Skip to main content

Dunham Massey - 12th January 2019

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.

National Trust Dunham Massey

Axe & Cleaver Dunham Massey


The 'Garden' group.

Hellebores and Snowdrops

More Hellebores and Snowdrops

Witch Hazel

Winter colour

Crossing the stream

Aconites

Silver Birch and Snowdrops

Early flowering Narcissus

Witch Hazel 

Highly scented winter flowering Honeysuckle

Daphne again highly scented

Oldest Oak in Dunham Massey

Here is proof that some of us did walk!
Canal towpath adjacent to park




Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Birtle - Saturday 11th February 2017

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/2013/07/th…

Slapton Ley Circular - July 2013

There was a disappointing turn out for the walk around Slapton Ley organised by the South West Branch of our group. Only one member turned up but undaunted I set out on the 5 mile ramble around the Ley.
The walk starts from the Memorial Car Park on Slapton Sands and you immediately pass the War Memorial dedicated to the American servicemen killed in Operation Tiger whilst practising for the D Day landings in 1944. From here I followed the path on the west side of the Ley which follows the shoreline and is a naturalist’s paradise. On the Ley there are birds to be spotted, at the pond dipping areas fish and dragon flies and in the vegetation butterflies, insects, plants and ferns.
At the end of this stretch the path turns onto a boardwalk which takes you across the reed beds to the northern bank, the ramble then continues along the bank of one of the many feeder streams. On this section there are tits, reed warblers and numerous other small birds amongst the high reed beds and along the b…

Our last walk - Saturday 20th October

Lymm - Byeways and canals



On a sunny Saturday morning eight of us set off from the Henry St car park in the centre of Lymm for a walk around the surrounding countryside. For the first leg of the route we followed the tow path of the Bridgewater Canal heading towards Manchester. After about 1.5 miles we left the path to join the B5159 which took us under the canal. After continuing along the road for about half a mile we reached a stile on the left which took us into a field of sugar beet where we made a stop for a coffee break.
The path then continued along the sides of the field and eventually we entered  Spud Wood. After a short walk through the trees the route followed along the byeways of Lymm until we finally arrived at St Mary's church.
From here we joined the pathway  to walk around Lymm Dam and finally back to our start in Lymm.The walk was about 5 miles and there is plenty of interesting scenery and wildlife along the track.
Lunch was at the Spread Eagle in Lymm. 
How sug…