Walks

08/02/2023 Wednesday Gawsworth 6.5 miles easy, Leader Bob Swinburne

The walk starts at 10am on the road between Gawsworth church and the Harrington Arms pub. (Postcode SK11 9RJ)

Directions to the start. From Wilmslow proceed along the Alderley Edge bypass. At the end of the bypass bear right, signposted A34 Congleton/Macclesfield. At the Bengal Tiger Lily restaurant traffic lights, turn left, signposted Gawsworth Hall. Proceed ahead for approximately three miles to the next roundabout and take the third exit, signposted Gawsworth Hall. At the next T junction, turn left and go straight over the main road at the cross roads onto Church Lane. Pass the entrance to Gawsworth Hall and Gawsworth church and park on the road between the church and the Harrington Arms pub.

Details of walk. This is a pleasant stroll through the bucolic Cheshire countryside, with a scarcity of ascents and descents. Throughout most of the walk we are overlooked by the iconic mast of Croker Hill and occasionally we may glimpse dazzling sunlight reflected from Jodrell Bank’s bravura dish.

Our journey takes us through lush pastureland, winding country lanes and along the towpath of the Macclesfield canal, including five of the twelve locks making up the Bosley Flight.

13/02/2023 Monday Rushton Spencer and Bosley Cloud 9 miles moderate leader Marjorie McLoughlin

Start of walk. 

Walk starts at 10am from Staffordshire Countryside old station car park behind the Knot Inn. SJ936625. Post code SK11 0QU

Directions to start 

From Macclesfield take the Leek Road A523. As you enter Rushton Spencer the Knot Inn is signed as a right turn along Station Lane. The free car park is adjacent to the Inn car park. 

Description

The walk takes us along field, woodland and hill paths, back lanes and a short stretch of a busier road. On the recce some paths were very muddy so be prepared. 

19/02/2023 Sunday, Alphin Pike and Great Dove Stone Rocks, 8 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A high circuit that visits Alphin Pike, Chew Reservoir and Great Dove Stones Rocks. The route provides magnificent views over the Dovestone Reservoir and to the west over Greater Manchester.

Difficulty: A long stroll with short steep ascents and descents. Some paths may be muddy.

Walk start: 10:30hrs at Dovestone Reservoir Car Park, Greenfield, Oldham, OL3 7NE. Lat/Long 53.527766, -1.981176. OS map OL1. Grid Ref: SE 01335 03477

Route: Dovestone Reservoir Car Park, Intake Lane, White Lee, Greave, Alphin Pike 469m, Chew Hurdles, Chew Reservoir, Bramley's Cot, Great Dove Stones Rocks, Dean Rocks, Sunny Brow, Footbridge, Dovestone Reservoir Car Park.

Outdooractive details and route map: https://out.ac/IFbGoT

22/02/2023 Wednesday, Adlington and Styperson Pool, 6.5 miles, easy/moderate, leader Angela Legge

The walk starts at 10am from the large layby on the A523 near the Legh Arms, Adlington, midway between Poynton and Prestbury. SJ911804. Postcode for the Legh Arms is SK10 4NA.

Directions: Take the A555 Eastern Link Road to the junction with the A523. Turn right and continue to the layby on the left just before the Legh Arms pub. Please park at the far end away from the refreshments van.

Walk details: A varied walk on tracks and through meadows, woods and farms, along the Macclesfield Canal towpath and on quiet roads. There are scenic views towards the hills and we pass Styperson Pool, one of the few lakes in the area, and the picturesque Lyme View Marina at Adlington Basin. The walk is generally easy but some parts can be muddy so poles and gaiters might be useful.

27/02/2023 Monday Jacksons Brickyard Car Park, Bowstones and Lyme Park 9 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

Start of walk at 10am is Jacksons Brickyard car park SK12 1TY, grid ref SJ 945844.

 Directions to start: Go to Poynton and along Park Lane past Waitrose on LHS. Where the road splits, take left hand fork Middlewood Road. Continue on this past Anson Road on RHS to Pool House road, turning right at car park sign. Drive short distance along the road into the car park. 

The walk leaves the car park on Ladybrook Valley Interest Trail, over the canal to Parkgate , then to Bollinghurst Bridge, East Lodge and the Bowstones, into Lyme Park, where we will stop at the toilets, out of Lyme Park to the canal, returning via the canal towpath.

NOTE:  originally this walk was to be train to Stockport and walk back.  However the train is now a replacement bus with a long journey time, so I postponed that walk until later in the year.

