MY WALKING WORLD  David Preston

2016 Walk Summary

Last updated 14/02/2017

 
Walk No Date Area

Walk

Weather Miles
16001 03/01/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Forest Chapel with Broken Cross Walkers Rain

6

16002 04/01/16 Cheshire Shutlingslow from Trentabank Visitor Centre Clear night 3
16003 10/01/16 Cheshire Lyme Park with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 5
16004 16/01/16 Lake District Blencathra and Halls Fell Ridge with the MaccPackers Sunny periods then cloudy 5
16005 17/01/16 Staffordshire Rushton Spencer and Rudyard with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
16006 18/01/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macc Forest Clear night 3
16007 20/01/16 Cheshire   Kettleshulme to Macclesfield with East Cheshire Ramblers Sunny periods 10
16008 24/01/16 Cheshire Bollington and Rainow with Macclesfield Ramblers Overcast 7
16009 25/01/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear moonlight night 3
16010 31/01/16 Cheshire Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley with Broken Cross Walkers Rain 7
16011 01/02/16 Cheshire Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
16012 05/02/16 Lake District Ascent of Rough Crag from Haweswater Very windy,showers 5
16013 06/02/16 Lake District Stonethwaute,Dock Tarn and Watendlath with Northern Walkers Rain 10
16014 07/02/16 Lake District Sale How from Underscar Very windy 9
16015 09/02/16 Cheshire Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Clear night 3
16016 12/02/16 Lake District Iron Crag from Ennerdale Bridge Sunny periods 9
16017 13/02/16 Lake District Muncaster Fell from Ravenglass Sunny periods 7
16018 14/02/16 Lake District Lingmell from Wasdale Sunny periods 5
16019 15/02/16 Cheshire Evening walk to Shutlingsloe Clear starry night 3
16020 21/02/16 Cheshire Peover from Seven Sisters Lane with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
16021 22/02/16 Cheshire Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
16022 23/02/16 Cheshire Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
16023 24/02/16 Staffordshire Mow Cop from Biddulph Grange Sunny periods 7
16024 27/02/16 Lake District Four Lake District Peaks from Dungeon Ghyll with the  Maccpackers Sunny periods 7
16025 28/02/16 Cheshire Bramall Hall from Poynton with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 8
16026 29/02/16 Cheshire Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
16027 05/03/16 Staffordshire Danebridge, Hanging Stone and Dane Valley Way Sunny periods, windy 4
16028 06/03/16 Cheshire Bollington from Macclesfield with Macclesfield Ramblers Overcast & sunny periods 8
16029 07/03/10 Cheshire Shutlingsloe from Trentabank, evening walk Clear night 3
16030 10/03/16 Cheshire Evening walk Forest Chapel and Macclesfield Forest Clear night 4
16031 11/03/16 Cheshire Ridgegate Reservoir and Macclesfield Forest Sunny periods 2
16032 13/03/16 Cheshire Prestbury and Bollington with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
16033 14/03/16 Cheshire Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Clear night 3
16034 16/03/16 Cheshire Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
16035 19/03/16 Lake District Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy from Little Town Sunny periods 9
16036 20/03/16 Peak District Hartington and Pilsbury Castle with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny 6
16037 21/03/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
16038 23/03/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
16039 25/03/16 Peak District Circuit of Chatsworth from Calton Lees Sunny periods 6
16040 27/03/16 Cheshire Gawsworth, Bosley Locks and North Rode Sunny periods and showers 8
16041 30/03/16 Cheshire Circuit of Ridgegate Sunny periods 2
16042 31/03/16 Cheshire Evening walk up Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Clear night 3
16043 03/04/16 Peak District Pym Chair and Shining Tor with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
16044 04/04/16 Cheshire Evening walk up Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Clear night 3
16045 06/04/16 Wales Circuit of the Great Orme from Llandudno Sunny periods, windy 6
16046 07/04/16 Cheshire Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
16047 10/04/16 Peak District Millers Dale and Monsal Head with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
16048 11/04/17 Cheshire Evening walk Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Clear night 3
16049 12/04/16 Cheshire Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16050 13/04/16 Cheshire Circuit of Ridgegate Reservoir Clear evening 2
16051 15/04/16 Peak District Backpacking Burbage to Shining Tor Rain, sleet 6
16052 16/04/16 Peak District Backpacking Shining Tor to Macclesfield      Sunny periods 8
16053 17/04/16 Cheshire Bollington, Rainow and Lamaload with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 6
16054 18/04/16 Cheshire Evening walk Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Clear evening 3
16055 20/04/16 Peak District Ashford in the Water and Bakewell Sunny periods 6
16056 24/04/16 Cheshire Styal Mill and Lindow with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
16057 25/04/16 Cheshire Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16058 01/05/16 Cairngorms Backpacking Glenmore to Fords of Avon Refuge with MaccPackers Sunny periods then rain 10
16059 02/05/16 Cairngorms Backpacking Fords of Avon to Derry Lodge with MaccPackers Rain then sunny periods 10
16060 03/05/16 Cairngorms Backpacking Derry Lodge to Braemar with MaccPackers Sunny periods 8
16061 04/05/16 Cairngorms Backpacking Braemar to Corrour Bothy with MaccPackers Sunny periods then rain 16
16062 05/05/16 Cairngorms Backpacking Corrour Bothy to Glenmore with MaccPackers Sunny periods, very windy 13
16063 08/05/16 Staffordshire Ruchton Spencer and Danebridge with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
16064 09/05/16 Cheshire Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16065 12/05/16 Cheshire Evening walk Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Clear evening 3
16066 14/05/16 Cheshire Gawsworth Circular walk Sunny periods 7
16067 15/05/16 Cheshire Bramall Hall circular walk with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
16068 16/05/16 Cheshire Croker Hill from Lowerhouse Sunny evening 4
16069 22/05/16 Cheshire Goostrey and Twemlow with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
16070 23/05/16 Cheshire Shutlingsloe from Trentabank evening walk Clear night 3
16071 25/05/16 Peak District Axe Edge Moor and Cheeks Hill Overcast 3
16072 28/05/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Shutlinsloe from Trentabank Clear evening 3
16073 29/05/16 Staffordshire Danebridge and Turners Pool with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
16074 31/05/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest circular Clear evening 3
16075 05/06/16 Peak District Whaley Bridge and Chapel Milton with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny 8
16076 06/06/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Hanging Gate Sunny and clear evening 5
16077 08/06/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear evening 2
16078 12/06/16 Italy Sorrento Marina Grande and Priora Sunny 3
16079 13/06/16 Italy   Sant Agata to Sorrento Marina Grande Sunny 3
16080 14/06/16 Italy Sorrento Marina Grande to Tasso Square and return Sunny 2
16081 15/06/16 Italy   Sant Agata to Crapola Sunny 3
16082 16/06/16 Italy Sorrento Marina Grande to Regina Giovanna Sunny 4
16083 21/06/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16084 22/06/16 Cheshire Teggs Nose from Langley Clear evening 3
16085 25/06/16 Cheshire Pickmere and Great Budworth Sunny periods 8
16086 26/06/16 Peak District Youlgreave and Lathkill Dale with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 8
16087 28/06/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Overcast 2
16088 03/07/16 Cheshire Pickmere and Great Budworth with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
16089 04/07/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16090 08/07/16 Lake District Coombe Door Top from Stonethwaite with MaccPackers Sunny periods 6
16091 09/07/16 Lake District Seathwaite and Esk Hause from Stonethwaite with MaccPackers Rain 10
16092 11/07/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16093 14/07/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear evening, 2
16094 17/07/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest &  Piggford Moor with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny 7
16095 18/07/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Sunny evening, warm 25c 2
16096 24/07/16 Lake District   Rosthwaite to Grange via Castle Crag Sunshine and showers 3
16097 25/07/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear night 2
16098 29/07/16 Peak District Mam Tor, Lose Hill and Castleton Sunshine and showers 8
16099 31/07/16 Staffordshire Rushton Spencer and Bosley Cloud with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
16100 03/08/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
16101 07/08/16 Staffordshire Timbersbrook and Biddulph Valley Way with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
16102 12/08/16 Perthshire The Cateran Trail - Blairgowrie to Easter Dalnabreck Overcast, showers 12
16103 13/08/16 Perthshire The Cateran Trail - Easter Dalnabreck to Outdoor Centre, Glenshee Lodge Sunny periods 16
16104 14/08/16 Perthshire The Cateran Trail - Glenshee Outdoor Centre to Kirton of Glenisla Sunny periods 12
16105 15/08/16 Perthshire The Cateran Trail - Kirton of Glenisla to Alyth Sunny periods 12
16106 16/08/16 Perthshire The Cateran Trail - Alyth to Blairgowrie Sunny 18
16107 21/08/16 High Peak New Mills and Hayfield with Macclesfield Ramblers Overcast 7
16108 22/08/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16109 24/08/16 Cheshire Piggford Moor and Macclesfield Forest Sunny evening 3
16110 28/08/16 Cheshire Langley and Higher Pethills with Broken Cross Walkers Misty then sunny periods 7
16111 30/08/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16112 31/08/16 High Peak Whaley Bridge and Taxal Sunny periods 7
16113 06/09/16 Cheshire Nessit hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16114 07/09/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16115 11/09/16 High Peak Whaley Bridge and Taxal with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny 7
16116 12/09/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16117 13/09/16 Peak District Edale to Fairbrook Naze backpacking, wild camp at fairbrook Naze Sunny, stormy evening 8
16118 14/09/16 Peak District Fairbrook Naze to Edale backpacking Sunny 10
16119 18/09/16 Staffordshire Biddulph Grange and Gritstone Trail with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny 8
16120 19/09/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16121 24/09/16 Shropshire Bridges to Church Stretton with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods,  windy 6
16122 25/09/16 Shropshire Church Stretton to Acton Stuart circular with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 9
16123 26/09/16 Shropshire Church Stretton - circuit of Helmerth Hill -  Macclesfield Ramblers Showers 5
16124 26/09/16 Cheshire  Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16125 28/09/16 Cheshire Higher Hurdsfield, Teggs Nose & Langley with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 8
16126 28/09/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear evening 2
16127 03/10/16 Spain  Benidorm to Cross on Sierra Helada Sunny 3
16128 06/10/16 Spain Walk 16128 Benidorm to Cross on Sierra Helada Sunny 3
16129 07/10/16 Spain   Altea to Albir Sunny 5
16130 12/10/16 Staffordshire Walk 16130 Circuit of Rudyard Lake with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
16131 13/10/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16132 16/10/16 Cheshire Prestbury and Bollington with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 8
16133 16/10/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest - evening walk Clear evening 2
16134 18/10/16 Staffordshire   Backpacking - Day 1 - Leek to the Roaches Rain, windy 9
16135 19/10/16 Staffordshire   Backpacking - Day 2 Roaches to Cat and Fiddle Sunny periods 7
16136 23/10/16 Cheshire Nelson Pit and Lyme Park with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
16137 24/10/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest - evening walk Clear evening 2
16138 30/10/16 Staffordshire Circuit of Tittesworth Reservoir with Macclesfield Ramblers Overcast 7
16139 31/10/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
16140 04/11/16 Lake District Harrop Pike from Swindale with the MaccPackers Showery 10
16141 05/11/16 Lake District Clough Head and Great Dodd with the MaccPackers Windy 14
16142 06/11/16 Lake District Scales Tarn from Scales with the MaccPackers Snow and sleet 4
16143 07/11/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear evening 2
16144 08/11/16 Cheshire Plumley and Holford Hall Overcast 7
16145 12/11/16 Cheshire Alderley Edge and the Wizard Overcast, damp 7
16146 13/11/16 High Peak Whaley Bridge circular with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
16147 14/11/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill evening walk Clear night 2
16148 16/11/16 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill evening walk Clear night 2
16149 20/11/16 Cheshire Alderley Edge and the Wizard with Broken Cross Walkers Drizzle then dry 7
16150 21/11/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
16151 25/11/16 Cheshire A walk in Tatton Park Sunny periods 4
16152 27/11/16 Cheshire Tatton Park from Knutsford with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 6
16153 28/11/16 Cheshire Shutlingsloe from Trentabank evening walk Clear night 3
16154 03/12/16 Cheshire Timbersbrook and Congleton Sunny periods 7
16155 04/12/16 Cheshire/Staffs Timbersbrook and the Biddulph Valley Way with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny 7
16156 05/11/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
16157 09/12/16 Cheshire Rainow and Harrop Fold Farm Overcast 4
16158 10/12/16 Lake District Bowfell and Angle Tarn with the MaccPackers Overcast, cold wind 8
16159 11/12/16 Cheshire Gawsworth and North Rode with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
16160 14/12/16 Cheshire Lyme Park from West Parkgate Sunny periods 3
16161 14/12/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
16162 16/11/16 Cheshire Xmas meal at Langley with the MaccPackers and walk back to Macclesfield Clear night 5
16163 18/12/16 Cheshire Rainow and Kerridge with Broken Cross Walkers Overcast 6
16164 19/12/16 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
16165 26/12/16 Cheshire A circuit of Ridgegate Reservoir Overcast 2
16166 27/12/16 Peak District A walk around Bakewell Sunny periods 3
16167 30/12/16 Lake District Bakestall, Skiddaw, Carl Side & Ullock Pike with the MaccPackers Low cloud, windy 9
 

