Walking Group

 

St Paul's Rambling Group

Heaton Moor

The Church Rambling Group meets on the second Saturday of each month (except Jan) at 9.30am on St. Paul's Rd outside the church. You do not have to be a church member to join our group and everyone will be very welcome to come along on the walk.

A lift to the starting point will be available for those without a car.

We have an interesting programme of rambles - I would describe as easy to moderate - which vary in length between 4 and 8 miles and usually finish up with a pub lunch.

Reports of walks in previous years can be found in archive

For more information contact Geoff Kay (geofftomkay@btinternet.com) or Gordon Viney (gaviney@tiscali.co.uk)

 

Christmas Ramble & Lunch - 9th December 2017

A short easy walk around Ashley and back at the pub in time for our Christmas lunch at 12.30 p.m.
Meet in St Pauls  at 9. 30 a.m. If you are just coming along for the lunch make sure you are there to eat at 12. 30 p.m

Directions to Greyhound Inn from Heaton Moor.

Proceed to Kingsway A34.
Merge onto M56

At junction 6, take the A538 exit to Wilmslow/Hale/Macclesfield

At junction end of slip road

Turn right onto Wilmslow Rd SP A538 Wilmslow

In about 0.7 of mile before tunnel under runway

Turn right onto Mill Lane. Signposted Ashley

Follow this road for about 3 miles.

The Greyhound is at this junction with Mobberley Rd.

Park on pub car park.

 

 

Greyhound at Ashley

The Saltscape Trail - Saturday 11th November 2017

 


A party of ten left the Lion Salt Works, Northwich on a fine November Saturday to explore the Saltscape Trail. The first part of the walk took us along the Trent & Mersey Canal for about a mile and at this point we crossed over the bridge and into Maybury Country Park. From here we followed the path along Budworth Mere to the Coffee Shop where we stopped and enjoyed a break in the warm sunshine.

At this junction the route crossed fields but with all the recent rain, which had made the paths extremely muddy, we elected to follow the road to the Anderton Lift. Only a short walk but there is a  narrow bridge without footpath and caution should be exercised if following this route. However, we were able to join the canal again very quickly which took us directly to the Lift.

Unfortunately the lift is not working at week-ends in winter and we were disappointed not to see the boats going up and down. The Visitor Centre is open but time did not permit a visit on this occasion.

It was here we joined the Saltscape Trail which followed the River Weaver before joining the paths to take us around Neumanns Flash and back to the Salt Works. Estimated distance about 5 miles.

At the end of the walk we enjoyed an excellent lunch at the newly refurbished 'Cock at Budworth'.


Links

Lion Salt Works                          Cock at Budworth


 

All ready to go - Salt Works Northwich

 

Trent Mersey Canal

 

Reflections

 

Autumn colours - Beech Trees

 

11/11 at 11 a.m. Two minutes reflection.

 

Bird watching at Budworth Mere

 

Path through Maybury Country Park

 

Entrance to Anderton Lift from Trent & Mersey Canal

 

Marshalls Wood

 

Mmmm,,,Cheese cake scone at the Cock at Budworth

 

 

Dunham Massey - Saturday 9th September 2017

Our small group started our four mile walk from the National Trust car park at Dunham Massey. The first part of the walk through the village was through heavy rain but spirits were raised when we came upon the local craft brewery! Unfortunately we were unable to sample any of the prize winning beers at the time as the brewer was busy. However, more on this later.

We then walked along the canal towpath alongside the River Bollin and over an aqueduct. The weather improved significantly and we were able to have a coffee break in full sun. We were lucky enough to get very close to a heron on the path who showed us great disdain as he assumed he owned that stretch of the canal.

Coming down from the raised canal, we walked over a cobbled path into Little Bollington, over a footbridge onto a grassy path and into Dunham Park. We saw a deer and various waterfowl on our way back to the car park.

