MY WALKING WORLD  David Preston

2018 Walk Summary

Last updated 10/11/2018
Walk No Date Area

Walk

Weather Miles
18001 03/01/18 Cheshire Allostock and Hulme Hall Windy, overcast 4
18002 04/01/18 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear night 2
18003 07/01/18 Cheshire Gawsworth and Sutton with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny 7
18004 08/01/18 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear evening 2
18005 11/01/18 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear evening 3
18006 13/01/18 Cheshire Mottram and Alderley Edge Overcast 7
18007 14/01/18 Cheshire Mottram and Alderley Edge with Broken Cross Walkers Overcast 7
18008 15/01/18 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear evening 2
18009 16/01/18 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Nessit Hill Clear evening 3
18010 21/01/18 Cheshire Middlewood Way and Macclesfield Canal with Macclesfield Ramblers Snow showers and drizzle 8
18011 28/01/18 Chesh/Staffs Rushton Spencer and Danebridge with Broken Cross Walkers Overcast 7
18012 29/01/18 Cheshire Higher Ridgegate and Forest Chapel evening walk Clear night 3
18013 30/01/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
18014 04/02/18 Cheshire Astle Farm and Capesthorne Sunny periods 5
18015 05/02/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
18016 07/02/18 Peak District Peak Boundary Walk - Stage 4 - Glossop to Greenfield Sunny, lying snow. 11
18017 11/02/18 Cheshire Bosley and North Rode with Broken Cross Walkers Showers, muddy 8
18018 12/02/18 Cheshire Macclesfield Forrest and Feriser evening walk Clear evening 3
18019 17/02/18 Cheshire Hanging Gate, Greenway Bridge, Piggford Moor and Nessit Hill sunny periods 6
18020 18/02/18 Cheshire Siddington, Redesmere and Capesthorne with Macclesfield Ramblers Overcast 7
18021 19/02/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Misty 2
18022 20/02/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 3
18023 22/02/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
18024 26/02/18 Cheshire Higher Hurdsfield, Teggs Nose &  Gulshaw Hollow Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
18025 27/02/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Overcast, lying snow 2
18026 03/03/18 Cheshire Langley, Shutlingsloe and the Cat and Fiddle with the MaccPackers Overcast, lying snow 9
18027 04/03/18 Cheshire Astbury Mere, Biddulph Valley Way with  Macclesfield Ramblers Overcast 7
18028 05/03/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear evening, lying snow 3
18029 11/03/18 Cheshire Gawsworth and Heskey Wood with Broken Cross Walkers Overcast 7
18030 13/03/18 Cheshire Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk Clear evening 3
18031 18/03/18 Cheshire Canal walk Lyme Green and Sutton Overcast 4
18032 19/03/18 Cheshire Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk Clear evening 2
18033 20/03/18 Cheshire Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk Clear evening 3
18034 25/03/18 Cheshire Poynton and Lyme Park with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
18035 27//03/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear evening 3
18036 01/04/18 Cheshire Strines and Hague Bar with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
18037 03/04/18 Cheshire Allostock and Hulme Mill footpath check Sunny periods 4
18038 03/04/18 Cheshire Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk Clear night 2
18039 07/04/18 Cheshire Nether Alderley, Great Warford and Chelford walk check Sunny periods 8
18040 08/04/17 Cheshire Nether Alderley, Great Warford and Chelford with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 8
18041 09/04/17 Cheshire Nessit Hill from Trentabank evening walk Clear evening 2
18042 10/04/18 Peak District Hope to Edale backpacking Overcast 7
18043 11/04/18 Peak District Edale to Hope backpacking Overcast 6
18044 11/04/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill from Trentabank evening walk Misty 2
18045 15/04/18 Peak District Rowarth and Cown Edge with Macclesfield Ramblers Overcast 6
18046 16/04/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
18047 22/04/18 Cheshire Lindow Common and Styal Woods with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 8
18048 23/04/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
18049 29/04/18 Scotland Backpacking Lochluichart to Loch Fannich  Sunny 13
18050 30/04/18 Scotland Backpacking Loch Fannich to Loch a' Bhraoin  Sunny 10
18051 01/05/18 Scotland Backpacking Loch a' Bhraoin to Shenevall  Sunny periods 9
18052 02/05/18 Scotland Backpacking Shenevall to Letterewe  Sunny periods and showers 15
18053 03/05/18 Scotland Backpacking Letterewe to Kinlochewe  Sunny periods and showers 9
18054 04/05/18 Scotland Backpoacking Kinlochewe to Achnashellack Windy, rain 12
18055 06/05/18 Cheshire Tatton Park from Knutsford with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny 6
18056 08/05/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear night 2
18057 13/05/18 Cheshire Forest Chapel and Nessit Hill with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
18058 14/05/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear evening 2
18059 15/05/18 Cheshire Allostock and Hulme Hall reconnaissance walk Sunny 7
18060 15/05/18 Cheshire Standing Stone and Shutlingsloe evening walk Sunny 3
18061 20/05/18 Cheshire Allostock and Lower Peover with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny 7
18062 21/05/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear evening 2
18063 24/05/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear evening 2
18064 27/05/18 Staffordshire Rudyard and Ladderedge Country Park with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny 7
18065 29/05/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18066 03/06/18 Cheshire Swanscoe, Bollington and Kerridge End with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny 7
18067 05/06/18 Scotland Annandale Way - Day 1 - Devils Beef Tub and Spout Crag  Sunny 15
18068 06/06/18 Scotland Annandale Way - Day 2 - Moffat to Chemish Wood  Sunny 14
18069 07/06/18 Scotland Annandale Way - Day 3 - Chemish Wood to Lochmaben Sunny 7
18070 08/06/18 Scotland Annandale Way - Day 4 -  Lochmaben to Hoddom Castle Sunny 14
18071 09/06/18 Scotland Annandale Way -Day 5- Hoddom Castle to Newbiebarns & Annan Sunny 13
18072 12/06/18 Scotland White Coomb and Grey Mares Tail Overcast, showers 7
18073 17/06/18 Cheshire Gawsworth and North Rode with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny 7
18074 20/06/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18075 24/06/18 Cheshire Bollington and Birchenlee with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny 7
18076 25/07/18 Cheshire Shutlingsloe from Standing Stone Clear evening 3
18077 07/07/18 Italy Marina Grande Sorrento to Priora Sunny 3
18078 09/07/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18079 14/07/18 Cheshire Croker Hill and Lower Pethills Sunny 5
18080 15/07/18 Cheshire Rainow Scarecrow walk from Bollington Sunny 7
18081 16/07/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Showers 2
18082 18/07/18 Peak District Ashford in the Water and Bakewell Sunny 5
18083 22/07/18 Staffordshire Rudyard and Lask Edge with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny 7
18084 23/07/18 Peak District Backpacking - Stage 5 Greenfield to Marsden Sunny 13
18085 24/07/18 Peak District Backpacking PBW  - Stage 6 Marsden to Holme  Sunny 9
18086 25/07/18 Peak District Backpacking PBW-Stage 7 Holme - Langsett Grid ref SK235 982 Sunny 13
18087 26/07/18 Peak District Backpacking  PBW - Stage 8 Langsett to Low Bradfield Sunny 9
18088 28/07/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Showers 2
18089 29/07/18 Derbyshire Whaley Bridge Canal Walk Rain 4
18090 30/07/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18091 04/08/18 Wales Craig Cwm Amarch, Mynydd Moel & Cadair Idris with MaccPackers Sunny 7
18092 06/08/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18093 11/08/18 Staffordshire Rushton Spencer and Gig Hall walk check Sunny periods 6
18094 12/08/18 Staffordshire Rushton Spencer and Gig Hall with Broken Cross Walkers Overcast, slight drizzle 6
18095 13/08/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18096 18/08/18 Cheshire Shutlingsloe from Standing Stone Sunny periods 3
18097 19/08/18 Staffordshire Biddulph Grange and Timbersbrook with Macclesfield Ramblers Overcast 7
18098 25/08/19 Cheshire Teggs Nose from Langley Sunny periods 2
18099 26/08/18 Cheshire Bollington and Whiteley Green with Broken Cross Walkers Rain 5
18100 28/08/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear evening 2
18101 30/08/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear evening 2
18102 01/09/18 Peak District Goyt Valley circular Sunny 4
18103 02/09/18 Cheshire Rainow and Lamaload with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny 6
18104 03/09/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18105 05/09/18 Peak District Monyash and Magpie Mine Sunny 7
18106 09/09/18 Peak District Fernilee and Taxal with Broken Cross Walklers Sunny periods 7
18107 10/09/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18108 12/09/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18109 14/09/18 Lake District Birkhouse Moor from Glenridding with the MaccPackers Overcast 6
18110 15/09/18 Lake District Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson Dodd and White Stones with MaccPackers Sunny periods 10
18111 17/09/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18112 22/09/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18113 23/09/18 Cheshire Alderley Edge, and Nether Alderley with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 7
18114 24/09/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18115 25/09/18 Peak District Goyt Valley circular Sunny periods 3
18116 26/09/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18117 29/09/18 Peak District Shining Tor from the Cat & Fiddle Sunny 3
18118 3/0/09/18 Peak District Biggin Dale, Wofscote Dale & Berisford Dale with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 6
18119 01/10/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18120 03/10/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18121 06/10/18 Cheshire Shutlingsloe  from Standing Stone car park Sunny periods 3
18122 07/10/18 Peak District Three Shires Head from the Cat & Fiddle with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods 6
18123 08/10/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18124 10/10/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18125 14/10/18 Staffordshire Luds Church from Danebridge with Macclesfield Ramblers Rain 5
18126 15/10/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18127 21/10/18 Peak District Rainow and Charles Head with Broken Cross Walkers Sunny periods, showers 7
18128 22/10/18 Cheshire Macclesfield Forest and Dimple Farm evening walk Clear evening 2
18129 23/10/18 Peak District AShford in the Water and Bakewell Sunny periods 6
18130 24/10/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest evening walk Clear evening 2
18131 25/10/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Sunny periods 2
18132 27/10/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill, Macclesfield Forest and Shutlingsloe Sunny periods 4
18133 28/10/18 Cheshire Middlewood and Lyme Park with Macclesfield Ramblers Sunny periods 7
18134 27/10/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18135 30/10/18 Cheshire Canal walk from Gurnet Overcast 3
18136 31/10/18 Staffs/Chesh Rushton Spencer and Bosley Minn Sunny 7
18137 03/11/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2
18138 04/11/18 Chesh/Staffs Rushton Spencer and Wincle Minn with Broken Cross Walkers Overcast 7
18139 05/11/18 Cheshire Nessit Hill and Macclesfield Forest Clear evening 2

