MY WALKING WORLD  David Preston

2017 Walk Summary

Last updated 05/06/2017
Walk No Date Area

Walk

Weather Miles
17001 02/01/17 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny 6
17002 03/01/17 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear night 2
17003 08/01/17 Cheshire Chelford and Nether Alderley with Macclesfield Ramblers Rain 5
17004 15/01/17 Cheshire Prestbury and Mottram Hall with Broken Cross Walkers Rain 6
17005 17/01/17 Wales Circuit of the Great Orme from Llandudno Overcast 6
17006 22/01/17 Cheshire Lyme Park from Nelson Pit with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 6
17007 24/01/17 Peak District Bakewell to Monyash backpack Sunny periods 8
17008 25/01/17 Peak District Monyash to Buxton backpack Sunny 9
17009 29/01/17 Cheshire Redesmere and Capesthorne with Broken Cross Walkers Overcast 8
17010 30/01/17 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear night 2
17011 02/02/17 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear night 2
17012 05/02/17 High Peak New Mills and Mellor with Maclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 9
17013 12/02/17 Cheshire Danebridge and Wild Boar Inn with Broken Cross Walkers Snow showers, cold wind 5
17014 15/02/17 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear night 2
17015 19/02/17 Cheshire Plumley and Holford with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
17016 20/02/17 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear night 2
17017 24/02/17 Ardnamurchan Sanna Bay to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Windy, overcast 8
17018 25/02/17 Ardnamurchan Ben Hiant from Kilchoan Sunny, cold wind 9
17019 26/02/17 Ardnamurchan A walk from Ockle Rain 7
17020 05/03/17 Staffordshire A circuit of Rudyard Lake with Macclesfield Ramblers Rain 6
17021 06/03/17 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
17022 09/03/17 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
17023 12/03/17 Cheshire Higher Hurdsfield and Rainow Sunny periods 6
17024 13/03/17 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
17025 19/03/17 Cheshire Sponds Hill and Lyme Park with Macclesfield Ramblers Windy, showery 7
17026 20/03/17 Cheshire Shutlingsloe and Piggford Moor Clear night 3
17027 25/03/17 Cheshire Circuit of Lyme Park with 40s Reunited Sunny period 6
17028 26/03/17 Peak District Monsal Head and Millers Dale with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 6
17029 27/03/17 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear night 2
17030 31/03/17 Peak District Backpacking Bakewell to Hurdlow Sunny periods 9
17031 01/04/17 Peak District Backpacking Hurdlow to Buxton Sunny periods 9
17032 02/04/17 Cheshire Higher Poynton and Lyme Park with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
17033 03/04/17 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
17034 09/04/17 Cheshire Danebridge and Gradbach with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 8
17035 16/04/17 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
17036 16/04/17 Cheshire Wildboarclough and Three Shires Head with Macclesfield Ramblers Overcast, damp 7
17037 23/04/17 Cheshire Lindow Common and Styal Mill with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 8
17038 30/04/17 Scotland Cairngorms Backpack - Kingussie to wild camp at Ruigh Aiteachain Sunny periods 11
17039 01/05/17 Scotland Cairngorms Backpack - Ruigh Aiteachain to wild camp at Bynack Lodge Sunny 14
17040 02/05/17 Scotland Cairngorms Backpack - Bynack Lodge to wild camp at  Daldhu Sunny 14
17041 03/05/17 Scotland Cairngorms Backpack - Daldhu to Kirkmichael Sunny 9
17042 04/05/17 Scotland Cairngorms Backpack - Kirkmichael to Wildcamp Sunny 7
17043 05/05/17 Scotland Cairngorms Backpack - Wildcamp to Dunkeld Sunny 14
17044 07/05/17 Cheshire Prestbury and Butley Town with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny 7
17045 08/05/17 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
17046 11/05/17 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear night 2
17047 14/05/17 Cheshire Bollington, Birchencliffe and Styperson Pool with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
17048 15/05/17 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Overcast,showery 2
17049 20/05/17 Scotland Beach walk Solway Estuary Sunny periods 5
17050 21/05/17 Scotland Ascent of Criffel (1861ft) from New Abbey near Dumfries Low cloud, sunny periods 5
17051 23/05/17 Scotland Ruthwell Heritage Trail Sunny periods 4
17052 27/05/17 Cheshire Shutlingsloe and Nessit Hill from Trentabank Sunny 4
17053 28/05/17 Cheshire Cat and Fiddle to Macclesfield with Macclesfield Ramblers Low cloud then brighter 8
17054 30/05/17 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Overcast 2
17055 01/06/17 Cheshire Shutlingsloe from Standing Stone Clear evening 3
17056 04/06/17 Cheshire Disley and Marple Ridge with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods and showers 7

Walk 17001 - 02/01/17 Macclesfield Forest with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Leathers Smithy' Langley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 7 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Leathers Smithy, Nessit Hill - Standing Stone - Forest Chapel -  Charity Lane - Leathers Smithy

 

Sixteen of us set off from Leathers Smithy, Langley on a lovely sunny day. We walked around Ridgegate Reservoir and then up through the forest to Nessit Hill where we stopped for a coffee break. Fine views across Macclesfield and the Cheshire Plain. We continued along the track to Standing Stone and then along the lane to Forest Chapel where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards the walk up an icy Charity Lane caused a few problems and then it was into the forest and down the track and out onto the lane which took us back to the Leathers Smithy. Our group consisted of Kati, Pat G, Dave G, Wendy, Hans, Ruth, Ray, Rob, Alec, Christine J, Maureen, Derek, Karen, Alison, Christine and myself. An enjoyable walk on a nice sunny day. 

 
On Nessit Hill on our first walk of 2017, from the left myself, Pat G, Dave G, Alec, Christine A, Ray, Alison, Derek, Maureen, Christine J, Ruth, Wendy, Hans, Kati, Karen and Derek

 

Following the track through Macclesfield Forest

 
 

Looking out from the Forest over Langley

 

Shutlingsloe in the distance

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17002 - 03/01/17 - Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.40 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

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

 
Three of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
   
 

Walk 17003 - 08/01/17 - Chelford and Nether Alderley with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 2¼ hours Average speed  
Walk Chelford and Nether Alderley with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Chelford Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Rain Distance 4.97 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Chelford - Carter Lane - Nursery Lane - Heawood Hall - Mere Farm - Stubby Lane - Chelford.