We had a very pleasant lunch at the Axe and Cleaver pub where we were able to sample the beer of the Dunham Massey Brewing Company!

Our group taking shelter from the rain

 

The heron guarding his patch

 

The coffee break in the sunshine on the tow path

 

St Marks

 

The school house built in 1759

 

Obviously he can’t read!

 

Hartington - Saturday 12 th July 2017

Again a walk where the weather did not look at all promising but was actually sunny and pleasant. We started in the small but 'beautifully formed' village of Hartington which is tucked away about 8 miles SE of Buxton. The walk was a mainly 'easy' ramble along the river Dove and took in two other lesser known Dales namely Wolfescote Dale and Biggin Dale. The second moderate uphill stretch rewarded us with sparkling views of the Peak District. There was plenty of chatting along the way which added to the enjoyment-as did the teashop back in Hartington. Yes of course we indulged! Thanks to Janet who lead us so confidently.

 

Now where do we go from here?

 

Short uphill stretch

 

Across the Dove

 

Should you be walking here!

 

Tea and cake indulgence!

Monsal Dale - Saturday 8th July 2017

A small group of four made the journey to Monsal Dale, close to Bakewell, in warm and sunny weather. The walk was based on the Monsal Dale and Brushfield circuit starting from the lovely vantage point of the Monsal Head Hotel. From there you could look down into the valley some 250 feet below. The view is spectacular over the River Wye.

Our walk took us over the Headstone Viaduct and along the Monsal Trail through both the Cressbrook and Litton Tunnels, doing our best to avoid the cyclists! John Ruskin, the writer was critical of the Viaduct when it was built in 1863 as it destroyed the beauty of the Dales. However, time moves on and a preservation order was placed on it in 1970. The curved tunnels were cut through limestone and have a combined length of nearly 1,000 yards (or 914 meters in new money).

We spotted an abundance of wild flowers along the Trail; including wild orchids, harebells and Scabious Devils Bit.

We then left the Trail and headed up a long, steep incline to the High Dale. Walking through some disused mine-workings led us to the village of Brushfield and dropping down to the High Dale dry valley. We came in sight of the Hotel and had to negotiate a steep, flinty path to bring us back to the Trail and the final ascent of the 250 feet of steps back to the Hotel.

We appreciated the later than anticipated lunch and a cool drink at the Hotel, followed by an ice cream sitting on a bench overlooking the valley in glorious sunshine.


 

Monsal dale from Monsal Head

 

Ramblers

 

Cressbrook from Monsal Trail

 

Inside the Litton Tunnel

 

Litton Mill

 

Climbing High Dale

 

Through the High Dale

 

 

Parkgate - Saturday 10th June 2017 

It was pouring with rain as just four of us left St Paul's Road for the drive to Parkgate.

Parkgate is on the Wirral Peninsular in Cheshire and is a curious and quirky place. It used to be an important sea port on the River Dee in the 18th Century. Well known people such as the composer Handel sailed from here to Dublin. However the Dee estuary silted up and the sea retreated a long way out from the 'sea front' but the sea wall remains.

We walked north with the silted up reed beds on our left and the Welsh Hills rising above the distant remaining Chanel of the river Dee. We turned East for a short stretch and then South-ish, along tracks, minor roads and bits of the Wirral Way. Part of the route took us over the Neston Golf course and then along it's edge where we enjoyed stunning views of the river channel, and the estuary mouth. We worked our way round to 'The Old Port'. This has sandstone blocks from the original port and provided a good lunch stop. The final part of the walk was right on the edge of the reed beds and was rather damp and muddy underfoot.

When back in Parkgate, it was time for tea and cake!

This was a very pleasant and peaceful walk of about six miles. There were wild flowers everywhere; including roses and orchids.The reed beds are home to many birds. Binoculars would have been useful! We saw the expected gulls but also spotted herons and oyster catchers.

So, did we get wet? No, it was totally dry-if you discount a few spits and spots at our lunch spot!

