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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Chatsworth Park - Saturday 9th May 2015
Nine hardy souls met up at St Paul's Road and drove over into the
Peak District via Sparrowpit, Stoney Middleton, Baslow and on into the
Chatsworth Estate at Calton Lees Car Park. I say 'hardy souls' as the weather was
not promising and your author was wearing over trousers and at least one walker
admitted to thermals!
We began by walking steadily up a hill until the road ended. A
further upward slope brought us to the top of the ridge that runs roughly south
from Baslow and provides the backdrop to Chatsworth House itself. The views at
this point made the trudge up the hill worth the huffing and puffing of some of
us. Behind each rolling hill there was another, more distant hill--and then
another. We walked through the the woods on forest tracks, while enjoying the
new greenery and the bluebells.
Above the Hall on this ridge are two lakes that feed the estate.
These are the Swiss and Emperor Lakes. The Emperor lake is very pretty with
benches to sit on and ducks and coots on the water. This was to be our lunch
stop. However, vital maintenance work had added heavy plant and a muddy lake
edge. We did find a log to sit on, with our backs to the machines, so it was
not too bad- and the rain was holding off. We took in the Hunting Tower with,
again, splendid views before continuing along the ridge and gradually loosing
height. After we had all clambered over a high stone stile we turned west and
into the estate proper before walking back along the river. Chatsworth was preparing
for a big horse trials event the next weekend and when we were 'close up and
personal' to the VERY large and solid fences one could only marvel at the
courage of both horse and rider in the cross country event. We were soon back
at Calton Lees and enjoyed tea and coffee and, of course, cake in the Garden
Centre coffee shop. We had earned 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!
Bamford & Crimble - Rochdale, Lancashire
The walk started at the Grapes Inn, Bamford and the first leg took us across open fields at the rear of the pub and down to School Lane. From here we entered Carr Wood at the old tea rooms. Plenty of interest to see with the weir and abandoned mill by Naden Brook. The path continues through this river valley which even in winter has a unique beauty. We continued downstream crossing the waterfall and the landslide, now made easy by the metal walkway, and eventually arrived at Simpson Clough.
From here we followed Ashworth Road and then across Bury Road to join the foot path along the river Roch, After crossing Bamford Rd by the old Hooley Bridge Spinning Mill we again joined the path along the Roch until we reached the footbridge to take us into Queens Park in Heywood.
At this time of year the herons take up residence in their nesting site on the island in the centre of the boating lake and we stopped for a coffee break with the expectation…
In January we do not have an organised walk because of the unpredictable weather and the absence of members on holiday. However, this year we decided to meet for a pub lunch which was extended to coffee at the National Trust Visitor Centre, a walk in the park and a long lunch at the Axe & Cleaver in Dunham Massey.
Eleven members turned up in the coffee shop and after a refreshing cup of coffee we sorted ourselves out into two groups. Those who felt like a longer trek around the grounds set off on a brisk 5km walk. The remainder opted for a leisurely stroll around the gardens which even in winter time are full of interest. Photographs showing the garden can be found below.
Everyone enjoyed their selected walk and we all met up again at the pub for an excellent lunch. It was agreed that we should repeat this type of event next year.