Walk  16001 - 03/01/16 - Macclesfield Forest and Forest Chapel with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest & Forest Chapel. Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Langley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Rain Distance 6 miles    
Map Ordnance Survey OL24

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route Bottoms Reservoir - Clough Hough - Hacked Way - Forest Chapel - Standing Stone - Ferriser - Trentabank Vistor Centre -  Bottoms Reservoir

 
Eight of us set off from the car park on a rainy Sunday, the first walk of the year. We followed the track past the reservoir and up to Clough House, a right turn took us up Hacked Way and into the forest and onto Charity Lane. A short way down the track we came to Forest Chapel as it was quiet and we were not in anybodys way we decided to have an early lunch in the Church out of the rain. Suitably refreshed and after making a donation to the Church funds we headed along the lane to Standing Stone and after crossing the lane we carried on past Ferriser and down to Trentabank Visitor Centre. The lane took us past the Reservoir and the Leathers Smithy Inn and back to the car park. A nice walk which we all enjoyed despite the weather.

Thanks to Christine, Kati, Doreen, Chris, Alec, Karen and Chris R for coming on the walk despite the weather

 

Heading towards Teggs Nose at the end of the walk

 
 

Lunch break in Forest Chapel sheltering from the rain

We made a donation to Chapel Funds and left everywhere clean and tidy

 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk  16002 04/01/16 - Night walk Shutlingsloe from Trentabank

Area Cheshire Walking time 1.5 hours Average speed  
Walk Night walk Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 4 miles    
Map OS OL24

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route Trentabank Visitor Centre - Macclesfield Forest - Piggford Moor - return the same  way

 
Richard, Barry and myself set off from Trentabank Visitors Car Park and followed the path up through the forest and out onto Piggford Moor, once across the moor a short steep climb took us up onto the summit of Shutlingsloe 506m. We followed the same route back down to the car park.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Route of our walk

 
   
 
 

Walk  16003 - 10/01/16 - Lyme Park with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Lyme Park with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Nelson Pit Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 5 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Nelson Pit Visitor Centre - Macclesfield Canal - Ryles Wood - Parkgate - Cage Hill - Lyme Park Visitor Centre - Windgather - Nelson Pit

 
Ten of us set off from Nelson Pit Visitor Centre northwards along the Canal and then over the bridge and up through Ryles Wood, we entered Lyme Park and followed the track to Parkgate and then up the path onto Cage Hill. Great views from the hill all round. We walked down to the Visitor Centre and stopped for lunch in the Timber Yard and afterwards followed the track over to Windgather and back to Nelson Pit Visitor Centre. A great walk with some wonderful views.
 

Heading towards Windgather

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Cage Hill in Lyme Park

 

Macclesfield Canal near Nelson Pit

   
 
 

Walk  16004 - 16/01/16 - Blencathra and Halls Fell Ridge with the MaccPackers

Area Lake District Total time including stops 5hrs 20mins Average speed 0.96mph
Walk  Blencathra and Halls Fell Ridge with the MaccPackers Minimum altitude 617ft Maximum altitude 2784ft
Start from Threlkeld Altitude loss 2423ft Altitude gain 2420ft
Weather Sunny periods then overcast and light snow Distance 5.11 miles    
Map OS English Lakes OL5

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route Threlkeld - Gategill - Halls Fell Ridge - Blencathra - Knowe Crags - Threlkeld

 
Richard, Alan and myself set off from Threlkeld and followed the path along the hillside to the foot of Halls Fell Ridge with a just a few snow patches on the fields. Once we started up the steep path the depth of snow increased and we donned our Micro Spikes, the views were wonderful and as we progressed along the ridge care was needed as the snow was more than knee deep in places. The summit was crowded with many walkers and skiers and we stopped for lunch on the windy top, dark clouds started to roll in as we set off along the ridge heading for Knowe Crag. It started to snow and we continued on along the ridge and took the path down to the lane by the Blencathra Centre. A steady walk along the lane brought us back to our car in Threlkeld. A really great walk, only just over 5 miles but really exciting up on Halls Fell Ridge.
 

Poppy urging us to hurry up. She has boundless energy

 

Nearing the top of Halls Fell Ridge

 

Walkers heading towards Knowe Crag after leaving the summit of Blencathra

 

Walkers heading up to the summit of Blencathra

 

Heading down the lane back to Threlkeld

 
 

Heading along the fell side before we reach the base of Halls Fell Ridge

 

Looking west towards Keswick

 

Walkers on another ridge parallel with Halls Fell Ridge

 

Quite a few walkers on the summit of Blencathra

 

Walkers amd Skiers near Knowe Crag

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16005 - 17/01/16 - Rushton Spencer and Rudyard with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Staffordshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Rushton Spencer and Rudyard with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Rushton Spencer Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Rushton Spencer - Church - Great Hough - Birch Trees Farm - Horton Lodge - Rudyard - Dismantled Railway - Rushton Spencer

 
Ten of us set off from Rushton Spencer and headed across the fields and up to the beautiful Church overlooking the valley, we then followed the lane south and took the field path to Birch Trees Farm and onto the lane near Horton Lodge. A muddy and tricky path through the woods brought us down to the Lake Shore where we stopped for lunch. A level walk back along the dismantled railway took us back to Rushton Spencer
Thanks to Christine, Doreen, Kati, Chris J and Alec, David, Sharon, Ray and Chris R for coming on the walk.
 

Heading across the snowy fields

 

Rudyard Lake

 

The beautiful Church near Rushton Spencer

 

Heading along the track away from Birch Trees Farm

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16006 - 18/01/16 - Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 3 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route Trentabank - Forest Paths - Nesstit Hill - Trentabank

 
Richard, Barry John and myself set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre and walked up and over Nessit Hill. Great night time views over Macclesfield and then it was along the forest paths and back the start.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Plan of our route

   
 
 

Walk 16007 - 18/01/16 - Kettleshulme to Macclesfield  with East Cheshire Ramblers

Area Cheshire Total time inc stops 5¼ hours Average speed 1.91 mph
Walk Kettleshulme to Macclesfield.  East Cheshire Ramblers Minimum altitude 424ft Maximum altitude 1312ft
Start from Kettleshulme Altitude loss 1786ft Altitude gain 1407ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 9.92miles    
Map OS OL24 and Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Kettleshulme - Dunge Farm - Jenkin Farm Ewrin Lane - Lamaload - Snipe House - Tower Hill - Kerridge Hill - Middlewood Way - Macclesfield

 
Fourteen of us caught the 09:50am Bus from Macclesfield and alighted at Kettleshulme. Our walk was to take us back to Macclesfield, we passed Dunge Farm and Jenkin Chapel and then across the fields to Ewrin Lane. We followed the lane down to Lamaload Reservoir and then took the track through the woods stopping in a sheltered place for lunch. Afterwards we passed the Treatment Works and Snipe House and then along Berristall Road to Tower Hill. We crossed the main road followed the path down into the valley and then a steep climb up to Kerridge Ridge. A coffee break saw us refreshed and the we followed the path down and across the fields past Moat Hall Farm and onto the Middlewood Way. A level walk along the path brought us back into Macclesfield. A great walk with the East Cheshire Ramblers.
 

Lamaload Reservoir in the distance

 

Difficult decisions near Snipe House

 
 
 

Heading towards Jenkin Chapel

 

Heading towards Lamaload

 

A Cormorant drying his wings  by a small pool not far from Kerridge

 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16008 - 24/01/16 - Bollington and Rainow with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Bollington and Rainow with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Bollington Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
Map OL24

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route Bollington - Rainow- Common Barn Farm - Waggonshaw Brow - Blue Boar Farm - Harrop Fold Farm - Hedge Row - Bollington

Eight of us set off from Bollington and headed across to Rainow, once through the village we took the track past Common Barn Farm and Waggonshaw Brow onto Ewrin Lane. We followed the lane as far as Blue Boar Farm and turned right along the farm track and stopping for lunch in a sheltered farm entrance. After lunch  we followed the  paths across some rather muddy fields and through the farmyard to the main road. We crossed the road and walked through Harrop Fold Farm and down the path to Hedge Row. A pleasant walk along the track brought us to the road and we followed this back into Bollington. Refreshments in the Spinners Arms finished the day off nicely.
Thanks to Christine, Doreen, Kati, Sue, Nichola, John L and Roy for joining me on this walk.
 

Heading across the fields towards Rainow

 
 
 
 

The waterfall at Waulkmill

 

Slightly muddy track heading towards Hedge Row

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16009 - 25/01/16 Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear moonlit night Distance 3 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route Trentabank Visitor Centre - Nessit Hill - Forest paths and trails - Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Richard, Barry and myself set off on our usual Monday evening walk from Trentabank up to Nessit Hill and then along the forest trails and back to the car park. Plenty of Mountain bikers and walkers out in the darkness on a lovely moonlit night.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

A mountain biker passing by on Nessit Hill

 
   
 
 

Walk  16010 - 31/01/16 - Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Total time inc stops 3hrs 40 mins Average speed  
Walk Alderley Edge & Nether Alderley with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude 274 ft Maximum altitude 622ft
Start from National Trust Car Park next to Wizard Tea Rooms Altitude loss 530 ft Altitude gain 533 ft
Weather Rain Distance 7.03 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Wizard car park - Finlow Hill - Hocker Lane - Fernhill - Bollington Lane - Heawood Hall - Nether Alderley Church - Bradford Lane - Car park

 
Seven of us set off on a rainy day from the National Trust Car Park by the Wizard Tea Rooms, we followed the lane towards Finlow Hill and thenacross the fields to Hocker Lane. After passing Acton Farm we headed south along the track and then various field paths eventually brought us to the A34 near Monks Heath. We crossed the road and then took Bollington Lane as far as More Farm and then a field path took us to Heawood Hall. A lull in the rain allowed us to eat our lunch and then it was off across the fields to Nether Alderley Church. A beautiful building with a lot of History. Our route took us past the 16th Century Water Mill and then  up the cobbled Bradford Lane and back to the car park. A lovely walk and one that we will repeat in better weather.

