BROKEN CROSS WALKERS   Macclesfield

 

 
 

  A Summary of our walks  in 2019

Last updated 19/07/2019
 
Walk No Date Area

Walk details

Weather

Miles Ft Ascent  Walkers
 201 13/01/19 Cheshire Gawsworth and Sutton Overcast 7 386 16
202 27/01/19 Cheshire Gawsworth and Heskey Wood Overcast, windy 7 414 ft 15
203 10/02/19 Staffordshire Rushton Spencer and Rudyard Overcast 7 1051 ft 11
204 24/02/19 Peak District Whaley Bridge and Taxal Sunny periods 7 1493 ft 13
205 10/03/19 Cheshire Teggs Nose and Langley Sunshine and showers 7 1242 ft 5
206 24/03/19 Cheshire Mottram St Andrews and Nether Alderley Sunny periods 7 989 ft 10
207 07/04/19 Derbyshire Harpurhill and Brierlow Dale Overcast 8 938 ft 8
208 21/04/19 Cheshire Bosley Reservoir circular Sunny periods 8 694 ft 17
209 05/05/19 Cheshire Prestbury and Butley Town Sunny periods 7 685 ft 12
210 19/05/19 High Peak Chinley Churn and Cracken Edge Overcast 8 1424 ft 11
211 02/06/19 Peak District Goyt Valley and Goytsclough Sunny periods 7 1152 ft 15
212 16/06/19 Cheshire Bollington and Rainow Sunny periods, heavy showers 7 1377 ft 13
213 30/06/19 Staffordshire Rudyard Lake circular Sunny periods 6   10
               
               
               
               
 
 

Walk 201 - 13/01/19 Gawsworth and Sutton with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Distance 7 miles Ascent 386 ft
Walk Gawsworth and Sutton with Broken Cross Walkers Maximum altitude 614 ft Minimumum altitude 451 ft
Start from Gawsworth Church Post code Duration including stops      
Weather Overcast
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Route - Gawsworth - Woodhouse Green Farm - Sutton Reservoir - Sutton Village- Sutton Hall - Canal - Danes Moss - Gawsworth

 
Sixteen of us set off from Gawsworth and followed the path across the fields and along the lane to Woodhouse Green Farm, more field paths took us up to the Canal and then it was across the road and up the muddy and slippery path  to the Dam on Sutton Reservoir, an easy path then led us alongside the Reservoir and into Sutton Village  where we stopped for lunch in the small public park by the school. Afterwards the field path took us past Sutton Hall and onto the canal towpath  which we followed  south to Danes Moss. A nice easy path took us across the Moss and then more field paths brought us back to Gawsworth Church and our start point. Many to Kati, Wendy, Hans, Chris J, Alec, Judith, Irene, Janet, Una, Marlene, Diana, Chris R, Sue V, Rita and  Sue P for joining me on this walk
 

Nearly back at Gawsworth

 

 
 

Heading across to Sutton

 

Gawsworth Church

 
   
 
 

Walk 202 - 27/01/19 Gawsworth and Heskey Wood

Area Cheshire Distance 7 miles Ascent
Walk Gawsworth and Heskey Wood Maximum altitude 464 ft Minimum altitude 344 ft
Start from Gawsworth Post code Duration including stops 3½ hours    
Weather Overcast, windy7
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Route - Gawsworth - Marton Lane - Walkersheath - Henshall Hall - Heskey Wood - Tidnock Wood - Shellow Lane - Cloverbank Gawsorth

 
Fifteen of us set off from Gawsworth and followed the field paths  over to Marton Lane, then after some distance along the lane we passed through Walkersheath and across the fields to Henshall Hall, Heskey Wood gave us some shelter from the wind for a coffee stop and then it was  through the wood and along the lane to Tidnock Wood. Once past the wood a track took us through Great Tidnock Farm and shortly afterwards we stopped for lunch at a farm track junction, not ideal but the best shelter we could find from the incessant wind. Afterwards we carried on along the track and over the A536 and onto Shellow Lane which we followed  for some distance. An easy field path then headed north past Cloverbank Organic Farm and the nearby fishing ponds and then back to the cars near Gawsworth Church.
Many thanks to Anita, John, Wendy, Judith, Diana, Kim, Kane, Julie, Trevor, Shirley, Kati, Chris R, Sue V and Sue P for joining me on the windy walk around Gawsworth and Heskey Wood.
 

