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  A Summary of our walks  in 2022

Last updated 02/08/2022
 
Walk No Date Area

Walk details

Weather

Miles Ft Ascent  Walkers
258 09/01/2022 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Forest Chapel Sunny periods 7 1256 10
259 23/01/2022 Staffordshire Danebridge and Turners Pool Overcast 7 1220 11
260 06/02/2022 Staffordshire Rushton Spencer and Bosley Minn Overcast 7 975  8
261 06/03/2022 Cheshire Peover Superior Sunny 8   7
262 20/03/2022 Cheshire Mottram St Andrew and Alderley Edge Sunny 7 921 ft 11
263 03/04/2022 Cheshire Tower Hill, White Nancy and Kerridge Sunshine and snow 7.5   10
264 17/04/2022 Cheshire Poynton and Middlewood Sunny 7.5 miles 863 ft 9
265 08/05/2022 Cheshire Mottram        
266 22/05.2922 Cheshire Gawsworth and Sutton Sunny periods 7 727 ft 17
267 05/06/2022 Staffordshire Rushton Spencer and Rudyard Rain 7 318 10
268 19/06/2022 Cheshire Three Shires Head and Wildboarclough Overcast 7 1381 8
269 03/07/2022 Staffordshire Meerbrook and Tittesworth Sunny periods 7 702 ft 13
270 17/07/2022 Cheshire Rainow Scarecrow walk Sunny periods 7 1063 ft 6
271 31/07/2022 High Peak Whaley Bridge, Kettleshulme and Taxal Sunny periods 7 1280 ft 9
               
               
               
               
               
               
     

 

       
               
               
 
 

Walk 258 - 09/01/2022 - Macclesfield Forest and Forest Chapel

Area Cheshire Distance 6.7 miles Ascent 1256 ft
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Forest Chapel Maximum altitude 1407 ft Minimum altitude 653 ft
Start from Langley Post code  SK11 0NB Duration including stops 4 hrs    
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Map Explorer 268    Link to map of start of the walk

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung A41 phone

Route - Langley - Gritstone Trail - Nessit Hill - Ferriser - Standing Stone - Forest Chapel - Dimples - Clough House - Langley

 
Ten of us set off from the car park at Teggsnose Reservoir and joined the Gritstone Trail for a short way and then took the forest track up to Nessit Hill where we stopped for a coffee break. Then it was along the track past the ruined Ferriser Farmhouse and onto the lane by Standing Stone. We followed the lane up to Forest Chapel where we stopped for lunch and then continued on through the forest and joined the packhorse route down to Clough House. An easy path then took us along to Teggs Nose Reservoir and the start of the walk. A walk of almost seven miles with some great views. Thanks to everyone for coming along on this our first walk of 2022. Our group were Anita, Judith, Kathryn Hans, Alan, Karen, David I, Jo, Shirley and David P our leader.
 

Looking out from Nessit Hill towards Teggs Nose

 

Heading down the old packhorse route  with Teggs Nose on the right

 
 

Heading up to Nessit Hill

Heading towards the ruined Dimples Farmhouse

   

 

 
 

Walk 259 - 23/01/2022 - Danebridge and Turners Pool

Area Staffordshire Distance 7.20 miles Ascent 122- ft
Walk Danebridge and Turners Pool Maximum altitude 1191 ft Minimum altitude 535 ft
Start from Danebridge Post code  SK11 0QE Duration including stops 4½ hrs    
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Map Explorer 268

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Route - Danebridge - Snipe - Clough Head - Turners Pool - Old Hag - Gun End - Hollin Hall - Gig Hall - Dane Bridge

 
Eleven us set  from Danebridge and crossed the fields to Snipe and then along the track past Park House, the path then took us along the hillside  where we stopped for a coffee break then it was down the lane to Buxton Brow Farm and across the fields to Turners Pool, after passing the pool we climbed the hillside stopping for lunch on the way.

