Church rambling group from St Paul's Church, Heaton Moor, Stockport. Meet second Saturday in the month except January. Anybody is welcome to join our group. Contact details posted in church or go to church website: http:http://www.stpaulsheatonmoor.org.uk/walking-group/
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Eyam Circular - Saturday 12th July 2014
The walk started at the Eyam Hall
Car Park and 9 of us set off on the first part of the ramble, a gentle undulating walk to Foolow where we stopped for coffee, tea
and water, kindly provided by St Oswald’s Church. We spent a little time admiring the duck
pond, church and the village gardens in the sunshine, before
setting off for the most demanding part of the walk up to Eyam Edge, a
particularly steep climb, and on completion we took the opportunity to recover
our breath and eat our packed lunch.
Afterwards, a little
more climbing along the road to the summit where we dropped steeply down past
the youth hostel, then along a very picturesque path towards Eyam Tea Rooms
where we enjoyed refreshment in the glorious sunshine. A fairly tough 6 miles,
but the views were stunning and a visit to the tea room always makes it
The first walk of the 2017 season started from the Pack Horse Inn, Birtle on the lower slopes of the Pennines above Heywood. On a cold wet windy Saturday we set off from the Inn to follow the road north on a long steady climb to the hamlet of Birtle where we then turned to follow the path along the edge of Ashworth Valley. Unfortunately from the top the views over Lancashire were obscured by cloud and mist but the views of the wooded valley with Cheesden Brook running through provided some compensation.
We made a detour from the route to visit Nabs Wife the site of the former Tea room and weaving mill known as Kershaws Bridge. The site is now occupied by a private dwelling although the old mill yard is still evident. From here we continued along the edge of the valley before turning to take the path across fields to return to the start point and a long leisurely lunch in the pub!
lovely walk, but the blustery wind and the rain ever present in the
air did its best to put us off. However the intrepid walkers from St
Paul’s donned boots, rain jackets scarves and hats and set off from
the car park near the museum. In the event, the solid downpours on
the Manchester side of the Pennines left us alone. Eyam
is often referred to as the Plague Village. During the 17th century
the villagers isolated themselves from the outside world as they were
decimated by the dreadful disease that killed off whole families in
saw the evidence of this as soon as we began to walk through the
village as too many of the 17th century cottages have plaques listing
the names of those who had died. The
walk took us out to the east of the village up a steep quiet road
until we reached more open country. We were rewarded with wonderful
views but also with the bleakness and isolation of the Riley Graves.
As we began our descent to the River Derwent we could see Curbar Edge
A party of eleven of us set off from the Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green to explore the Tolkien Trail in the Ribble Valley. The first leg of the walk takes you across fields from which you have fine views of Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside. Eventually we reached Stonyhurst College the Jesuit School with it's fine Grade 1 listed buildings.
From here we made the descent into the Ribble Valley passing Cromwell's Bridge over the River Hodder and named after him when he marched his army across on the way to Walton-le-Dale to fight the Battle of Preston in 1648. The route then leaves the river and follows farm tracks to reach the River Ribble at the junction of the two rivers.
The path continues along the banks of the Ribble undulating through the beautiful Lancashire countryside. On the way you pass the Jumbles where the river tumbles across the limestone ridge and the mysterious stone cross on the adjacent hillside, Finally you reach the graceful aqueduct which arches acr…