Coffee brerak in the shelter of Heskey Wood

 
 
 
 
 
 

A lovely avenue of trees as we head away from Gawsworth

Heading back to Gawsworth

   
 
 

Walk 203 -  10/02/19 Rushton Spencer and Rudyard

Area Staffordshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Rushton Spencer and Rudyard Minimum altitude 517 ft Maximum altitude 787 ft
Start from Staffordshire Way Car Park Rushton - Post Code - Altitude loss   Altitude gain 1051 ft
Weather Overcast Distance 7.24 miles    
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Route - Rushton Spencer - Rushton Church - Barns Lee, Birch Trees Farm - Horton Lodge - Rudyard - Cliffe Park - Rushton Spencer

 
Eleven of us set off from Rushton Spencer and followed the disused rail track south and then across the fields to the lovely Rushton Church which sits on the hillside looking down on Rushton Spencer. Once down the drive we followed the lane and after passing Rushton Hall and Barns Lee we took the muddy field path up the hillside and across to Birch Trees Farm stopping for coffee in a sheltered area. Once through the farm we followed the long farm drive out onto the road and then after a short distance a narrow path took us past Horton Lodge and down to the Cafe by the Rudyard Dam. Comfy benches enabled us all to sit comfortably for lunch and then it was back up the track and along the lakeside path through Rea Cliffe Wood and past the derelict Cliffe Park which appeared to be possibly ripe for renovation. We continued on along the Staffordshire Way and rejoined the disused railway track fro the walk back to the start at Rushton Spencer.   Many thanks to Kati, Rob, Hans, Wendy, Chris J, Alec, Sue P,  Dianna, Judith and Irene for joining me on this walk.
 

Rudyard Lake

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Heading towards Birch Trees Farm

 

Heading back to Rushton Spencer

 
 
 
 

 

   
 
 

Walk 204 - 24/02/19 Whaley Bridge and Taxal

Area Peak District Distance 7 miles Ascent 1493 ft
Walk Whaley Bridge and Taxal Maximum altitude 954 ft Minimum altitude 504 ft
Start from Whaley Bridge Post code Duration including stops 4½ hours    
Weather Sunny periods
Map  

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Route - Whaley Bridge - Toddbrook Reservoir - Kishfield Bridge - Gap House - Taxal - Hillbridge Nature Reserve - Whaley Bridge

 
Thirteen of us set off from Whaley Bridge on a lovely sunny day and  took the paths and tracks up alongside Toddbrook Reservoir, the hillside paths gave some stunning views across the valley and then we descended to Kishfield Bridge  and then across to Taxal passing Gap House on the way. We stopped in Taxal Churchyard for lunch and then it was across the fields to Hillbridge Nature Reserve and after crossing the foot bridge over the River Goyt we headed north along the river bank past New Horwich and back into Whaley Bridge. Many thanks to John, Alec, Derek, Judith, Diana, Wendy, Rob, Trevor, Sue V, Susanna, Kati and Hans for joining me on this scenic walk.
 

Nice place for a coffee break

 

Looking towards Taxal Moor

 

Heading back through Shallcross Wood

 

Heading up the lane above Toddbrook Reservoir

 

Heading towards Hillbridge and Parkwood Nature Reserve

 
 
 

River Goyt

   
 
 

Walk 205 - 10/03/19 Teggs Nose and Langley

Area Cheshire Distance 6.90 miles Ascent 1242 ft
Walk Teggs Nose and Langley with Broken Cross Walkers Maximum altitude 1233 ft Minimum altitude 514 ft
Start from Higher Hurdsfield Post code Duration including stops 4 hrs 20 mins    
Weather Rain and hail showers and  sunshine
Map  

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Route - Higher Hurdsfield - Gritstone Trail - Teggs Nose - Langley - The Hollins - Macclesfield Canal - Higher Hurdsfield

 
Five hardy walkers braved the elements as we set off from Higher Hurdsfield in the rain, we headed up Cliff Lane and avoided the muddy hillside further up the lane the rain eased off and we climbed up through the wood with several inches of snow on the ground, glimpses of blue sky and the sun gave us hope as we followed the Gritstone Trail across the fields to Teggs Nose Cafe. It was too early for lunch but the warm fire and smell of hot coffee proved too much. After our break we followed the track through the quarry with some great views across the hills. A steep descent down the snowy hillside into Langley needed caution but we were soon down onto level ground and through the village. After lunch in the Churchyard we passed Langley Hall and took the field path up and over the Hollins, once again we had some great views over Macclesfield and the Cheshire Plain. After passing the Golf Course we joined the canal and followed this back to Hursdfield Road and then up the road and back to the car park. A great walk which started out in rainy weather and then improved considerably as the day wore on. many thanks to Kati, John D, Sheila and Diana for joining me on this seven mile walk.
 