Aftewards we passed Old Hag and Cliff and into a wood and along one of the muddiest footpaths  we have been down for along time. Thankfully we emerged onto the road without anyone slipping and it was nice to walk on tarmac for a bit of respite from the mud. We then walked down the track past Hollinhall and Gig Hall and joined the Dane Valley Way for the walk back to the start at Danebridge. An interesting walk with mist and mud and some good tracks in between.

Many thanks to everyone for coming along on the walk.  Our group consisted of Anita, Ken, Dave I, Judith, Irene, Kath, Eileen, Marilyn, Alan, Graham and David P our leader.

 

 
 

 

 
 

Heading along the track to Hollinhall and Gig Hall

   

 

 
 

Walk 260 - 06/02/2022 Rushton Spencer and Bosley Minn

Area Staffordshire Distance 7 miles Ascent 975 ft
Walk Rushton Spencer and Bosley Minn Maximum altitude 930 ft Minimum altitude 456 ft
Start from Rushton Spencer Post code  SK11 0QU Duration including stops 4 hrs 5 mins    
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Weather Overcast, windy
Map Link to map of start of the walk        

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung A41 phone

Route - Rushton Spencer - Brandy Lee - Hollinhall - Gig Hall - Dumkins - Hawkslee - Bosley Minn - Lower Minnend - Hug Bridge - Rushton Spencer.

 
Eight of us set off from Rushton Spencer and walked up Sugar Street and then took the field path past Brandy Lee and across to Hollinhall, many of the fields were waterlogged and after much paddling and wading across the wet ground we emerged onto drier land by Hollinhall where we stopped  for a well earned coffee break. A descent down to Gig Hall brought us down to the River Dane which was in full flow with all the recent rain and then the short ascent up to Whitelee Farm (scene of the infamous murder in 1731, see link below).

We carried on along the field paths and tracks to the ruined Dumkins Farm and here we made a group decision to slightly shorten the walk due to the time available. We joined the Gritstone Trail for the walk up to Bosley Minn stopping on the way in a sheltered and wooded area for lunch. Once on Bosley Minn we took the lane down past Lower Minnend and crossed the field to the A523. A short walk down this busy road brought us to the path along the disused rail track which took us back to the start at Rushton Spencer.

Many thanks to everyone for coming along on this walk. Our group consisted of Anita, Alan, Alec J, Chris J, Dave I, Marilyn. Jo and David P our leader.

 

A little bit of history of the murder at Whitelee Farm,  a tale of “lust, murder and a gruesome hanging”  Brough Family Organization - Brough Crimes (google.com)

 

 

 
 

   

 

 
 

Walk 261 - 06/03/2022 -  Peover Superior

Area Cheshire Distance 8.3 miles Ascent
Walk Peover Superior Maximum altitude Minimum altitude
Start from Peover Superior Post code   Duration including stops      
what3words Weather Sunny
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Peover Superior - Peover Hall - Freegreen - Radbrooke Hall - Peover Superior

 

Seven of us set off from Peover Superior on a tour of the Cheshire plain.

We crossed the fields and went down the track to the 16th century Peover Hall, originally home of the Mainwarings and more recently the Peels and then the Brooks. Through the woods, across the fields and the A50 to a coffee stop.

Then it was onward to Lower Peover, North to Freegreen and then East along the bridle way to a comfy log on a 'Wicked'' bend for lunch.

Back across the A50 around Radbroke Hall to South Ollerton, via a water tower and a man-made zoo and South back to the vehicles.

 Around 8.3 miles on a bright and sunny day. Our group consisted of  Alan, Eileen, Irene, Judith, Marilyn and Wendy with special thanks to David I for leading this walk.