Thanks to Christine, Doreen, Ros, Mike, Jo and Chris R for joining me ohn this walk

 

The walkers bridge over the new Alderley Edge Bypass

 

 

Nether Alderley Church

 

Heading across the rain soaked fields

 

A tribute to Derek Smith for his work to obtain this bridge

 

 

The 16c Nether Alderely Water Mill

 

St Marys Church Nether Alderley

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16011 - 01/02/16 Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Leathers Smithy roadside parking Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route Leathers Smithy - Ridgegate Resevoir - Macclesfield Forest - return by same route

 
Four of us set off from Leathers Smithy roadside parking and followed the path around Trentabank Reservoir and into Macclesfield Forest, a circular route through the forest bought us back to the Reservoir path and back to the start by Leathers Smithy Inn.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Route of our walk

 
   
 
 

Walk  16012 - 05/02/16 - Rough Crag from Haweswater

Area Lake District Walking time 3 hours Average speed 1.6 mph
Walk Rough Crag from Haweswater Minimum altitude 803 ft Maximum altitude 1783 ft
Start from Haweswater Altitude loss 1720 ft Altitude gain 1720 ft
Weather Very windy, showers Distance 4.64 miles    
Map  

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Route Haweswater - The Rigg - Swine Crag - Rough Crag and return by same route

 
I drove down the road alongside Haweswater Reservoir heading for the car park at the south end of the reservoir but was stopped about ¼ mile from the end by a massive landslide across the road. The result of the terrible storms we had recently. I parked up at the roadside and considered my options. The original plan was to climb Harrop Pike but the heavy showers and gale force winds made my decision for me. I decided to head for Rough Crag another on my list of Nuttalls, a much shorter walk bearing in mind the stormy conditions. I walked to the end of the Lake and took the shore path as far as the Rigg and then followed the ridge path up onto the summit of Rough Crag, care was needed on the ridge path due to the gale force winds but I eventually arrived at the Cairn on the summit. After a brief stop I followed the path down along the ridge taking care on the slippery rocks. Once down and back on the shore path it was an easy walk back to the car. I then headed across to Borrowdale to stay at the Glaramara Centre with the Northern Walkers.
 

Looking up towards the summit of Rough Crag

 

Looking across Haweswater, you can see where the landslip was

 

Looking down on Haweswater on the way down

 
 

The landslip blocking the road

 
 

 

Looking down on Haweswater

 

 
 

The summit of Rough Crag

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk  16013 - 06/02/16 - Stonethwaite, Dock Tarn and Watendlath with Northern Walkers

Area Lake District Walking time 6 hours Average speed  
Walk Stonethwaite, Dock Tarn and Watendlath with Northern Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Glaramara Centre, Seatoller Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Rain most of the day Distance 10 miles    
Map  

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Route Glaramara Centre - Stonethwaite - Dock Tarn - Watendlath - High Lodore Grange - Rosthwaite - Glaramara Centre

 
Nine of us from Northern Walkers set off from the Glaramara Centre at Seatoller and headed off in the rain across to Stonethwaite, once through the small hamlet we climbed the steep fell side and then across to Dock Tarn and onward to Watendlath where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we followed Watendlath Beck north to Mossmire Coppice and then down to High Lodore and onto the road. A short way along the road we came to Grange and joined the Cumbria Way which we followed almost to Rosthwaite. Once past the Youth Hostel we joined the road and followed this back to the Glaramara Centre. A great 10 mile walk that we all enjoyed despite the weather
 

Eagle Crag in the distance

 

Watendlath

 
 

Another group of Northern Walkers setting off in the rain

 

The dogs happy, you should have seen the big log he had before

 

Some of the group on the Cumbria Way heading back to Glaramara

   
 
 

Walk  16014 - 07/02/16 - Sale How from Underscar

Area Lake District Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Sale How from Underscar Minimum altitude 955 ft Maximum altitude 2168 ft
Start from Underscar Car Park near Keswick NY281253 Altitude loss   Altitude gain 2265 ft
Weather Gale Force winds but dry Distance 9 miles    
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Route Underscar Car Park - Cumbria Way - Skiddaw House - Sale How and return by same route

 
After parking at Underscar car park I set off along the Cumbria Way in very windy conditions, at least it was not raining but it was very wet underfoot. At Skiddaw House I paused for a coffee and then set off up the path to the summit of Sale How which was my objective for the day. The gale force winds were ferocious and several walkers in a group ahead were actually blown of their feet. You could usually sense when there was gust building up and the best action was to drop to your knees and brace yourself to prevent being blown over. A brief stop on the summit for a few photos and then I beat a hasty retreat back down to Skiddaw House where I ate my lunch in the shelter of the wall. An easy walk back down the Cumbria Way brought me back to the Underscar car park. A satisfying day with another 2000ft Nuttall summit ticked off.
 

On the way to Skiddaw House with Great Calva in the distance

 

Skiddaw House

 

Heading back to Underscar with Derwentwater in the distance

 

Heading along the Cumbria Way

 

Skiddaw House in the distance

 

 

Looking across to Blencathra from the Summit of Sale How

 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16015 - 09/02/16-  Evening walk to Shutlingsloe

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk  Evening walk to Shutlingsloe Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitors Car Park Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 3 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route Trentabank Car Park - Nessit Hill - Macclesfield Forest - Trentabank Car Park

 
Richard and I set off from Trentabank Visitors Car Park and walked up to the viewpoint on Nessit Hill, after a brief stop to admire the night time view we set of through the forest and back to down to the Car Park.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Plan of our route

   
 
 

Walk 16016 - 12/02/16 - Iron Crag from Ennerdale Bridge

Area Lake District Walking time 5hrs 30 mins Average speed 1.7 mph
Walk Iron Crag from Ennerdale Bridge Minimum altitude 374 ft Maximum altitude 2090 ft
Start from Ennerdale Bridge Altitude loss 2365 ft Altitude gain 2367 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 9.33 miles    
Map Ordnance Survey - OL4

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Route - Ennerdale Bridge - Boathow Crag - Iron Crag - Ennerdale Water  - Anglers Crag - Ennerdale Bridge

 
After the long drive from Macclesfield I parked at Ennerdale Bridge and set off along the shore of Ennerdale Water, my objective was Iron Crag which is one off the 2000ft Nuttall Summits. A  short way along the shore I took the ascending path which climbed the hillside and passed behind Anglers Crag and then after a short descent climbed again  to the fells above Boathow Crag. A steadily rising path took me up to the summit of my objective Iron Crag with some great views across towards the higher mountains. A bitter wind encouraged me to move on quickly and I decided to head east down Ennerdale Fell to Silvercove Beck and then north to join the path back alongside Ennerdale Water. Once halfway down the hillside I regretted my decision as the steep fellside was covered in heather and was pathless most of the way back to Ennerdale Water. It would have been far easier to have retraced my route of ascent. Lesson learned. Once on the shore path it was an easy walk back to Ennerdale Bridge and the car park. A short drive took me to my B & B at Ravenglass,  the excellent Bay Horse Hotel. Highly recommended.
 

Looking down on Ennerdale Water from above Anglers Crag

 

Ennerdale Water  looking along the shore to Anglers Crag

 
 

Looking up Ennerdale Water at the start of the walk

 

Heading along the ridge towards Iron Crag

 
 

Looking east from Iron Crag

 

   
 
 

Walk 16017 - 13/02/16 - Muncaster Fell from Ravenglass

Area Lake District Walking time 4.15 mins Average speed 1.6 mph
Walk Muncaster Fell from Ravenglass Minimum altitude 7 ft Maximum altitude 696 ft
Start from Ravenglass Altitude loss 1138 ft Altitude gain 1138 ft
Weather Sunny periods, cold wind Distance 7.53 miles    
Map Ordnance Survey - OL6

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Route - Ravenglass - Muncaster Castle - Fell Lane - Muncaster Fell - Hooker Crag and return by same route

 
A nice easy day today after the exertions of the descent from Iron Crag yesterday, I set off from Ravenglass and after a short distance along the Cumbria Coastal Way I stopped at the Roman Bath House at Walls Castle. A fascinating place, I then carried on through woods and fields and passed through the grounds on Muncaster Castle, another place to come back to and spend a bit of time. I called in at the Church in the Castle grounds and the took the Fell Lane which climbed steadily up onto Muncaster Fell, a short distance brought me to the summit of Hooker Crag with some great views all round. After a lunch break out of the wind I set off back to Ravenglass following the same route but as the tide was in I had to deviate slightly to enter Ravenglass by a different route. A really nice leisurely day of walking, enjoying the scenery and photographing

 

Passing through the grounds of Muncaster Castle

 

Trig Point on Hooker Crag looking east

 
 

I stayed for two nights at the Bay Horse Hotel, Ravenglass.    Excellent !!

The Bay Horse Hotel, Ravenglass

 

 
 
 
 

Roman Bath House at Ravenglass. Very impressive.

 

Looking along Fell Lane towards Hooker Crag

 

Looking across to Sellarfield from Hooker Crag

 
   
 
 

Walk 16018 - 14/02/16 - Lingmell from Wasdale

Area Lake District Walking time 4hrs 8 mins Average speed 1.1 mph
Walk Lingmell from Wasdale Minimum altitude 223 ft Maximum altitude 2605 ft
Start from National Trust Car Park Wasdale Altitude loss 2445 ft Altitude gain 2446 ft
Weather Sunny periods, bitter wind Distance 4.45 miles    
Map Ordnance Survey - OL6

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Route -  NT Wasdale Car Park - Goat Crag - Lingmell - Limgmell Col - Brown Tongue - NT Car Park

 
\this walk took me up Lingmell, a steep climb up from the National Trust Car Park in Wasdale, I was hoping to bag a few more Nuttalls as I still have four more to do in this area. They are Middleboot Knotts, Round How, Ill Crag and Broad Crag. Once I was over Lingmell I realised that time was short and the best course of action was to leave them for another day when there is a bit more daylight. The snow on the tops gave some great views over to the Scafells. On the way down Brown Tongue I met quite a few walkers heading up to Scafell Pike, even at 2.00pm. Not sure what time they will complete the ascent but I like plenty of daylight left when I am going that high in the snow. It was still a great days walking though.

 

Looking down on Wastwater from the slopes of Lingmell

 

Lingmell Summit

 

Heading towards Brown Tongue on the way down

 
 
 

Looking along Wastwater  as I drove to the start

 

The summit of Lingmell is beyond the Crag in the distance

 

Looking across to Scafell as I descended from Lingmell

 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16019 - 15/02/16 - Evening walk to Shutlingsloe

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hrs Average speed  
Walk Evening walk to Shutlingsloe Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear starry night Distance 4 miles    
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Route Trentabank Visitor Centre - Macclesfield Forest - Piggford Moor - Shutlingsloe - return by same route

 
Three of us set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre and walked up through the forest and across Piggford Moor and up to the summit of Shutlingsloe. A lovely star filled sky gave us some fantastic views of Manchester, Macclesfield, Congleton and Leek. We returned back down to Piggford Moor and followed the outward route back to the car park.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Looking towards Manchester and Stockport from Shutlingsloe.  8:15pm

 
   
 
 

Walk 16020 - 21/02/16 Peover from  Seven Sisters Lane with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 4 hours Average speed 1.9 mph
Walk Peover from  A50 near Radbrook Hall with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Seven Sisters Lane Altitude loss 244 ft Altitude gain 244 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7.63 miles    
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Route -  Radbrooke Hall - Sandy Lane - Freegreen Lane -  Peover Hall - Lower Moss Radbrooke Hall

 
Ten of us set off from the lay-by on the A50 and after passing Radbooke Hall followed the Sandy Lane down to Freegreen Lane and then along Long Lane to Peover Hall where we stopped in the Churchyard for lunch. Afterwards using field paths and tracks we headed for Lower Moss and back to the start near Radbrook Hall on the A50. A very interesting walk through some lovely countryside.
 