 
Fourteen of us set off on a rather wet day from Chelford  and headed along Carter Lane  and Nursery Lane and then south to Heawood Hall. After that we passed Mere Farm and along Stubby Lane and back across the fields to Chelford.  Our group consisted of Christine, Doreen (leader), Kati, Wendy, Janet D, John, Susanna, Sue, Joy, Roy, Nichola, Grace and Janet B
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

   
 

Walk 17004 - 15/01/17 Prestbury and Mottram Hall with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Prestbury and Mottram Hall with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Prestbury Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Rain Distance 5.80 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Prestbury -Bollin Valley Way - Mottram Hall - Hunters Pool - Legh Hall - Spittle House - Prestbury

 
Six of us set off from Prestbury on a rather wet day, we followed the Bollin Valley Way north as far as Mottram Hall and then across the fields to Hunters Pool and Legh Hall. The rain showed no signs of easing off so we shortened the walk by returning back across the fields to Spittle House and then back into Prestbury. Thanks to Christine, Kati, Maureen, Derek and Chris R for joining me on this rather wet day.

Bollin Valley Way

 

Plenty of water in the River Bollin

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17005 - 17/01/17 Circuit of the Great Orme from Llandudno

Area Wales Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Circuit of the Great Orme from Llandudno Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Llandudno Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 5.73 miles    
Map  

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

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

 
Chris and I set off from our Hotel in Llandudno and followed the Marine Drive on a scenic walk which takes us along the toll road benath the Great Orme. A lovely walk with the sea beneath the road on your right and the towering cliffs on your left. A popular place for climbers and the herds of wild goats. Eventually the 'Rest and be Thankful Cafe' is reached with great views across the Conwy Estuary to Snowdonia. After tea and cakes we carried on along the lane to the outskirts of Deganwy and then the Invalids Walk along the hillside back through Haulfre gardens to Llandudno. Always a great walk that we love to do.
 

Storm clouds on the other side of the Conwy Estuary

 
 

We stayed at the excellent Empire Hotel Llandudno.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Mountain Goats

 

Looking down the coast

 
   
 

Walk 17006 - 22/01/17 - Lyme Park from Nelson Pit with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Lyme Park from Nelson Pit with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Nelson Pit Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 6.37 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route -

 
Fourteen of us set off from Nelson Pit Visitor Centre and headed south along the Canal Towpath and then up to West Parkgate, once in the park  we headed up to Cluse Hay and Paddock Cottage and then down to the Visitor Centre in the park whwre we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we walked up to The Cage and then down to Elmerhurst Cottage and through Ryles Wood to the Canal. An easy walk down the towpath brought us back to Nelson Pit.

Outside the Cage in Lyme Park

 

Pause for a breather after climbing up to Paddock Cottage

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17007 - 24/01/17 Bakewell to Monyash backpack

Area Peak District Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Bakewell to Monyash backpack Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Bakewell Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 8.54 miles    
Map Peak District OL24

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Bakewell - Haddon Park - Conkesbury Bridge - Lathkill Dale - Monyash

 
This was a 2 day walk with an overnight camp as I wanted to try my new tent out. The weather looked good for a couple of days so I caught the bus to Buxton and then a second bus to Bakewell. I started my walk from Bakewell and headed south along the River Wye to Haddon Hall and then south west across the fields to Conkesbury Bridge, once on the River Lathkill I headed west through Lathkill Dale and onwards to the Campsite at Monyash. Once I had erected my tent and cooked my evening meal  I headed up to the Pub for a few well earned drinks. I slept well that night.
 

River Lathkill near Conkesbury Bridge

 

In Lathkill Dale heading towards Monyash

 
 
 
Tent details - Luxe Hex Peak VFA purchased from www.backinglight.co.uk

Excellent service from this Company - Brilliant

 
 

The River Wye near Haddon Hall

 

The tent is up and its looking good

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17008 - 25/01/17 Monyash to Buxton backpack

Area Peak District Walking time 4½ hours Average speed  
Walk Monyash to Buxton backpack Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Monyash Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 9 miles    
Map OS Peak District OL24

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Monyash - Limestone Way - Flagg - Chelmorten Deep Dale - Cowdale - Staden - Buxton

 
I awoke to a nice day and after cooking my breakfast I sett off from Monyash along the Limestone Way to Flagg and then Chelmorton. After leaving Chelmorten I crossed the fields to Deep Dale with a rather steep descent to the fllor of the Dale and then a steep climb up the other side. One thing I noticed on the walk was that great care was needed climbing the steep stiles especially over drystone walls, with a heavy pack of almost 14kgs it is very easy to overbalance while getting over a wall.  I then passed through Cowdale and Staden and then into Buxton where I caught the Bus back to Macclesfield
 

It was a lovely day for walking

 

Near Chelmorten

 
 

Packing up in the morning

 
Looking back across Deepdale, it was quite steep coming down with a heavy pack
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17009 - 29/01/17 Redesmere and Capesthorne with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk  Redesmere and Capesthorne with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Redesmere Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 7.92 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

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

 
Nine of us set off from Redesmere across the fields to Henshaw Farm and then through Heskey Wood to Moss Wood. Next it was through Northwood Farm and across the A34 and then north through Siddington to Capesthorne Hall, once past the hall we crossed the A34 again and walked alongside Redesmere and back to the car park.. Our group consisted of myself David,  Christine, Kati, Hans, Ray, Sue P, Chris R and Maureen and Derek. Special thanks to Maureen and Derek for leading us on this delightful walk which we managed to complete before the rain arrived.
 

One of the many stiles on the route

 

 
 
 
 

A muddy track through Heskey Wood

 

In the grounds of Capesthorne Hall

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17010 - 30/01/17 Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.40 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

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

 
Five of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
   
 

Walk 17011 - 02/02/17 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 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

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

 
Four of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
   
 

Walk 17012 - 05/02/17 New Mills and Mellor with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Derbyshire Walking time 5 hours Average speed  
Walk New Mills and Mellor with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from New Mills Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 9 miles    
Map Peak District OL1

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - New Mills - Sett Valley Trail - Aspenshaw Hall - Briargrove Farm - Mellor Church - Shaw Farm - New Mills Golf Club - New Mills

 
Nine of us set off from New Mills and followed the Sett Valley Trail for 1½ miles and then headed north  to Aspenshaw Hall where we stopped for a coffee break. We then headed north west along the lane past Briargrove Farm and the across the fields to Mellor Church where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we passed through Mellor Village and after passing Shaw Farm we headed across New Mills Golf Course and back to New Mills. An interesting walk. Walkers included Christine, Doreen, Janet D, John (leader) Janet B, Rob, Sue, Derek and myself.
 