Looking across to Macclesfield Forest from Teggs Nose

 

Heading down to Langley

 
 
 
 

On the Gritstone Trail

 

A bench with a view on Teggs Nose

 

Heading to the Hollins from Langley

 

 

   
 
 

Walk 206 - 24/03/19 Mottram St Andrew and Nether Alderley

Area Cheshire Distance 6.34 miles Ascent 989 ft
Walk Mottram St Andrew and Nether Alderley Maximum altitude 626 ft Minimum altitude331 ft
Start from Mottram St Andrew Post code Duration including stops 4 hours    
Weather Sunny periods
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Route - Mottram - Clock House Wood - Dickens Wood - Armada Beacon - Bradford House - Finlow Hill - North Cheshire Way - Mottram

 
Ten of us set off from Mottram St Andrew and followed the field path to Clock House Wood and then along woodland path which took us through Dickens Wood to the Armada Beacon. We crossed the road and passed White Barn and along the Bradford Lane for a short distance. We found a sunny spot for lunch and then carried on across the fields past Finlow Hill and Mount Farm. A short stretch along the North Cheshire Way took us to Goose Green Farm and then a final field path brought us back to Mottram St Andrew.

Many thanks to Anita, Kati, Judith, Rita, Derek, Sue P, Rob, Ken and Diana for joining me on this pleasant walk.

 

Heading up though the woods

 

Just finished lunch and ready for the off

 
 
 
 

Spring is on the way shortly

 

Looking out from the Edge over to Manchester

 

Heading back to Mottram

 

 

   
 
 

Walk 207 - 07/04/19 Harpurhill and Brierlow Dale with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Derbyshire Distance 7.63 miles Ascent 938 ft
Walk Harpurhill and Brierlow Dale with Broken Cross Walkers Maximum altitude 1257 ft Minimum altitude 968 ft
Start from Poole Cavern, Buxton Post code Duration including stops 4½ hours    
Weather Overcast
Map  

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Route - Buxton - Harpurhill - Disused track - Brierlow Bar - Brierlow Dale - KIngs Sterndale - Cowdale - Staden - Buxton

 
Eight of us set off from near Pooles Cavern in Buxton and followed the tracks and paths across to Harpurhill, a path between the house took us up the hillside where we joined the disused railway track that used to service the hillside quarries. We followed this for several miles and then field paths took us down to Brierlow Bar where we stopped lunch. Afterwards we crossed the main road and took the path down through Brierlow Dale before eventually taking the steep path up the hillside and out of the Dale. Easy field paths and tracks then took us across to King Sterndale and then across to Cowdale and then Staden. A downhill path then led us down into the outskirts of Buxton to join the path back to our start point near Pooles Cavern. Many thanks to Anita, Chris R, Ken , David I, Marlene, Diana and Bernie for joining me on this walk.
 

Descending down towards Brierlow Dale

 

Marlene stroking the friendly bull, he was a big hefty beast

 
 
 
 

Heading down Brierlow Dale

 

Heading towards Cowdale

 
 
 
 

 

   
 
 

Walk 208 - 21/04/19 Bosley Reservoir Circular

Area Cheshire Distance 7.50 miles Ascent 694 ft
Walk Bosley Reservoir Circular Maximum altitude 692 ft Minimum altitude 357 ft
Start from Bosley Post code Duration including stops 4 hours    
Weather Sunny
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Route -  Bosley - Macclesfield Canal - Bosley Locks - Cowley - Stoneyfield - Primrose Bank - Bosley Reservoir - Bosley

 
Seventeen of us set off from Bosley and followed the field paths and tracks across to the Macclesfield Canal, after a pleasant coffee break on the towpath we headed over the aqueduct and north past Bosley Locks to Cowley and then it was up the narrow lane and across the main road to Stoneyfield,  tracks and field paths took us along the hillside where we found a shady spot to stop for lunch with outstanding views across the valley, We passed Primrose Bank and joined the easy footpath along the shore of Bosley Reservoir and then along the dam and then across then fields and back to Bosley.  Many thanks  to everyone for coming along on this sunny walk of just over seven miles. Our group consisted of Irene, Diana, David I, Judith, Marlene, Sue P, Chris R, Wendy, Hans, Pauline, Kati, Derek, Rob, Ros, Sheila, Trevor and David P the leader.
 

