BROKEN CROSS WALKERS   Macclesfield

 

 
 

  A Summary of our walks  in 2018

Last updated 14/11/2018
 
Walk No Date Area

Walk details

Weather

Miles Ft Ascent  Walkers
176 14/01/18 Cheshire Mottram St Andrew and Alderley Edge Overcast 7 755ft 15
177 28/01/19 Cheshire/Staffs Rushton Spencer and Danebridge Overcast 7 1075 ft 9
178 11/02/18 Cheshire Bosley  and North Rode Snow showers and hail 8 797 ft 5
179 25/02/18 Cheshire Higher Hurdsfield and Teggs Nose Sunny, cold wind 7 1515 ft 9
180 11/03/18 Cheshire Gawsworth and Heskey Wood Overcast 7 408 ft 10
181 25/03/18 Cheshire Poynton and Lyme Park Sunny periods 7 795 ft 14
182 08/04/18 Cheshire Nether Alderley and Great Warford Overcast 8 278 ft 20
183 22/04/18 Cheshire Lindow Common and Styal Woods Sunny periods 8 127 ft 9
184 06/05/18 Cheshire Tatton Park from Knutsford Sunny 6 221 ft 10
185 20/05/18 Cheshire Allostock and Lower Peover Sunny 7 132 ft 10
186 03/06/18 Cheshire Higher Hurdsfield and Rainow Sunny 7   13
187 17/06/18 Cheshire Gawsworth and North Rode Overcast 7 469 ft 12
188 01/07/18 Cheshire Redesmere and Capesthorne Sunny 7   7
189 15/07/18 Cheshire Rainow Scarecrow Walk Sunny 7 1097 ft 6
190 28/07/18 Derbyshire Whaley Bridge Canal Walk Rain 4 318 ft 4
191 12/08/18 Staffordshire Rushton Spencer and Gig Hall Sunny periods 6 953 ft 14
192 26/08/18 Cheshire Bollington and Whiteley Green Rain 5 352 ft 6
193 09/09/18 Peak District Fernilee and Taxal Sunny periods 7 1164 ft 9
194 23/09/18 Cheshire Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley Sunny period 7 747 ft 15
195 07/10/18 Peak District Three Shires Head from the Cat & Fiddle Sunny periods 6 1132 ft 9
196 21/10/18 Peak District Rainow and Charles Head Sunny periods and showers 7 1193 ft 14
197 04/11/18 Cheshire/ Staffs Rushton Spencer and Wincle Minn Overcast 7 1181 ft 8
               
               
 

Walk 176  - 14/01/18 Mottram St Andrew and Alderley Edge

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours    
Walk Mottram St Andrew and Alderley Edge Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Mottram St Andrew Altitude loss   Altitude gain 755 ft
Weather Overcast Distance 6.59 miles    
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Route - Mottram St Andrew - Dickens Wood - Armada Beacon - Artist Lane - Finlow Hill - North Cheshire Way - Hunters Pool - Mottram St Andrew

 
Our first walk of the year saw 15 of us set off from Mottram St Andrew on an overcast day. A path took us over the fields and then up through Clock House Wood and then after more field paths we passed Edge House Farm and into Dickens Wood where we stopped for coffee. A nice easy track then led us through Dickens Wood and past the Armada Beacon which warned of the Armada in 1588, further along the track we crossed the road and headed towards White Barn Farm and then after a short distance along Artists Lane we stopped for lunch near Bradford House. Once suitably refreshed we headed across the fields to Finlow Hill and then onto the North Cheshire Way which took us near to Goose Green Farm and Allens Farm and finally past Hunters Pool and back to the start in Mottram St Andrew. Many thanks to everyone who came along on the walk which I think we all enjoyed despite the few muddy patches, our group consisted of Hans, Wendy, Sue P, Alan, Maureen, Derek, Trevor, Chris R, Margaret, Sheila, Chris J, Alec, Sue V, Christine and myself David.
 