08/03/2023 Wednesday Baslow Edge and Chatsworth Estate, 7.5 miles Moderate. Leaders Maire Casey and Kate Stross

The walk starts at 10.30am from the Curbar Gap National Trust car park, S32 3YR.  Parking there costs (I think) £5 all day or you can leave your National Trust card on the dashboard.  To get to the carpark, take the A623 through Stoney Middleton and into Calver.  Go straight at the traffic lights where the A625 crosses the A623 then drive through Calver and take the next left turn crossing the River Derwent.  From this road turn left up Curbar Lane,  this goes through Curbar village and up the hill, it becomes Bar Road and then Clodhall Lane.  The car park is on the left about 1.2 miles from where you turn onto Curbar Lane and there is a bit of free parking along the road before the carpark.  No loos at the car park I am afraid.

The walk:  We walk along Baslow Edge then down a path and into Baslow.  There are loos in the car park in Baslow which serves visitors to the Chatsworth Estate.  We enter the estate and, if they are still there, may look at the Burning Man sculptures which have been erected in the park.  Then cross the park, climbing to a path at the top of the slope.  From there we walk along Dobbs Edge, down to Robin Hood and then a gentle climb up to Gardom's Edge following the edge back towards where we started.  We may meet some of the gorgeous highland cattle which graze in the area.  We pass the Wellington monument and then turn back towards the Curbar Gap car park.    Most of the climbs are gentle, but this is a lovely varied walk. with great views if the weather is good.

NOTE 1 late start as the starting point is the other side of the Peak District


13/03/2023 Monday Sponds Hill from Bollington, 8.5 miles, moderate, leader Angela Legge


Details to follow

23/03/2023, Thursday, Lathkill Dale, 8 miles, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: An exploration of the beautiful LathKill Dale, followed by a traverse through farmland to the River Bradford and the picturesque village of Youlgrave. From Youlgrave we walk past the famous fishing weirs in the Lathkill Dale valley back to our stating point in Over Haddon.

Difficulty: A moderate stroll with some slippery rock and muddy paths.

Start: 10:30hrs at Over Haddon Car Park, 8 Monyash Rd, Over Haddon, Bakewell DE45 1HZ. Lat/Long 53.194759, -1.696959. OS Map OL 24, OS Grid Ref SK 20288 66427

Route:  Over Haddon Car Park, Lathkill Dale, Palmerston Wood, Weir and Footbridge, Limestone Way, Calling Low, Lomberdale Hall, Weir, River bradford, Youlgrave Village, Aniscroft Farm, Conksbury Bridge, Weirs, Over Haddon Car Park.

Refreshments: The Peak Feast bakery in Youlgrave may be open for tea and cakes.

Naming convention: The Highways Agency usees ‘Youlgrave’ on a number of different local signposts throughout the area. Most locals also use ‘Youlgrave’, although the official name on Ordnance Survey maps is ‘Youlgreave’.

Outdooractive details and route map: https://out.ac/ICnKkt 

02/04/2023 Sunday Leader Clare Pinder

24/04/2023 Monday Chinley, Cracken Edge, Peep'o Day South Head 8.5 mls moderate leader Peter Attwell

The walk starts at 10am in the village of Chinley, best post code I could find is SK23 6DE.

Directions to the start:   Take A555 airport link road eastwards to the end, turn right on to A6 and go through Disley.  After Furness Vale, look for the sharp left hand turn back on yourself to Buxworth and Chinley. Go through Buxworth and into Chinly on Lower Lane. Ignore the railway signs. Go to the end of the road past some shops and follow the road round to the left, becoming Green Lane. Follow this for a couple of hundred metres and where is bears right keep straight on over the railway bridge. You will see the war memorial. At the end of the bridge turn immediately left and park on the road by the railway embankment wall.

The route climbs steeply up to Cracken Edge to a high level path, avoiding the eroded section, turning right along the Edge, dropping down to Peep O’Day, then to Mount Famine, a climb to the top of South Head, turning right to return to Chinley via Shireoaks, Wash and Chapel Milton.

In bad weather the route can be altered to reduce and avoid the major ascents. Poles are useful during the first ascent and the return path can be muddy.

30/04/2023 Sunday Wildboarclough and Cat & Fiddle 9 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

Start of walk at 10am: Clough House car park, Wildboarclough grid reference SJ 9874 6996. post code SK11 0BD

Direction so start:  go to Macclesfield and turn left at Arighi Bianchi on Buxton Road. Go towards Buxton and shortly after Walker Barn, bear right on old road for about 1.5 miles, turn right at Stanley Arms to Wildboarclough. Continue for about 1.5 miles and turn left into car park.

The walk goes parallel to the road and then up the road by Crag Hall, over the moors to Three Shire Heads, to Orchard Common, over the moors to Dane Head, over Axe Edge Moor, crossing the Buxton Road to the old road out of Buxton, Derbyshire Bridge (toilets), to Cat and Fiddle, over the moor to Cumberland Brook, to the car park. Time about 5 hours.

The path to Cumberland Brook is a short section steep downhill. Otherwise there are no steep parts.