 
 
 

 

 
 

   

 

 
 

Walk 262 - 20/03/2022 Mottram St Andrew and Alderley Edge

Area Cheshire Distance 7 miles Ascent 921 ft
Walk Mottram St Andrew & Alderley Edge Maximum altitude Minimum altitude
Start from Mottram   Duration including stops      
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Route - Mottram - Clock House Wood - Dickens Wood - Beacon Hill - Artists Lane - Findlow Wood - North Cheshire Way - Mottram

 
Eleven of us set off from Mottram and followed the field path  across to Clock House Wood and then followed the woodland path through Dickens Wood and up to Beacons Hill stopping en route for a coffee break. We then crossed the road and a field path took us to Artists Lane and Bradford Lane with a lunch stop on the way watched by a friendly horse. Afterwards  we continued across the fields past Finlow and Findlow Wood. After crossing the Alderley Road we joined the North Cheshire Way to Goose Green Farm and then back across the fields to the start at Mottram. Many thanks to everyone for coming along on this walk around the Cheshire countryside. Our group consisted of Anita, Judith, Nina, Kathryn, Derek, Eve, David I, Chris R, Wendy, Alan S and David P our leader.
 
 
 
 
 

   
 
 

Walk 263 - 03/04/2022 Tower Hill, White Nancy and Kerridge

Area Cheshire Distance 7.5 miles Ascent
Walk Tower Hill, White Nancy and Kerridge Maximum altitude Minimum altitude
Start from Macclesfield, Buxton Road Post code SK11 7EP Duration including stops 4 hours    
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Weather Sunshine and snow
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Macclesfield - Cliff Lane - Bull Hill Lane Lamaload Road - Tower Hill - White Nancy - Kerridge - Canal - Macclesfield

 

Ten of us set off from Buxton Road towards Cliff Lane. We crossed the Buxton Road near Bull Hill Lane and walked through the fields to Lamaload Road and Tower Hill and then to White Nancy. Then it was down through the wood into Kerridge and across the fields and onto the canal towpath for the walk back to Buxton Road. Our group were Ray, Dave I, Ken, Irene, Wendy Anita, Eve, Marillyn and Kathryn  with many thanks to Judith for leading this scenic walk  with sunshine and snow along the way

 

Looking down on Bollington from White Nancy

 

Heading for White Nancy

 
 

Heading along the Ridge

Its lambing time again

   
 
 

Walk 264 - 17/04/2022 Poynton and Middlewood with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Distance 7.44 miles Ascent 863 ft
Walk Poynton and Middlewood with Broken Cross Walkers Maximum altitude 776 ft Minimum altitude 311 ft
Start from Poynton Pool Post code SK12 1BR Duration including stops 4 hours    
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Weather Sunny periods
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Poynton Pool - Poynton Coppice - Hagg Farm - Green Farm - Platt Wood Farm - Middlewood - New House Farm - Poynton Pool

 

Nine of us set off from Poynton Pool car park on a nice sunny day and followed the field paths and tracks across to Poynton Coppice where we paused for a coffee break and then it over the Middlewood Way and the Macclesfield Canal past Hagg Farm and Green Farm.

We joined the North Cheshire Way for a short distance and then after passing Platt Wood Farm and Middlecale Farm we arrived back at the Macclesfield Canal where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we headed north along the towpath and then through Middlewood and over the rail track. An easy walk back across the fields brought us back to the start at Poynton Pool. A nice scenic walk over just over 7 miles.

Our group consisted of Wendy, Alan, Judith, Jo, Derek, Dave I, Ray,     Chris R and David P our leader.

 

Heading along the hillside in Lyme Park

 

The gorse bushes are looking lovely as we head back to Poynton Pool

 
 
 

Heading through Poynton Coppice

Crossing the line after looking both ways

   
 
 

Walk 266 - 22/05/2022 Gawsworth and Sutton

Area Cheshire Distance 7 Ascent 727 ft
Walk Gawsworth and Sutton Maximum altitude Minimum altitude
Start from Gawsworth   Duration including stops 4 hours    
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Weather Sunny periods
Map Explorer 268 Link to map of start of the walk

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Route - Gawsworth - Mount Farm - Woodhouse Green Farm - Sutton Reservoir - Sutton Village - Macclesfield Canal - Danes Moss - Gawsworth

 

Seventeen of us set off from Gawsworth and took the track and field paths to Mount Farm. A walk along the lane took us to Woodhouse Green Farm and then across the field to the Macclesfield Canal. we crossed the canal and main road  and walked up the track to Sutton Reservoir where we stopped  for a coffee break. Afterwards we walked through the woods and across the fields to Sutton Village.