Walk 18001 -  03/01/18 Allostock and Hulme Hall

Area Cheshire Walking time 2½ hours Average speed  
Walk Allostock and Hulme Hall Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Allostock Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Windy. overcast Distance 4 miles    
Map  

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

Route - Shakerley Mere - Hulme Hall Lane - Hulme Hall - Hulme Mill - Hulme Lane - Hulme Farm  - Hulme Hall Lane - Shakerley Mere

 

First walk of the year and I decided to go and check the progress on the blocked footpath near Hulme Hall. Storm Eleanor had passed over last night and it was still very windy when I set off from the parking area. Its an easy walk along the lane and once past Hulme Hall  I came to the start of the blocked path. As its winter the vegetation was dormant and the path was easy to follow until I reached the blocked area. The fallen trees were still there and I tried to crawl under and over the tangled undergrowth but it was not possible. I retreated back down the track and then walked through the field on the other side of the hedge  for a few hundred yards until I had passed the obstruction  and then I climbed over a gate to regain the track, I then continued on along the track and past Hulme Mill and onto the road. I turned east and walked along the road for about a mile and the took the field path back to Hulme Hall Lane and then back to the start. I will be reporting again to the Footpaths Officer of Cheshire West that the obstruction has still not been cleared.

 
17/01/18 - Emailed Footpaths Officer to state that the obstruction had still not been cleared. .... 29/01/18 No reply up to now. Next step is to report this to the Peak and Northern Footpath Society.

If I had a chainsaw I would sort this out. Might have to invest in one but it would need to be a petrol one.

 

 

 
Note -- 03/04/18 Went to check progress on the path clearance and found that the path had now been cleared. Sent email to Public Rights of Way Officer thanking him for the clearance.

 

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 18002 - 04/01/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

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

 
Richard, Barry and I set off on our regular night 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 18003 - 07/01/18 Gawsworth and Sutton with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed
Walk Gawsworth and Sutton with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Gawsworth Altitude loss Altitude gain 405 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7.50 miles
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

Route - Gawsworth -   Macclesfield Canal - Sutton Reservoir - Sutton Hall - Macclesfield Canal - Danes Moss - Gawsowrth

 
Seventeen of us set off on a lovely sunny day from Gawsworth and after passing the Hall we headed across the fields and along the lane to the Macclesfield Canal, after a short distance we left the canal and crossed the road to the Sutton Reservoir where we stopped for a coffee break.  After the break we followed the waterside path and then down Parvey Lane and across the fields to rejoin the Canal by Sutton Hall. Heading south west along the towpath we eventually arrived at the entrance to Danes Moss and a small picnic area with benches and tables where we were able to eat our lunch in comfort. Afterwards we followed the path across Danes Moss Nature Reserve and then back along the lane to our start point in  Gawsworth. Thanks to everyone for coming along, a great turnout and a great walk of just over 7 miles. Our group consisted of David, Christine, Susanna, Roy, Hans, Wendy, Mike, Ros, Monica, Kath, Maureen, Derek, Sue, Grant, Jack, Sara and Janet our special thanks to Janet our walk leader.
 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
   
 

Walk 18004 - 08/01/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

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

 
Four of us, myself, Richard, Barry and John set off on our regular night 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 18005 - 11/01/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

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

 
Three of us, myself, Richard and Barry set off on our regular night 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  18006 - 13/01/18 Mottram  St Andrew and Alderley Edge walk check

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Mottram  St Andrew and Alderley Edge walk check Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Mottram St Andrew Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 7 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

Route -

 
Today was a recconasaince  for tomorrows walk  as I wanted to check the route after all the recent rain. I set off over the fields and then up through Clock House Wood and then after more field paths we passed Edge House Farm and into Dickens Wood where we stopped for coffee. A nice easy track then led us through Dickens Wood and past the Armada Beacon which warned of the Armada in 1588, further along the track we crossed the road and headed towards White Barn Farm and then after a short distance along Artists Lane we stopped for lunch near Bradford House. Once suitably refreshed we headed across the fields to Finlow Hill and then onto the North Cheshire Way which took us near to Goose Green Farm and Allens Farm and finally past Hunters Pool and back to the start in Mottram
 

A carved owl on Artists Lane

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Looking out over the Cheshire Plain from the Edge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk  18007  - 14/01/18 Mottram St Andrew and Alderley Edge with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours    
Walk Mottram St Andrew & Alderley Edge. Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Mottram St Andrew Altitude loss   Altitude gain 755 ft
Weather Overcast Distance 6.59 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

Route - Mottram St Andrew - Dickens Wood - Armada Beacon - Artist Lane - Finlow Hill - North Cheshire Way - Hunters Pool - Mottram St Andrew

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

Heading towards Finlow Hill

 

 

 

 
 

Another view heading towards Finlow Hill

 

Near Hunters Pool

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 18008 - 15/01/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

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

 
Four of us, myself, Richard, John and Barry set off on our regular night 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 18009 - 16/01/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

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

 
Three of us, myself, Richard and Barry set off on our regular night 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  18010 -  21/01/18 Middlewood Way and Macclesfield Canal with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Middlewood Way & Macclesfield Canal Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Macclesfield Railway Station Altitude loss   Altitude gain 670 ft
Weather Snow showers, hail and drizzle Distance 7.92 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

Route - Macclesfield Railway Station - Middlewood Way - Bollington - Clarence Mill - Macclesfield Canal Towpath - Macclesfield Railway Station

 
Our planned walk for today was in Lyme Park but due to the rather inclement weather we decided a more local walk was appropriate. Instead we set off along the Middlewood Way braving the hail and snow showers and followed the trail to Bollington where we took the path through the park and joined the Macclesfield Canal. We ate our lunch by the Clarence Mill and some of the group sampled the wares in the Waterside Cafe. The hot soup smelt wonderful. Afterwards we set off along the Towpath heading back to Macclesfield, the snow showers had eased but were replaced by wind and drizzle, nevertheless we all arrived back into Macclesfield a little damp but quite exhilarated after having blown the cobwebs away. Our group consisted of Janet, Peter, Carolyn Margaret, Wendy, Christine, David and many thanks to Roy our leader.
 
Heading to Macclesfield along a rather muddy towpath

 

 

Our lunch spot near the Clarence Mill

   
 

Walk  18011 - 28/01/18 Rushton Spencer and Danebridge with Broken Cross Walkers

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

Information - from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

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

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

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

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

Wincle Brewery

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

 

 

The River Dane from Barleigh Fold Bridge

 

Dumkins Farm taken Winter 1978 by Barry Dale -

 geograph.org.uk/p508908

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

 
 

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk  18012 29/01/18 Higher Ridgegate and Forest Chapel evening walk

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed  
Walk Higher Ridgegate and Forest Chapel evening walk Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Higher Ridgegate Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear night Distance 2.62 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

Route - Higher Ridgegate - Forest Chapel - Forest paths - Leathers Smithy - Higher Ridgegate

 
Four of us set off from Higher Ridgegate near the Leather Smithy and followed the lane up through the forest to Forest Chapel, after a short distance along Charity Lane we entered the forest and followed the path along the hillside and back down to the car.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Map of our route

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18013 - 30/01/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

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

 
Three of us, myself, Richard and Barry set off on our regular night 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 18014 - 04/02/18 - Astle Farm and Capesthorne

Area Cheshire Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk Astle Farm and Capesthorne Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Astle Farm layby on A537 Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 5 miles    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

Route - A537 - Astle Farm Snape Brook - Blakehouse Farm - Park Farm - Astle Farm - A 537 layby

 
Chris and I set off from the roadside lay by on the A537 and followed the track down to Astle Farm and then across the fields over Snape Brook and then along the newly diverted footpath to Blakehouse Farm. Then it was across the fields to Park Farm and then along Mill Lane and over the fields to Astle Farm and back to the start on the A537
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Snape Brook

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18015 - 05/02/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

Information from Viewranger app on my Samsung S7 phone

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

 
Three of us, myself, Richard and Barry set off on our regular night 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  18016 07/02/18 Peak Boundary Walk - Glossos to Dovestone Stage 4

Area Peak District Walking time 5½ hours Average speed  
Walk Peak Boundary Walk - Glossos to Dovestone Stage 4 Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Glossop Altitude loss   Altitude gain 2449ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 11 miles    
Map Peak District OL1

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Route - Old Glossop - Padfield - Ogden Clough - Ormes Moor - Chew Hurdles - Alphin - Dovestones

 
This was stage 4 of the Peak Boundary Walk, I drove to Dovestone Reservoir to meet Mike Slack, one of my walking friends and after picking him up we drove to the start of the section at Glossop. Leaving my car there we set off along the path on a lovely sunny but cold day, our route took us across the fields past Padfield and then we branched off on the high level route taking us up onto the moors alongside Ogden Clough and over Ormes Moor to Chew Hurdles. Path finding became difficult because although it was a lovely sunny day, there was around a foot of snow and the path apparently is rather obscure even in good weather. After lunch we followed the ridge over Slack Head Brow to Alphin and then down into the valley and along the lane to Dovestones Reservoir Car Park. Mike then drove me back to Glossop to collect my car. An excellent days walking in great weather.
 

