow the road to the Anderton Lift. Only a short walk but there is a  narrow bridge without footpath and caution should be exercised if following this route. However, we were able to join the canal again very quickly which took us directly to the Lift.

Unfortunately the lift is not working at week-ends in winter and we were disappointed not to see the boats going up and down. The Visitor Centre is open but time did not permit a visit on this occasion.

It was here we joined the Saltscape Trail which followed the River Weaver before joining the paths to take us around Neumanns Flash and back to the Salt Works. Estimated distance about 5 miles.

At the end of the walk we enjoyed an excellent lunch at the newly refurbished 'Cock at Budworth'.


Lion Salt Works               Cock at Budworth

All ready to go - Salt Works Northwich

Trent Mersey Canal


Autumn colours - Beech Trees

11/11 at 11 a.m. Two minutes reflection.

Bird watching at Budworth Mere

Path through Maybury Country Park

Entrance to Anderton Lift from Trent & Mersey Canal

Marshalls Wood

Mmmm,,,Cheese cake scone at the Cock at Budworth