 
 

Plenty of Snowdrops out

 

St Lawrences Church. Over Peover

 
 

Peover Hall

 

Macclesfield Ramblers with the 'Big Owl'

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16021 - 22/02/16 Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Leathers Smithy roadside parking Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2 miles    
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Route-  Leathers Smithy - Ridgegate Reservoir - Macclesfield Forest - Leathers Smithy

 
Five of us set off from Leathers Smithy at Langley and walked around Ridgegate Reservoir and through Macclesfield Forest and back to the start at Leathers Smithy.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Route of our walk

 
   
 
 

Walk 16022 - 23/02/16 Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Leathers Smithy roadside parking Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2 miles    
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Route-  Leathers Smithy - Ridgegate Reservoir - Macclesfield Forest - Leathers Smithy

 
Three of us set off from Leathers Smithy at Langley and walked around Ridgegate Reservoir and through Macclesfield Forest and back to the start at Leathers Smithy. This was the same walk as the previous night, just different stars.
 

Just a walk in the woods

 

 
 
 
 
 

Bench with a view, The lights of Leathers Smithy across the reservoir

 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16023 - 24/02/16 - Mow Cop from Biddulph Grange

Area Staffordshire Total time 3 hrs 30 mins Average speed  
Walk  Mow Cop from Biddulph Grange Minimum altitude 436 ft Maximum altitude 1053 ft
Start from Biddulph Grange Car Park Altitude loss 887 ft Altitude gain 889ft
Weather Sunny periods, windy Distance 7.55 miles    
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Route Biddulph Grange - Staffordshire Moorland Walks - Higher Whitemoor Farm - Congleton Edge - Mow Cop - Woodside Farm - Biddulph Grange

 
After parking at Biddulph Grange I followed the Staffordshire Moorland Walk up past Higher Whitemoor Farm to Congleton Edge and then along the Ridge to Mow Cop where I stopped for lunch with some great views over the Cheshire Plain. Afterwards I headed down the lane past Tower Hill Farm and Woodside Farm and onto the Biddulph Valley Way which I followed back to Marsh Green and then back to the car park near Biddulph Grange.
 

Looking over the Cheshire Plain, Jodrell Bank telescope in the distance

 

 
 
 

All about Mow Cop Castle on Wikipedia

 
 
 
 

Pool near Poolfold on the Staffordshire Moorlands Walks

 

Mow Cop Castle

   
 
 

Walk  16024 - 27/02/16 - Four Lakeland Peaks from Dungeon Ghyll with the MaccPackers

Area Lake District Total time 6¼ hours Average speed  
Walk  Four Lakeland Peaks from Dungeon Ghyll with the MaccPackers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude 2379 ft
Start from Dungeon Ghyll, Langdale Valley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7.50 miles    
Map Ordnance Survey English Lakes OL6

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Route - Dungeon Ghyll - Stickle Ghyll - Stickle Tarn - Blea Rigg - Codale Head - Sergeant Man - Thunacar Knott - Dungeon Ghyll

 
Five of us set off early from Macclesfield and headed for the Lake District, we parked at Dungeon Ghyll and set off  up the track at the side of Stickle Ghyll to Stickle Tarn with Pavey Ark towering above the water. After a brief stop  we headed east along a rather indistinct path and then north to the summit of Blea Rigg, the first objective of the day. The path north west then took us across to Codale Head which was summit No 2 and then a short distance to Sergeant Man our 3rd summit. Heading south we passed over Thunacar Knott our final summit and then took the path down past Langdale Pikes and back to the car park at Dungeon Ghyll. A really great walk in a fantastic walking area.
 

Looking  across Stickle Tarn towards Pavey Ark

 

Looking down on walkers approaching Sergeant Man

 

Looking down into Dungeon Ghyll from the path on Thorn Crag

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Heading up Stickle Ghyll

 

On the Summit of Blea Rigg

 

Heading down from Thorn Crag with Winderemere in the distance

 

Kevin looking down into the Langdale Valley

   
 
 

Walk 16025 - 28/02/16 Bramall Hall from Poynton with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Total time inc stops 4 hrs 15mins Average speed 1.9 mph
Walk  Bramall Hall from Poynton with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum Altitude 219 ft Maximum altitude 315 ft
Start from Poynton Altitude loss 412 ft Altitude gain 411 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 8.10 miles    
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Route - Poynton Park - Lower Park Road - Birch Hall - Dairyground - Carr Wood Park - Bramall Hall - Happy Valley - Millhill Bridge - Poynton Park

 
Ten of us set off from Poynton Park along Lower Park Road and then using field paths and tracks headed across to Bramhall, tricky navigation through a housing estate eventually brought us to the pleasant Carr Wood Park. At the end of the wood we crossed the road into the grounds of Bramall Hall, a beautiful Tudor Manor House where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we followed Lady Brook away from the Hall and crossed the road into Happy Valley Nature Reserve, a missed turning on the river bank saw us retracing our steps for a short way and then an interesting river crossing over some large stepping stones. Once past Millhill Bridge we encountered a blocked path due to construction work, a reconnaissance team was despatched and a solution was devised to avoid the advised lengthy  diversion. Once back on track we eventually arrived back at our start point at  Poynton Pool. Thanks to Chris, Doreen, Janet D, Wendy, Chris J, Alec, Jo, Ruth and Ray for joining me on this interesting walk with a few challenges thrown in.
 

Bramall Hall

 

Jo crossing Lady Brook using the stepping stones

 
 

Heading through Car Wood Park towards Bramall Hall

 

Another view of Bramall Hall

 

All about Bramall Hall on Wikipedia

 

 
   
 
 

Walk  16026 - 29/02/16  Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk  Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2 miles    
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Route Trentabank Visitor Centre - Macclesfield Forest - Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Four of us set off from the Vistor Centre and followed our usual nightime route around Macclesfield Forest. It was a  clear night with a few mountain bikers and walkers out in the forest illuminated by headtorches.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Route of our walk

 
   
 
 

Walk  16027 05/03/16 Danebridge, Hanging Stone and Dane Valley Way

Area Staffordshire Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk  Danebridge, Hanging Stone and Dane Valley Way Minimum altitude 579 ft Maximum altitude 1066 ft
Start from Danebridge Altitude loss 783 ft Altitude gain 794 ft
Weather Sunny periods, windy, icy Distance 4.19 miles    
Map OS White Peak OL24

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Route Danebridge - Hanging Stone - Park House - Snipe - Gig Hall - Dane Valley Way - Danebridge

 
After parking at Danebridge I set off up through the forest and headed across the sodden fields to Hanging Stone, great views from the  top of the Stone.  I descended and followed the track back to the lane passing Park House and Snipe on the way. Once back on the lane I followed it south and then took the track west past the deserted farm called Hannel and down to Gig Hall on the banks of the River Dane. I crossed the Dane and followed the Dane Valley Way back to the start at Dane Bridge.
 

Looking across to the Radio Tower on Croker Hill

 

 
 
 
 

Heading up to Hanging Rock

 

Looking across to Shutlingsloe

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16028- 06/03/16 Bollington from Macclesfield with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed 1.9 mph
Walk Bollington from Macclesfield with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Macclesfield Railway Station Altitude loss 705 ft Altitude gain 705 ft
Weather Overcast then sunny periods Distance 7.83 miles    
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Route Macclesfield  - Canal - Endon Hall - Kerridge - Bollington - Middlewood Way - Macclesfield

 
The weather overnight had been wet with some snow flurries and the prospect of the boggy fields and paths around Danebridge together with the overcast sky did not seem a good idea with the current weather outlook.
After a short discussion among the six of us, we agreed to walk from the Station to Bollington using paths and tracks that we hoped would be a little dr
ier than the planned walk to Turners Pool.
We walked up to the Canal on Buxton Road and set off along the towpath as the blue skies and sunshine arrived giving us some great views across the fields to the snow covered Kerridge Ridge. What a change in a hour but that's British weather for you.

After a short distance we left the towpath and crossed some very wet and boggy fields to Endon Hall and then along through Kerridge and down into Bollington where we stopped for lunch on the Recreation Ground. Afterwards we climbed up onto the Middlewood Way and followed this back into Macclesfield.

A walk of almost 8 miles, wet and boggy walk in places with unexpected blue skies and sunny periods, many thanks to everyone for coming along.
 

 

Heading across the fields with Kerridge Ridge in the background

 

 

 
 
 
 

Heading north along the Macclesfield Canal

 

Passing a pool on the way to Endon Hall

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16029 - 07/03/16 Shutlingsloe from Trentabank

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hrs Average speed 2.1 mph
Walk Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Minimum altitude 870 ft Maximum altitude 1550 ft
Start from Trentabank Altitude loss 742 ft Altitude gain 739 ft
Weather Clear night Distance 3.36 miles    
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Route Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest - Piggford Moor - return by same route

 
Three of us set off from Trentabank car park and walked up through the forest and across Piggford Moor and up to the summit of Shutlingsloe (506m). It was a cold icy night with frozen snow and ice on the ground. We donned our Microspikes while coming through the forest as the pathways were icy and slippery. The views from Shutlingsloe summit were amazing with the lights of Manchester, Stockport and Warrington to be seen on the horizon and Macclesfield and Congleton below. The stars were very bright but unfortunately there was no display of the Northern Lights although they had been seen the previous night further north. We returned back to the car using the same route that we had used on the ascent.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Looking across to Manchester and Stockport

 
   
 
 

Walk 16030 - 10/03/16 Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed  
Walk Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Leathers Smithy, Langley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 4 miles    
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Route - Leathers Smithy - Forest Chapel - Standing Stone - Trentabank - Leathers Smithy

 
Four of us set off from Leathers Smithy and headed up the steep lane to Forest Chapel,we then followed the lane across to Standing Stone and then back down the steep lane past Trentabank Reservoir and Ridgegate Reservoir to the start near Leathers Smithy.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Leathers Smithy all lit up and welcoming

 
   
 
 

Walk 16031 - 11/03/16 Short afternoon walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Short afternoon walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Leathers Smithy, Langley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Leathers Smithy - Ridgegate Reservoir - Macclesfield Forest - Leathers Smithy

 
It was such a lovely afternoon I just fancied a quiet walk around Macclesfield in the sunshine. I set off from Leathers Smithy around Ridgegate Reservoir and up through Macclesfield Forest and back down to the start at Leathers Smithy. A lovely peaceful walk in the sunshine.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Teggs Nose and Leathers Smithy across Ridgegate Reservoir

 
   
 
 

Walk  16032 - 13/03/16 Prestbury and Tytherington with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed 1.6 mph
Walk Prestbury and Tytherington with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude 347 ft Maximum altitude 562 ft
Start from Springfield Car Park Prestbury. Post Code SK10 4DW Altitude loss 506 ft Altitude gain 511 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7.25 miles    
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Route Prestbury - Tytherington Golf Club - Kerridge - Canal towpath - Clarence Mill - Whiteley Green - Butley Town - Preston

 
Eight of us set off from Prestbury out of the Village and across Tytherington Golf Course, once over the A523 we crossed the Middlewood Way and the Macclesfield Canal and headed across the fields towards Kerridge and then back onto the Canal Towpath which we followed past Bollington to Clarence Mill where we stopped for lunch in the sunshine. Afterwards we  followed the Canal a short way and then using field paths and lanes we passed Whiteley Green and then across the fields to Butley Town. Once across the A523 we crossed the fields and arrived back in Prestbury. A nice walk in pleasant weather
Thanks to Carol, Doreen, Ruth, Ray, Janet D, Wendy and Chris R for joining me on this walk.
 