Near Finlow Hill

 

 

 

 
 

Heading towards Finlow Hill

 

Near Hunters Pool

 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 177 - 28/01/18 Rushton Spencer and Danebridge

Area Staffordshire/Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Rushton Spencer and Danebridge Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Rushton Spencer Altitude loss   Altitude gain 1075 ft
Weather Overcast Distance 6.63 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Rushton Spencer - Barleigh Ford Bridge - Gritstone Trail - Dumkins - Wincle Grange - Wincle Brewery - Dane Valley Way - Rushton Spencer

 
Nine of us set off from Rushton Spencer on an overcast day and headed across the fields to Barleigh Ford Bridge, joined the Gritstone Trail and headed north to the site of the 15c Dumkins Farm, sadly demolished now and all that remains are the ruins of a more recent cattle byre. We continued on along field paths and tracks until we reached Wincle Grange which has origins dating back to the 15 century. Another field path then took us down to the road and we passed the Ship Inn and stopped for lunch by Wincle Brewery. Great beer and good Coffee. Afterwards we followed the Dane Valley Way south passing Gig Hall and eventually once near the Barleigh Fold Bridge we headed up the lane and then across the fields and back to our start in Rushton Spencer.

 Many thanks to Kati, Maureen, Derek, Trevor, Hans, Jackie, Chris R, Sue and Honey the dog for joining me on this walk. It stayed dry and although we had quite a few muddy patches I think we all enjoyed the walk through this interesting area.

Heading along the Gritstone Trail towards Dumkins Farm ruin which is almost a mile away

Wincle Brewery

A few facts about places seen on our walk
 
Dumkins Farm
 
Wincle and Wincle Grange
 
Gig Hall and the nearby Fulling Mill

 

 

The River Dane from Barleigh Fold Bridge

 

Dumkins Farm taken Winter 1978 by Barry Dale -

 geograph.org.uk/p508908

What a shame this historic 15 century Farm house could not be saved

 
 

The weir near Gig Hall, the leat for the mill can be seen on the right

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 178 - 11/02/18 Bosley and North Rode with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Bosley and North Rode with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Bosley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Snow showers and hail Distance 7.97 miles    
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Route - Bosley - Dane valley Way - North Rode - Bosley Locks - Stoneyfold - Primrose Bank - Bosley Reservoir - Bosley

 
Five of us set off from Bosley on a day of snow and hail showers, we followed the field path across to the Dane Valley Way and then it was across to North Rode passing the Church and then the Manor House before arriving at Bosley Locks where we stopped for lunch in one of the brighter spells. Afterwards we followed the lane to Stoneyfold and then across the muddy fields to Primrose Bank where we joined another muddy path along the shores of the reservoir. much to our relief the muddy path suddenly became and excellent path as the maintenance team  completed a large section of the path. Hail and snow showers occasionally came but we crossed the dam and then it was across the fields and back to the cars. Many thanks the Chris J, Alec, Jackie and Trevor  for joining me on this walk.
 

The Pool near the Manor House

 

Bosley Reservoir

 
 

Macclesfield Canal

 

Fisherman braving the snow and hail storms on Bosley Reservoir

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 179 - 11/03/18 Higher Hurdsfield, Teggs Nose and Gulshaw Hollow

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk  Higher Hurdsfield, Teggs Nose and Gulshaw Hollow Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Higher Hurdsfield Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route - Higher Hurdsfield - Gritstone Trail - Teggs Nose - Hacked Way Lane - Walker Barn - Gulshaw Hollow -  Keridge End - Higher Hursdfield

 
Nine of us set off on a cold but sunny day and headed up Cliff Lane and onto the Gritstone Trail which we followed across the fields to Teggs Nose where we stopped for our coffee break. Some great views all round with blue skies and sunshine. Afterwards we followed Saddlers down to Clough House Farm and then up Hacked Way Lane to Ashtreetop . A hillside path took us across the fields and we stopped for lunch with a great view across the valley to Teggs Nose. The path then led us down to the A537 at Walker Barn and then down the track to Gulshaw Hollow. Another field path took us along the hillside past Hordern Farm and down to Kerridge End. A short distance down the main road saw us take the side road for an easy walk back to the cars. Many thanks to Anita, Sue P, Alan, Jackie, Trevor, Hans, Chris J and Kim for joining me on this walk.
 

