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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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 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…
Our group set off for the walk near the Errwood Reservoir on a morning that had threatened rain which, fortunately, didn’t arrive. The starting point was at the Errwood Hall car park, adjacent to the reservoir. We made our way, with a slight detour to the remains of Errwood Hall (built in 1840 and demolished in 1934) for some of the party, following a path towards the “Riverside Path” which descends towards the River Goyt. The term “river” does not really describe what is in effect a stream at this point.
We continued until we reached a series of steps which led up to a road. A word of caution concerning the steps; the rise is steep and some of them are difficult to climb because of the height of individual steps.
The road we reached runs from the Errwood Reservoir towards Derbyshire Bridge. Following the road we passed by the disused loading bays for stone from the Goytsclough Quarry reaching the rise above the Packhorse Bridge. The bridge got its name from the packhorses used to trans…