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)

Our last walk- Saturday 10th November 2018

Ashworth and Norden, Rochdale.

St Jame's Church, Ashworth


A party of six set out from Norden, Rochdale for this 5 mile ramble through the local countryside.From the car park we turned into Black Pits Lane and very soon arrived at the footpath alongside Naden Brook. At the bridge next to remains of the old mill, we crossed the river, and then began the climb out of the valley to a farm track which leads up to the ancient church of St James Bamford and the former pub known as the Chapel House, which is now a residential home.

Here we stopped to admire the old church with its interesting grave stones and the views across Lancashire to Manchester and Derbyshire. We then crossed the fields to the old schoolhouse before joining Ashworth Rd to take us down to Simpson and Gelder Cloughs. Unfortunately we found the road closed because of a landslide and we had to retrace our steps and take an alternative path down to the valley. Not wishing to miss out the scenery at Simpson Clough we took a detour through the valley knowing that we would have to retrace our steps, but it was worth the effort and we found a grassy bank for a coffee break.

Returning the way we had come we then passed through Carr Wood and walked along the Naden Valley to Black Pits where we extended the walk by following the Millcroft Brook up to the tearooms (now closed) and then back to our start point.

Lunch followed at the Bridge Chippy where we enjoyed traditional Lancashire fish and chips!  

Bridge Chippy Norden

Start of walk. Black Pits Lane
Ruins of Black Pit Mill
Farm track up to Chapel House
Bit of history!

The old school house
Didn't meet any of them!
Ashworth Rd in autumn sunshine

Ashworth Rd - Autumn Colour
Jowkin Wood
Friendly gatekeeper at Carr Wood
Weir at Carr Wood


Just a load of old bull - but a bit too friendly!
Lunch at the chippy! Mmmmm.


Our last walk - Saturday 20th October

Lymm - Byeways and canals

On a sunny Saturday morning eight of us set off from the Henry St car park in the centre of Lymm for a walk around the surrounding countryside. For the first leg of the route we followed the tow path of the Bridgewater Canal heading towards Manchester. After about 1.5 miles we left the path to join the B5159 which took us under the canal. After continuing along the road for about half a mile we reached a stile on the left which took us into a field of sugar beet where we made a stop for a coffee break.

The path then continued along the sides of the field and eventually we entered  Spud Wood. After a short walk through the trees the route followed along the byeways of Lymm until we finally arrived at St Mary's church.

From here we joined the pathway  to walk around Lymm Dam and finally back to our start in Lymm.The walk was about 5 miles and there is plenty of interesting scenery and wildlife along the track.

Lunch was at the Spread Eagle in Lymm. 

How sugar is made from Beet.     http://www.sucrose.com/lbeet.html


Granthams Bridge
On the towpath
Field of Sugar Beet
Coffee Break
St Mary's Church Lymm
Lymm Dam
Cormorants drying out. Lymm Dam


Barley Circular - Saturday 8th September 2018

Barley Circular

Village Hall Barley 

We left St. Paul’s Church under a threatening sky towards the beautiful village of Barley in Lancashire only to find the rain had set in on our arrival about an hour later.

Six of us left the car park for the old water works building which now boasts a glorious conversion to apartments.Next over the footbridge to our first climb of the day over a rather boggy, clumpy set of fields. As expected, the path proved a little difficult to follow here but after a bit of team work, we were back on track passing a farmhouse and over the hill towards Newchurch, The village is famous for its ‘Witches Galore Shop’ and usually has three old stuffed crones sitting outside but their absence probably reflected the extreme weather conditions that proved too much, even for them! Originally the village was called Goldshaw Booth but the Newchurch name came into use in October 1544 when John Bird, Bishop of Chester, consecrated the new church of St. Mary. Prior to that, there had been a chapel recorded on the site of the current church since 1250.There is an oval set in the west face of the tower known as the ‘all seeing eye of God’, reputed to protect the villagers from evil.

This and other surrounding villages are, of course, famous for their ‘witches’ who suffered the trials in Lancaster Castle following various reported activities which were put down to their craft.
We escaped the rain by sheltering inside the church where we were greeted by a couple of ladies who had, following the cancellation of their village flower festival, decided to provide coffee and homemade cake for anybody crazy enough to venture out in such dire conditions.As we dried our gear and settled down to coffee and cake, they explained how the church had become part of the Blackburn Diocese only in 1926, so we said we would think of them in 2026 when they would be celebrating their centenary within the diocese.