Admiring the views

 

Looking across to Teggs Nose

 
 
 
 

Looking towards White NancY from the Gritstone Trail

 

Heading for Walker barn

 

Heading towards Kerridge End

 

 

   
 
 

Walk 180 - 11/03/18 Gawsworth and Heskey Wood with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Gawsworth and Heskey Wood with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Gawsworth Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 7 miles    
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Route - Gawsworth - Marton Lane - Walkersheath - Heskey Wood - Great Tidnock Farm - Shellow Lane Gawsworth

 
Ten of us set off from Gawsworth across the fields and then along Marton Lane and up the track past Walkersheath to Heskey Wood near Henshaw Hall Farm. We headed south along the track past Tidnock Wood and Great Tidnock Farm where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we continued on down the farm track and across the A536 onto Shellow Lane. A field path then took us north across the fields and past the fishing ponds and back to Gawsworth. Many thanks to Anita, Chris J, Alec, Chris R,Sue V, Jackie, Trevor, Rob and Wendy for joining me on this walk.
 

Heading along Marton Lane

 

Heading back to Gawsworth Church

 
 
 
 

Interesting avenue of trees across the fields from Gawsworth Church

 

The fishing ponds near Gawsworth Church

 
 
 
 

 

   
 
 

Walk 181 - 25/03/18 Poynton and Lyme Park

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Poynton and Lyme Park Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Poynton Lake Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route Poynton Lake - Poynton Coppice - Throstle Nest Farm - North Cheshire Way - Platt Wood - Canal - Middlewood Station - Poynton Lake

 
Fourteen of us set off from Poynton Lake and headed past Hockley and Poynton Coppice and over the Middlewood Way and the Macclesfield Canal. A steady uphill path took us past Throstlenest Farm and onto the North Cheshire Way which passes Lyme Park. After our lunch stop we followed the farm track past Platt Wood and Middlecale Farm before joining the Canal for a short way. On leaving the Canal we walked through Middle Wood and crossed the rail line near the station. After Middlewood we ascended up through the wood and then a few rather muddy fields brought us back to Towers Yard Farm. A short walk down the lane brought us back to the start at Poynton Lake, Many thanks to Christine, Carol, Kati, Maureen, Derek, Sue, Alan, Jackie, Trevor, Rob, Ray, Sheila and Chris R for joining me on this walk. Some good photos of deer in Lyme Park and despite the muddy fields the weather was kind.
 

On the bridge over the canal

 

Close up of the deer in Lyme Park

 
 
 
 

Coffee break

 

Heading over the moor in Lyme Park

 
 
 
 

 

   
 
 

Walk 182  -  08/04/18 Nether Alderley and Great Warford

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Nether Alderley and Great Warford Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from A537 near Astle Farm Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 8 miles    
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Route A537 - Heawood Hall - Nether Alderley Church - Warford Hall - Chelford Heath - Chelford Church - Astle Farm - A537

 
Twenty of us set off from the layby on the A537 and followed tracks and field paths past Heawood Hall to Nether Alderley Church where we stopped for a coffee break. then it was across the fields and down Sossmoss Lane past the charming Gromage Cottage, we crossed the main road and took the field path past Warford Hall where we stopped for our lunch break. Afterwards we followed the track into Chelford and then past Chelford Heath to Chelford Church. A few ploughed fields made heavy going and then we were onto the lane at Astle Farm and back to the start point at the layby on the A537. Many thanks to everyone for coming on the walk, an excellent turnout. Our group consisted of Anita, Ray, Sue P, Linda, Rob, Sheila, Chris R, Bob, Kati, Stuart, Joy, Rita, Sandy, Maureen, Derek, Wendy, Jackie, Gini, Christine and David who led the walk.
 

