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!
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…