 

Moel Famau

 

 

Parkgate

 

Ramblers

 

Saltmarshes

 

Worsley - Saturday 13th May 2017

You would not normally associate Worsley, Greater Manchester with the country side  and a place for a ramble but within this suburb of Manchester lies a walk which you would only expect to find much further afield.

Starting from the car park adjacent to the motorway the route takes you along the Bridgewater Canal towards Manchester, Then at Monton Green your turn right, at the 'lighthouse' on the left, onto the Roe Green Loop Line. This line originally linked Worsley with Bolton before closure in 1969 It was reopened in 2016 as a cycling and pedestrian route and is now an attractive woodland walk teeming with wildlife.

Leaving the Loop Line at Beeson Green a short walk along the road brings you to the entrance to Worsley Woods. Another attractive woodland full of wildlife and native plants. Wood carvings of plants are to be seen along the path and if you look carefully in the locations the wild plants can be found in the undergrowth

The path eventually opens out into the Old Warke Dam where the old estate lodge, known locally as the 'Gingerbread House'  is sited. Further along is a platform extended into the dam and from here there are views of the woodlands across the water and the 'Aviary' an old hunting and fishing lodge which belonged to Lord Egerton. As expected there is plenty of water fowl to be seen in this area. 

Following the route at the side of the water you come to a path on the right leading to Worsley Delph. Again this is another natural woodland area full of interest and access has been made easier by the addition of a boardwalk in the wet areas.Returning from the Delph a short walk brings you back into Worsley and on the last stretch you have the opportunity to see the part of the old industrial heritage before returning to the car park.

There are plenty of tearooms, restaurants and pubs for lunch or a snack at the end of the walk.

 

Coffee break Worsley Station

 

What time is the next train!

 

Roe Green Loop Line

 

Through the tunnel

 

Wood carving entrance to Worsley Woods

 

Worsley Woods

 

OLd Warke Dam

 

Viewing platform. Aviary Lodge in background

 

The Delph


   Disley Circular - Saturday 8th April 2017

 

On a warm sunny Saturday eight of our members set off to walk a 5 mile circular ramble around Disley. Leaving the White Horse Inn we took the path through the church yard to the first part of the walk which was to take to the top of the Bowstones. The path climbs steadily along the edge of the Peak District and although the track is difficult in sections the route is not too demanding. The final leg to the top is on tarmacked road and although the road rises steeply it is only for a short distance and once on the summit we were able to enjoy excellent views across Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. Of course we could not walk up to the Bowstones without stopping to look at these 10th Century Anglican crosses with their interlaced carvings and lettering.

After a coffee break we then made the descent down from the ridge and into Lyme Park. The route takes you through woodlands and parkland until eventually you reach the Hall in the centre of the park. From here we set course for the East Gate which takes you up the hill past the Cage and the Deer Sacntuary and onto the appropriately named Mudlane which returned us back onto the pathway to Disley. The walk took us around 4 hours complete but it was a warm sunny day and the excellent scenery and wildlife to see on the route made it all the more enjoyable.

An enjoyable lunch in the White Horse followed the end of the walk.

White Horse Disley

 

 

White Horse Disley

 

On the road to the Bowstones

 

Reservoir on edge of Lyme Park

 

Drinks break

 

The 'Bowstones'

 

The Peak District from Bowstones Ridge

 

'TheAngel' of Lyme Park

 

Woodland in Lyme Park

 

Driveway to the Hall

 

On the road past the Cage

 

Red Deer in the sanctuary at Lyme Park

 

Nelson Pit Canal Walk, Higher Poynton. Saturday 11th March 2017

After a week of extremely wet weather we decided to abandon open fields and instead elected for a canal walk and old railway tracks. Starting from Nelsons Pit at Higher Poynton we joined the Middlewood Way and headed out towards Marple. At Middlewood we then joined the path to the Macclesfield Canal and turned south to walk towards our start point at Higher Poynton. From here we continued along the canal to Wood Lanes Marina where we rejoined the Middlewood Way to return to the start point once again. The distance was about 5/6 miles and the walk took around three hours with a coffee break.