Zooming in on the hills near Kinder Scout

 

 
 
 
 

Heading towards Mellor

 

In Mellor Church Yard

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17013 -  12/02/17 Dane Bridge and Wild Boar Inn with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Dane Bridge and Wild Boar Inn with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Dane Bridge Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Snow showers, cold wind and the occasional blue sky Distance 5 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Danebridge - Allmeadows - Hammerton Knowle Farm - Wild Boar Inn - Hamerton Farm - Danebridge

 
Five hardy walkers set off from Danebridge and headed across the fields towards Allmeadows. There was a bitter wind and light snow blowing off the fields giving an unreal situation of snow flurries and blue skies. After Allmeadows we followed the lane and headed up to Hammerston Knowle Farm. At this point on the windswept hillside we decided to head back by a shorter route and once we had passed the Wild Boar Inn we followed the track across to Hammerton Farm at Wincle and then back across the fields and down to Danebridge. Even the Fish Farm was closed due to the conditions.
Thanks to Christine. Kati, Maureen and Derek for joining me on this windblown expedition.
 

Heading for Allmeadows, blowing snow in the air not visible on the photo

 

Sheep above us on the hillside

 

A sheltered wood

 

An early lunch in a sheltered spot near Allmeadows

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17014 - 15/02/17 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 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

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

 
 
Four of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
   
 

Walk 17015 - 19/02/15 Plumley and Holford Hall with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Plumley and Holford Hall with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Plumley Station Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 7 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Plumley - Holford Moss - Plumley Lime Beds - Holford Hall - White House Farm - Parkside Cottage - Plumley

 
Fifteen of us set off from Plumley  and followed the field paths across to Holford Moss and Langford Farm, then after crossing the railway we passed Plumley Lime Beds Nature Reserve and stopped for lunch near Holford Hall. Afterwards we followed the field paths and across Plumley Road  to White House Farm, passing Tabley Mere we reached Parkside Cottage and the back across the fields to Plumley. Thanks top Christine, Doreen, Kati, Hans, Roy, John, Rob, Susanna, Sue, Janet, Anita, Ray, Grant and Jack for coming on the walk.
 

Heading towards Holford Hall

 

 
 
 
 

Passing one of the many storage area for pipes. There are many miles of pipelines under this area for pumping brine.

 
Parkside Cottage on Sudlow Lane - A Grade 2 listed timber-framed building with whitewashed brick infill and a thatched roof. Built in the late 1600s or early 1700s, so at least 300 years old.
 
   
 

Walk 17016 -  20/02/17 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 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

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

 
Four of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Photo

Map of our route

 
   

Walk 17017 - 24/2/17  Ardnamurchan Lighthouse from Sanna Bay

Area Ardnamurchan, Scotland Walking time 5 hours Average speed  
Walk Ardnamurchan Lighthouse from Sanna Bay Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Sanna Bay Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 8.27 miles    
Map Explorer 390

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route Sanna Bay - Portuairk - Point of Ardnamurchan and return by same route

 
After parking at Sanna Bay I followed the footpath along the hillside and over to the small village of Portuairk, a lovely area overlooking the sea. I then carried on following the path sometimes along the cliff tops and eventually reaching a narrow lane which took me up to the Lighthouse on the  Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the British mainland. A convenient shelter gave me chance to eat my lunch out of the wind while gazing out to sea. Afterwards I followed the lane back and then took the return path back to  Portuairk but climbed to the cairn overlooking the Bay on the way. Once through the village I retraced my steps back along the hillside and back to my start point at Sanna Bay. A great walk with good coastal views and I actually saw a sea eagle down on the shore. Unfortunately I did not have time to get me camera out but a very rewarding sight.
 

One of the many beaches I passed on my walk

 

Looking down on Portuairk

 

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

 

At the most westerly point of the British Mainland

 
 

Heading away from Sanna Bay

 

Looking back along the coastline towartds Sanna Bay

 

Another view looking down on Portuairk from the hilltop cairn.

 

Heading up to the Lighthouse

 

All about the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

 

Lighthouse Info on Wikipedia

 

All about Ardnamurchan on Wikipedia

 

Kilchoan Hotel

 

A Kilchoan Diary

 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17018 - 25/02/17 Ascent of Ben Hiant from Kilchoan

Area Ardnamurchan, Scotland Walking time 5 hours Average speed  
Walk Ascent of Ben Hiant from Kilchoan Minimum altitude 57ft Maximum altitude 1732ft
Start from Kilchoan Altitude loss   Altitude gain 2279ft
Weather Sunny Distance 8.85 miles    
Map Explorer 390

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Kilchoan - Ben Haint - Kilchoan

 
I set off walking from the Kilchoan Hotel and followed the road eastwards for about a mile and then took the track heading across the fields towards Ben Hiant which was my objective for the day, although marked on the map I managed to miss the turn off to the left so headed across the moor to get back on route. The faint path was extremely hard to locate despite having my Viewranger App on, I eventually managed to locate the path alongside the forest marked Lag na Bo Maoile, I continued to head east and then turned south steadily climbing up towards the ridge, once on the ridge I located a path heading west and followed this up onto the summit of Ben Hiant 528m. There were magnificent views all around with blue skies and sunshine, a bitter wind saw me heading west and down to find a sheltered spot for lunch. I eventually stopped in a sheltered place with wonderful views down to Loch Sunart and across to the Isle Of Mull. Afterwards I headed west again with the intention of walking past Mingary Castle but repeated high deer fences and a deep stream gorge Alt Choire Mhullinn eventually persuaded me to head north to get back on the road to my Hotel. A superb walk in sunny weather with some great views.

Its about 1 mile along the road to start across the moorland. Ben Hiant is on the right

Ben Hiant, this view is from the north which appears to be the best way to ascend

Looking back towards Kilchoan

 

Kilchoan Hotel

 

Getting closer now

 

The trig point on Ben Hiant 528m

 
Looking back towards Ben Hiant, I descended down the ridge on the right
 
   

Map of my walk, I walked to the forest and then headed south to get on the ridge.

 

Walk 17019 26/02/17 Ockle to Lochan na Glaice

Area Ardnamurchan, Scotland Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Ockle to Lochan na Glaice Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Ockle Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Rain Distance 8 miles    
Map Explorer 390

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Ockle - Lochan na Glaice and return the same way.