Clarence Mill

 
 
 
 
 

Macclesfield Canal

 

Heading along the track towards the Middlewood Way

 
 
   
 
 

Walk  16033 - 14/03/16 Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Leathers Smithy Inn, Langley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 3 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Leathers Smithy - Ridgegate Reservoir - Macclesfield Forest - Leathers Smithy

 
Four of us set off from Leathers Smithy around Ridgegate Reservoir and up through Macclesfield Forest and back down to the start at Leathers Smithy
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Route of our walk

 
   
 
 

Walk 16034 - 16/03/16 Macclesfield Forest evening walk

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk  Macclesfield Forest evening walk Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2 miles    
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Route Trentabank Visitor Centre Forest paths Nessit Hill - Forest paths - Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Richard and I set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre and followed the paths up through the forest and onto Nessit Hill. After a brief stop to admire the view over the lights of Macclesfield  we descended back to to the start at the car park at the Visitor Centre
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Mountain Bikers heading through the forest

 
   
 
 

Walk 16035 - 19/03/16 Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy with the MaccPackers

Area Lake District Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy with the MaccPackers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Little Town Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 9 miles    
Map OS The English Lakes OL4

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Route

 
Another great walk in the Lakes with the MaccPackers, four of us set off early from Macclesfield and after parking in Little Town in the Newlands Valley we set off along the hillside heading for the summit of Catbells, the weather was overcast but we had great views over the surrounding peaks.
Once over Catbells we followed the ridge up onto the summit of Maiden Moor where we stopped for lunch, a brief spot of blue in the grey sky above soon developed into a glorious sunny day as we headed along the ridge path to the summit of High Spy and then down to Dale Head Tarn.
We then followed the rocky path down alongside Newlands Beck and a steady walk along the excellent track eventually brought us back to Little Town. A quick stop at the Swinside Inn for refreshments and then it was back down the M6 and back to Macclesfield. Thanks to Richard, Alan and Kevin for a great day out.
 

Heading along the ridge towards Catbells

 

Richard, Alan and Kevin

 

Looking at the interesting climbing routes on Miners Crag

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Route planning

 

Looking back towards Keswick and Derwentwater

 

A bit more route planning

 

Heading down from Dale Head Tarn

 

Looking back towards High Spy and Dale Head

 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 

Walk 16036 - 20/03/16 Hartington and Pilsbury Castle with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Peak District Walking time   Average speed  
Walk  Hartington and Pilsbury Castle with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Hartington Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance      
Map Ordnance Survey Peak District OL24

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Route  Hartington - Madge Dale - Pilsbury Castle Hills - Pilsbury - Parks Barn - Bank Top Farm - Hartington

 
Last Sundays walk on 20/03/16 from Hartington was a superb walk in a great area , ten of us led by Roy set off on a beautiful sunny day up the lane towards Moat Hall and then a rising track took us up the hillside to gain a wonderful high level path.
We followed the contour of the hillside which gave us great views across the valley and the surrounding countryside. Our lunch break was taken at Pilsbury Castle, an ancient iron age fortification later used by the Normans who built a substantial motte and bailey castle on the site, sadly little remains of it now but the earthworks are impressive.
After lunch we followed the track back along the valley bottom passing several farms with interesting buildings before arriving back into Hartington.
Refreshments were enjoyed at the Devonshire Arms in Hartington at the end of the walk. Thanks to Roy for leading the walk and Kati, Carolyn, Janet, Ray, John, Sue, Nigel, Wendy and David for coming on the this lovely walk.
 

Heading across the fields towards Pilsbury Castle

 

Looking across to Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill

 
 

A bridle path near Hartington

 

Looking down on Pilsbury Castle

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16037 - 21/03/16 Macclesfield Forest evening walk

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest evening walk Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.14 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Forest trails in Macclesfield Forest

 
Four of us set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre and did a circular walk around the forest trails in Macclesfield Forest. Headtorches still needed.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Route of our walk

 
   
 
 

Walk 16038 - 23/03/16 Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk  Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Forest trails in Macclesfield Forest

 
Two of us set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre and did a circular walk around the forest trails in Macclesfield Forest. Headtorches still needed.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Route of our walk

 
   
 
 

Walk 16039 - 25/03/16 Chatsworth Hall from Calton Lees

Area Peak District Walking time 4 hours Average speed 1.3 mph
Walk Chatsworth House from Calton Lees Minimum altitude 359 ft Maximum altitude 894 ft
Start from Calton Lees Car Park. (Currently £3.00) Altitude loss 800 ft Altitude gain 800 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 5.63 miles    
Map OS White Peak OL24

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Route - Calton Lees - Beeley Hilltop - Swiss Lake - Hunting Tower - Chatsworth House - Calton Lees

 
Chris and I set off from Calton Lees car park and cross the River Derwent and followed the lane past Beeley Hilltop then along the public footpath into the woods above Chatsworth.  A pleasant track leads through the woods past Swiss Lake to the Hunting Tower where we stopped for lunch with outstanding views over Chatsworth House and the surrounding countryside. Afterwards we followed the path down through the woods to Chatsworth House where stopped to look around Gift shops in the Courtyard. An enjoyable walk along the river bank took us back to the start at Calton Lees. A great days walk with some great scenery.
 

Inside Chatsworth' yard

 

The Hunting Tower in the woods above Chatsworth

 
 

Heading up to the woods above Chatsworth

 

The bridge over the River Derwent leading to Chatsworth

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16040 - 27/03/16 - Gawsworth, Bosley Locks & North Rode with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Gawsworth, Bosley Locks & North Rode with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude 410 ft Maximum altitude 559 ft
Start from Gawsworth Church Altitude loss 516 ft Altitude gain 516 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 8.16 miles    
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Route  Gawsworth - Mount Farm - Macclesfield Canal - Bosley Locks - North Rode - Manor Farm - Gawsworth

 
15 of us set off from Gawsworth and headed across to the Macclesfield Canal using field paths and tracks. Once on the canal we turned south along the towpath and followed the canal to Bosley Locks. Her we left the canal and after a short distance along the lane we followed the track and fields paths across to North Rode Church where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we headed north through Manor Farm and back across the fields to Gawsworth. Once back at the cars we changed from our boots and visited Gawsworth Hall and enjoyed looking round this beautiful old building followed by tea and cakes in the Cafe in the grounds. Thanks to Chris, Kati, Carol, Chris J, Alec, Ruth, Ray, Maureen< Derek, Janet D, Carolyn, Ros, Mike, and Chris R for coming along on the walk with me.
 

Bosley Locks

 

 
 
 
 

Interesting stile

 

Gawsworth Church

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16041 - 30/04/16 Circuit of Ridgegate Reservoir

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Circuit of Ridgegate Reservoir Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Leathers Smithy Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route Leathers Smithy - Footpaths around the reservoir and through the forest

 
Chris and I set off from Leathers Smithy and followed the path around the reservoir and through the forest and back to the start. Afterwards we enjoyed an excellent meal at the Leathers Smithy
 

Croker Hill in the distance

 

 
 
 
 

Looking across Ridgegate Reservoir towards Teggs Nose

 

 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16042 - 31/03/16 - Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Visitor Centre

Area Cheshire Walking time 1¼ hours Average speed 2.6 mph
Walk  Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Visitor Centre Minimum altitude 871 ft Maximum altitude 1550 ft
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss 733 ft Altitude gain 733 ft
Weather Clear night Distance 3.33 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest - Piggford Moor - Shutlingsloe and return by same route

 
Richard, John and I set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre and walked up through Macclesfield Forest and across Piggford Moor to the summit of Shutlingsloe. Great views form the summit as darkness fell. We returned by the same route.
 

Myself and John on the summit of Shutlingsloe

 

 
 
 
 

Heading towards Shutlingsloe

 

Heading back as dusk falls

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16043 - 03/04/16 Pym Chair and Shining Tor with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Peak District Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Pym Chair and Shining Tor with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude 982 ft Maximum altitude 1834ft
Start from Pym Chair Altitude loss 1266 ft Altitude gain 1266ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7.48 miles    
Map OS White Peak OL24

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Route Pym Chair - Cats Tor - Shining Tor - Thursbitch - Dunge Farm - Wingather Rocks - Pym Chair

 
Ten of us set off from Pym Chair and followed the path along the ridge over Cats Tor and onto the summit of Shining Tor, the highest point in Cheshire at 1834ft (559m) a coffee stop here gave us some great views over the surrounding countryside. We then followed the path westward down the hillside and then north to Thursbitch where we stopped for lunch.
Thursbitch meaning "Demon Valley" in Old English is a ruined farmstead on a desolate hillside with an intriguing history. Afterwards we followed the path northwards passing through Dunge Farm and up onto Taxal Edge, we passed over Windgather Rocks pausing to watch the climbers demonstrating their skill and then carried on along the ridge and back to the car park.
Thanks to John for leading this excellent walk and to Christine, Kati, Ray, Ruth, Peter, Carolyn, Janet D, Janet B and David for coming along on the walk.

Just for the record the walk was 7.5 miles long with 1266ft of ascent.

 

Heading along the track away from Thursbitch

 

The last uphill bit to Windgather Rocks

 
 
 
 

A little bit of the History of Thursbitch

 

 
 

Looking down on Thursbitch, the ruins are by the Land Rover

 

Heading across the hillside towards Dunge Farm

 

Climbers on Windgather Rocks

   
 
 

Walk 16044 - 04/04/16 Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Visitor Centre

Area Cheshire Walking time 1¼ hours Average speed 2.5 mph
Walk Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Visitor Centre Minimum altitude 858 ft Maximum altitude 1551 ft
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss 757 ft Altitude gain 757 ft
Weather Clear night Distance 3.45 miles    
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Route Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest - Piggford Moor - Shutlingsloe and return by same route

 
Richard and I set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre and walked up through Macclesfield Forest and across Piggford Moor to the summit of Shutlingsloe. Great views form the summit as darkness fell. We returned by the same route.
 
Looking towards Manchester and Stockport from Shutlingsloe

 

 

Looking across to Croker Hill from Shutlingsloe

 

 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16045 - 06/04/16 Circuit of the Great Orme at Llandudno

Area Wales Walking time 2¾ hours Average speed 1.8 mph
Walk Circuit of the Great Orme at Llandudno Minimum altitude 8 ft Maximum altitude 399 ft
Start from Llandudno Altitude loss 1920 Altitude gain 1920
Weather Sunny periods, breezy Distance 5.81 miles    
Map Explorer OL17 Conwy Valley

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Route Llandudno - Marine Drive - Rest and be Thankful Cafe - Invalids Walk - Haulfre Gardens - Llandudno

 
Chris and I set off from Llandudno along Marine Drive which winds it way around the Great Orme. About halfway along the walk we stopped refreshments at the Rest and be Thankful Cafe. Ideally placed for a rest break with excellent views out to sea. Afterwards we carried on along the road with excellent views towards Conwy and Deganwy and the along the hillside on Invalids Walk and back through Haulfre Gardens to our start point in Llandudno. An excellent walk we have done many times.
 