Bottoms Reservoir near Tintwhistle

 

Looking north from Alphin

 
 
 
 

 

Near Padfield

 

Near Chew Hurdles

 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk  18017 - 11/02/18 Bosley and North Rode with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Bosley and North Rode with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Bosley Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Snow showers and hail Distance 7.97 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Bosley - Dane valley Way - North Rode - Bosley Locks - Stoneyfold - Primrose Bank - Bosley Reservoir - Bosley

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

The Pool near the Manor House

 

Bosley Reservoir

 
 
 
 

Macclesfield Canal

 

Fisherman braving the snow and hail storms on Bosley Reservoir

 

 

   
 

Walk  18018 - 12/02/18 Macclesfield Forest and Ferriser evening walk

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed  
Walk Macclesfield Forest and Ferriser evening walk Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Clear evening Distance 3.11 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Trentabank - Ferrsier - Macclesfield Forest - Trentabank

 
Four of us set off from Trentabank and followed the steep lane up through the forest and then onto the track which took us past the abandoned Ferriser Farm and then along the track and back down through the forest to Trentabank.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Mountain bikers travelling at speed through the forest

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk  18019 - 17/02/18  Hanging Gate, Greenway Bridge and Nessit Hill

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Hanging Gate, Greenway Bridge and Nessit Hill Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Hanging Gate Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 6 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Hanging Gate - Oakenclough - Greenway Bridge - Piggford Moor - Nessit Hill - Hanging Gate

 
After parking on the lane beneath the Hanging Gate Inn (now closed) I followed the track across the fields to Oakenclough and then down to Greenway Bridge andother track then led up across Piggford Moor to Macclesfield Forest and then along the forest track to Nessit Hill with some great views. Then it was down the track and onto the lane which I followed past Thickwithers and back to the car.
 

The view from Nessit Hill as dusk approaches

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Near Greenway Bridge

 

Macclesfield Forest as dusk approaches

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk  18020 - 18/02/18 Siddington, Redesmere and Capesthorne with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Siddington, Redesmere and Capesthorne with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Layby on A537 near Astle Farm Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 7 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Astle Farm Siddington - Redesmere  Capesthorne and Astle Farm

 
Thirteen of us set off from the lay by on the A537 and followed the track down to Astle Farm and then across a muddy field to Chapel Wood, another  muddy section the took us onto a new diverted path alongside Snape Brook and eventually into Siddington. Another rather muddy track eventually brought us to the A34 which we crossed and then stopped for some lunch in the small picnic area near to Redesmere. Afterwards we followed the path around the Lake and then after crossing the A34 again we passed through the fields alongside Capesthorne Hall. A short stretch along Mill Lane took us back into the fields and then we arrived back at Astle Farm and an easy walk back up the lane to our start point on the A537.  An enjoyable walk despite the mud. Our group led by David consisted of Kati, Janet D. Anita, Jackie, Graham, Monica, Janet, Sue J, Hans, Roy, Grant and Jack. many thanks to everyone for coming on the walk.
 

Capesthorne Hall Pool

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Snape Brook

 

Heading towards Capesthorne

 

 

   
 

Walk  18021 - 19/02/18 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 Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Misty Distance 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest _ Nessit Hill - Trentabank

 
Four of us, myself, Richard, Kevin and John set off on our regular night 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  18022 - 20/02/18 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 Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Misty Distance 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest _ Nessit Hill - Trentabank

 
Three of us, myself, Richard and Barry set off on our regular night 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 18023 - 20/02/18 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 Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Misty Distance 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest _ Nessit Hill - Trentabank

 
Three of us, myself, Richard and Barry set off on our regular night 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 18024 - 25/02/18 Higher Hurdsfield, Teggs Nose and Gulshaw Hollow with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk  Higher Hurdsfield, Teggs Nose and Gulshaw Hollow Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Higher Hurdsfield Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Higher Hurdsfield - Gritstone Trail - Teggs Nose - Hacked Way Lane - Walker Barn - Gulshaw Hollow -  Keridge End - Higher Hursdfield

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

Admiring the views

 

Looking across to Teggs Nose

 
 
 
 

Looking towards White Nanct from the Gritstone Trail

 

Heading for Walker barn

 

Heading towards Kerridge End

 

 

   
 

Walk 18025 - 27/02/18 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 Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Misty Distance 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest _ Nessit Hill - Trentabank

 
Three of us, myself, Richard and Barry set off on our regular night 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 18026 - 03/03/18 Langley, Shutlingsloe and the Cat and Fiddle with MaccPackers

Area Cheshire Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Shutlingsloe and the Cat and Fiddle with MaccPackers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Trentabank Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast, lying snow. Distance      
Map OS Peak District OL 24

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Route - Trentabank - Piggford Moor - Shutlingsloe - Cumberland Brook - Cat and Fiddle - Peak View Cafe - Standing Stone - Trentabank

 
Five of us, Richard our leader, Barry, Alan, Kevin and myself set off from Trentabank and headed up through the forest towards Piggford Moor, the recent snowstorms had blown hundreds of trees down and  some of the paths were blocked meaning frequent  diversions through the forest. we  eventually arrived at Piggford Moor and followed the path across to the base of Shutlingsloe. Once on the windswept summit we descended off the ridge and down across the moor to Clough House where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we followed the track up Cumberland Brook negotiating many deep drifts and eventually arrived at the now closed Cat and Fiddle Inn. A short distance along the road took us along the moor and down to the Peak View Cafe. crossed the road  and followed the moorland path down to Chest Hollow and along Clough Brook. A steep lane then took us up to Standing Stone and then it was down the steep lane with various cars abandoned and stuck in the snow and back to the car at Trentabank.
A great walk with various challenges such as blocked paths, deep snowdrifts and cold fingers. Our group consisted of  Barry, Alan, Kevin, David and Richard our leader.
 

An easier part of the blocked track

 

On Shutlingsloe

 
 
 

There's  no way through here

 
 
 
At the Cumberland Brook Junction heading for the Cat and Fiddle
 

 

   
 

Walk 18027 - 04/03/18 Astbury Mere, Biddulph Valley Way with  Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Astbury Mere, Biddulph Valley Way Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Astbury Mere Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 7 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Astbury Mere - Stoney Lane - Lamberst Lane - Canal Towpath - Biddulph Valley Way - Dane Valley Way - Astbury Mere

 
Seven of us set off on an overcast day from Astbury Mere, once round the Mere we headed along Stoney Lane and Lamberts Lane and onto the Canal Towpath where we turned north and headed along the canal until we reached the Biddulph Valley Way originally a railway track. We followed the track past Dane in Shaw and into Congleton where we joined the Dane Valley Way, stopping for lunch in Congleton Park. Afterwards we followed the Dane Valley Way through Congleton alongside the River Dane and then back to our starting point at Astbury Mere
Our group consisted off David, Christine, Anita, Monica, Peter, Wendy and Janet who led us on this excellent walk.
 