 
I drove to Ockle from Kilchoan and parked on the small car park at the end of the lane. The weather  was overcast with rain predicted but my plan was to follow the footpath from Ockle to Gortenfern to see the Singing Sands Beach and return along the same route. As I set off along the track the rain started but I still had great views along the coast and down to the sea. After 1½ miles I took the waymarked path signposted Gortenfern which contoured along the hillside, after crossing several narrow streams the path headed across the rugged landscape and slowly started to descend, I had walked almost 4 miles and the beach was still at least 1½ miles away, conditions were not good so I made a decision to stop for lunch and then return back the way I had come. I would save the beach for another day when the weather was a little kinder. The rain did not let up and I arrived back at my car and was glad to get out of my waterproofs. A bracing walk through some spectacular scenery.
 
 
 
 
 

Singing Sands Beach on a lovely day      Photo by Paul Howes

   
 

Walk 17020  - 05/03/17 Circuit of Rudyards Lake with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Staffordshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk  Circuit of Rudyards Lake with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Rudyard Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Rain Distance 6 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

Route - Rudyard -  Dismantled railway track - Staffordshire Way - Rea Cliff Wood - Rudyard

 
Our planned walk for the Macclesfield Ramblers was around Earl Sterndale but as we assembled at Macclesfield Railway Station the weather took a turn for the worse and the rain became heavier. After discussion with our leader Roy we decided to keep out out of the hills and head for Rudyard Lake which would give us more shelter on such a rainy day. Nine brave walkers eventually set of from Rudyard and followed the path along the shore and back around through the woods to Rudyard. Refreshments were enjoyed at the Cafe afterwards. We saw quite a few other walking groups on our route and it seems other walkers had the same idea. Thanks to Roy our leader and Doreen, Kati, Wendy, Anita, Hans, Peter, David and Janet for braving the elements. The Earl Sterndale walk will be planned for later in the year.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
   
 

Walk 17021 - 06/03/17 Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.40 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S4 phone

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

 
Four of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
   
 

Walk 17022 - 06/03/17 Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.40 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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

 
Four of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
   
 

Walk 17023 - 12/03/17 Higher Hurdsfield and Rainow

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Higher Hurdsfield and Rainow Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Higher Hurdsfield Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 6 miles    
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Route - Higher Hurdsfield - Cliff Hill - Marsh Farm - Brink Farm - Walker Barn - Gulshaw Hollow - Tower Hill - Kerridge End - Higher Hurdsfield

 
Fourteen of us set off from Higher Hurdsfield and walked across Cliff Hill and up to Marsh Farm, after crossing the fields we followed the lane up to Buxton Road and then a rather muddy path took us past the forest and onto firmer ground. A pleasant track took us along the hillside through Brink Farm and down to Walker Barn. Across the road another track took us down to Gulshaw Hollow where we stopped for lunch in a sunny and sheltered spot. The track took us towards Rainow and we crossed the road near Tower Hill and across onto Kerridge Hill with more mud to negotiate. We eventually arrived at Kerridge End and an easy walk took us along the road and back to our start point at Higher Hurdsfield. Thanks to Christine, Kati, Pat G, Dave G, Maureen, Derek, Sue P, Ros, Sheila, Chris R, Wendy, Hans, and Chris J for joining me on this walk. My apologies for the mud.
 

Heading along the trackway towards Brink Farm

 
 
 
 
 

Great views over to White Nancy

Lunch break in Gulshaw Hollow

 
   
 

Walk 17024 - 13/03/17 Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.40 miles    
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Route - Trentabank Visitor Centre - Nessit Hill - Forest paths - Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Four of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

 Walk 17025 -  19/03/17 Sponds Hill and Lyme Park with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Sponds Hill and Lyme Park with Macclesfield Ramblers  Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Pott Shrigley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Windy, showery Distance 7    
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Route - Pott Shrigley - Sponds Hill - Bowstones - Lyme Park - Paddock Cottage - Sponds Hill - Pott Shrigley

 
 
Eight of us from the Macclesfield Ramblers set off from the roadside above Pott Shrigley for a walk around Lyme Park on a very windy and showery day. We set off along the ridge passing over Sponds Hill and along the track to the Bowstones. We then descended down across the moors and into the shelter of the forest. We eventually arrived at the Visitor Centre and took advantage of a lull in the weath...er to eat our lunch in the Timber Yard. Afterwards we set off across the moors and after passing Paddock Cottage we descended down Cluse Hay and then followed the moorland path back up to the Trig Point on Sponds Hill. An easy walk back along the ridge brought us back to our cars. Thanks to Wendy, Sue, Doreen, Kati, Anita, Peter and David and especially to Ray for leading us on this excellent walk.
 

The Trig point on Sponds Hill

 
 
 
 

 

Macclesfield Ramblers out in all weathers near Sponds Hill

 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17026 - 20/03/17 Shutlingsloe and Piggford Moor

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed  
Walk Shutlingsloe and Piggford Moor Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 3 miles    
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Route -

 
Four of us set off from Trentabank Visitor Centre and walked up to the summit of Shutlingsloe, our route took us up through Macclesfield Forest and across Piggford Moor and then up the final steep ascent to the summit of Shutlingsloe, great night time views from the summit. We returned back by the same route. A great evening walk using headtorches.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

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Heading back across the Moor

 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17027 - 25/03/17 Lyme Park  with 40sReunited

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Lyme Park  with 40sReunited Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Disley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 6 miles    
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Route - Disley - Lyme Park the Cage - Visitor Centre - Paddock Cottage - West Parkgate - Macclesfield Canal - Ryles Wood - Disley

 
Eighteen of us set off from  Disley  and took the lane into Lyme Park, once in the park we climbed up to the Cage originally built as a Hunting Lodge in 1580 and then rebuilt in 1737. After a brief stop we descended down past the Hall and after passing the Visitor Centre we crossed the Moor to Keepers Cottage which stands in a prominent position with great views across the Cheshire Plain and also across to Manchester and Stockport. We descended to West Park Gate and after a lunch stop arrived at the Macclesfield Canal. Heading north we paused for a coffee stop by Bridge 15 at Baileys Trading Post - Well worth a visit. We then carried on a short way and took the path across to Lyme Park passing Barlow House Farm and through Ryles Wood. In the Park we passed Elmerhurst Cottage and then took the lane back to Disley where we enjoyed refreshments in the Rams Head. A great walk with old friends from 40sWalkersNorth now reformed as 40s Reunited.
 

