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! Further information: http://www.packhorseinnbury.co.uk/about http://heywoodmonkey.blogspot.co.uk/2
Ashworth and Norden, Rochdale. St Jame's Church, Ashworth A party of six set out from Norden, Rochdale for this 5 mile ramble through the local countryside.From the car park we turned into Black Pits Lane and very soon arrived at the footpath alongside Naden Brook. At the bridge next to remains of the old mill, we crossed the river, and then began the climb out of the valley to a farm track which leads up to the ancient church of St James Bamford and the former pub known as the Chapel House, which is now a private residence. Here we stopped to admire the old church with its interesting grave stones and the views across Lancashire to Manchester and Derbyshire. We then crossed the fields to the old schoolhouse before joining Ashworth Rd to take us down to Simpson and Gelder Cloughs. Unfortunately we found the road closed because of a landslide and we had to retrace our steps and take an alternative path down to the valley. Not wishing to miss out the scenery
This walk came about during a discussion over coffee after Church probably two Sundays ago and was a bit of a corporate effort. Nothing was planned until some one mentioned Styal Mill and possibilities of lunch at the Ship Inn. One person had a much walked route embedded in her boots! This route also allowed the opportunity to cut back through the beautiful gardens if the prospect of the few short but sharp inclines was too much. Firstly we had coffee in the Mill restaurant before ten of us set off from the old Mill Yard (featured in ‘The Mill’ TV series). We went up the hill from the Mill towards the Apprentice House but turned left along the track that skirts the outer edges of land round the original home of the Gregg family. This used to be a muddy path but in the last few years the National Trust has upgraded many of the paths on the estate, making them accessible to more visitors, including wheelchair users and children’s buggies. We dropped down to the River Bolli