Lunch was taken at the Boars Head Pub in Higher Poynton where we enjoyed an excellent home made mince and onion pie.
 

Car Park at Nelson Pit, Higher Poynton

 

Waterfall along the Middlewood Way

 

Canal Towpath - Lyme Park in background

 

http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/leisure,_culture_and_tourism/ranger_service/countryside_sites/nelson_pit_visitor_centre.aspx

https://boarsheadpub.com

 

 

Birtle - Saturday 11th February 2017

The first walk of the 2017 season started from the Pack Horse Inn, Birtle on the lower slopes of the Pennines above Heywood. On a cold wet windy Saturday we set off from the Inn to follow the road north on a long steady climb to the hamlet of Birtle where we then turned to follow the path along the edge of Ashworth Valley. Unfortunately from the top the views over Lancashire were obscured by cloud and mist but the views of the wooded valley with Cheesden Brook running through provided some compensation.

We made a detour from the route to visit Nabs Wife the site of the former Tea room and weaving mill known as Kershaws Bridge. The site is now occupied by a private dwelling  although the old mill yard is still evident. From here we continued along the edge of the valley before turning to take the path across fields to return to the start point and a long leisurely lunch in the pub!

Further information:

http://www.packhorseinnbury.co.uk/about

http://heywoodmonkey.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/the-lost-mills-of-cheesden-valley.html

 

Pack Horse Inn Birtle

 

View of Ashworth Valley

 

Entrance to  Nabs Wife

 

Nabs Wife 2017

 

Site of Mill and  Tea Room

 

Cheesden Brook, Ashworth Valley

 

Waiting for our dinner!
 

 

The Tea Room I remember. Situated at Nabs Farm

Christmas Ramble and Lunch - Mobberley

The Christmas Ramble was held last Saturday in Mobberley. In the morning on a very mild December day  a party of 10 walkers enjoyed a short circular walk around Mobberley finishing at the Railway Inn. Here we were joined by other members of our group, to enjoy an excellent Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings. Thanks to Mike and Judith for organizing both the walk and the lunch.

 

Details of the walk route can be found in Railway Walks in Cheshire at PDF]Rail Walks - Cheshire East Council

 

At the start

 

The train now standing.......is holding us up!

 

We think this is Rudolph......but no red nose

 

Two headed Rudolph

 

St Wilfred's Mobberley

 

Wellies essential on this part of the route.

 

Christmas lunch in the Railway Inn

 

Arley Hall Circular - Saturday 12th November 2016

 
A disastrous start to this walk. Wet weather, traffic problems with 10 kilometre run in area which resulted in a late start and shortened route. However, on the plus start the rain stopped and we enjoyed an excellent ramble around the area in spite of muddy fields and tracks. The walk finished with an excellent lunch in the Garden Kitchen at Arley Hall.
 
The ramblers
 
Wet lanes
 
Muddy fields
 
Winter wheat
 

 

 
 
 
A disappointing turnout for a what was an excellent walk on a warm October Saturday. The route took us via fields of corn on the cob over to Budworth where we then followed paths across fields to the mere. From this point we continued along the trail to Maybury Country Park and enjoyed a stroll via woodlands to the canal. After a short walk along the tow-path we then followed the well laid out route around Neumans Flash, with its abundant bird life, to return to the starting point at the Salt Works.
 
 
Lunch was taken in the Salt Barge which was the perfect end to a day in the fresh air and countryside.   
 