Walking along the canal towpath

 

 
 
The Cage in Lyme Park
Baileys Trading Post
 
 
 

Heading towards Lyme Park

 

Walking past Ryles Wood

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17028 - 26/03/17 Monsal Head and Millers Dale

Area Peak District Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Monsal Head and Millers Dale Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Ravenstor near Litton Mill Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 6 miles    
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Route Ravenstor - Litton Mill - Cressbrook Mill - Monsal Head - Monsal Trail - Ravenstor.

 
Fifteen of us set off on a nice sunny day from the roadside parking area beneath Ravenstor, we passed through Litton Mill and down the path alongside the River Wye. After several muddy and flooded parts we arrived at Cressbrook Mill and then followed the lane alongside the river and up to Monsal Head where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we descended down to the Monsal Trail and walked across the Viaduct and followed the Trail as far as the first tunnel where we took to the hillside path which climbs high above the river. Some great views down to the river below with several tricky parts which required careful walking on the steep hillside. Once back on the Trail we followed this for several miles and then descended down across the river and back to the cars along the lane. Thanks to Christine, Anita, Kati, Doreen, Ray, Maureen, Derek, Ros, Mike, Alec, Christine J, Chris R, Wendy  and Alan for joining me on this walk
 

Looking down on the Monsal Viaduct

 

Looking down on Litton Mill

 
 

One of the tricky parts where the river had flooded the path

 

The hillside path high above the river

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17029 - 27/03/17 Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.40 miles    
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Route - Trentabank Visitor Centre - Nessit Hill - Forest paths - Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Four of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17030 - 31/03/17 Backpacking Bakewell to Hurdlow

Area Peak District Walking time 5 hours Average speed  
Walk  Backpacking Bakewell to Hurdlow Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Bakewell Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 9.13 miles    
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Route - Bakewell - Ashford in the Water - Magpie Mine - Monyash - Hutmoor Butts Track - Hurdlow

 
On this 2 day walk I took the bus from Macclesfield to Bakewell and then walked to Hurdlow to camp for the night. My route took me from Bakewell alongside the River Wye and through Ashford in the Water, a steady climb then took me up to Magpie Mine near Sheldon where I stopped for lunch. Afterwards I followed the field paths across to Monyash and then along Hutmoor Butts Track to Hurdlow and the Royal Oak where I camped for the night.  Just for the record my Rucksack weighed 12.82 kg and the main purpose of my trip was just to get used to my kit as I have a few new items such as tent and stove. All OK but its nice to get out for a nights camping and I will be going to the Cairngorms at the end of the month so familiarisation with your equipment is always a good thing.

Ashford in the Water Church

My tent pitched at the Royal Oak at Hurdlow

 

Bakewell

 

Magpie Mine near Sheldon

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17031 - 01/04/17 Backpacking Hurdlow to Buxton

Area Peak District Walking time 4½ hours Average speed  
Walk Backpacking Hurdlow to Buxton Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Royal Oak, Hurdlow Altitude loss   Altitude gain 941ft
Weather Overcast Distance 9.06 miles    
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Route - Hurdlow - High Peak Trail - Earl Sterndale - Dowel Dale - Greensides - Harpurhill - Buxton

 
This was day 2 of my backpacking trip and I started off from Hurdlow and followed the High Peak Trail from the Royal Oak and then using field paths I passed through Earl Sterndale and then onto Dowel Dale. Once at the top of the Dale I passed Greensides and eventually arrived in Harpurhill where I stopped for lunch. Afterwards a short walk brought me into Buxton in time for the 15:15 hours bus back to Macclesfield.. An enjoyable 2 days.
 

Lookling across to Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill

 

 
 
 
 

The High Peak Trail near the Royal Oak Hurdlow

 

Looking down on Dowell Dale

 
   
 

Walk 17032 - 02/04/17 Higher Poynton and Lyme Park with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk  Higher Poynton and Lyme Park with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Poynton Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route - Nelson Pit - Windgather - West Parkgate - Keepers Cottage - Birchencliffe - North Cheshire Way - Middlewood Way - Nelson Pit.

 
Eleven of us set off from Nelson Pit and headed up to Windgather and then across the moors to West Parkgate, another track then took us up to Keepers Cottage and then down past Birchencliffe and onto the North Cheshire Way, after lunch we continued along the NCW and onto the Middlewood Way which we followed back to Nelson Pit with refreshments at Baileys Trading Post on the Canal. Thanks to Christine, Ray, Kati, Doreen, Anita, Maureen, Derek, Janet B, Peter and to Janet D for leading us on this interesting walk.
 

Zooming in on Paddock Cottage and The Cage

 

 
 
 
 

Heading up to Keepers Cottage

 

In the woods near the Middlewood Way

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17033 - 27/03/17 Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.40 miles    
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Route - Trentabank Visitor Centre - Nessit Hill - Forest paths - Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Four of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17034 -  09/04/17 Danebridge and Gradbach

Area Cheshire/ Staffordshire Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Danebridge and Gradbach Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Danebridge Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 8.50 miles    
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Route Danebridge - Gradbach - Heild End Farm - Blaze Farm - Allmeadows - Wincle - Danebridge

 
Sixteen of us set off from Danebridge and followed the Dane Valley Way to Gradbach, we climbed up out of the valley and across the Moor to Heild End Farm. Once across the A54 we descended into Wildboarclough calling into Blaze Farm for Ice Creams. Then it was along the lane past Allmeadows and back through Wincle to Danebridge. The walk ended with refreshments at Wincle Brewery and some of us purchased some trout from Daanebridge Fisheries. A longer walk than planned and thanks to Christine, Kati, Anita, Doreen, Carol, Pat G, Maureen, Derek, Wendy, Hans, Ros, Mike, Sheila, Chris R and Ray for joining me on this walk.
 

River Dane near Gradbach

 
 
 
 
 

River Dane at Danebridge

 

Some of our group as we set off after lunch

 

 
 
   
 

Walk  17035 - 10/04/17 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 2 miles    
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Route - Trentabank Visitor Centre - Nessit Hill - Forest paths - Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Four of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Our evening route in Macclesfield Forest

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17036 - 16/04/17 Wildboarclough and Three Shires Head with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Wildboarclough & Three Shires Head. Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Clough House , Wildboarclough Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Slight drizzle Distance 7 miles    
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Route Clough House - Cumberland Brook - Three Shires Head - Bennetshitch - Crag Hall - Clough House

 
Eight of us set off from Clough House in Wildboarclough and headed up Cumberland Brook and then along the track to the A54, we crossed over and descended across the fields to Three Shires Head where we stopped for coffee. Then it was along the track and past Bennetshitch where we stopped for lunch in the shelter   of a barn. Afterwards we climbed the hillside and descended down into Wildboarclough passing the Church and back along the path to the start at Clough House. An interesting walk and thanks to Wendy for leading the walk, other members of our group were Christine, Doreen, Anita, Kati, Janet, Chris R, and myself David.
 