Near Warford Hall

 

A muddy bit, bit of a balancing act for some

 
 

 

 

Must be something going on down there

 

Heavy going across the ploughed field

   
 
 

Walk 183 - 22/04/18 Lindow Common and Styal Woods with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 ½ hours Average speed  
Walk Lindow Common & Styal Woods with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Lindow Common Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 8 miles    
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Route - Lindow Common - Lindow Moss - Burleyhurst Lane - Oak Farm - North Cheshire Way - Styal Woods - Quarry bank Mill - Lindow Common

 
Nine of us set off from Lindow Common and followed the track across Lindow Moss to Burleyhurst Lane, a field path then took us across to Oak Farm and onto the North Cheshire Way which runs alongside the Airport runway. As we walked east along the path the Airbus A380 arrived from Dubai, a magnificent sight. We carried on along the path and crossed the main road and entered Styal Woods. Spring has arrived and there were some beautiful displays of bluebells, wood anemones, wild garlic and many others types of wild flowers. After lunch we carried on through the woods stopping briefly at Quarry Bank Mill for ice creams. We then followed the path alongside the River Bollin until we reached the Carrs and then it was up the track and over the road to the start at the car park by Lindow Common. Many thanks to Christine, Anita, Carol, Kati, Trevor, Rob, Chris J and Wendy for joining me on this walk.,
 

The blue bells are coming out

 

Heading towards Quarry Bank Mill

 
 
 
 

 

An ideal lunch spot

 

The River Bollin

 
 
 

 

   
 
 

Walk 184 - 06/05/18 Tatton Park from Knutsford

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Tatton Park from Knutsford Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Knutsford Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 6 miles    
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Route  - Knutsford - Dog Wood - Boathouse Plantation - OLd Hall - Memorial Stone - Tatton Hall - The Temple - Moss Plantation - Knutsford

 
Ten of us set off from Knutsford and headed through Dog Wood, an easy path took us through the Boathouse Plantation and passed the Old Hall to the training ground for the wartime Parachutists. There were plenty of deer graving on the area as we walked across to the Memorial Stone. We then walked across the park to the Tatton Hall where we stopped for lunch in the Courtyard. Afterwards we passed the Temple and then walked through the Moss Plantation and back into Knutsford. A nice leisurely walk in lovely weather.  Many thanks to Christine, Anita, Carol, Maureen, Derek, Wendy, Jackie, Judith and Irene for joining me on this walk.
 

Tatton Mere

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

A lovely display of Bluebells in Dog Wood

 

Heading back to Knutsford

 
 
 

 

   
 
 

Walk 185  - 20/05/18 Allostock and Lower Peover with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Allostock and Lower Peover with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Shakerley Mere Altitude loss   Altitude gain 132 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7.04 miles    
Map  

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Route  - Shakerley Mere - Hulme Hall - Hulme Mill - Lower Peover - Fox Covert - Shakerley Mere

 
Ten of us set off from Shakerley Mere car park and walked along Hulme Hall Lane, we passed the historic Hulme Hall along the previously blocked path which was now cleared but very overgrown with nettles. We emerged by Hulme Hall Mill and then it was across the road past New Farm and along the track over the M6 where we stopped for lunch by the Chalet at the abandoned Plumley Golf Course. Then it was across the fields and into Lower Peover. A beautiful sunny day called it seemed a good idea to call at  the Bells of Peover Inn  for more refreshments. Then it was through the Churchyard and along the track that led south and past Mill Bank Farm and Fox Covert and then back to Shakerley Mere. A lovely walk in glorious weather. Many thanks to Christine, Anita, Kati, Judith, Irene, Sue, Alan, Kim and Wendy for joining me on this walk.