Marine Drive

 

Looking across Llandudno from Haulfre Gardens

 
 

Looking along the coast from near Llandudno Pier

 

Looking across to Conwy

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16046 - 07/04/16  Circular evening walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk  Circular evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.65 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route Trentabank Visitor Centre - Forest paths

 
Richard and I set off from Trentabank and did a circular walk around Macclesfield Forest
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Route of our walk

 
   
 
 

Walk 16047 - 10/04/16 Millers Dale and Monsal Head with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Peak District Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk  Millers Dale and Monsal Head with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude 578 ft Maximum altitude 911 ft
Start from Ravenstor, Millers Dale Altitude loss 1551 ft Altitude gain 1551 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
Map OS White Peak OL24

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Route Ravenstor - Litton Mill - Water cum Jolly - Cressbrook Mill - Monsal Head - Monsal Trail - Millers Dale - Ravenstor

 
Nine of us set off from the layby at Ravenstor and followed the path alongside the Rive Wye passing Litton Mill, Water-cum-Jolly and Cressbrook Mill and then up to Monsal Head for a coffee stop and an ice cream. We then descended down to the Monsal Viaduct and then along the Monsal Trail passing through Cressbrook Tunnel and Litton Tunnel stopping for lunch with some great views down to the River Wye. Afterwards we continued along the Monsal Trail to near Millers Dale Station where we descended down to the River Wye and followed the lane back to Ravenstor. A pleasant riverside walk on a nice sunny spring day.

Thanks to Chris, Wendy, Chris J, Maureen, Derek, Chris R and Ros and Mike for joining me on the walk.

 

Looking down on the Monsal Viaduct

 

 
 
 
 

Water cum Jolly

 

River Wye in Millers Dale

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16048 - 11/04/16 - Evening walk Shutlingsloe from Trentabank

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed  
Walk Evening walk Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear evening Distance 3.37 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route Trentabank Visitor Centre - Macclesfield Forest - Piggford Moor and return by same route.

 
Four of us set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre and walked up through Macclesfield Forest and over Piggford Moor and up to the summit of Shutlingsloe. Great views from the summit. return by the same route
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16049 -  12/05/16 Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk  Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear evening Distance 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route Trentabank  - Macclesfield Forest paths and return to Trentabank

 
Richard and I set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre followed our usual route around Macclesfield Forest
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

The view from Nessit Hill

 
   
 
 

Walk 16050 - 13/04/16   Circuit of Ridgegate Reservoir

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Circuit of Ridgegate Reservoir Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Leathers Smithy, Langley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny evening Distance 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route Leathers Smithy - Circuit of Ridgegate Reservoir  - Macclesfield Forest - Leathers Smithy.

 
Chris and I set off from Leathers Smithy and walked around the Ridgegate Reservoir and through Macclesfield Forest and back to the start.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Macclesfield Forest

 
   
 
 

Walk 16051 -  15/04/16 Backpacking Burbage to Shining Tor

Area Peak District Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Backpacking Burbage to Shining Tor Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Burbage near Buxton Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Rain then sleet Distance 6 miles    
Map OS The Peak District OL24

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Route - Burbage - Bishops Lane - Dismantled Railway - Goyt Valley - Goytsclough Quarry - Stake Clough - Shining Tor

 
This was my first wild camp of the year, as I'm off to the Cairngorms in a couple of weeks it seems a good idea to check all my equipment works and everything is OK. On Friday 15th April I caught the afternoon bus to Buxton and alighted at Burbage. The plan was to walk back to Macclesfield with a wild camp on the way, rain was forecast for the evening turning to snow during the night so it seemed like a good test for me as well as the tent. Almost as soon as I got off the bus it started to rain so it was on with the waterproofs and off up the lane. I headed up Bishops Lane and through Beet Wood and onto the moor, A steady walk along the dismantled railway track brought me to the foot of Errwood Reservoir and then south along the moorland path to Goyts Clough Quarry. A steady climb out of the Goyt Valley took me up Stake Clough and onto the summit of Shining Tor, the highest point in Cheshire. This was my intended camping spot and as it was now 7.00pm I quickly errected my tent, not an easy task with the rain and the wind, I was glad to get it secure and quickly got in for some respite from the weather. After stripping off my wet clothes I cooked my meal of noodles and meat balls and after watching a film on my tablet I was soon asleep, the rain and wind were buffeting the tent but about 2.00am it calmed down and I slept until just after 6.00am,
 

Heading towards Errwood Reservoir in the rain

 

 
 
 
 

The blocked up Railway Tunnel on Wild Moor

 

The Packhorse Bridge in the Goyt Valley

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16052 -  16/04/16 Backpacking Shining Tor to Macclesfield

Area Peak District Walking time 4½ hours Average speed  
Walk Backpacking Shining Tor to Macclesfield Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Shining Tor Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Frosty am then sunny periods Distance 8 miles    
Map OS The Peak District OL24

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Route Shining Tor - Lamaload - Vale Royal - Walker Barn - Teggs Nose - Macclesfield

 
I awoke at 6.15 am and not long after I heard voices. On looking outside I found the weather had changed dramatically, there was a lovely blue sky and snow all around the tent. My boots in the porch were frozen and it took me a while to get them on. The voices were from two mountain bikers who had ridden along the ridge from Pym Chair, there were brewing up by the trig point and we discussed the weather and the icy conditions. I cooked my breakfast and I packed up and set off for home. My route took me over the moors to Lamaload Reservoir and then up Walker Barn and Teggs Nose where I stopped at the Cafe for tea and a bacon sandwich. Suitably refreshed I walked down to Macclesfield and across town to my home. A great start to my camping year, about 14 miles with a pack weight off almost 13 kilos. Next stop the Cairngorms in a few weeks.
 

Its been a wild and cold night

 

Heading down towards Lamaload

 
 

Looking towards Shutlingsloe

 

Breakfast time

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16053 -  17/04/16 Bollington, Rainow and Lamaload with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Bollington, Rainow and Lamaload with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Bollington Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route - Bollington - Waulkmill Farm - Rainow - Snipe House - Yearns Low - Clarke House - Kishill Lane - Winterside Farm - Hedge Row - Bollington.

 
Eleven of us set off from Bollington on a nice sunny day and followed the lane to Waulkmill Farm and then along the stone flagged paths to Rainow, we crossed the main road and followed the tracks and field paths up to Snipe House with its excellent views back down the valley. At the end of the lane by Lamaload Dam we climbed the hillside track on Yearns Low stopping for lunch overlooking the valley. Afterwards more field paths and tracks took us along Kiskhill Lane and Jumper Lane and aroung Billinge Hill, we descended to Hedge Row and then an easy walk led us back into Bollington. A great walk of seven miles with a few ups and downs and some wonderful views over the hills and valleys.
On the walk today were David, Christine, Peter, Hans, Maureen, Derek, Nigel, Carolyn, Sue and John with many thanks to Janet for leading this excellent walk.
 
 

Macclesfield Ramblers near the end of the walk

 
 
 
 

The waterfall by Waulkmill Farm

 

Heading up towards Snipe House

 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16054 -  18/04/16 Evening walk to Shutlingsloe from Trentabank

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed  
Walk Evening walk to Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear evening Distance 3 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route Trentabank Visitor Centre Macclesfield Forest - Piggford Moor and return by the same route

 
Five of set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through Macclesfield Forest and over Piggford Moor, returned by the same route back to the Visitor Centre
 

On the summit of Shutlingsloe

 

 
 
 
 
 

Heading up towards Shutlingsloe

 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16055 -  20/05/16 Ashford in the Water and Bakewell

Area Peak District Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Ashford in the Water and Bakewell Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Ashford in the Water Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 6 miles    
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Route Ashfor in the Water - Riverside path to Bakewell and return by the same route.

 
Chris and I parked at Ashford in the Water and followed the riverside path into Bakewell, A few visits to the Outdoors Shops, lunch on the riverbank and we returned by the same route. An enjoyable day out.
 

River Wye near Ashford in the Water

 

 
 
 
 

Holy Trinity Church in Ashford in the Water

 

River Wye near Bakewell

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16056 -  24/04/16 - Styal Mill and Lindow with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Styal Mill and Lindow with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Lindow Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route Lindow - The Carrs - Styal Mill - North Cheshire Way - Oak Farm - Burley Hurst farm - Lindow Moss.

 
Nine of us set off from Lindow and followed the path across to the Carrs and then alongside the River Bollin to Styal Mill. The riverside path took us past Giants Castle to Oversley Ford and then across the main road onto the North Cheshire Way which follows the perimeter of the Manchester Airport Runway. Plenty of plane spotting opportunities. We then left the North Cheshire Way and crossed the fields past Oak Farm and Burley Hurst Farm and back over Lindow Moss.
Thanks to Christine, Ros, Mike, Pat, Dave, Chris R, Wendy and Carol for coming along on the walk.
 

River Bollin in Styal Woods

 
 
 
 

Bluebells are starting to come out

 

Time for a bit of plane spotting

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16057 -  25/04/16 Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk  Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear evening Distance 2 miles    
Map  

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Route Trentabank Visitor Centre - Macclesfield Forest paths - Nessit Hill Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Myself, Richard and John set off on our regular evening walk around Macclesfield Forest and over Nessit Hill
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Route of our walk

 
   
 
 

Walk 16058 -  01/05/16 Backpacking - Glenmore to Fords of Avon

Area Cairngorms Walking time 6 hours Average speed  
Walk Backpacking - Glenmore to Fords of Avon Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Glenmore Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods then rain, sleet Distance 10 miles    
Map OS Cairngorm and Aviemore 403

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Route Glenmore - Bynack More - Lairig An Laoigh - Fords of Avon Refuge

 
Four of us have just completed a great five day backpacking trip in the  Cairngorms. Our trip started with the long drive up to Glenmore near Aviemore from Macclesfield . After the first night camp at the Campsite at Glenmore we prepared to set off on Sunday morning for our five day trip, the forecast was for 50mph winds during the night on the tops so after some discussion we decided to reverse the route to keep us at a lower altitude until the weather had improved in the coming days.

Sunday 1st May
We left Glenmore and headed east along the track heading towards The Ryvoan Pass and then took the path towards Bynack More.
We crossed the mountainside below the summit and followed the path down to Fords of Avon Refuge. The path was very wet with slush and melting snow and it had started to rain.
It was almost six o' clock when we arrived at the refuge and we were wet and tired so a decision was made to stay in the small refuge for the night instead of continuing on to our original destination of the Faindouran Bothy. The weather deteriorated during the night and we realised we had made the correct decision. It was quite cosy in the Refuge with four men, a dog and four rucksacks but a least we were drying out away from the bad weather outside. The distance today was around 10 miles.

 

Heading through the forest away from Glenmore

 

Looking back towards Meall a' Bhuachaille

 
 
 

Ready for the start of our trip

 

A bit of route planning due to the wet conditions underfoot

 

heading up towards Bynack More

   
 
 

Walk 16059 - 02/05/16 Backpacking -  Fords of Avon to Derry Lodge

Area Cairngorms, Scotland Walking time 8 hours Average speed  
Walk Backpacking - Fords of Avon to Derry Lodge Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Fords of Avon Refuge Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Rain the sunny periods and showers Distance 10 miles    
Map OS Cairngorm and Aviemore 403

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Route Fords of Avon Refuge - Glen Derry - Derry Lodge - Bob Scotts Bothy

 
The weather was still poor with wind and rain when we left the Refuge next morning and we changed our plans and decided to head south for Braemar, after two river crossings took us almost and hour and a half and we were still only 400 yards from the Refuge we felt we had made the right decision.
The weather started to improve later in the morning with the occasional glimpse of blue sky but all the paths were still flooded and after about another 90 minutes we reached a main stream, Glas Alt Mor cascading down the hillside, about 20 feet across but clearly in spate we looked for a safe place to cross, we climbed high up the hillside and then down to the junction with Derry Burn but there was no chance of crossing it safely.
We reluctantly headed back the way we had come for over a mile and crossed the small footbridge on the Hutchison Hut path and then headed south along the west bank for three and a half pathless boggy miles until we reached Derry Dam and a decent path. Another hour brought us to the Bob Scott Memorial Hut.
Our plan for a night in Braemar would have to wait till next day. We pitched our tents on the river bank by the Hut. A great dry pitch for a change. There was room in the Bothy but we decided to camp. We spent a great evening in the bothy by a roaring fire with great company. Exchanging tales with Richard from Amsterdam, Ruth from Edinburgh and her companion. Distance was around 10 miles.
 
