Christmas Ramble - Saturday 13th December 2014
|Start Point - The Golden Pheasant
|More of Holford Moss
|Crossing fields on route to Holford Hall
Christmas lunch at the Golden Pheasant
Afterwards we adjourned to the Vale Inn where we had an excellent lunch in company with other members of our group who had been unable to come on the walk.
|Morning coffee on the Middlewood Way
|Planning where to go next!
|Autumn scene on Macclesfield Canal
|Trudging along in the rain!
|Lunch at the Vale Inn Bollington
The walk concluded with a visit to the Harrington Arms for liquid refreshment.
|Setting off from Gawsworth
|Swing bridge on Macclesfield Canal
|Lunch stop at Bosley Lock
|North Rode Manor fish pond
|Crossing field on route to Gawsworth
|Gawsworth Hall Lake
|Outside the Craven Arms
|Ice cream break
|On the road
On a beautiful sunny day, nine of us set out on a 6 mile walk from Eyam, led by Hilary. Eyam is noted for being the legendary plague village in the Peak District. We headed for Foolow, via fields full of wild flowers and grazing sheep. . Foolrow with its village green, a pond with roaming ducks and 14th century cross. There we called in the church where we helped ourselves to free tea/coffee and biscuits, but of course left our donations in grateful thanks for refreshments.
Further on we had a steep climb up to Eyam Edge – phew. Now along the edge with stunning views on either side, The Edge, we learn, is the dividing line between the dark peak and the white peak, passing the Barrell Inn, one of our group did sneak in for a quick half! It was here we met up with nine horsemen who refused our request for a lift back to Eyam but if our request had been accepted it is doubtful if any of our group would have been able to mount the horse.
Eventually, we left the Edge to begin the steep descent back to Eyam village and where we passed some lovely alpacas on the way. Back in the village and into the Tea Rooms for drinks and cakes making a very sociable end to our walk.
|Morning Coffee at Foolow
The Sandstone Trail - Saturday 10th May 2014
May's walk was south west of Chester in the hilly bit, north of Cholmondeley Castle. Five of us set off for the Sandstone Pub at Fullers Moor on the A534 certain we would get wet and be denied the amazing distance views. We need not have worried as, apart from a few spits and spots, we stayed dry while enjoying clear and bright conditions. It was a bit windy though!
Essentially we completed our own mini 'Three Peaks' circuit. We first went North of the A534 through the village of Harthill and then climbed steadily up to the trig point (740 ft) on the top of Raw Head. It made a wonderful and well earned coffee stop. We thought we had lost one party member as she disappeared into Bloody Bones Cave to explore!
The rest of the walk followed the Sandstone Trail. We went down to the main road crossing it at Gallantry Bank, passing the lovely Bickerton Church before climbing up again for our second 'Peak ' and more distant views at the Kitty Wheeldon Memorial on the top of Bickerton Hill. We could see Liverpool Cathedral from here. We walked along the ridge with a bit more down and up and lunch with a view, before reaching our final 'summit' of Larkton Hill. This is the site of earthworks of the ancient Hill Fort of Maiden Castle.
So then we had to get down. There were some very steep steps but really it was a lovely walk through the woods, and then through the village of Brown Knowl. Finally it was back for a drink In the pub before driving back.
The backdrop to the whole of this walk was the wonderful green freshness of new growth every where and the beautiful colours of the spring wild flowers.
All in all----A GOOD WALK
Once at the top the walk continues across open moorland until you reach Cowm Edge, a quite spectacular horse shoe shaped outcrop from which you have extensive views across Lancashire. The route then continues along the top for about a mile before turning to cross the moorland and the descent back to the valley below.
|Mr & Mrs Hartill on the way to'Harthill'
|On the path to Cowm Edge
|The views from Cowm Edge
|Outside the Miners Arms
|The lake in Lyme Park used for location shots in Pride and Prejudice