 
Battling our way through the corn on the cob
 
....and now a field of turnips
 
Coffee  break
 
Great Budworth Mere
 
Heading for the canal
 
Woodland in Maybury Country Park
 
Picnic break
 

Biddulph Moor - Saturday 14th July 2016

 
 Seven intrepid (foolhardy?) ramblers and one small dog braved the weather to go to Biddulph Moor. The drive there was through torrential rain and flooded roads, but the rain eased when we arrived at Biddulph Grange. Even so we started out wading uphill though fields running with water, and the views of Cheshire from the top were rather watery. After lunch in the pub, we strolled round Biddulph Grange Gardens, which the National Trust have restored to their eccentric Victorian state.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Lathkill Dale Saturday 14th May 2016

 
Six of us walked up Lathkill Dale from Over Haddon to Fern Dale, returning via One Ash Grange and Cales Dale. It may have looked a perfect Spring day but there was a chilly breeze. The purple orchids, saxifrage and cowslips were on full bloom but we were just to early for the Jacob’s Ladder. The walk finished with very welcome teas and large slices of cake in the garden overlooking the dale.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Bollington - Saturday 9th April 2016

 
On a fine sunny Saturday morning seven of our group prepare ourselves for a ramble in the Bollington area. From the Rangers Office in Bollington we set off along the Middlewood Way towards Marple before turning off after about one mile to take the short ascent across fields to Styperson Lake, Here we took a short stop to view the wildlife before making the sharp steep ascent up to Long Lane.

By this time it was 'Coffee Time' and we found a suitable bench where we could sit and enjoy the views across Cheshire and out to the Dee Estuary. Well rested we then made the descent across open fields to join the towpath along the Macclesfield Canal. Leaving at Bollington we enjoyed a pleasant stroll through the local park and back to our start point.

After our morning exertions we then adjourned to the Vale Inn where we all enjoyed an excellent lunch.
 
Styperson Lake
 
Muddy path to Long Lane
 
Old quarry on ascent to Long Lane
 
View across Cheshire
 
Narrow boats on Macclesfield Canal
 
Underneath the Skew Bridge
 
Lunch in the Vale Inn

Dunham Town - Saturday 12th March 2016

 
Thirteen ramblers started this 6 mile walk from the Axe & Cleaver in Dunham Town and then followed the Bridgewater Canal for about two miles heading towards Lymm. At  Agden Bridge we left the canal and followed paths, through pleasant countryside to Arthill. It was in this section many of us found the going difficult because of ankle deep mud around many of the stiles. After crossing more fields we arrived in Bollington and from there entered Dunham Massey Park. Leaving the park we then enjoyed a gentle stroll through the village back to the pub.

With a short break for coffee the walk took just 3 hours and we were back in time to enjoy a hearty lunch at the Axe & Cleaver.

Axe & Cleaver
 
Bridgewater Canal from Agden Bridge
 
Mud and stiles!
 
River Bollin at entrance to Dunham Massey
 

 

Ashley Rail Trail - Saturday 13th January 2016

 
We began this walk at the Greyhound Public House in Ashley and the first part of the route was through the village. After passing the church of St Elizabeth we joined a farm track heading north which took us up to Ashley Hall and farm and eventually onto the Ashley/Hale Road. From  here we joined another farm track and crossed open countryside to Jenkins farm.

It was along this path we found a picnic bench under an old oak tree where we stopped for our coffee break. The next part of the walk was across open fields towards the M56 Motorway. We had been warned that it would be muddy along this stretch but it was far worse than anticipated. After crossing the motorway the path was so muddy to make it impassable and we consulted the map to seek an alternative route.Fortunately there was one available which took us down to Bollin Brook and then back to Ashley which made the walk slightly longer than expected but we were still back at the Pub in good time to enjoy an excellent lunch.

Directions for this walk can be found at http://www.midcheshirerail.org.uk/uploads/rail-walks-in-knutsford-and-surrounding-villages.pdf

Greyhound Public House http://www.thegreyhoundashley.co.uk/
 

A good turn out for February!
 
St Elizabeth Ashley
 
Coffee time under the old oak tree
 
Woodland along route
 
Crossing M56  by high rise footbridge
 
Bollin Brook