A memorial to a crashed aircraft at the side of the path

 

 
 
 
 

The track crosses Cumberland Brook

 

Wildboarclough Church

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17037 - 23/04/17 Lindow Moss and Styal Woods

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Lindow Moss and Styal Woods Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Car Park Lindow Common Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periuods Distance 7.95 miles    
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Route Lindow Common - North Cheshire Way - Styal Woods - The Carrs - Lindow Common

 
Five of us set off from the car park and headed across Lindow Moss and onto the North Cheshire Way which we followed alongside the Airport Runway, after a bit of plane spotting we continued  on along the path and through Styal Woods where we stopped for lunch by the River Bollin, the bluebells were out and there were some great views in the woods. Afterwards we continued along the North Cheshire Way to Styal Mill where we stopped for ice creams and then it was along the path to the Carrs and back up the lane to the car park. Thanks to Christine, Anita, Rob and Carolyn for joining me on this walk.
 
The massive tunnel carrying the River Bollin under the Manchester Airport Runway. The roadway can be used for emergency vehicles to access both side of the runway.
 

Bluebells in Styal Woods

 
 

A pool on Lindow Moss

 

The River Bollin in Styal Woods

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17038 - 30/04/17 Cairngorms Backpack Kingussie  to Ruigh Aiteachaean

Area Cairngorms Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Cairngorms Backpack Kingussie  to Ruigh Aiteachaean Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Kingussie Altitude loss   Altitude gain 1181 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 11.2 miles    
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Route - Kingussie - Ruthven Barracks - Drumguish - Glen Feshie - Ruigh Aiteachain

 
This was day 1 of out backpacking trip from Kingussie to Dunkeld, our trip started yesterday with the drive up from Macclesfield to Dunkeld where we left the vehicle at the Campsite, a walk to the station enabled us to catch the 1634hrs train to Kingussie. We were booked into the Tipsy Laird Hotel which has hostel accommodation at the rear.  In the morning after an excellent breakfast at the Hotel we set off along the lane heading through the forest to Glen Feshie, recent heavy rain had caused considerable erosion in the Glen and occasionally we had to detour to get round the eroded parts of the path. Our destination today was the MBA Bothy at Ruigh Aiteachain. The bothy owned by the Estate was under extensive renovation and when completed will be a fine place to stay, we camped close by as it was an excellent place with spring water just up the hillside and a toilet.
 
 

Just outside Kingussie and we are on our way

 

Looking back along the River Feshie

 

My Luxe Hex Peak Tent

 

A hearty breakfast at the Tipsy Laird

 

Heading through the forest towards Glen Feshie

 

Ruigh Aiteachain Bothy

   
 

Walk 17039 - 01/05/17 Cairngorm Backpack Ruigh Aiteachain to Bynack Lodge

Area Cairngorms Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Cairngorm Backpack Ruigh Aiteachain to Bynack Lodge Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Ruigh Aiteachain Altitude loss   Altitude gain 2033ft
Weather Sunny, cold wind Distance 14.4 miles    
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Route - Ruigh Aiteachain - Glen Feshie - Geldie Burn - Bynack Lodge

 
After packing up we set of along Glen Feshie, it was a glorious day and the Glen offered superb walking country, we stopped for lunch in a sheltered place on the path and climbed steadily to the watershed where we left Glen Feshie and started the descent down to the Geldie Burn, any apprehension we had about crossing the Burn soon evaporated as we could see the water level was low. We passed the ruins of Geldie Lodge on the opposite bank and arrived at the main crossing point of the Geldie Burn. We donned our crocs (carried for this purpose) and with boots slung around our neck we crossed over to the other side through the calf deep water. Once across with feet dried we donned our boots and were soon on our way heading for the ruins of Bynack Lodge where we set up camp. It had been a long day but the weather and scenery were superb.
 

Stunning scenery in Glen Feshie

 

Near the watershed of Glen Feshie and the Geldie Burn

 
 

Ruigh Aiteachain Bothy still under renovation.

 

An Adder basking in the sun. He soon slithered off into the heather.

 

John crossing the Geldie Burn

   
 

Walk 17040 - 02/05/17 Cairngorm Backpack Bynack Lodge to Daldhu

Area Cairngorms Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Cairngorm Backpack Bynack Lodge to Daldhu Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Bynack Lodge Altitude loss   Altitude gain 2346 ft
Weather Sunny, cold wind Distance 13.9 miles    
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Route -  Bynack Lodge - Glen Tilt - Fealar Lodge - Glen Fearnach - Daldhu

 
We set off from Bynack Lodge and headed south towards Glen Tilt and then east to Fealar Lodge which is one of the remotest shooting lodges in Scotland. After passing the lodge we followed the track for almost six miles eventually reaching Daldhu Cottage, a very remote holiday let. We found a perfect camping area above the river in the shelter of the wood. I was really tired and putting the tent up was a slow job. I slept well that night.
 

Stunning scenery

 

Tents pitched near Daldhu and airing the sleeping bags

 
 

All packed and ready to leave our camp site at the ruins of Bynack Lodge

 

Looking back at Fealer Lodge

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17041 - 03/05/17 Cairngorm Backpack Daldhu to Kirkmichael

Area Cairngorms Walking time   Average speed  
Walk  Cairngorm Backpack Daldhu to Kirkmichael Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Daldhu Cottage Altitude loss 1082 ft Altitude gain 559 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 8.97 miles    
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Route - Daldhu Cottage - Gleann Fearnach - Enochdhu - Cateran Trail - Kirkmichael

 
Once we had packed up we set off along the track which soon became a narrow tarmac track along Gleann Fearnach which eventually brought us to the A924 which we followed for a short way to Enochdhu, we then joined the Cateran Trail and followed this almost three miles to the village of Kirkmichael. We had booked rooms at the Strathardle Inn, an excellent idea as it gave us time for a good meal, comfy bed and a hot shower. We enjoyed a pleasant evening with a few beers and a few games of pool. Definitely recommended.
 