River Avon in spate, we just managed to wade across this, any deeper would have been a problem

 

Looking back over the River Avon, the Refuge is visible in the centre
 

Heading down the valley and the weather has improved

 

Looking back up the valley, we needed to be on the other bank

 
 
 
 
 
 

Fords of Avon Refuge

 

River looking for a suitable crossing place

 

Looking upthe valley where the Hutchinson Memorial Hut is situated. Creagan a' Choire Etchachan ahead with Sgurr an Lochan Uaine on the left
 

The Glas Alt Mor was in spate and we could not cross it

 

Bob Scotts Memorial Hut

 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16060 -  03/05/16 Backpacking - Derry Lodge to Braemar

Area Cairngorms Scotland Walking time 5 hours Average speed  
Walk  Backpacking - Derry Lodge to Braemar Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Derry Lodge, Bob Scotts Memorial Hut Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 8 miles    
Map OS Cairngorm and Aviemore 403

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Route Bob Scotts Bothy - Glen Lui - Mars Lodge - Braemar

 
After breakfast we packed up and set off for Braemar accompanied by Richard, it was and easy eight mile walk after what we had done the previous days and the weather stayed fine with even a bit of sunshine.
We arrived in Braemar and after a quick pint we checked into the Hostel, a quick shower and we were off out again as the five of us had booked a table for a meal at the Moorfield House Hotel. Around 8 miles
 

The Bob Scott Bothy

 

Lookling back from the hillside near Braemar

 
 

My tent by the Bob Scott Bothy

 

Ready to set off for Braemar

 

A welcome pint in Braemar

   
 
 

Walk 16061 -  04/05/16 Backpacking - Braemar to Corrour Bothy

Area Cairngorms, Scotland Walking time 8 hours Average speed  
Walk  Backpacking - Braemar to Corrour Bothy Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Braemar Youth Hostel Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods the rain Distance 16 miles    
Map OS Cairngorm and Aviemore 403

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Route Braemar - Linn of Dee - White Bridge - Glenn Dee - Corrour Bothy

 
After breakfast Richard set off for Amsterdam and the four of us followed the road west out of Braemar as far as Victoria Bridge and then the track past Mars Lodge and the Linn of Dee to White Bridge where we stopped for lunch, it had remained dry all morning although we could see that showers were on the way. After lunch we followed the path north west alongside the River Dee past some spectacular waterfalls with plenty of deep pools.
A steady climb took us towards the Lairig Ghru with some great views of the Devils Point and Cairn Toul.
We eventually arrived at Corrour Bothy as the rain set in and were pleased to find it unoccupied. After water had been collected from the river we settled down for the night enjoying a good meal and hot chocolate with a touch of whisky. We all slept soundly that night. A long day of around 16 miles.
 
The Chest of Dee Pools near White Bridge

 

Corrour Bothy in sight and its raining

 
 
 

Pausing for a brerather at the Linn of Dee Car Park

 

Heading up the valley towards the Devils Point

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16062 -  05/05/16 Backpacking - Corrour Bothy to Glemore

Area Cairngorms, Scotland Walking time 8 hours Average speed  
Walk Backpacking - Corrour Bothy to Glemore Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Corrour Bothy Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods, very windy Distance 13 miles    
Map OS Cairngorm & Aviemore 403

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Route - Corrour Bothy - Pools of Dee - Lairig Ghru - Rochiemurchus Forest - Glenmore

 
After breakfast we swept the hut out and set off along the riverside track climbing constantly eventually crossing many boulder strewn areas frequently covered in several feet of snow.
Sometimes when crossing the snowfields you would break through the surface and the snow could be any depth between one and three feet deep covering the boulders. Very tricky and potententionally dangerous.
Eventually we passed the last snowfield and started to drop down towards the Rothiemurchus Forest.
A long walk through the forest brought us to Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel at Glenmore where we spent our final night. A great place to stay with good food. Around 13 miles on this our final day.
 
The following morning we set off on the long drive home having had a great five days walking, a total of 57 miles with 7200ft of ascent. The four of us, Richard, John, Barry and myself thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and many thanks to Richard for driving.
 

Ready to leave the Corrour Bothy

 

Heading towards the Lairig Ghru

 
Looking ahead and the path drops down to the Rothiemurchus Forest
 

Journeys end and time for a pint, we've earned it.

 
 
 

The Devils Point towering above the Corrour Bothy

 

Looking back towards the Corrour Bothy

 

Crossing one of the snow fields near the Pools of Dee

 

Looking back towards the Lairig Ghru

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16063 - 08/05/16  Rushton Spencer and Danebridge with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Staffordshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Rushton Spencer and Danebridge with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Rushton Spencer Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route Rushton Spencer - Gritstone Trail - Barleigh Fold Bridge - Dumkins - Wincle Grange - Dane Bridge - Dane Valley Way - Rushton Spencer

 
Nine of us set off from Rushton Spencer and after a short distance along the dismantled railway joined the Gritstone Trail and followed this past Barleigh Fold Bridge as far as Dumkins, then it was along the field paths towards Wincle Grange with a  lunch break on the way and then down to Danebridge. A brief stop to sample the Ales at Wincle Brewery and then we set off along the Dane Valley Way which runs alongside the River Dane. We followed the path back to Barleigh Fold Bridge and the up the lane and across the fields back to Rushton Spencer.
Thanks to Christine, Doreen, Kati, Wendy, Ruth, Ray, Janet D and Janet B for joining me on this walk
 

Some of the group enjoying refreshments out side Wincle Brewery

 
 
 
 
 

River Dane

 

Heading back along the Dane Valley Way

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16064 -  09/05/16 Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk  Evening walk around Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear evening Distance 2 miles    
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Route Trentabank Visitor Centre - Macclesfield Forest paths.

 
Four of us set off on one of our regular walks around Macclesfield Forest, quite a few deer around grazing in the clearings of the forest.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Macclesfield Forest

 
   
 
 

Walk 16065 -  12/05/16 Evening walk to Shutlingsloe from Trentabank

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed  
Walk  Evening walk to Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear evening Distance 3 miles    
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Route Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest - Piggford Moor - Shutlingsloe and return by the same route.

 
Richard and I set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre and headed up through the forest and across Piggford Moor, once over the moor it was a short steep climb up to the summit of Shutlingsloe. We returned back to the car by the same route.
 

Richard heading across Piggford Moor towards Shutlingsloe

 

 
 
 
 

The setting sun seen through the trees in Macclesfield Forest

 

 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16066 -  14/05/16 - Gawsworth circular walk

Area Cheshire Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Gawsworth circular walk Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Gawsworth Church Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny pedriods Distance 7 miles    
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Route Gawsworth Church - Cloverbank Farm - Shellow Lane - Great Tidnock Farm - Heskey Wood - Marton Lane Gawsworth

 
After parking at Gawsworth I followed the field path south past Cloverbank Farm onto Shellow Lane, I then headed west along the lane and then along the track past Great Tidnock Farm, stopping for lunch ion a sunny spot.  Once on Maton Lane I headed north through Heskey Wood to Henshaw Hall Farm and the it was east and back onto Marton Lane and back to Gawsworth Church. This was a route check for a walk I plan to do in the future with the walking club.
 

A field of Oil Seed Rape

 

 
 
 
 

A lovely display of Bluebells

 

Gawsworth Church through the trees

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16067 - 15/05/16 Bramall Hall circular with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Bramall Hall circular with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Norbury House Farm, Jacksons Lane Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route Jacksons Lane - Happy Valley - Bramall Hall - Happy Valley - Jacksons Lane.

 
Nine of us set off from Jacksons Lane and followed the footpath through Happy Valley and into the grounds of Bramall Hall. We took various paths through the grounds and then and then  back along Happy Valley and back to the start
The group today were Sue, Janet B, Sue, Nichola, John L, Pat , Paddy, Christine and myself. Many thanks to Pat for leading the walk.
 

Very busy in Bramall Park

 
 
 
 

A quiet lane

 

Lady Brook

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16068 -  16/05/16 Evening walk to Croker Hill from Lowerhouse

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed  
Walk Evening walk to Croker Hill from Lowerhouse Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Lowerhouse Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 4 miles    
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Route Lowerhouse - Fox's Bank - Hill of Rossenclowes - Croker Hill - Higher Pethills Farm - Lower Pethills - Lowerhouse

 
Four of us set off on a lovely spring evening from Lowerhouse, we walked up Fox's Bank and followed the Gritstone Trail over the Hill of Rossenclough and Croker Hill, we passed the Radio Tower and then down to Higher Pethills Farm and Lower Pethills and back to our start at Lowerhouse. A really enjoyable evenings walk.
 

Zooming in on Shutlingsloe

 

 
 
 
 

Heading up Fox's Bank

 

Approaching the Radio Tower on Croker Hill

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16069 - 22/05/16  Goostrey and Twemlow with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Goostrey and Twemlow with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Goostrey Railway Station Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route   Goostrey - Kermincham Hall - Brook Farm- Dane Valley Way - Twemlow Viaduct - Hermitage Bridge - Dromedary Lodge - Goostrey

 
Five of us set off on a lovely sunny day from Goostrey Station, we followed the field paths across to Kermincham Hall and Brook Farm and then headed west along the Dane Valley Way where there were some superb displays of Hawthorne  in flower. We passed under the magnificent Twemlow Viaduct. where we stopped for lunch on the river bank. afterwards we reached Hermitage Bridge and sheltered from a quick shower before heading north past Dromedary Lodge and into Goostrey Village. Refreshments in the sunshine at the Red Lion and then the short walk back to the Station.

Thanks to Christine, Kati, Carol and Chris R for joining me on this walk

 

The hawthorne tree's  are superb

 

The magnificent railway vidauct near Holmes Chapel

 
 
 

A quiet lane

 

Another superb hawthorne tree

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16070 - 23/05/16 Shutlingsloe from Trentabank

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed  
Walk Shutlingsloe from Trentabank Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear evening Distance 3 miles    
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Route

 
Four of us on myself, Richard, Barry and John set off from Trentabank for an evening walk to the summit of Shutlingsloe
 

Croker Hill in the distance

 

Heading back down from Shutlingsloe

 
 
 

Looking up to Nessit Hill

 

Looking down on Macclesfield Forest from Shutlingsloe

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16071 - 25/05/16  Axe Edge Moor and Cheeks Hill

Area Peak District Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk Axe Edge Moor and Cheeks Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Dane Head Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 3 miles    
Map OS The Peak District OL24

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Route Dane Head - Axe Edge Moor - Cheeks Hill - Dane Head

 
After parking on the narrow lane at Dane Head I headed across the pathless moor up to the Trig Point on Axe Edge Moor, I then headed south crossing the lane again and onto the summit of Axe Edge.  No actual summit marked but I visited every high point and then set off north west across the moorland heading for Cheeks Hill. Another unmarked high point, I then followed the track northwards and back to the car. Some interesting views across the landscape that was once quite heavily quarried and mines. Fortunately not really visible but you can see old tracks and spoil heaps.
 