Much as it would have been lovely to spend all day in the church, we set off in intrepid fashion along the road towards Sabden Fold, past the Shekinah Christian Centre.Then came our second climb over Driver Height which is not only terribly steep, but tantalised us with many false summits before reaching the top, made all the more ‘fun’ by the driving rain.Despite all these forces working against it being a nice walk, everybody came together in camaraderie fashion and decided this was a good place to take numerous photos of the group,  while we tried to stumble our way down the steep drop toward the reservoir. Then along the easiest  part of the walk back to Barley following the reservoir.

We passed Pendle Hill which is, of course, famous for George Fox who experienced his vision there which led to his forming The Quaker Movement.

Back at the car park, we dried off and headed for ‘The Barley Mow’ who welcomed us with some very good food.

A great day and turnout considering the weather, though maybe the next one should be planned for a nice hot summer’s day.



Preparing to set off


At the summit Driver Heights
Path down to Ogden Reservoir



Nearly back at the start

The Barley Mow      https://barleymowpendle.co.uk/


Marple Bridge - Saturday 18th August 2018


A slightly larger than normal group of 11 walkers started the 3.5 mile circular route from Brabyns Brow Park in Marple Bridge. The walk took us past the site of the demolished Brabyns Hall which had been used as a military hospital in the First World War. We followed the course of the River Goyt, taking time to look at a discarded foundation stone from Monsal, to stop and admire the listed Iron Bridge. This was built in 1813 by the Salford Iron Works. A team of Friends of The Park were hard at work on keeping it free from weeds. 

We took a short diversion to look at the point of confluence of the rivers Goyt and the Etherow before crossing the river at Compstall and continuing into Redbrow Wood. After heading across farmland we reached the steps leading up to the Marple Aquaduct which is 100ft above ground level. 

Following the Canal, we passed the start of of Marple’s 16 locks and descended a path back to Brabyns Park. After the interesting walk the group adjourned to The Railway pub in Marple for lunch. 


The Railway , Marple   -     https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/railwayrosehill

Setting off - Brabyns Park


Iron Bridge




Break for a chat!


View Point


River crossing


Quick break down by the river


Plenty of places to rest on this route


Aqueduct build details


Crossing the aqueduct
Lunch at 'The Railway'


Elmerhurst Woods and Lyme Park

The group started the walk from the Nelson Pit Visitor centre car park. The miners here used to work 400 feet underground for the princely sum of £1.95 for a 5 1/2 day week! We walked a short distance along the Macclesfield Canal which had been used to ferry the coal by barges pulled by 14 horses. 

We followed a circular route utilising part of the Middlewood Way which was originally the Macclesfield to Marple railway which was open from 1869 to 1970. We walked through two woods (Elmerhurst and Crow) leading to the National Trust owned Lyme Park. A short refreshment break was taken in the grounds before completing the circuit to have lunch at the Boars Head pub where the pies are to be recommended.   

Nelson Pit Start Point


Along Macclesfield Canal


Crossing canal to enter Lyme Park
No muddy paths here


Elmerhurst Woods


Lyme Park


We begin our way home


Boars Head - waiting for the pies to come!


The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail - Saturday 9th June 2018

On a warm sunny Saturday a party of 8 of us set out for Ingleton to explore this very scenic area of the Yorkshire Dales. The journey to the start of the walk took us about an hour and an half from Stockport  and entrance to the Trail is £6 per head but includes the car park.

The footpaths are all well maintained and there are ample directions and points of interest along the route. Although the walk is listed as moderate there are steps to be climbed at each fall to the next level and plenty of time is required to view the magnificent waterfalls, local scenery and occasionally rest the weary legs. 

Half way round we stopped to enjoy a picnic lunch in the sun before making our way back to the start point. Everyone enjoyed the walk immensely but we were all glad to reach the teashop at the end and appreciate a cup of tea and cake.

Setting off


Swilla Glen


Pecca Falls
Plenty of signs along the route
Tricky manoeuvre


Into the woods.