All packed up and ready to leave our camp

 

Lunch break

 
 

Looking west from our camp

 

Daldhu Cottage

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17042 - 04/05/17 Cairngorm Backpack Kirkmichael to Wild Camp

Area Cairngorms Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Cairngorm Backpack Kirkmichael to Wild Camp Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Kirkmichael Altitude loss   Altitude gain 1375 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7.26 miles    
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Route - Kirkmichael - Cateran Trail - Creag Garbh - Lochan Oisnneach Beag - Wild camp

 
After a hearty breakfast at the Hotel we set off along the Cateran Way and after 1½ miles will left the trail and followed the signposted path for Dunkeld, the path climbed the hillside and then it was across the moor and then we joined the main path south.

We stopped at Lochan Oisnneach Beag for lunch and then carried on to the chosen wild camping spot at NO 038540. A good choice and a fairly easy day after the long days we had had previously.

 

Some great views from near the Cateran Trail

 

Lochan Oisnneach Beag

 

A clear night

 
 
 

Ready to set off from the Strathardle Inn

 

Heading towards Lochan Oisnneach Beag

 

Lunch break

   
 

Walk 17043 - 05/05/17 Wild Camp to Dunkeld

Area Cairngorm Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Cairngorm Backpack Wild Camp to Dunkeld Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Wild Camp NO 038540 Altitude loss 2472 ft Altitude gain 1172 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 13.8 miles    
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Route - Wild Camp - Loch Ordie - Childrens Loch - Mill Dam - The Glack - Cally Sawmill - Dunkeld - Inver

 
We packed up at our last wild camp headed south passing Loch Ordie and the ate a pleasant lunch by Childrens Loch. Then we continued along the path past Mill Dam and The Glack and then the Cally Sawmill. We joined the main road for the short distance into Dunkeld stopping for a celebratory pint before continuing along the riverside path to our campsite at Inver.  Six days walking and almost 70 miles of marvellous walking with great company. Many thanks to Richard, Kevin and John for their companionship during the walk.
 

Loch Ordie

 

Pause for a rest at Mill Dam near the end of the walk

 
 

Richard enjoying a brew before we pack up

 

Heading towards Mill Dam

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17044 - 07/05/17 Prestbury and Butley Town with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Prestbury and Butley Town with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Riverside Park Beech Lane Macclesfield Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route - Riverside Park - Bollin Valley Way - Prestbury - Butley Town - Dumbah Hollow - Middlewood Way - Riverside Park

 
Fifteen of us set off from the Riverside Park in Macclesfield, we followed the Bollin Valley Way to Prestbury and after passing through the village we followed the lane out of the village for a short and then it was across to Butley Town using the field paths, after lunch we carried on through some charming areas that we had not visited before then it was along Dumbah Hollow and onto the Middlewood Way and back to Macclesfield. Thanks to Anita, Doreen, Wendy, Chris R, Pat, Dave, Sue P, Alan, Sheila, Margeret, Ray, Maureen, Derek, and Susanna for joining me on this walk.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

The bluebells are out

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk  17045 - 08/05/17 Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.40 miles    
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Route - Trentabank Visitor Centre - Nessit Hill - Forest paths - Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Four of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17046 - 11/05/17 Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.40 miles    
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Route - Trentabank Visitor Centre - Nessit Hill - Forest paths - Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Two of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17047 - 14/05/17 Bollington, Birchencliffe and Styperson Pool with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Birchencliffe & Styperson Pool with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Bollington Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods with one heavy shower Distance 7.29 miles    
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Route - Bollington - Berristall Dale - Bakestonedale Moor - Birchencliffe - Jepsonclough Farm - Styperson Pool - Long Lane - Bollington

 
Eight of us set off from Bollington and headed up past Berristall Hall and across the fields to Bakestonedale Road. A heavy shower forced us to take shelter under the trees, within 10 minutes the sun was out and we had blue skies for the rest of the day. We climbed up over Bakestonedale Moor and then down to Birchencliff and the minor road at the bottom. After lunch we followed the North Cheshire Way past Jepsonclough Farm and the onto the canal towpath for a short distance. We then passed Styperson Pool and climbed the hillside through the wood and onto Long Lane which we followed back into Bollington. Thanks to Janet Dyer for leading us on this excellent walk with great views and sunny weather.
 

Looking out over the Cheshire Plain

 

Heading down into Bollington with White Nancy on the hill in the distance
 
 

The gorse is showing a lovely colour on the way to Bakestonedale Moor

 

A lovely display of Bluebells

 
 
 
   
 

 Walk 17048 - 15/05/17/17 Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.40 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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

 
Three of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17049 - 20/05/17 Beach walk from West Moss Side on the Solway Estuary

Area Scotland Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk  Beach walk from West Moss Side on the Solway Estuary Minimum altitude 0.ft Maximum altitude 47 ft
Start from West Moss Side Altitude loss   Altitude gain 92 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 5 miles    
Map OS 322 Annandale

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West Moss Side Campsite - Beach walk - Powfoot Hotel - West Moss Side

 
I was camping at West Moss Side which is a small Camping and Caravan Club site virtually on the shores of the Solway Firth. Looking across the Estuary towards Silloth, great views of Skiddaw and the Northern Lake District mountains. The tide was well out so I walked from the site along the beach and then back along the shoreline calling in at the Powfoot Hotel for refreshments. A tranquil area with lots of bird life on the shore.
 
These lines of posts apparently held nets to catch fish as the tide came in.

 

 
 

West Moss Side

 

 

Looking along the beach towards Criffel

 

Back at the campsite and the weather has improved

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17050 - 21/05/17 - Ascent of Criffel from New Abbey

Area Scotland, Dumfies and Galloway Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Ascent of Criffel from New Abbey Minimum altitude 138ft Maximum altitude 1867ft
Start from New Abbey Altitude loss 1937ft Altitude gain 1940ft
Weather Low cloud then sunny periods Distance 5.35 miles    
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New Abbey - Knockendoch - Criffel - Knockendoch - New Abbey

 
From the campsite looking west the mountain of Criffel was clearly visible and I set off in the car to climb it passing through Dumfries on the way. It was shrouded in cloud but the weather was dry but rather windy. I parked at the small car park up the lane from New Abbey and set off up the forest track which eventually emerged onto the hillside of Knockendoch, the path took me over the summit and then along the hillside and up to the summit of Criffel 1867ft. The summit was still mist shrouded and very windy so once I had visited the Trig Point and summit cairn I set off down again to get out of the wind. On my way down the mist lifted and the wind eased so I was able to find a sheltered place to eat my lunch. Great views over the estuary and across to Dumfries. Afterwards I carried on down and back to the car. Quite a tough walk with 1940ft of ascent in 2½ miles to climb a summit of 1867ft.
 
