Sunday, 13 May 2012

May Walk - Adlington

After a week of wet, cold and windy weather Saturday dawned sunny and warm  and a samll select group of eight set off from the Legh Arms car park on a circular walk around Adlington, Cheshire. A short walk through the village took us out out into open countryside and soon we were treated  to a fine display of bluebells in an area of woodland adjacent to the path.

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.

Assembly point - The Legh Arms, Adlington

Sunlit bluebells - Adlington

I didn't know that!

Now which way do we go?
Crossing field on way to Whitely Green

Narrow boat on Macclesfield Canal.

More boats on the canal.

Heron fishing for his dinner.

Still trying.

Middlewood Way

Ahh!! - Newly born calves.

The final hurdle - near the end of the walk.

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