Congleton Park

 
 
 

 

Looking over Dane in Shaw from the Biddulph Valley Way

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18028 - 05/03/18 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 Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Misty Distance 2 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Trentabank - Macclesfield Forest _ Nessit Hill - Trentabank

 
Three of us, myself, Richard and Barry set off on our regular night 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.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

The route avoiding the blocked section

 
   
 

Walk 18029 - 11/03/18 Gawsworth and Heskey Wood with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Gawsworth and Heskey Wood with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Gawsworth Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 7 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Gawsworth - Marton Lane - Walkersheath - Heskey Wood - Great Tidnock Farm - Shellow Lane Gawsworth

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

Heading along Marton Lane

 

Heading back to Gawsworth Church

 
 
 
 

Interesting avenue of trees across the fields from Gawsworth Church

 

The fishing ponds near Gawsworth Church

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18030 - 13/03/18 Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk

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

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Route - Trentabank - Forest tracks - Nessit Hill and return via same route

 
Richard and I set off from Trentabank and followed the forest track up to the summit of Nessit Hill where there are great night time views over Macclesfield and across to Manchester. As many of the tracks are blocked with fallen trees from the recent storms we returned back the same way.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The route avoiding the blocked section

 
   

Walk 18031 - 18/03/18 - Canal walk Lyme Green and Sutton

Area Cheshire Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk Canal walk Lyme Green and Sutton Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Lyme Green Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 4 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Lyme Green - Macclesfield Canal - Sutton - Windmill Street and return vai same route

 
Christine and I set off from Lyme Green and walked along the canal passing Sutton and stopping for lunch on the outskirts of Macclesfield. Our return route saw us retrace our steps back to Lyme Green. A nice level walk for a change.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Macclesfield Canal and heading back to Lyme Green

 
 
   
 

Walk 18032 - 19/03/18 Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk

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

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Route - Trentabank - Forest tracks - Nessit Hill and return via same route

 
Five of us Richard< Barry, Kevin, John and myself I set off from Trentabank and followed the forest track up to the summit of Nessit Hill where there are great night time views over Macclesfield and across to Manchester. As many of the tracks are blocked with fallen trees from the recent storms we returned back the same way.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The route avoiding the blocked section

 

 

   
 

Walk 18033 - 20/03/18 Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk

Area Cheshire Walking time 1½ hours Average speed
Walk Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk 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 - Forest tracks - Nessit Hill and return via same route

 
Richard and I set off from Trentabank and followed the forest track up to the summit of Nessit Hill where there are great night time views over Macclesfield and across to Manchester. As many of the tracks are blocked with fallen trees from the recent storms we returned back the same way.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The route avoiding the blocked section

 
   
 

Walk 18034 - 25/03/18 Poynton and Lyme Park with Broken Cross Walkers

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

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Route Poynton Lake - Poynton Coppice - Throstle Nest Farm - North Cheshire Way - Platt Wood - Canal - Middlewood Station - Poynton Lake

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

On the bridge over the canal

 

Close up of the deer in Lyme Park

 
 
 
 

Coffee break

 

Heading over the moor in Lyme Park

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18035 - 27/03/18 Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed
Walk Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk 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 - Forest tracks - Nessit Hill and return via same route

 
Three of us set off from Trentabank and followed the forest track up to the summit of Nessit Hill where there are great night time views over Macclesfield and across to Manchester. As many of the tracks are blocked with fallen trees from the recent storms we returned back the same way.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The route avoiding the blocked section

 
   
 

Walk 18036 -  01/04/18  Strines and Hague Bar with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Strines and Hague Bar with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Strines Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
Map OS Dark Peak

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Route - Strines - Canal - Roman Bridge - Roman Lake - Bottoms Hall - Golf Course - Brook Bottom - Hague Bar - Canal - Strines

 
Fourteen of us set off from Strines and headed up the track and onto the canal towpath, we headed north and then down the hillside to Roman Bridge and along the track to Roman lakes where we stopped for a coffee break. Afterwards we headed up Linnets Clough and past the Golf Course passing through the delightful village of Brook Bottom, where we joined the Goyt Way, then it was down the hillside track and across the road in Hague Bar. An uphill section took us up to the canal which we followed north and then down the track back to Strines. A lovely walk with some great views and many thanks to Chris Ratcliffe for leading the walk. The rest of our group were David, Christine, Kati, Anita, Graham, Monica, Sue V, Sarah, Paul, Wendy, Janet, Jackie and Sue J. 
 

Looking out from the hillside towards Manchester

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Roman Bridge

 

Heading back along the canal

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18037 - 03/04/18 Allostock and Hulme Mill footpath check

Area Cheshire Walking time 2 hours Average speed  
Walk Allostock and Hulme Mill footpath check Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Allostock Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 4 miles    
Map  

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Route - Allostock - Hulme Hall - Hulme Mill - Hulme Farm - Hulme Hall Lane - Allostock

 
I set off from Allostock for a walk to Hulme Mill, I wanted to check the footpath blockage that I had reported in July 2017. I walked along Hulme Hall Lane and passed Hulme Hall a moated Manor House dating back to the 15 century. Once in a state of disrepair it has now been renovated and brought up to a good state of repair. You cannot approach it but there are some good views of the moat bridge. Further on I came to the site of the footpath blockage and I am pleased to report that the fallen trees that were completely blocking the path had been cut away enabling walkers to pass along this old pathway. Further on I reached Hulme Mill now also modernised and then it was onto the road and head east towards Lower Peover. Just before the M6 bridge a footpath on your right heads back across the fields and eventually rejoins Hulme Hall Lane, Its a short walk back then to the car park.
 

 The bridge over the moat at Hulme Hall

 

Hulme Hall on Wikipedia

 
 
 
 

Hulme Hall

 

The footpath leading to the section that was blocked but now cleared

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

 Walk 18038 - 04/ 04/18 Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk

Area Cheshire Walking time 1¼ hours Average speed
Walk Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk Minimum altitude Maximum altitude
Start from Trentabank Visitor Centre Altitude loss Altitude gain
Weather Clear eveing Distance 2 miles
Map Explorer 268

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Route - Trentabank - Forest tracks - Nessit Hill and return via same route

 
Three of us Richard, Barry and myself I set off from Trentabank and followed the forest track up to the summit of Nessit Hill where there are great night time views over Macclesfield and across to Manchester. As many of the tracks are blocked with fallen trees from the recent storms we returned back the same way. The forest autorities are making a great effort to clear the forest of fallen trees. Great swathes of the forest are devoid of trees. It will look a lot different when it is fully open to the public.

Looking out from Nessit Hill towards Manchester

 

 

Another load of logs ready for leaving the forest, the driver was parked up for the night. No doubt ready for an early start.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18039 - 07/04/18 Nether Alderley and Chelford walk check

Area Cheshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Nether Alderley and Chelford walk check Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from A537 near Astle Farm Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 7 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route - A537 - Heawood Hall - Nether Alderley Church - Warford Hall - Chelford - Chelford Church - Astle Farm - A537

 
This was a walk check for the the route I would be taking the following day with Broken Cross Walkers.  My route took me across to Heawood Hall and on to Nether Alderley Church, always worth a visit with its 17century schoolroom alongside. Then it was across the fields and along the lane and then across the fields to Chelford. After Chelford Heath I passed Chelford Church and across the ploughed field to Astle farm and back up the lane to the A537. An interesting walk with not to much mud.
 

Looks like this gate is redundant, there is another one further on.

 

 

Nether Alderley Church

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18040  -  Nether Alderley and Great Warford with Broken Cross Walkers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Nether Alderley and Great Warford with Broken Cross Walkers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from A537 near Astle Farm Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 8 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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Route A537 - Heawood Hall - Nether Alderley Church - Warford Hall - Chelford Heath - Chelford Church - Astle Farm - A537

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

Near Warford Hall

 

A muddy bit, bit of a balancing act for some

 
 

 

 

Must be something going on down there

 

Heavy going across the ploughed field

   
 

Walk 18041 - 27/03/18 Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed
Walk Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk 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 - Forest tracks - Nessit Hill and return via same route

 
Three of us set off from Trentabank and followed the forest track up to the summit of Nessit Hill where there are great night time views over Macclesfield and across to Manchester. As many of the tracks are blocked with fallen trees from the recent storms we returned back the same way.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The route avoiding the blocked section

 
   
 

Walk 18042 - 10/04/18  Hope to Edale  backpack

Area Peak District Walking time 4 hours Average speed  
Walk Hope to Edale  backpack Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Hope Station Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Overcast Distance 7 miles    
Map OS Dark Peak

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Route - Hope - Kilhill Bridge - Fullwood Stile Farm - Roman Road - Hope Cross - Jaggers Clough - Clough Farm -  Nether Booth - Edale

 
This was just an overnight trip to test all my gear ready for my forthcoming trip to Fisherfield in the North West Highlands
After parking at Hope Station I set off through Hope and after passing Killhill Bridge  I followed the track up the hillside joining the route of the Roman road to Hope Cross, then it was along Jaggers Clough and past Clough Farm to Nether Booth.  Another field path took me across to Edale where I booked into the Field Head Camp site for the night. The tent was soon up and I cooked my evening meal before adjouning to the Nags Head for a few pints. I slept well on my new Alpkit Cloudbase mattress. A good first nights test for it. The fee was £7.50 for the nights pitch.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Tent pitch on the Edale camp site

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18043 - 11/04/18 Hope to Edale backpack

Area Peak District Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk 11/04/18 Hope to Edale backpack Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Edale Altitude loss   Altitude gain 473 ft
Weather Overcast and damp Distance 6 miles    
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Route - Edale - Nether Booth - Bagshaw Bridge - Oaker Farm - Townhead Bridge - Hope

 
I rose to another misty and murky day and set off on my walk back to Hope, I passed through Nether Booth and then down the path to Bagshaw Bridge where I crossed the road and followed the hillside path past Oaker Farm and Townhead Bridge and back into Hope. A useful short backpacking trip to test my kit for the forthcoming walk in the Highlands.
 