We passed through the village and more paths took  us to Sutton Hall and onto the canal towpath  which  we followed to Danes Moss where we stopped for lunch. After our refreshments we crossed Danes Moss and the more field paths, tracks and quiet lanes eventually brought us back to the start ay Galsworthy Church.

Many thanks to everyone for coming along on this scenic and flat seven mile walk.

Our group consisted of Hans, Anita, Kati, Kath B, Steve, Irene, Dave I, Alan, Marilyn, Derek, Ray, Sue P, Eileen, Susan M, Nina, Jo and David P our leader

 
 
 
 
 

   
 
 

Walk 267 - 05/06/2022 Rushton Spencer and Rudyard Lake

Area Staffordshire Distance 7 miles Ascent 666 ft
Walk Rushton Spencer and Rudyard Lake Maximum altitude Minimum altitude
Start from Rushton Spencer Post code SK11 0QU Duration including stops      
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Weather Rain, heavy at times
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Route - Rushton Spencer - Cliff Park - Staffordshire Way - Rudyard - Disused rail track - Rushton Spencer

 
Ten of us set off from Rushton Spencer on a rather damp morning and after a easy walk along the disused rail track we joined the Staffordshire Way which took us up to Cliff Park where we found some limited shelter from the rain for our coffee break. We then followed the path along the hillside through the woods past the Sailing Club to the car park near the dam. After purchasing drinks from the Cafe we ate our lunch under cover outside the Cafe. Afterwards we set off across the dam and joined the footpath along the rail track as the heavy rain arrived. We walked back down the path in the rain pausing briefly for shelter under the bridge. Then it was off again and onward down the track to the start at the car park. A wet walk but spirits remained high despite the weather.

Many thanks to everyone who joined the walk in the rain, they  were Judith, Irene, Dave I, Peter F, Marilyn, Sue P, Una, Kath, Anita and David P our leader.

 

A wet day and not many boaters out

 

The Cafe at Rudyard, the water level is low.

Heading back along the disused rail track, the brolly's were handy.
   
 
 

Walk 268 - 19/06/2022 Wildboarclough and Three Shires Head

Area Cheshire Distance 6.8 miles Ascent 1381 ft
Walk Wildboarclough and Three Shires Head Maximum altitude Minimum altitude
Start from Clough Farm, Wildboarclough   Duration including stops 4 hours    
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Route - Wildboarclough - Cumberland Brook - Three Shires Head - Cut thorn - Bennettshitch - Leech Wood - Crag Hall - Wildboarclough

 
Eight of us set off on a rather overcast day and headed up Cumberland Brook and then after passing Sparbent and crossing the A54 we paused for a coffee break, and then descended down the fields to join the Dane Valley Way which we followed to Three Shires Head.

After a few photos we carried on along the packhorse route to Cut-thorn and then joined the lane for the walk to Bennettshitch. An easy track then took us up the hillside where we stopped by an old barn for our lunch. Lovely views across the valley.

Afterwards we continued up the hillside and across the moor pausing to examine some rather large slabs hewn from the hillside rocks. The general consensus was that they may have been intended to be used as gatepost's but we will probably never know. We carried on across the moor and after crossing the A54 again we walked down the lane past Crag Hall and then Old Post Office.

After crossing the bridge, the scene of terrible floods in May 1989 we walked up the hillside track for a fine walk along the hillside and back to the start at Clough House car park.. Many thanks to everyone for coming along on the walk, our group consisted of Alan B, Dave I, Wendy, Marilyn, Kate, Eve, Susan M and David P our leader.

 

Three Shires Head

 
 
 
 

Heading down to join the Dane Valley Way

The Old Post Office in Wildboarclough

More about the Old Post Office, Wildboarclough.