Lunch break in the shade

Heading back to Shakerley Mere

 

The moat at Hulme Hall

 

Refreshments at the Bells of Peover

 
 

Interesting facts about Allostock

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 186 - 03/06/18 Swanscoe, Bollington and Kerridge End with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Swanscoe, Bollington and Kerridge End Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Highre Fold car park, Higher Hurdsfield Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 7 miles    
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Route - Higher Hurdsfield - Swanscoe Hall - Macclesfield Canal - Bollington - Waulkmill Farm - Kerridge End - Cliff Hill - Higher Hurdsfield

 
Thirteen of us set off from Higher Hurdsfield along the lane passing Swanscoe Hall and the Random Apply Company and then across the fields and onto the Macclesfield Canal which we followed into Bollington. Then it was up through the town along a few new paths and along the track to Waulkmill Farm. After a steady ascent up through the woods we stopped for lunch on the hillside with some great views across to Rainow and the hills beyond. After lunch we carried on along the side of Keridge Hill to Kerridge End and the across the road and down Calrofold Lane. A field path then took us around Cliff Hill and back to the start at Higher Fold car park. Many thanks to Christine, Anita, Kati, Wendy, Janet, Maureen, Derek, Sheila, Alison, Karen, Pat G and Chris J for joining me on this walk.
 

On the track on Kerridge Hill

 

 

Looking down on Rainow

 
 
 

Heading along the canal

 

Looking across to Rainow

 
 
 
 

 

   
 
 

Walk 187  -  17/06/18 Gawsworth and North Rode with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Gawsworth and North Rode with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude 384 ft Maximum altitude 551 ft
Start from Gawsworth Altitude loss 473 ft Altitude gain 469 ft
Weather Overcast Distance 7.36 miles    
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Route Gawsworth - Manor Farm - North Rode - Bosley Locks - Macclesfield Canal - Oakgrove - Gawsworth

 
Twelve of us set off from Gawsworth and followed the field paths past the fishing lake and across to North Rode Church where we stopped for a coffee break, then it was across the fields and down the track past the Manor House and along the lane to Bosley Locks where we stopped for lunch watching the boats pass through the locks with low water levels causing a few problems. Afterwards we carried on up the canal towpath past Oakwood and then more paths took us over the fields and back to Gawsworth.     Many thanks to Christine, Anita, Carol, Alan, Sue, Hans, Chris R, Judith, Irene, Maureen and Derek for joining me on this walk.
 

On the Canal

 

Gawsworth Church

 
 

Water lilies are about to come out

 

Heading to Gawsworth

 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk  188 - 01/07/18  Redesmere and Capesthorne

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Redesmere and Capesthorne Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Redesmere Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny, hot and humid Distance 8 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Redesmere - Hazelwall Farm - Heskey Wood - Moss Wood -  Northwood Farm - Siddington - Capesthorne Hall - Redesmere

 
Seven of us set off from Redesmere Lake on a hot and humid day, field paths took us past Hazelwall Farm and Henshaw Hall Farm and then through Heskey Wood and Moss Wood which gave some welcome shade and we stopped frequently for drinks. After Crabtree Moss Farm and Northwood Farm we crossed the A34 and headed to Siddington and through the grounds of Capesthorne Hall. Midges were kept at bay with insect repellent and we eventually arrived back at Redesmere after a really enjoyable walk. Walkers were Trevor, Chris R, Ruth A, Wendy, Jackie with many thanks to Maureen and Derek for leading this walk.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 189 - 15/07/18 Rainow Scarecrow Walk from Bollington

Area Cheshire Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Rainow Scarecrow Walk from Bollington Minimum altitude 476 ft Maximum altitude 931 ft
Start from Bollington Altitude loss 1095 ft Altitude gain 1097 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 6.84 miles    
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Route - Bollington - Sowcar - Hedge Row - Harrop Fold Farm - Rainowlow - Rainow - Waukmill Farm - Bollington

 
Six of us set off from Bollington on a lovely sunny day, we headed up past Sowcar and along Hedgerow stopping for a coffee break in the woods by the stream, we then continued along the track to Harrop Fold Farm where we found one of the first Scarecrow displays of the walk, Then it was along the track past Rainowlow and into Rainow Village. A shady spot afforded some protection from the sun and we then toured the village looking at some of the 74 excellent Scarecrow displays created by the residents. Well Done !!! Afterwards we followed the path across the fields  to Waukmill Farm and then back along the track and into Bollington. Many thanks to Christine, Chris R, Judith, Sue P and Kati for joining me on this walk.
 