The cairn on Knockendoch with the mist shrouded Criffel in the distance

 

The trig point on Criffel

 
 
 
 
 
 

Looking back towards New Abbey from the ascent route up Knockendoch

 

The cairn on Crfiffel

 

On the way down and looking east

   
 

Walk 17051 - 23/05/17 Ruthwell Heritage Trail

Area Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk Ruthwell Heritage Trail Minimum altitude 3 ft Maximum altitude 74 ft
Start from Brow Well Altitude loss 117 ft Altitude gain 117 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 4.31 miles    
Map OS 322 Annandale

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Brow Well - Ruthwell - Ruthwell Church & Cross - Clarencefield - Brow Well

 
The Ruthwell Heritage Trail is a circular walk linking three of South West Scotland's most iconic historic sites.  I started from the small parking area at Brow Well where there is a Chalybeate Spring once visited by the Poet Robert Burns in 1796 on the advice of his Doctor. the trail then leads down to the Solway and follows the shore before turning inland to the Village of Ruthwell. In Ruthwell there is the Savings Bank Museum, a 200 year old cottage that was the birthplace of the world saving bank movement, free admission and definitely a must if you are ever in the area. Free admission and a marvellous informative talk from the staff. Next I followed the lane north to Ruthwell Church and Cross and spent some time in the Church looking at the magnificent 7th century Cross. The trail led me down the lane and into Clarencefield which has several interesting building and then it was down the lane and across the fields   and back to the start at Brow Well
 

The Savings Bank Museum in Ruthwell.

 

Ruthwell Cross 7th centurynow restored and displayed in the Church. I believe it is around 17 ft tall
 

Two places well worth visiting

The Savings Bank Museum 

 

Ruthwell Church and Cross

 

 
 

Looking across the River Nith Estuary to Criffel which I recently climbed

 

Ruthwell Church

 

Heading back through the woods towards Brow Well

   
 

Walk 17052 - 27/05/17 Shutlingsloe and Nessit Hill from Trentabank

Area Cheshire Walking time 1hr 45min Average speed  
Walk  Shutlingsloe and Nessit Hill from Trentabank Minimum altitude 788ft Maximum altitude 1634ft
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss 1000ft Altitude gain 1005 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 4.07 miles    
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Route - Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest - Piggford Moor - Shutlingsloe - Piggford Moor - Nessit Hill - Trentabank

 
I set off from Trentabank and headed up through the forest and over Piggford Moor to the summit of Shutlingsloe, it was a clear sunny day and there were some great views for the summit. Afterwards I descended back down to the moor and then along the track to Nessit Hill with more great views down to the reservoirs below and across the Macclesfield. I then followed the track down to the lane and back to the start the Visitor Centre
 
 

The view from Nessit Hill

 

Map of my route

   
 

Walk 17053 - 28/05/17 Cat & Fiddle Inn to Macclesfield linear walk with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Cat & Fiddle Inn to Macclesfield with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude 449 ft Maximum altitude 1690 ft
Start from Cat and Fiddle Inn on the A537 Altitude loss 1959 ft Altitude gain 720 ft
Weather Low cloud at first the brighter Distance 7.84 miles    
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Route - Cat and Fiddle Inn - Torgate Farm - Bottom of the Oven - Forest Chapel  - Clough House - Langley - The Hollins - Macclesfield

 
Nine of us took the bus from Macclesfield to the Cat and Fiddle Inn on the A537 and the walked back to Macclesfield, there was low cloud as we set off with poor visibility but this gradually cleared as we descended and this gave us some good views of the surrounding hills. We passed Torgate Farm and descended to the oddly named area "Bottom of the Oven" then it was up the track to Forest Chapel where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we followed the path through the forest and down past Clough House and along beneath Teggs Nose to Langley. Once through the village  we walked up through the fields and over the Hollins back into Macclesfield. Thanks to Ray, Janet, Peter, Sue, Maureen, Derek, John and Chris R for joining me on this walk.
 

An unusual Boundary Stone set in the wall at Clough House

 

 
 
 
 

Still some bluebells left in the forest

 

Looking across to Teggs Nose

 
 
 
   
 

 Walk 17054 - 30/05/17/17 Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 2.40 miles    
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Route - Trentabank Visitor Centre - Nessit Hill - Forest paths - Trentabank Visitor Centre

 
Three of us set off on our regular evening walk in Macclesfield Forest. Our route takes us from Trentabank Visitor Centre up through the forest and then onto the summit of Nessit Hill. We then follow the track down to lane and back along the forest path the the Visitor Centre.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 17055 - 01/06/17 Shutlingsloe from Standing Stone

Area Cheshire Walking time 1¼ hours Average speed  
Walk  Shutlingsloe from Standing Stone Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Standing Stone car park Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear evening Distance 3 miles    
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Route - Standing Stone - Piggford Moor - Shutlingsloe - Piggford Moor - Buxtors Hill - Standing Stone

 
Richard and I set off from Standing Stone car park and followed the track to Piggford Moor, then it was across the moor and up to the summit of Shutlingsloe, we then descended to the moor and followed the track over Buxtors Hill and back down to Standing Stone car park. A great evening walk.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Map of our route

   
 

Walk 17056 -  04/06/17 Disley and Marple Ridge with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Disley and Marple Ridge with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Disley Altitude loss   Altitude gain 785 ft
Weather Sunny periods and showers Distance 7 miles    
Map OS Dark Peak OL1

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Route - Disley - Ladybrook Interest Trail - Macclesfield Canal - Windlehurst Hall - Marple Ridge - Peak Forest Canal - Disley

 
Twelve of us set off from Disley along the edge of Lyme Park to Elmerhurst Cottage and then down to the Ladybrook Interest Trail where a heavy shower forced us to take shelter, once that was past the weather brightened and we had good weather fore the rest of the walk. After walkingh along the trail we came to the Macclesfield Canal and then it was along the towpath to Windlehurst Hall where we stopped for lunch. Then it was across the fields and after losing the path we emerged onto Marple Ridge with some great views all around. We descended down the track to the Peak Forest Canal and then headed south east along the towpath back to Disley. An interesting walk and many thanks to Christine, Carol, Alec, Christine J, Maureen, Derek, Chris R, Sue P, Alan, Wendy and Ray for joining me on this walk
 

Our group on the Canal Bridge. Thanks to Chris Ratcliffe for the photo.

 

 
 
 
 

Walking past Windlehurst Hall

 

On the Macclesfield Canal Towpath

 
 
 
   
 

 

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