   
 
 

Walk 269 - 03/07/2022 Meerbrook and Tittesworth

Area Staffordshire Distance 6.8 miles Ascent 702 ft
Walk Meerbrook and Tittesworth Maximum altitude Minimum altitude
Start from Meerbrook   Duration including stops      
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Route - Meerbrook - Staffordshire Moorlands Walk - Soth Hillswood - Wardle Barn Farm - Springbank Wood - Visitor Centre - Meerbrook

 
Thirteen of us set off from Meerbrook and followed the waterside path past the sailing club  and through Hinds Clough Wood to South Hillswood Farm. We then followed the field path down to the River Churnet passing quite close to the ruins of the 12th century Cisterian Abbey, we then joined to Churnet Way and after a steep climb up the hillside we joined the waterside path and stopped for lunch overlooking the Tittesworth Reservoir which had a very low water level. After lunch we walked along the waterside path to the Visitor Centre where most of us stopped for a coffee in the excellent Cafe. Afterwards an easy walk back through the village took us back to the start in Meerbrook Lane.

Many thanks to everyone who came along on this walk. Our group consisted of Alan B, Peter F, Ray, Dave I, Peter E, Georgie, Susan M, Eve, Judith, Irene, Eileen, Kati and David P our leader.

 
 
 
 
 

   
 
 

Walk 270 - 17/07/2022 Rainow Scarecrow Walk

Area Cheshire Distance 6 miles Ascent 1063 ft
Walk Rainow Scarecrow Walk Maximum altitude 1109 ft Minimum altitude 614 ft
Start from Higher Hurdsfield   Duration including stops 4 hours    
what3words Weather Very warm Sunny periods
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Route - Higher Hurdsfield - Cliff Hill - Marsh Farm - Gritstone Trail - Tower Hill - Rainow - Kerridge Hill - Swanscoe Hall - Higher Hurdsfield

 
Six of us set off from Higher Hurdsfield on a very warm day, we followed the field path over Cliff Hill and after passing through Marsh Farm we crossed the main Buxton Road and joined the Gritstone Trail stopping for a coffee break with some great views across to Rainow. We then carried on along the field paths and tracks into Rainow where we stopped for lunch.

Afterwards we toured around the village  looking at the various Scarecrows that were displayed around the village. We then set off across the fields and climbed steeply up the side of Kerridge Hill stopping frequently to rest and admire the view. We then followed the path down the hill passing Swanscoe Hall and along Well Lane and back to the start at Higher Hurdsfield. A scenic walk n a very warm day.

Many thanks to everyone for coming along on the walk. Our group consisted of Alan B, Chris R, Dave I, Kati and Margaret W and David P our leader.

 
 
 
 
 

   
 
 

Walk 271 - 31/07/2022 Whaley Bridge, Kettleshulme and Taxal

Area High Peak Distance 7.4 miles Ascent 1280 ft
Walk Whaley Bridge, Kettleshulme and Taxal Maximum altitude Minimum altitude
Start from Whaley Bridge Postcode SK23 7LX Duration including stops 4 hours    
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Route - Whaley Bridge - Slaters Bank - Cliff - Cornfield Farm - Kettleshulme - Clayton Fold Farm - Taxal - Whaley Bridge

 
Nine of us set off from Whaley Bridge and headed up through Slaters Bank Wood and then field paths and tracks took us past Cliff Farm stopping on the way for a coffee break. At the path junction we headed south and passing Cornfield Farm and then arrived in Kettleshulme where we stopped for lunch in the Village playing field.

Afterwards we took the narrow lane up past Clayton Fold Farm and up onto Taxal Moor, the path was obscure and after a group discussion we eventually made our way down to lane and then down to Taxal Church where we followed the Midshires Way back into Whaley Bridge. Many thanks to everyone for coming along on this  lovely scenic seven mile walk walk with mainly sunny periods and the odd shower in the morning.

Our group consisted of  Ray, Sue P, Chris R, Susan M , Peter J, Dave I,    Jo C, Alan B and David P our leader.

 
 

Midshires Way - LDWA Long Distance Paths

Midshires Way which is part of the 225mile long distance trail linking the Ridgeway National Trail in the south to the Transpennine Trail in the North

Coffee break on the hillside

Heading towards Kettleshulme

Looking north from the fields above Kettleshulme

Heading up to Taxal Moor

Heading down to Taxal

Heading along the Midshires Way towards Whaley Bridge

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
 

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