The display at Harrop Fold Farm

 

Another excellent display

 

Looking back towards Rainow

 

Hedge Row

 

Lunch break for our group and we did not win a prize

 

Excellent display

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 190  - 29/07/18 Whaley Bridge Canal Walk

Area High Peak, Derbyshire Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk Whaley Bridge Canal Walk Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Whaley Bridge Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Rain Distance 4 miles    
Map OS Dark Peak OL1

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Route - Whaley Bridge - Canal - Gowhole - Canal - Whaley Bridge

 
The heavy overnight rain continued throughout the morning as four of us set off from Whaley Bridge Canal Basin. The planned 7 mile walk was modified to a shorter route as we headed north along the towpath. At Furness Vale we followed the lane to Gowhole but once away from the shelter of the trees on the towpath we felt the full force of the inclement weather. A decision was made to retrace our route back along the canal to Whaley Bridge and as we arrived back at Whaley Bridge the weather eased and there was even a glimpse of blue sky. Ah well " the best laid plans of mice and men ....." Thanks to Christine, Chris R and Sue V for joining me on this bracing walk of almost 4 miles.
 

Heading back to Whaley Bridge

 

 

 

 
 

Whaley Bridge Canal Basin

 

The junction leading to Bugsworth Canal Basin

 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 191 - 12/08/18 Rushton Spencer and Gig Hall

Area Staffordshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Rushton Spencer and Gig Hall Minimum altitude 486ft Maximum altitude 887 ft
Start from Rushton Spencer Altitude loss 953 ft Altitude gain 952 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 6 miles    
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Route - Rushton Spencer - Heaton Hall - Hawkesley Farm - Gig Hall Dane Valley Way - Gritstone Trail - Rushton Spencer

 
Fourteen of us set off from Rushton Spencer  and headed up the lane and then along the filed paths to Heaton. Blackberries were in abundance and some time was spent collecting and eating them as we progressed towards Hawkseley Farm, then it was down the track to Gig Hall where we stopped for lunch by the River Dane. Afterwards we climbed the hillside to Whitelee and then joined the Gritstone Trail which we followed back to Barleigh Ford Bridge. Tracks and field paths then took us back to Rushton Spencer. Many thanks to Christine, Alec, Christine J, Kim, Maureen, Derek, Chris R, Sheila, Hans, Wendy, Rita, Judith and Kati for joining me on this walk.
 

The Roaches on the skyline

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Picking blackberries at the side of the path - delicious

 

The River Dane near Gig Hall

 
 
 
 

 

   
 
 

Walk 192 - 26/08/18 Bollington and Whiteley Green

Area Cheshire Walking time 2½ hours Average speed  
Walk Bollington and Whiteley Green Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Adlington Rd car park, Bollington. SK10 5JT Altitude loss   Altitude gain 352 ft
Weather Rain Distance 5 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Bollington - Canal - Bartons Clough - Harrop Green Farm - Whiteley Green - Bollington

 
Six hardy walkers clad in waterproofs set off from the car park in Bollington on a rainy day, the forecast was not good but we agreed to give it a go so headed across the recreation ground and onto the canal towpath. We headed north along as far as Bartons Clough stopping for coffee break under the shelter of a bridge and then it was west across the fields to Harrop Green Farm, at the path junction in the farmyard we headed south to Whiteley Green. We crossed the lane and continued south trying to find shelter for lunch, eventually stopping under trees for a quick stand up lunch. At this point the rain had not relented at all and we decided to shorten the walk and head back through the streets of Bollington to our start at the car park. An interesting walk despite the rain.

Many thanks to Christine, Sheila D, Judith, Irene and Chris R for joining me on this walk.