Quite an old PNFS footpath sign

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Looking down on the stream running past the Edale campsite

 

The leaves the road near Nether Booth

 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18044 - 11/04/18 Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk

Area Cheshire Walking time 1 hour Average speed
Walk Trentabank and Nessit Hill evening walk 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 - Forest tracks - Nessit Hill and return via same route

 
Richard and I set off from Trentabank and followed the forest track up to the summit of Nessit Hill where there are great night time views over Macclesfield and across to Manchester. As many of the tracks are blocked with fallen trees from the recent storms we returned back the same way.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

The route avoiding the blocked section

 
   
 

Walk 18045 - 15/04/18 Rowarth and Cown Edge with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Peak District Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Rowarth and Cown Edge with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Rowarth Altitude loss   Altitude gain 1060 ft
Weather Overcast Distance 6.20 miles    
Map OS Dark Peak

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Route - Rowarth - Blackshaw Farm - Marley Moor Farm - Rock Farm - Cown Edge - Far Slack - Rowarth

 
Eleven of us set off from Rowarth and headed up the bridleway to Blackshaw Farm, more field paths and tracks took us along the Pennine Bridleway past Marley Moor Farm and Higher Plainsteads Farm. A  hillside path took us up past Rock Farm and onto the windswept Cown Edge. We followed the path along the Edge as rain clouds approached and found a sheltered place behind a drystone wall to eat our lunch. Afterwards more field paths and tracks took us towards Robin Hoods Picking Rods and then it was down the hillside path and back into Rowarth. An enjoyable walk in a new area led by Sue V and her dog Honey. The rest of our group were David, Christine, Kati, Janet, Monica, Grant, Jack, Chris R, Paul and Graham.
 

Heading along the windswept Cown Edge

 

Descending down to Rowarth

 
 
 
 

Heading towards Rock Farm

 

Snuggling up to mother

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18046 - 16/04/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

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

 
Richard, Barry, John and I set off on our regular night walk in Macclesfield Forest. As most of the forest paths have now been reopened after the storm damage has been cleared we were able to use our normal route for the walk which 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 18047 - 22/04/18 Lindow Common and Styal Woods with Broken Cross Walkers

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

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

Bluebells are out

 

Heading back to Wilmslow

 
 
 
 

Lunch Break in Styal Woods

 

Walking alongside the River Bollin

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18048 - 23/04/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

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

 
Richard, Barry, John and I set off on our regular night walk in Macclesfield Forest. As most of the forest paths have now been reopened after the storm damage has been cleared we were able to use our normal route for the walk which 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 18049 - 29/04/18 Backpacking Lochluichart to Loch Fannich

Area Scotland - Fisherfield Walking time 5½ hours Average speed  
Walk Backpacking Lochluichart to Loch Fannich Minimum altitude 330 ft Maximum altitude 1065 ft
Start from  Lochluichart Altitude loss 1116 ft Altitude gain 1636 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 12.40 miles    
Map  

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Route - Lochluichart - Aultdearg - Fannich Lodge - Loch Fannich

Link to YouTube slideshow of the walk  - Best viewed at 1080p

  https://youtu.be/Ai6n_tygGAE

 
Richard and I set off from the roadside at Lochluichart and headed up the track, we were heading for Loch Fannich and the weather was superb, a bright blue sky with a cool wind, we passed a group of cottages Aultdearg and then continued along the track with some great views ahead. We crossed the pipeline and followed the lochside track passing Fannich Lodge at the end of the paved track, once past the Lodge we stopped for a late lunch by the loch which attracted the attention of a herd of deer obviously expecting to be fed. Afterwards we carried on along the rough track passing through several wooded areas. Towards the end of the loch we came across a ruined cottage with a cowshed adjacent, several areas by the cottage were dry with close cropped grass so we pitched our tents and prepared our evening meal, a clear sky meant temperatures were dropping and it looked like it was going to be a cold night.
 

Heading towards the mountains

 

Heading towards the ruined cottage where we were to spend the night

 
 
 
 

Ready to set off

 

Zooming in towards the mountains

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18050 30/04/18 Loch Fannich to Loch Bhraoin

Area Scotland - Fisherfield Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Loch Fannich to Loch Bhraoin - Lochivraon  Minimum altitude 811 ft Maximum altitude 1825 ft
Start from Loch Fannich Altitude loss 1617 ft Altitude gain 1580 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 9.74 miles    
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Route - Loch Fannich - Boat House - Lochivraon

 
After a good nights sleep we awoke to cold morning with clear blue skies, after breakfast we packed up and set off following the stream Allt Leac a' Bhealaich up to the pass and then a steady descent alongside Allt Breabaig to the Boat House on Loch a'Bhraoin where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards a pleasant walk along the Loch shore eventually brought us to our intended wild camp by well kept building Lochivraon. A nice flat area on the shores of the Loch. While passing the time in the evening I noticed I had a phone signal on my EE phone. Amazing in such a remote area, as a matter of interest my normal phone a Samsung S7 is on a Vodafone contract but I have a spare dual sim phone which has two Pay as You Go Sims, one on EE and one on Three, useful for emergencies.
 

Richard heading up the hillside

 

Richard crossing the stream

 
 
 
 
 

Early morning sunshine

 

Our camp site  at the end of Loch Bhraoin

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18051 01/05/18  Loch Bhraoin to Shenevall Bothy

Area Scotland - Fisherfield Walking time   Average speed  
Walk  Loch Bhraoin to Sheneval       Minimum altitude 332 ft Maximum altitude 1119 ft
Start from Loch Bhraoin - Lochivraon Altitude loss 1830 ft Altitude gain 1395 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 9.29 miles    
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Route - Lochivraon - Loch an Nidd -  Shenevall Bothy

 
Once packed up we set off along the path heading westwards and then north to Loch an Nidd, a lovely area with outstanding views. the weather was excellent and we made good progress eventually stopping for lunch just north of the Loch an Nidd. Afterwards we carried on along the track passing many good camping places and eventually arriving at Shenevall Bothy, we had planned to camp nearby if necessary but the Bothy was empty so we put our belongings upstairs and settled down for a good rest. Three other walkers arrived and settled  down in one of the downstairs sleeping areas and later on four French walkers arrived. A great evening was spent chatting and swopping tales, the rain had arrived and it was cosy in the Bothy out of the inclement weather. A really good and well maintained Bothy
 

Heading  towards Shenevall Bothy

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Myself with Loch an Nid

 

Myself outside Shenevall Bothy

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18052 - 02/05/18  Shenevall Bothy to Letterewe

Area Scotland - Fisherfield Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Shenevall Bothy to Letterewe Minimum altitude 552 ft Maximum altitude 1754 ft
Start from Sheneval Bothy Altitude loss 3855 ft Altitude gain 3796 ft
Weather Sunny periods and showers Distance 15 miles    
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Route - Shenevall - Loch Beinn Dearg - Dubh Loch - Bealach Mheinnidh - Letterewe - Loch Maree

 
We arose to drier weather although slightly overcast. From the bothy we headed across to the river for the first of two crossings today. I removed boots and sock and put my crocs on and hung the boots around my neck, unbuckle the hip belt and using both poles wade slowly across, it was just about knee deep and once across and with dried feet and boots on it was another half mile and then follow the same procedure again although the scecond river was not quite as deep. Once across we headed south and then west up to Loch Beinn Dearg.  Once on the plateau we continued west  and then descended to Dubh Loch. We glimpsed in Carnmore Bothy ( OK in an absolute emergency otherwise its wise to pass by) we crossed the causeway as more showers rolled in and as we climbed the Bealach Mheinnidh we were buffeted by snow showers bout once over the top the sun came out as we descended to Letterewe and Loch Maree. We followed the path along the shore looking for a place to camp and eventually found a suitable place. A long day and I was certainly glad to get in my tent.
 

Contemplating the river crossing, the first of two

 

Looking down on the causeway between Dubh Loch and Fionn Loch

 
 
 
 

Shenevall Bothy

 

Looking back down Gleann na Muice Beag

 

Heading down to Letterewe and Loch Maree

 

 

   
 

Walk 18053  03/05/18  Letterewe to Kinlochewe

Area Scotland - Fisherfield Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Letterewe to Kinlochewe  Minimum altitude 33 ft Maximum altitude 434 ft
Start from Letterewe Altitude loss 2075 ft Altitude gain 1799 ft
Weather Overcast Distance 8.35 miles    
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Route - Letterewe - Loch Maree - Kinlochewe

We packed up  and set off along the path alongside Loch Maree, the weather was changeable with ocaisional showers and we followed the  undulating path to the end of the Loch and then along the side of Kinlochewe Riverand into Kinlochewe to the campsite where we had booked a pitch. The hot showers were excellent and we later enjoyed an excellent meal in the Kinlochewe Hotel.
 

Heading along the hillside path above Loch Maree

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Our campsite near Letterewe overlooking Loch Maree

 

The end of Loch Maree and lookning towards Kinlochewe

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18054 - 04/05/18  Kinlochewe to Achnashellack Station

Area Scotland - Fisherfield Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Kinlochewe to Achnashellack Station  Minimum altitude 85 ft Maximum altitude 975 ft
Start from Kinlochewe Altitude loss 1930 ft Altitude gain 2052 ft
Weather Windy and rain showers Distance 1107 miles    
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Route - Kinlochewe - Leathadan Fhuaraidh - Torran Cuilinn - Coulin Pass - Achnashellach

 
We left Kinlochewe with an overcast sky with frequent showers sweeeping across the hillside, the path through the forest on Leathadan Fhuaraidh was vague and we lost time trying to find the correct route. It was with some relief that we eventually found a forestry road heading our way which provided excellent walking. The rain showers increased and we crossed the Coulin Pass and started the descent down into the valley and to Achnashellach Station where  we were to catch the train back to Garve where we were staying at the the excellent B & B called Birch Cottage. After a lovely meal at Birch Cottage we sampled a couple of pints at the Hotel down the road and then it was an early night. Next morning after breakfast we set off for home 
A really great backpacking trip with Richard Jones of around 62 miles with around 12,500 feet of ascent. The Fisherfield area is lovely remote area.