Macclesfield Canal

 

Walking across the dam on Bosley Reservoir

 
 
 
 

Heading away from Bosley

 

Looking across to the Radio Tower on Croker Hill

 

Bit of a queue

 

 

   
 
 

Walk 209 - 05/05/19 - Prestbury and Butley Town

Area Cheshire Distance 7.25 miles Ascent 685 ft
Walk Prestbury and Butley Town Maximum altitude Minimum altitude
Start from Riverside Park, Beech Lane Post code SK10 2SL Duration including stops 4 hours    
Weather Sunny periods
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Route - Riverside Park - River Bollin - Prestbury - Park House Farm - Butley Town - Dumbah Hollow - Clarke Lane - Middlewood Way - Riverside Park

 
Twelve of us set off from the Riverside Park and followed the path alongside the River Bollin and into Prestbury. Once through the village a track took us through Park House Farm where we stopped for a coffee break in the field. An inquisitive horse meant we did not stay long and then we  crossed the railway line and the main road and into Butley Town. Once through this small hamlet we stopped for lunch and then after crossing several fields we entered Dumbah Hollow, a little sanctuary beside the busy main road. Our route then lay along the Middlewood Way and then back down the lane to our start at the Riverside Car Park. Many thanks to Anita, Chris R, Wendy, Janet D, Dianna, Rob, Derek, Anne, Kati, David I, Judith and David the leader
 

Diane practising her horse whispering

 

 

Heading across the fields towards Butley Town

 

Bluebells in Dumbah Hollow

 

Our group today from the left, Kati, Anne, Chris R, Janet, Wendy, Anita, Derek, Judith, David I, Rob, Diana and myself behind the camera

   
   
   
   
 
 

Walk 210 - 19/05/19 Whaley Bridge and Chinley Churn

Area High Peak Distance 7.63 miles Ascent 1434 ft
Walk Whaley Bridge and Chinley Churn Maximum altitude 1482 ft Minimum altitude 469 ft
Start from Whaley Bridge Post code SK23 7NT Duration including stops 4¼ hours    
Weather Overcast
Map OS The Peak District - Dark Peak area OL1

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Route - Whaley Bridge - Waterside - Green Head - Clough Head - Overhill Road - Chinley Churn - Crackern Churn - Buxsworth - Whaley Bridge

 
Eleven of us set off from Whaley Bridge and after a short distance along the canal we passed through Waterside and began the steady ascent up the hillside passing Green Head and Clough Head Farm where we stopped for a coffee break. Then it was to Overhill Road with its very welcome flat sections. At the track junction we took the path east and began the final uphill stretch which brought us to Chinley Churn. A convenient place for lunch with extensive views across to Kinder Scout and the  surrounding hills. After lunch we headed south along Cracken Edge with a few sections which needed care on the narrow path. The route then led its way down to the road where we joined a level track which eventually brought us to Brierley Green and Bugsworth Canal Basin. An easy walk along the towpath brought us back into Whaley Bridge where some of us sampled the coffee and cakes at the nearby cafe. Many thanks to everyone for coming along on this hilly walk. Our group consisted of Anita, Judith, Kati, Diana, Sheila, Rita, David I, Ken, Kim, Anne and David P our leader

Ken near Chinley Churn

 

Coffee break near Clough Head Farm

 

Heading along Cracken Edge

 
 
 
 

 

   
 
 

Walk 211  - 02/06/19 Goyt Valley and Goytsclough

Area Peak District Distance 6.84 miles Ascent 1152 ft
Walk Goyt Valley and Goytsclough Maximum altitude 1636 ft Minimum altitude 996 ft
Start from Derbyshire Bridge Post code SK17 6TT Duration including stops 4¼ hours    
Weather Sunny periods & showers
Map OS Peak District - White Peak OL24

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Route - Derbyshire Bridge - Burbage Edge - Disused Railway  - Wild Moor - Goyts Moss - Goyts Clough - Derbyshire Bridge

 
Fifteen of us set off from Derbyshire Bridge and followed the old coach road east from Derbyshire Bridge. On reaching the high point of the track we headed north and then onto Burbage Edge where we stopped for a coffee break with some outstanding views across the valley to the Cat & Fiddle. We then continued on along the ridge and then took the side path avoiding the steep section which brought us down to the disused rail track with its bricked up tunnel. This was the original route of the Cromford and High Peak Railway, constructed around 1700. An easy walk along the track eventually brought us to Goyts Lane  where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we descended down the hillside to Wild Moor and then joined the hillside path which brought us to Berry Clough where we joined the lane by Goytsclough Quarry where Thomas Pickford started his Transport business from in the 1700. Once on the lane it was an easy walk back to the start at Derbyshire Bridge. Many thanks to Anita, Judith, Irene, Chris R, Sue V, Ken, Marlene, Diana, Anne M, Sheila, Wendy, Hans, Rita and Karen for joining me on this walk.