 

Looking east towards Chrome Hill

 
 
 
 
 

The trig point on Axe Edge Moor

 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16072 - 28/05/16 Macclesfield Forest and Shutlingsloe

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Shutlingsloe Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 4 miles    
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Route Trentabank - Piggford Moor - Shutlingsloe - Piggford Moor - Nessit Hill - Trentabank

 
Richard and I set off from Trentabank and headed up through the forest and across Piggford Moor and up to the summit of Shutlingsloe, we then headed south down the steep hillside and back across Piggford Moor to join the path down through the forest to the car park.
 
 

On the summit of Shutlingsloe

 
 
 
 
 

Small pool in Macclesfield Forest

 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk  16073 - 29/05/16 Danebridge and Turners Pool with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Staffordshire Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Danebridge and Turners Pool with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Danebridge Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route

 
Nine of us set off from Danebridge and headed up through the forest and past Hangingstone Farm, our route then followed the hillside path towards the Roaches and then down past Clough Head to Turners Pool where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we followed the path past Old Hag to Gun End and then it was along the track down to Gig Hall and back along the Dane Valley Way which follows the River Dane back to Dane Bridge
Thanks to Christine, Kati, Janet, Peter, John, Ray, Roy and Patricia for joining me on this walk.
 
 

Turners Pool

 
 
 

Looking back along the ridge

 

Haymaking is in full swing

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk  16074 - 31/05/16 Macclesfield Forest circular

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest circular Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 3 miles    
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Route Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest - Nessit Hill - Trentabank

 
Four of us set off on our regular walk around Macclesfield Forest, a clear night with some great views in the forest.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Looking west from Nessit Hill

 
   
 
 

Walk  16075 - 05/06/16 Whaley Bridge and Chapel Milton with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Peak District Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Whaley Bridge and Chapel Milton with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Whaley Bridge Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 8 miles    
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Route Whaley bridge - Buxsworth - Halhill Farm - Chapel Milton - Bridgeholme Green - Bugsworth Canal Basin - Whaley Bridge

 
Eight of us set off from Whaley Bridge on a lovely sunny day, we passed through the village of Buxsworth and then along the hillside to Chapel Milton. A lunch stop at Bridgeholme Green and then it was along the Tramway Trail to Bugsworth Canal Basin where we stopped for Ice Cream, then it was along the canal towpath and back into Whaley bridge
Thanks to Christine, Pat G, Kati, Maureen, Derek, Hans and Chris R for joining me on this walk
 

Looking back towards Whaley Bridge

 
 
 
 

Looking along the track beneath Eccles Pike

 

Descending the hillside towards Chapel Milton

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk  16076-  06/06/16 Macclesfield Forest and Hanging Gate

Area Cheshire Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Hanging Gate Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Roadside parking in Macclesfield Forest Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny evening Distance 5 miles    
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Route - Macclesfield Forest - Piggford Moor - Greenway bridge - Oakenclough - Hanging gate Inn - Macclesfield Forest

 
Four of us set off from the layby in Macclesfield Forest and followed the path up through the forest and over Piggford Moor, we descended to the lane and then past Greenway Bridge, Oakenclough and the Hanging Gate Inn. It was a steady walk along the lane and back to the car.
 
 
 

Heading down from Piggford Moor

 
 
 

Looking down from Nessit Hill

 

Heading towards the Hanging Gate Inn

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16077 - 08/06/16 - Nessit Hill from Trentabank

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Nessit Hill from Trentabank Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2 miles    
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Route Trentabank Visitor Centre - Nessit Hill - forest paths - Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Richard and I did a circular walk around Macclesfield Forest and over Nessit Hill and back to the start
 
 
 

Evening sunlight in the forest

 
 
 

A bench with a view, a bit hazy though

 

 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16078 - 12/06/16 Sorrento Marina Grande to Priora

Area Sorrento, Italy Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk Sorrento Marina Grande to Priora Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Marina Grande Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 3 miles    
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Route Marina Grande - Sant Antonio - Priora - Sant Antonio - Marina Grande

 
I headed up from the Marina Grande Harbour using one the beautiful small alleyways, once reaching the main road I crossed and followed the path that headed up the hillside to the Church of Sant Antonio. From here I followed the stepped path that zig zags up the hillside, there was a Shrine at each corner, probably around 20 and I photographed several on my way up. Once up the hillside I followed the quiet lane along through the olive groves to the small village of Priora. After  a brief look round the village I returned the way I had come down the steps and back to the Marina Grande.
 
One of the many Shrines on the way up the hillside path

 

 
 
 
 

Looking out over Sorrento from the hillside path

 

The path up the hillside

 
   
 
 

Walk 16079 - 13/06/16 Sant Agata to Marina Grande

Area Sorrento, Italy Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk Sant Agata to Marina Grande Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Sant Agata Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 3 miles    
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Route Sant Agata - Circumpiso - Talagnano - Sant Lucia - Parsano - Marina Grande

 
We caught the bus from the Main Bus Station to the small town of Sant Agata. €1:20 for the single trip. After a stroll around the town and a coffee we set of down a narrow lane which soon became a track and followed this for several miles through farmland with many attractive houses that had recently been renovated. We eventually arrived back to the main road in Sorrento and back down to the Marian Grande and the Hotel Admiral where we were staying.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Back at the Marina Grande

 
   
 
 

Walk 16080 - 14/06/16 Marina Grande to Tasso Square and return

Area Sorrento , Italy Walking time   Average speed  
Walk  Marina Grande to Tasso Square and return Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Marina Grande Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 2 miles    
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Route - Marina Grande to Tasso Square and return

 
A walk from our Hotel to the Tasso Square for coffee and lunch and then back via a different route through the narrow alleyways to the Marina Grande
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Tasso Square

 
   
 
 

Walk 16081 - 15/06/16 Sant Agata to Crapolla

Area Sorrento Italy Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk Sant Agata to Crapolla Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Sant Agata Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 3 miles    
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Route

 
After a bus journey from Sorrento to Sant Agata four of us set off from the town along a quite lane heading for Marina di Crapolla on the coast, once at the end of the lane the path became overgrown and we eventually arrived at the two bridges which were indicated on the map, the guide book said turn left and immediately left again, the good path soon deteriorated to a difficult traverse along the hillside eventually bringing us out onto the headland overlooking the sea. Mariana di Crapolla was beneath us. Unfortunately we were the wrong side of the ravine so we had to content ourselves with the great views down to the sea and were not able to visit the Chapel of San Pietro, an erstwhile Benedictine monastery. As the route had been quite tiring we decided to head back up the lane and leave the Chapel visit for another day. Once back to Sant Agata we caught the regular bus service back to Sorrento and back down the narrow alleyway to the harbour.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

The Chapel of San Pietro is down the hillside

 
   
 
 

Walk 16082 - 16/06/16 Marina Grande to Regina Giovanni

Area Sorrento, Italy Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk Marina Grande to Regina Giovanni Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Marina Grande Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 4 miles    
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Route - Marina Grande - Capi di Sorento - Regina Giovanna and return by same route

 
I set off from Marina Grande and on reaching the main road headed towards Capo di Sorrento, the road had mostly no footpath and one needed to be alert to the traffic, once at the small village I took the narrow alleyway towards the sea eventually arriving at Regina Giovanna, the ruins of a 1st century Roma Villa. It is set on the cliff top with magnificent views across the Gulf of Naples towards Vesuvius. After a good look round the ruins I returned back to Marina Grande using the same route.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Regina Giovanna ruins on the headland with Vesuvius across the bay, one can only speculate what was going on when Vesuvius errupted.

 
   
 
 

Walk 16083 -  21/06/16 Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear evening Distance 3 miles    
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Route Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest - Nesstit Hill - Forest paths - Trentabank.

 
Five of us set off from Trentabank and using forest paths walked up to the summit of Nessit Hill and returned using a variety of paths back down to the start at the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Route of our walk

 
   
 
 

Walk 16084 - 22/06/16 Teggs Nose from Langley

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed  
Walk Teggs Nose from Langley Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Teggs Nose Reservoir, Langley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear evening Distance 3 miles    
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Route - Langley - Clough House - Teggs Nose Visitor Centre - Teggs Nose Quarry - Langley

 
I set off from the car park at the foot of Teggs Nose and followed the track past Clough House and up the Saddlers Way to the Teggs Nose Visitor Centre. I then followed the path back through the quarry and back down the hillside to the car park.
 

Bench with a view from Teggs Nose

 

 
 
 
 
 

Shutlingloe in the distance from Teggs Nose

 

Evening sunlight on the hills from Teggs Nose

 
 
   
 
 

Walk 16085 - 25/06/16 Pickmere and Great Budworth

Area Cheshire Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk  Pickmere and Great Budworth Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Pickmere Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 8 miles    
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Route - Pickmere - Gravestone Farm - Willow Lodge - Back Lane - Arley - Morth Cheshire Way - Great Budworth - Pickmere

 
I set off from Pickmere on a reconnaissance for a future club walk, after leaving the village I followed the field paths past Gravestones Farm and around Arley Park. I then followed the North Cheshire Way back towards Great Budworth stopping off for Ice Cream at the Farm on the outskirts of Great Budworth, In the village I stopped to look round the magnificent Church with parts dating from the 14th Century. More field paths brought me past Pickmere Lake and back to the start.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Great Budworth

 
   
 
 

Walk 16086 - 26/06/16 Youlgreave and Lathkill Dale with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Peak District Walking time Sunny periods Average speed  
Walk Youlgreave and Lathkill Dale with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Youlgreave Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 8 miles    
Map Ordnance Survey The Peak District OL24

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Route  Youlgreave - Conkesbury Bridge - Meadow Place Grange - Bradford Dale - Gratton Grange Farm - Mawstone Farm - Youlgreave

 
Seven of us set off from Youlgreave to Conkesbury Bridge on the River Lathkill, we followed the river westwards and then ascended the hillside and across the fields past Meadow Place Grange to Middleton. After a lunch break by the River Bradford we past Gratton Grange Farm and Mawstone Farm and then back into Youlgreave. A great walk with Doreen, Kati, Peter, Janet, Wendy and John.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Walking alongside the River Lathkill

 
   
 
 

Walk 16087 - 28/06/16 Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 2 miles    
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Route Trentabank - Nessit Hill - Macclesfield Forest - Trentabank

 
I set off with Barry and John for our regular evening walk around Macclesfield Forest climbing to the summit of Nessit Hill and then back through the forest to the start.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
   
 
 

Walk 16088 - 03/07/16 Pickmere and Great Budworth with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Pickmere and Great Budworth with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Pickmere Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route Pickmere - Gravestone Farm - Willow Lodge - Back Lane - Arley - Morth Cheshire Way - Great Budworth - Pickmere

 
Twelve of us set off from Pickmere across the fields to  Gravestones Farm and then through Arley Park to join the North Cheshire Way, we followed this south towards Great Budworth stopping for Ice Cream at Great Budworth Tea Room and Ice Cream Farm. Once at  Great Budworth we took time to look around this charming village and its beautiful Church with parts dating from the 14th Century. More field paths then took us past Pickmere Lake and back to the start in Pickmere Village where we finished the afternoon walk with tea and cakes while listening to the Village Choir on the Lakeside. A great walk and thanks to Christine, Alec, Carol, Chris R, Wendy, Hans, Maurenn , Derek, Doreen, Pat and Dave for joining me.