Cottage near Torran Cuilinn

Myself on Achnashellach Station

 

Looking across to Loch Coulin

 

Richard on Achnashellach Station

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18055 - 06/05/18 Tatton Park from Knutsford with Broken Cross Walkers

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

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

Heading towards Tatton Mere

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Bluebells in Dog Wood

 

Heading back towards Knutsford

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18056 - 08/05/18 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

 
Richard and I set off on our regular night walk in Macclesfield Forest. As most of the forest paths have now been reopened after the storm damage has been cleared we were able to use our normal route for the walk which 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 18057- 13/05/18  Forest Chapel and Nessit Hill with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk  13/05/18  Forest Chapel and Nessit Hill with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Langley, Teggs Nose Reservoir Altitude loss   Altitude gain 1606 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7.50 miles    
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Route - Teggs Nose Reservoir - Clough House - Forest Chapel - Standing Stone - Buxtors Hill -Nessit Hill - Ridgegate Reservoir - Teggs Nose Reservoir

 
Ten of us set off from Teggs Nose Reservoir and followed the path through the woods to Clough House, then it was up the track and into Macclesfield Forest where we followed the path along to Forest Chapel where we stopped for and a coffee break. Afterwards a woodland path took us across to Standing Stone and then across the lane and along the path towards Shutlingsloe. A path diversion due to fallen trees took us up and over Buxtors Hill where we stopped for lunch with some great views over the surrounding countryside. We then followed the moorland path across to Piggford Moor and then a forest track took us up to Nessit Hill with more great views across to Manchester and beyond. The path then took us down to Ridgegate Reservoir and back along the lane to Teggs Nose Reservoir. Many thanks to Susanna for leading this excellent walk and to Anita, Kati, Sue T, Sue V, Chris R, Monica, Jade, Carolyn and David for coming along on the walk on this lovely sunny day.
 

Heading towards Forest Chapel

 

Looking across Bottoms Reservoir  towards Teggs Nose

 
 
 
 

Looking across to Macclesfield Forest from near Clough House

 

Looking towards the Cheshire Plain from Buxtors Hill

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18058 - 14/05/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

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

 
Richard, Barry, John and I set off on our regular night walk in Macclesfield Forest. As most of the forest paths have now been reopened after the storm damage has been cleared we were able to use our normal route for the walk which 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 18059 - 15/05/18  Allostock and Lower Peover

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Allostock and Lower Peover Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Shakerley Mere Altitude loss   Altitude gain 132 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 7.04 miles    
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Route - Shakerley Mere - Hulme Hall - Hulme Mill - Lower Peover - Fox Covert - Shakerley Mere

 
This was a reconnaissance walk to check the walk was suitable for Broken Cross Walkers, the path near between Hulme Hall and Hulme Mill had been blocked by fallen trees and vegetation but had been recently cleared by Cheshire East Council. It was a bright sunny day and I set off from Shakerley Mere and walked up Hulme Hall Lane, once on the cleared section I encountered a lot of nettles and brambles which required careful navigation and I emerged at Hulme Mill with quite a few nettle stings. Then it was across the road past New Farm and along the track over the M6 and into Lower Peover. A track then led south and past Mill Bank Farm and Fox Covert and back to Shakerley Mere.
 

St Oswalds Church in Lower Peover

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Golfers Chalet in the now abandoned Plumley Golf Course

 

A shady brook near Lower Peover

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18060 - 15/05/18 Standing Stone and Shutlingsloe

Area Cheshire Walking time 1¼hours Average speed  
Walk Standing Stone and Shutlingsloe evening walk Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Standing Stone car park Altitude loss   Altitude gain 556 ft
Weather Sunny eveing Distance 2.79 miles    
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Route - Stranding Stone car park - Buxtors Hill- Piggford Moor - Shutlingsloe and return via same route

 
Richard and I set off from Standing Stone car park and followed the track through the forest and up over Buxtors Hill, across Piggford Moor and up to the summit of Shutlingsloe, great views from the top. We returned by the same route.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Our route Standing Stone to Shutlingsloe

 
   
 

Walk 18061 - 20/05/18 Allostock and Lower Peover with Broken Cross Walkers

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

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

Lunch break in the shade

Heading back to Shakerley Mere

 

The moat at Hulme Hall

 

Refreshments at the Bells of Peover

 
 

Interesting facts about Allostock

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Walk 18062 - 21/05/18 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

 
Richard, Barry and I set off on our regular night walk in Macclesfield Forest. As most of the forest paths have now been reopened after the storm damage has been cleared we were able to use our normal route for the walk which 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 18063  - 21/05/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

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

 
Richard and I set off on our regular night walk in Macclesfield Forest which 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 18064 - 27/05/18  Rudyard and Ladderedge Park with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Staffordshire Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk  Rudyard and Ladderedge Park with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Rudyard Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 Miles    
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Route - Rudyard - Staffordshire Way - Ladderedge Park - Longsden - Stonelowe Hall - Dunwood - Bradshaw Park - Rudyard

 
Fifteen of us set off from Rudyard and followed the Staffordshire Way along the valley and then up the hill into Ladderdedge Country Park and into Longsden Village. We passed the impressive Church and then over the fields to the beautiful Stonelow Hall withs its origins in the 16th century. After more fields paths we stopped for lunch in a shady spot and then continued on past Dunwood Farm and Bradshaw Park before descending back down to the Staffordshire Way and back to the start at the Rudyard Miniature Railway Station. A really lovely walk which we all enjoyed. Full of great views  and fields of wild flowers. Our group consisted of David, Christine, Kati, Anita, Maureen, Derek, Jackie, Monica, Jade, Chris R, Ros, Mike, Sue and Ray and special thanks to Wendy for leading us on this scenic walk.
 

The beautiful Stonelow Hall near Longsden

 

A magnificent display of Buttercups

 
 
 
 

Coffee break in Ladderedge Country Park

Heading back along a leafy lane

   
 

Walk 18065  - 29/05/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

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

 
Richard,Barry, John and myself set off on our regular night walk in Macclesfield Forest which 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 18066 - 03/06/18 Swanscoe, Bollington and Kerridge End with Broken Cross Walkers

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

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

On the track on Kerridge Hill

 

Looking down on Rainow

 
 
 
 

Heading along the canal

 

Looking across to Rainow

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18067 -  05/06/18 Annandale Way - Day 1 - Devils Beef Tub and Spout Crag 

Area Scotland Walking time 7½ hrs Average speed  
Walk Annandale Way - Day1Devils Beef Tub and Spout Crag  Minimum altitude 328 ft Maximum altitude 1635 ftt
Start from Moffat Altitude loss 2328 ft Altitude gain 2328 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 15.4 miles    
Map OS Annandale 322

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Route - Moffat - Brigend - Ericstane Hill - Annanhead Hill - Spout Crag - Ericstane - Brigend - Moffat

 
This was day 1 of my walk along the 55 mile Annandale Way, I spent the previous night on the excellent Camping and Caravaning Club Site at Moffat.
The route started on the edge of town and followed the River Annan north and then along the lane as far as Bridgend where the path forked left up the hillside eventually crossing the A701 and climbing over Ericstane Hill and then recrossing the A701 and up to the summit of Annanhead Hill, great views down into the Devil's Beef Tub. The path then led along the ridge to Spout Crag and then followed Tweedhope Burn down the hillside through Ericstane and back to Bridgend. An easy walk back down the lane and along the riverside path brought me back to Moffat. A longer walk than I expected but with some excellent views.

Heading towards the Devil's Beef Tub

Looking down on the Devil's Beef Tub from Annanhead Hill

A bench with a view looking south

Looking back towards Spout Crag

 

Heading north along the Annandale Way from Moffat

 
 
 
 

On Annanhead Hill

 

Extensive tree planting has taken place on the hillside

 

A shelter under construction for school parties visiting the area

 

The River Annan near Moffat

 
   
 

Walk 18068 - 06/06/18 Annandale Way - Day 2 - Moffat to Chemish Wood 

Area Scotland Walking time 6 ½ hrs Average speed  
Walk Annandale Way - Day 2 - Moffat to Chemish Wood  Minimum altitude 230 ft Maximum altitude 751 ft
Start from Moffat Altitude loss 1346 ft Altitude gain 1297 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 14.4 miles    
Map OS Annandale 322

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Route - Moffat - Caudholm - Edardsrig Plantation - Kinnel Knock - Blackburn Cottage - Chemish Wood

 
I set off from Moffat and followed the Annanadale Way south, it was very warm and I was glad of any shade the trees could offer, after passing Cauldholm I passed through Edwardsrig Plantation and then crossed the A701 and climbed through the wood to the summit of Kinnel Knock where I was hoping to wild camp but the dense forest and lack of water to collect forced me to carry on along the track, I passed Blackburn Cottage and then a long stretch through farmland constantly looking for water and a suitable discrete camp spot. I managed to collect several litres of water to filter later and studied the map for a likely camp spot. I was getting tired and decided to head for Chemish Wood which was slightly off route but looked a likely place. A farm track led alongside the wood  and as it entered a field I found an ideal place at the side of the track behind an open gate. This was going to be the spot and I erected my tent and crawled in to rest. Once rested and having filtered my water I cooked my meal and after several more brews I fell asleep exhausted. A bigger day than intended in that intense heat. I slept well that night despite being woken several times by loud barking noises coming ,from the wood alongside.
 