After the walk ten of us visited St Stephens Church at Forest Chapel for the Walkers and Cyclists Service which is held each year in June. Tea and cakes were enjoyed after the Service and donations collected for the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.

 

Heading down into the Goyt Valley

 

Heading back to the Derbyshire Bridge car park

 
 
 
 

Heading up the old coach road

 

Pausing for a breather above Errwood Reservoir

 

Forest Chapel

 

 

   
 
 

Walk 212 - 16/06/19 Bollington and Rainow

Area Cheshire Distance 7.54 miles Ascent 1377 ft
Walk Bollington and Rainow Maximum altitude 1315 ft Minimum altitude 475 ft
Start from Bollington Post code Duration including stops 4½ Hours    
Weather Sunny periods and heavy showers
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Route - Bollington - Hedge Row - Harrop Fold Farm - Saddle Cote - Erwin Lane Waggonshaw Brow - Common Barn Rainow - Bollington

 
Thirteen of us set off from  Bollington on a sunny day and headed out of Bollington and up Hedge Row, we passed through Harrop Fold Farm and crossed the main road and headed up the hillside passing Saddle Cote where we stopped for lunch in a sunny and sheltered spot. We then followed the lane up to Waggonshaw Brow as dark clouds appeared on the horizon. We crossed the fields near Common Barn Farm as the rain started. Very soon the torrential rain started accompanied by thunder and lightning. Despite all having their waterproofs on we tried to shelter in the lee of the drystone walls as the storm raged. After about ten minutes the rain eased and we set off again down into Rainow. After passing through the village the rain stopped and we followed the paths back across the fields and into Bollington. An interesting walk despite the torrential rain. Thanks to everyone for coming along on the walk. Our group consisted of Anita, Wendy, Chris R, Sue V, Eileen, Judith, Ken,  Tom, Chris J, Alec, Kim, Irene and David P our leader.
 

Lunch break in a sheltered spot

 

Heading towards Waulkmill Farm

 
 
 
 

Heading up to Saddle Cote

 
Pause for a breather near Common Barn Farm as the storm  approaches
 
 
 
 

 

   
 
 
 

Walk 213 - 30/06/19  Rudyard Lake

Area Staffordshire Distance 6 miles Ascent
Walk Rudyard Lake Maximum altitude Minimum altitude
Start from Rudyard Lake Station Post code Duration including stops 3 hours    
Weather Sunny periods
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Rudyard Station - Railtrack path - Cliffe Park -  Staffordshire Way - Rudyard Station

 
Eight walkers set off from Rudyard Lake Station and followed the track alongside the Lake to the north end and then returned along the Staffordshire Way stopping at the Cafe for refreshments and then back to the start at the Station. Thanks to everyone for coming along on the walk. Our group consisted of Wendy, Marlene, Ken, Chris R, Tom, David I, Una and Sue P.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Rudyard Lake

 
   
 
 

Walk 214 - 14/07/19  Chelford and Nether Alderley

Area Cheshire Distance 7.71 miles Ascent 253 ft
Walk Chelford and Nether Alderley Maximum altitude  305 ft Minimum altitude 200 ft
Start from A537 Chelford Post code Duration including stops 4½ hours    
Weather Sunny periods
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Route - A537  - Heawood Hall - Nether Alderley Church - Sossmoss Lane - David Lewis Centre - Chelford Village - Astle Farm - A537

 
Fourteen of us set off from the layby on the A537 and using field paths and tracks we passed Mere Farm and Heawood Hall and then it was over the bypass and into the grounds of Nether Alderley Church where we stopped for a coffee break. As we finished our break the Church Warden Michael kindly offered to show us the may interesting features of the beautiful Church which dates from the 14 century including the Stanley Pews. Afterwards we took the path away from the Church and crossed the bypass again and followed Sossmoss Lane to the junction and then across the road and back onto the field paths and tracks which took us past the David Lewis Centre where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards a path blocked for safety reasons gave us a problem but with a bit of ingenuity and caution we managed to get round the problem, then it was down the track and into Chelford Village, another path took us over Chelford Heath and then after passing Chelford Church a field path and track brought us back to the start. Many thanks to Christine John D, Wendy, Judith, Marlene, Irene, Eileen, Chris J, Alec, Dave I, Shirley, Kati, and Sue P for joining me on this walk.
 

Following the track away from the Church

 

Here come the girls

 
 

http://www.alderleychurch.co.uk/

 

Nether Alderley Church on Wikipedia

 
 

Nether Alderley Church

 

Heading for our lunch spot

 

Crossing the potato field

 

 

   
 
 

Walk 215 

Area Distance Ascent
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Walk 216

Area Distance Ascent
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