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

A rather wet Canal Towpath

 
   
 
 

 Walk 193 - 09/09/18 Fernilee and Taxal

Area Peak District Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Fernilee and Taxal Minimum altitude 565 ft Maximum altitude 1154 ft
Start from Street Car Park near Errwood reservoir Altitude loss 1163 ft Altitude gain 1164 ft
Weather Sunny periods, drizzle later. Distance 6.63 miles    
Map OS Peak District OL24

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Route - The Street car park - Madscar Farm - Taxal - Shallcross Wood - River Goyt - Dismantled railway - Bunsal Cob - Street car park

 
Nine of us set off from the Street Car Park  near Errwood Reservoir and set off up the lane and along the track through the wood past Oldfield and Normanwood where we stopped for a coffee break in Mill Clough. Then it was up the track past Madscar Farm and along the path above Hillbridge Nature Reserve. A good track then followed the hill contours with plenty of field mushrooms to be picked before we Glebe Farm and then onto Taxal Church where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we descended down the hill and over the River Goyt. A track then led south through Shallcross Wood and along the banks of the River Goyt to Fernilee Reservoir. A steep walk up the road took us up to Fernilee Dam and then a level walk alongside the reservoir eventually brought us to Errwood Dam. We crossed the dam and arrived back at the car park. It had been dry with sunny periods for most of the day with just a slight drizzle towards the end of the walk. Thanks to Christine, Anita, Kati, Judith, Rita, Elaine, Rob and Ken for joining me on this walk.
 

Looking across to Madscar Farm during our coffee break

 

Taxal Church

 
 
 
 

An easy track high up in the woods above Fernilee Reservoir

 

A midfield conference to decide if the mushrooms were edible

 

Alongside the River Goyt

 

 

   
 
 

Walk 194  -  23/09/18 Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley Minimum altitude 293 ft Maximum altitude 747 ft
Start from National Trust Wizard Car Park Altitude loss 293 ft Altitude gain 627 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route Car Park - Adders Moss - Finlow Hill - Hocker Lane - Nether Alderley Church - Alderley Edge - Wizards Well - Car Park

 
Fifteen of us set off on a bright sunny day, completely the opposite of the forecast from a few days ago when heavy rain was forecast. We followed the track through the woods and then field paths over Adders Moss to Finlow Hill where we stopped for a coffee break. Then it was on past Clinton Hill and onto Hocker Lane which we followed down to Nether Alderley and into the Church grounds for our lunch break. Afterwards we crossed the field and followed paths and tracks through the outskirts of Alderley Edge and then up Woodbrook Road, a steep cobbled lane which took us up to the woods on the Edge. We followed a winding path past the Wizards Well and the Armada Beacon and then back to the car park. A great walk in excellent weather with outstanding views of the Cheshire Plain. Many thanks to Christine, Anita,, Carol, Kati, Maureen, Derek, Rob, Rita, Martin, Judith, Irene, Ken, Hans and Sue J for joining me on this walk.
 

Jodrell Bank on the Cheshire Plain

 

After lunch at Nether Alderley Church

 

 
 

Looking across towards the hills above Macclesfield

 

Heading along Hocker Lane

 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 195 -  07/10/18 Three Shires Head from the Cat and Fiddle

Area Peak District Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Three Shires Head from the Cat and Fiddle Minimum altitude 1140 ft Maximum altitude 1742 ft
Start from Cat and Fiddle Inn A537 Altitude loss 1132 ft Altitude gain 1132 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 6 miles    
Map OS White Peak area OL24

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Route - Cat & Fiddle - Cumberland Brook - Sparbent - Three Shires Head -  Dane Valley Way - Danebower Quarry - Reeve - edge Quarry Cat & Fiddle