Looking back towards Moffat from the Crooked Road

 

Following the Way near Ken Rig

 

My pitch for the night by Chemish Wood

 
 
 

On the Annandale Way near Beatock

 

Looking east from the trail

 

Looking back towards Edwardsrig Plantation

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18069 - 07/06/18 Annandale Way - Day 3 - Chemish Wood to Lochmaben

Area Scotland Walking time 3 ¾ hrs Average speed  
Walk Annandale Way - Day 3 - Chemish Wood to Lochmaben Minimum altitude 265 ft Maximum altitude 265 ft
Start from Chemish Wood Altitude loss 373 ft Altitude gain 322 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 7.15 miles    
Map OS Annandale 322

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Route - Chemish Wood - Archwood - Spedlins Tower - Corncockle Plantation - Kinnel Bridge - Lochmaben

 
After  my good nights sleep I cooked breakfast of porridge oats and set off along the trail, today would be a short day as after the extra miles the previous day I only intended to go as far as Lochmaben. I passed Archwood  and deviated from the track to look at Spedlins Tower the site of a  strong fortress on the south bank of the River Annan. Then it was through Corncockle Plantation and over Kinnel Bridge and eventually into Lochmaben in the early afternoon. I located the Kirk Loch  Camp Site and after phoning the warden I pitched my tent as instructed on the excellent camp site overlooking the Loch and retired to the pub for afternoon refreshments, a short day but very welcome. After a good rest I returned to the Pub for an evening meal and then retired for an early night.
 

Heading south along the Way

 

Choice of routes

 

River Annan near Lochmaben

 
 
 
 

Early morning by Chemish Wood

 

Near Spedlings Tower

 

Lunch break near Kinnel Bridge

 

My pitch for the night at Lochmaben, shops and pub close by.

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 18070 - 08/06/18 Annandale Way - Day 4 -  Lochmaben to Hoddom Castle

Area Scotland Walking time 7 hours Average speed  
Walk Annandale Way - Day 4 -  Lochmaben to Hoddom Castle Minimum altitude 80 ft Maximum altitude 695 ft
Start from Lochmaben Altitude loss 1462 ft Altitude gain 1429 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 14.1 miles    
Map OS Annandale 322

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Route - Lochmaben - Rammerscales - Dormont Hill - Almagill Hill - St Mungo's Church - Brocklerigg - Hoddom Castle

 
After packing my gear I set off south along the track which passes along Castle Loch and eventually through Hightae and up through Rammerscales Wood passing Rammerscales House a beautiful Georgian Mansion overlooking the valley, I climbed Dormont Hill and onto Almagill Hill where I stopped for lunch with some excellent views across the valley. I descended down the hillside to the River Annan and stopped for a while at the site of St Mungo's Church where some of my ancestors the Carruthers family are buried. I then carried on over Sorrysike Moor which was  my intended wild camp spot but the baking sun caused me to rethink my plans and I decided to carry on to Hoddom Castle Camp Site. The prospect of a shower and a few beers seemed a better option so I carried on past Brocklerigg and Hoddom Mill and eventually arrived at Hoddom Castle. Definitely rather expensive for backpackers at £17.00 per night so I saved money by cooking my own food and just having a couple of pints in the evening.
 

Rammerscales

 

An abandoned farmhouse

 
Ruins of St Mungo's Church
 

A nice pitch at Hoddom Castle

 
 
 
 

Heading south from Lochmaben along the shores of Castle Loch

 
Heading out onto open country towards Almagill Hill
 

Myself on Almagill Hill looking north east

 

Hoddom Castle Campsite

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18071 - 09/06/18 Annandale Way - Day 5 - Hoddom Castle to Newbiebarns and Annan

Area Scotland Walking time 6 hrs Average speed  
Walk Annandale Way - Day 5 - Hoddom Castle - Newbiebarns & Annan Minimum altitude 0 ft Maximum altitude 112 ft
Start from Hoddom Castle Altitude loss 918 ft Altitude gain 870 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 12.8 miles    
Map OS Annandale 322

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Route - Hoddom Castle - Hoddom Bridge Brydekirk - Annan - Newbie - Newbiebarns - Annan

 
Another excellent night sleep and I packed up and collected the deposit for my shower key and set off along the riverside path over Hoddom Bridge passing through the small village of Brydekirk and eventually into the town of Annan where I stopped for lunch. Afterwards I  carried on along the riverside path heading for the sea passing through Newbie to Barnkirk Hill and eventually reaching the end of the Annandale Way at Newbiebarns. After a few photos I set off back along the path to Annan.  I took the bus  from Annan to Dumfries and then a bus back to Moffat. A discovery ticket cost me £8.00 and I collected my car from the car park in the centre of Moffat and drove the short distance to the excellent Camping and Caravanning  Site adjacent to the town centre. The distance from Hoddom Caste to Newbiebarns was 10.5 miles and the walk back into Annan added another 2,3 miles.
An excellent five days walking. the trail is listed as being 55 miles, I actually clocked up 65 miles in total, the difference being accounted for by occasional deviations from the main route.
 

Heading south along the riverside path

 

On the River Annan, just watched the Heron swallow a big eel.

 

Heading for the Coast towards Newbiebarns

 
 

Hoddom Bridge

 
The River Annan
 

River bridge in Annan

 

Journeys end at Newbiebarns, thats the Annandale Way completed

 
 
   
 

Walk 18072 - 12/06/18 Grey Mares Tail, Firthybrig Rigg and White Coomb

Area Scotland Walking time 5½ hours Average speed
Walk Grey Mares Tail, Firthybrig Rigg and White Coomb Minimum altitude 759 ft Maximum altitude 2681 ft
Start from Grey Mares Tail Car Park Altitude loss 2353 ft Altitude gain 2352 ft
Weather Showers and low cloud Distance 6.91 miles
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Route - Grey Mare's Tail Car Park - Loch Skeen  - Firthybrig Head - Firthope Rig - White Coomb - Rough Craigs - Car Park

 
After a couple of days rest at Moffat during which I drove north to visit the Rosslyn Chapel, well worth a visit and then the following day I drove east to the Grey Mares Tail Waterfall and climbed up to Loch Skeen and Firthybrig Head, then it was along the ridge to Firtyhope Rig and onto the summit of White Coomb, a misty day with showers. I returned down over Rough Craigs and back down past Grey Mare's Tail to the car park.
 
 

Loch Skeen

 

Looking back towards Rough Craigs with White Coomb behind

 
 
 

Heading up towards Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall

 

White Coomb summit

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18073 -  17/06/18 Gawsworth and North Rode with Broken Cross Walkers

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

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

On the Canal

 

Gawsworth Church

 
 

Water lilies are about to come out

 

Heading to Gawsworth

 
 
 
   
 

Walk 18074  - 20/06/18 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 Sunny Distance 2.40 miles    
Map Explorer 268

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

 
Richard and I set off on our regular night walk in Macclesfield Forest which 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 18075 - 24/06/18 - Bollington and Birchenlee with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Cheshire Walking time 3½ hours Average speed  
Walk Bollington and Birchenlee with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Bollington Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 7 miles    
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Route - Bollington -  Berristall Hill - Bakestonedale Moor - Birchencliffe - North Cheshire Way - Canal - Styperson Pool - Long Lane - Bollington

 
Twelve of us set off from Bollington and took the footpath past Sowcar and up the Gritstone Trail passing Berristall Hall and across the fields to the Bakestonedale Moor. A steep climb took us up to the summit where we paused to admire the views across to Manchester and beyond. An easy path took us down the moorland path past Birchencliffe to the lane below where we stopped for lunch in a shady spot. Once refreshed we continued across the fields on the North Cheshire Way and onto the canal towpath. After a steady walk along the towpath we left the canal and passed Styperson Pool and climbed the hillside to Long Lane and then back down to the start in Bollington. Many thanks to Monica our walk leader for an excellent walk and to David, Anita, Kati, Maureen, Derek, Graham, Gerald, Sue V, Janet, Grant and Jack for joining us on the walk.
 

