Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas Ramble and Lunch - Mobberley

The Christmas Ramble was held last Saturday in Mobberley. In the morning on a very mild December day  a party of 10 walkers enjoyed a short circular walk around Mobberley finishing at the Railway Inn. Here we were joined by other members of our group, to enjoy an excellent Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. Thanks to Mike and Judith for organizing both the walk and the lunch.

Details of the walk route can be found in Railway Walks in Cheshire at PDF]Rail Walks - Cheshire East Council

At the start

The train now standing.......is holding us up!

We think this is Rudolph......but no red nose

Two headed Rudolph

St Wilfred's Mobberley

Wellies essential on this part of the route.

Christmas lunch in the Railway Inn

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Arley Hall Circular - Saturday 12th November 2016

A disastrous start to this walk. Wet weather, traffic problems with 10 kilometre run in area which resulted in a late start and shortened route. However, on the plus start the rain stopped and we enjoyed an excellent ramble around the area in spite of muddy fields and tracks. The walk finished with an excellent lunch in the Garden Kitchen at Arley Hall.

The ramblers

Wet lanes

Muddy fields

Winter wheat

Monday, 10 October 2016

Lion Salt Works, Northwich - Saturday 8th October 2016





A disappointing turnout for a what was an excellent walk on a warm October Saturday. The route took us via fields of corn on the cob over to Budworth where we then followed paths across fields to the mere. From this point we continued along the trail to Maybury Country Park and enjoyed a stroll via woodlands to the canal. After a short walk along the tow-path we then followed the well laid out route around Neumans Flash, with its abundant bird life, to return to the starting point at the Salt Works.


Lunch was taken in the Salt Barge which was the perfect end to a day in the fresh air and countryside.   


Battling our way through the corn on the cob

....and now a field of turnips

Coffee  break

Great Budworth Mere

Heading for the canal

Woodland in Maybury Country Park

Picnic break

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Biddulph Moor - Saturday 14th July 2016

 Seven intrepid (foolhardy?) ramblers and one small dog braved the weather to go to Biddulph Moor. The drive there was through torrential rain and flooded roads, but the rain eased when we arrived at Biddulph Grange. Even so we started out wading uphill though fields running with water, and the views of Cheshire from the top were rather watery. After lunch in the pub, we strolled round Biddulph Grange Gardens, which the National Trust have restored to their eccentric Victorian state.





Thursday, 9 June 2016

Lathkill Dale Saturday 14th May 2016

Six of us walked up Lathkill Dale from Over Haddon to Fern Dale, returning via One Ash Grange and Cales Dale. It may have looked a perfect Spring day but there was a chilly breeze. The purple orchids, saxifrage and cowslips were on full bloom but we were just to early for the Jacob’s Ladder. The walk finished with very welcome teas and large slices of cake in the garden overlooking the dale.








Friday, 15 April 2016

Bollington - Saturday 9th April 2016

On a fine sunny Saturday morning seven of our group prepare ourselves for a ramble in the Bollington area. From the Rangers Office in Bollington we set off along the Middlewood Way towards Marple before turning off after about one mile to take the short ascent across fields to Styperson Lake, Here we took a short stop to view the wildlife before making the sharp steep ascent up to Long Lane.

By this time it was 'Coffee Time' and we found a suitable bench where we could sit and enjoy the views across Cheshire and out to the Dee Estuary. Well rested we then made the descent across open fields to join the towpath along the Macclesfield Canal. Leaving at Bollington we enjoyed a pleasant stroll through the local park and back to our start point.

After our morning exertions we then adjourned to the Vale Inn where we all enjoyed an excellent lunch.

Styperson Lake

Muddy path to Long Lane

Old quarry on ascent to Long Lane

View across Cheshire

Narrow boats on Macclesfield Canal

Underneath the Skew Bridge

Lunch in the Vale Inn

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Dunham Town - Saturday 12th March 2016

Thirteen ramblers started this 6 mile walk from the Axe & Cleaver in Dunham Town and then followed the Bridgewater Canal for about two miles heading towards Lymm. At  Agden Bridge we left the canal and followed paths, through pleasant countryside to Arthill. It was in this section many of us found the going difficult because of ankle deep mud around many of the stiles. After crossing more fields we arrived in Bollington and from there entered Dunham Massey Park. Leaving the park we then enjoyed a gentle stroll through the village back to the pub.

With a short break for coffee the walk took just 3 hours and we were back in time to enjoy a hearty lunch at the Axe & Cleaver.

Axe & Cleaver

Bridgewater Canal from Agden Bridge

Mud and stiles!

River Bollin at entrance to Dunham Massey

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Ashley Rail Trail - Saturday 13th January 2016

We began this walk at the Greyhound Public House in Ashley and the first part of the route was through the village. After passing the church of St Elizabeth we joined a farm track heading north which took us up to Ashley Hall and farm and eventually onto the Ashley/Hale Road. From  here we joined another farm track and crossed open countryside to Jenkins farm.

It was along this path we found a picnic bench under an old oak tree where we stopped for our coffee break. The next part of the walk was across open fields towards the M56 Motorway. We had been warned that it would be muddy along this stretch but it was far worse than anticipated. After crossing the motorway the path was so muddy to make it impassable and we consulted the map to seek an alternative route.Fortunately there was one available which took us down to Bollin Brook and then back to Ashley which made the walk slightly longer than expected but we were still back at the Pub in good time to enjoy an excellent lunch.

Directions for this walk can be found at http://www.midcheshirerail.org.uk/uploads/rail-walks-in-knutsford-and-surrounding-villages.pdf

Greyhound Public House http://www.thegreyhoundashley.co.uk/


A good turn out for February!

St Elizabeth Ashley

Coffee time under the old oak tree

Woodland along route

Crossing M56  by high rise footbridge

Bollin Brook