 
Nine of us set off on a nice sunny day from the Cat and Fiddle Inn on the A537, we followed the track across the moor and then along the tricky hillside path down  Danethorn Hollow to the bridge over the Cumberland Brook. It was then up the track taking us past Sparbent where we stopped for a coffee break. We crossed the A54 and joined the riverside path which we followed to Three Shires Head where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we followed the track upwards and past Blackclough and then along the Dane Valley Way through Reeve-edge Quarry and Danebower Quarry, it was then over the A54 and back along the Danebower Hollow beneath Whetstone Ridge and back to the start at the Cat and Fiddle. Many thanks to Anita. Maureen, Derek, Judith, Irene, Ken, Chris R and Sue V for joining me on this walk
 

Heading down Danethorpe Hollow

 

Looking towards the Three Shires Head  from near Dane Bower Quarry

 
 

A little bit of Local History

 
 

Looking across to Shutlingsloe from Danebower Hollow

 

Several mountain bikers on the hillside above us

 

Looking back towards Reeve-edge Quarry

 
   
 
 
 
 

Walk  196 -  21/10/18   Rainow and Charles Head

Area Peak District Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Rainow and Charles Head Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Rainow Altitude loss   Altitude gain 1193 ft
Weather Overcast then drizzle Distance 7 miles    
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Route - Rainow - Rainowlow - Harrop Fold Farm - Charles Head - Blue Boar farm - Waggonshaw farm - Common Barn Farm - Rainow

Fourteen of us set off from Rainow and followed the field path past Rainowlow and across to Harrop Fold Farm and then following the line of the old coach road we walked up the hillside to the road junction. Over the road we climbed steeply up the hillside and followed the concessionary path along the ridge with some great views on both sides. We stopped for lunch in the shelter of the wall as there was a cool wind, after lunch as we emerged from behind the wall we could see dark rain clouds approaching and it was on with the waterproofs. We continued on along the ridge and along the farm track to the Blue Boar Farm, here we turned uphill along the lane. It was a steady drizzle as we took another  farm track past Waggonshaw Farm and over the fields past Common Barn Farm and back into Rainow. An interesting walk with some great views.

Our group consisted of Anita, Wendy, Chris R, Judith, Rob, Rita, Maureen, Derek, Kane, Julie, Sarah, Chris J, Kim and David our leader.

Coffee stop

 

Heading along the ridge towards Blue Boar Farm

 
 

Looking across to White Nancy

 

Near Harrop Fold farm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 197 - 04/11/18  RushtonSpencer and Wincle Minn with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire/ Staffordshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk RushtonSpencer and Wincle Minn with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude 457 ft Maximum altitude 1134 ft
Start from Rushton Spencer Altitude loss   Altitude gain 1183 ft
Weather Overcast Distance 7.32 miles    
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Route - Rushton Spencer - Hollin Hall - Dumkins - Maresknowles - Gritstone Trail -

 
Eight of us set off from the Staffordshire Way car park adjacent to the Knot Inn at Rushton Spencer. We followed the field paths across to Brandy Lee and Hollin Hall and then down to Gig Hall on the River Dane. A climb up the hillside brought us to Whitelee and then it was across the fields to the ruins of Dumkins Farm a 15 century building. We had a good look round the area and then set off up the field path to Nettlebeds and then a steep path up the hillside to the ruins of Maresknowle Farm with its inscription of 1618. We stopped here for lunch and then continued up the hillside track to the Gritstone Trail which runs along the crest of the ridge. Once along the ridge we followed the field paths and tracks down the hillside before rejoining the lane. A short way along the lane we took the field path down to the main road and then onto the disused railway track which  we followed back to the start at Rushton Spencer. Many thanks to Anita, Judith, Sheila Maureen, Derek, Rob and Ken for joining me on this walk
 
Some of the group, Ken, Derek, Maureen, Sheila, Judith and Rob by the ruins of Maresknowle Farmhouse parts of which are dated 1618

 

Heading down to Rushton Spencer

 
 
 
 

The weir on the River Dane near Gig Hall

 

Heading away from Maresknowle Farmhouse up to the Gritstone Trail

 

A moody sky with Bosley Cloud in the distance

 

 

   
 
 

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