The walk took us across fields, where the going could only be described as 'soft', but was made without too many problems although we did have to navigate by map to find our next way point, the village of Whitely Green. Here we met the road to take us down to the Macclesfield canal which we joined at bridge '25' .
The next part of the walk was along the towpath towards Higher Poynton but not before we had stopped for a coffee break by the waterside. After passing under one of the bridges we spotted a heron on the path who was obviously used to visitors posing quite happily for photographs before continuing with the important task of fishing for his dinner! We walked along the path for a couple of miles and as it was such a lovely day there were plenty of narrow boats to watch, enjoying a day on the water.
When we reached the Lyme Marina we left the canal and joined the Middlewood Way for the homeward leg of the journey. Again there was plenty to see as the route was lined with spring flowers and along the embankments there were fine views across the Cheshire countryside. We continued back along the path for about two miles at which point we left the trail to make our way back across fields to our start point. Again navigation was by map but we made our final destination without problem.
Back at the Legh Arms we adjourned to the pub to enjoy an excellent lunch - some of us had rabbit pie- followed by pudding! A wonderful day out and our thanks go to Jean for organising and leading the walk.