More water
Stop to admire the view



Multiple waterfalls



Ingleton Village


Ingleton Waterfalls Trail



Lathkill Dale - Saturday 12th May 2018

Our route started at Over Haddon above Lathkill Dale near Bakewell and I remember thinking, as we descended the steep road to the bottom of the Dale, that at the end of the walk this hill would be the sting in the tale.

The walk along the dale was beautiful with the sparkling water to our left. The path starts as a very well constructed track but as we got deeper and deeper into the dale the track became more rugged and the feeling of walking in the bottom of a steep sided valley was more intense. There are caves on the way and one was explored by two of the younger group members!

To reach the head of the dale the route was really quite challenging for some of us and required care by all. Eventually we were at the top of the cliffs and began our walk back. The views were such a contrast to the earlier ones. These gave the wonderful feeling of expansiveness that is so precious to urban dwellers. It was a D of E weekend and it was great to see cheerful groups of young people out in the country side working together and enjoying themselves. Some of their map reading needed a bit more work though and one of our group gave a good piece of advice saying that if you thought you had to climb a wall with no stile you had gone wrong.

From here a well trodden path went through a farmyard  where a Blue poster pointed the way to the various nearby places. The route then dropped back into the valley bottom and we walked somewhat slowly back to Over Haddon. Of course there was that slog up to the car park but there was the reward of the Garden tearooms with huge pieces of fantastic cake. A good walk with a few challenges and beautiful weather.

Setting off up the Dale


The path follows the river for much of the walk


Enjoying a break by the waterfall


Caving in Derbyshire!


The path to the head of the Dale


All Routes thataway!



First of the summer flowers


Marsh Marigolds


 Cowslips, early purple orchids and meadow saxifrages
. The limestone grassland was full of them.

Dunham Massey - Saturday 14th April 2018

Our group repeated a short, 4 mile, circular walk from the Axe and Cleaver at Dunham Massey. The weather was a distinct improvement on last September although parts of the canal path were muddy. No heron was sighted this time unfortunately but a canoe was spotted on the canal. The walk took us through the village and the National Trust site where some retail therapy was undertaken in the NT shop! Everyone enjoyed the meal at the Axe and Cleaver at the end of the walk. 

Dunham Massey House and Grounds

Axe & Cleaver Dunham Massey

Towpath on BridgewaterCanal



Lone canoeist on canal


Coffee time.


Don't fancy that muddy field


We'll use this muddy path instead


Ancient oak tree entrance to Park


Axe & Cleaver for a good lunch.

Alderley Edge - Saturday 14th March 2018

We had a pleasant walk at Alderley, mostly on the south side of the Macclesfield Road, through the old mine workings and Windmill Wood, ending up on the Edge at Stormy Point, with a view across to Lyme Park and the Peak District. We had to negotiate a couple of quagmires and one tunnel under a fallen tree. Fortunately the walk just fitted into the gap between two bands of heavy rain. Lunch at the Wizard was good, if very slow.

National Trust Car Park


Alderley Edge


View across Cheshire


Woodland sculpture


Don't think he will be winning the 'National'


Lake on route


Heading back across the fields


Tree hazard



Greenbooth and Naden Reservoirs - Saturday 10th February 2018

Due to extremely wet and cold weather conditions we had to cancel this walk. We shall probably tackle it later in the year when the weather will have improved.


Christmas Ramble & Lunch - 9th December 2017

At the start on a cold and frosty morning

This year our Christmas ramble started from the Greyhound Inn at Ashley in Cheshire and a party of twelve set off to explore the paths and bye ways of this pretty Cheshire village. As always, this walk is more about lunch than ramble and the short four mile walk meant we were back at the Greyhound in plenty of time to enjoy an excellent Christmas Dinner in warm, comfortable surroundings.


Details of the walk can be found at http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/leisure,_culture_and_tourism/ranger_service/free-walk-leaflets.aspx    under Rail Walks.

Greyhound Inn http://www.thegreyhoundashley.co.uk/


Off into the snow


Coffee break in the cold


Muddy path by M56 Motorway


Tripping through the mud.


Back onto the fields


Making our way to the pub!


Christmas dinner at the Greyhound

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'.


Lion Salt Works                          Cock at Budworth


All ready to go - Salt Works Northwich


Trent Mersey Canal




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




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









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






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:




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