On Bakestonedale Moor

 

Heading back down Long Lane

 
 
 
 

Heading up Berristall Hill

 

Great views towards Manchester and Stockport

 

Heading down into Bollington with White Nancy in the distance

 

 

   
 

Walk 18076 - 25/06/18 Shutlingsloe from Standing Stone

Area Cheshire Walking time   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      
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Route - Standing Stone - Macclesfield Forest - Piggford Moor - Shutlingsloe - Buxtors Hill - Standing Stone

 
Five of us , Richard, Barry, Kevin, John and myself set off from the Standing Stone Car Park and followed the track through the forest and then up over Piggford Moor and up to the summit of Shutlingsloe 1660 ft (506 metres), we then descended down the hillside and headed across the moor to Buxtors Hill and back down the hillside to the start at Standing Stone car park
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Map of the route

 
   
 

Walk 18077 - 07/07/18 - Marina Grande Sorrento to Priora

Area Italy Walking time   Average speed  
Walk Marina Grande Sorrento to Priora Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Marina Grande Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance      
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I set off from our Hotel and followed the narrow and scenic alleyways from the harbour at Marina Grande up to the main road above. Once across the road I followed the path through the hillside houses and joined the steep path up the hillside passing the many Shrines at the side of the path. I counted 15 on the way up. At the top was the village of Priora and I rested in the shade outside the Church. I returned back to the Hotel using the same route, a lot easier going down with some amazing views over Sorrento.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Marins Grande Harbour in Sorrento

   
 

Walk 18078  - 09/07/18 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    
Map Explorer 268

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

 
Richard, Kevin,John and myself set off on our regular night walk in Macclesfield Forest which 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 18079 -  14/07/18 Croker Hill and Lower Pethills

Area Cheshire Walking time 2½ hours Average speed  
Walk Croker Hill and Lower Pethills Minimum altitude 656 ft Maximum altitude 1323 ft
Start from Hollin Lane Sutton Altitude loss 897 ft Altitude gain 898 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 4.82 miles    
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Route - Hollin Lane - Higher Pethills Farm - Lower Pethills Farm - Lowerhouse - Croker Hill - Lingerds Farm - Hollin Lane

 
Richard and I set off from Hollin Lane and walked up to Higher Pethills Farm and then along the track to Lower Pethills Farm, when we reached Lowerhouse we heded uphill over the Hill of Rossenclowes and onto Croker Hill, at Lingerds Farm we headed downhill to Higher Pethills Farm and then along the lane and back to Hollins Lane.
 
A very old set of gateposts although the feld boundary has long since gone

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Croker Hill in the distance

 

Looking back to the radio tower on Croker Hill

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18080 - 15/07/18 Rainow Scarecrow Walk from Bollington

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

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

The display at Harrop Fold Farm

 

Another excellent display

 

Looking back towards Rainow

 

Hedge Row

 

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

 

Excellent display

 

 

   
 

Walk 18081  - 16/07/18 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

 
Kevin, John and myself set off on our regular night walk in Macclesfield Forest which 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 18082 -18/07/18  Bakewell from Ashford in the Water

Area Peak District Walking time 3 hours Average speed  
Walk Bakewell from Ashford in the Water Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Ashford in the Water Altitude loss   Altitude gain  
Weather Sunny Distance 5 miles    
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Route - Ashford in the Water - Lumford Mill - Bakewell Lumford Mill - Ashford in the Water

 
Chris and I set off from Ashford in the Water and followed the riverside path from Ashford and past Lumford Mill and into Bakewell where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we visited various shops and then returned to Ashford in the Water by the same route
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

The River Wye near Ashford in the Water

 
   
 

Walk 18083 -  22/07/18 Rudyards and Lask Edge with Macclesfield Ramblers

Area Staffordshire Walking time 4½ hours Average speed  
Walk Rudyards and Lask Edge with Macclesfield Ramblers Minimum altitude   Maximum altitude  
Start from Rudyard Altitude loss   Altitude gain 1100 ft
Weather Sunny periods Distance 7 miles    
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Route - Rudyard - Horton - Damslane - Lask Edge - Horton Hall - Rudyard

 
Twelve of us set off from Rudyard Station and after a short stretch on the Staffordshire Way we followed the path past the historic Harracles Mill and up to Horton Church where we paused for a coffee break, then more field paths and tracks took us past Damslane and The Ashes and eventually up to Lask Edge where we stopped for lunch. After a few futile attempts to find missing footpaths we eventually opted for an easy walk down the lane and then more field paths and tracks took us past Horton Hall and back into Rudyard. Certainly a walk of frisky cows and missing footpaths. Our group consisted of David the leader, Christine, Janet, Nigel, Gerald, Roy, Sue J, Sue P, Chris R, Linda, Lesley, and Monica. Many thanks to everyone for coming along on the walk.
 

Horton Hall

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Plenty of curious cows

 

Heading back  to Rudyard

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18084 - 23/07/18 Peak Boundary Walk- Stage 5 Greenfield to Marsden

Area Peak District Walking time 7 hours Average speed  
Walk Peak Boundary Walk- Stage 5 Greenfield to Marsden Minimum altitude 598 ft Maximum altitude 1482 ft
Start from Greenfield Altitude loss 2449 ft Altitude gain 2373 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 13¾ miles    
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Route - Greenfield - Dove Stones Reservoir - Obelisk - Slade Rocks - Running Hill Head - Diggle - Pennine Way - Kirklees Head - Marsden

 
The first day of our four day backpacking trip along the Peak Boundary Walk, Rob Stevenson and I caught the train from Macclesfield to Greenfield  and walked  the 1¾ miles to the start of the walk at the Dove Stone Reservoir. From there we crossed the A635 and climbed the hillside on the Oldham way to the Obelisk on the hilltop overlooking Greenfield. From there we passed Slade Rocks and Running Hill Head and then on past Diggle to join the Pennine Way and then north along the Kirklees Way into Mardsen where we caught the bus the camp site at the Carriage House which was several miles along the A62. The actual distance along the Peak Boundary Walk was 11½ miles. Current price for Backpackers was £5.00 per night.
 

Dovestones Reservoir

 

Blakeley Reservoir near Mardsen

 
 
 
 

In Greenfield at the start of the walk

 

The Obelisk on the hill overlooking Greenfield

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18085 -  24/07/18   Peak Boundary Walk- Stage 6 Marsden to Holme

Area Peak District Walking time 5 hours Average speed  
Walk Peak Boundary Walk- Stage 6 Marsden to Holme Minimum altitude 591 ft Maximum altitude 1217 ft
Start from Marsden Altitude loss 1362 ft Altitude gain 1742 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 8.67 miles    
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Route - Marsden - Deer Hill Reservoir - Meltham - Digley Reservoir - Holme

 
After rising early we caught the bus from outside the camp site into Marsden and found ourselves a Cafe for breakfast and then set off from the Riverhead Brewery Tap up the road to Black Edge and past Deer Hill Reservoir to the outskirts of Meltham, we then headed south along the track and around Digley Reservoir and into the Village of Holme. After an hours wait we caught the bus passing through Holmfirth to the Campsite we had booked near Holmefirth.
 

Walking alongside Deer Hill Reservoir

 

Another reservoir low on water

http://www.holmevalleycamping.com/

 
 
 

In Mardsen ready to start the days walk

 

Heading downhill near the end of the day

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18086 - 25/07/18  Peak Boundary Walk- Stage 7 Holme to Barnside Moor

Area Peak District Walking time 7 hours Average speed  
Walk Peak Boundary Walk- Stage 7 Holme to Barnside Moor Minimum altitude 691 ft Maximum altitude 1315 ft
Start from Holme Altitude loss 1872 ft Altitude gain 1889 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 13.3 miles    
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Route - Holme - Brownhill Reservoir - Dunsford Bridge - Trans Pennine Trail - Langsett - Barnside Moor

 
After catching the bus from the camp site back to Holme we set off passing around Brownhill Reservoir and then along the Kirklees Way and then down past Winscar Reservoir to Dunscar Bridge. Here we joined the Trans Pennine Trail which we followed for several miles  to Cotes Bank Bridge and then headed south to the Langsett Reservoir and then along the waterside path to Langsett. We stopped for a meal at the Waggon and Horses and then set off along the trail hoping to find a  place to wild camp as there appeared to be no camp site near the village ( we have since been told there is a camp site but unfortunately it does not appear to be listed. It was over several miles before we found a suitable place on open access land on Barnside Moor.  SK235 982.  A long day in very hot weather.
 

Most of the reservoirs are low on water

 

Our wild camp on Barnside Moor

 
 
 
 

 Heading away from Holme

 

Waggon and Horses at Langsett. Excellent meal

 
 
 
 

 

   
 

Walk 18087 - 26/07/18  Peak Boundary Walk- Stage 8  Barnside Moor to Low Bradfield

Area Peak District Walking time 5 hours Average speed  
Walk Peak Boundary Walk- Stage 8 Barnside Moor to Low Bradfielld Minimum altitude 476 ft Maximum altitude 1285 ft
Start from Barnside Moor SK235 982 Altitude loss 2039 ft Altitude gain 1575 ft
Weather Sunny Distance 8.80 miles    
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Route Barnside Moor - Salter Hills - Bolsterstone - Ewden Village - Spout House - Brittains Plantation - Low Bradfield

 
After a good nights sleep we rose early headed off down the lane and then across the fields to Salter Hill, a long straight track brought us to Bolsterstone and then it was down the hill and through Ewden Village. A steep climb up the hillside brought us up onto the high pastures and then it was down the lane past Bent Hills House and over the fields past Brittains Plantation and through High Bradfield  to Low Bradfield. This was as far as we were planning to go  for this trip and we waited for the bus to take us to Sheffield. A short walk across the town took us to the railway station where we caught the train back to Macclesfield. A great trip with Rob and very warm weather.
 

Looking across to the moors

 

High Bradfield Church

 
 
 
 

Packing up from the place we camped the previous night