Walks

02/12/2021, Thursday, Higher Poynton to Furnace Vale 10 miles Moderate, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

Walk starts at 10am at Nelson Pit car park Higher Poynton. SJ945832 Post code SK12 1TH. This is a pay and display car park costing £3. There may be roadside parking near the car park.

Directions: From the centre of Poynton follow Park Lane for almost a mile, keep left at the first major fork then fork right up Anson Road. Go over the cross roads by the Boar’s Head and turn left into the car park.

Walk description: The walk takes us from Higher Poynton into Lyme Park. We climb from the woods to Bowstones Farm and on to Lantern Wood. From there we walk along field tracks to the Dipping Stone and on to Furnace Vale. Our return route, along pleasant paths passes two reservoirs, crosses the main drive into Lyme Park and on to Macclesfield canal returning to the car park.

06/12/2021, Monday, Lyme Park from Poynton. 8 miles. Easy/Moderate. Leader Angela Legge

The walk starts at 10am at Poynton Pool, South Park Drive Car Park off the A523 . Postcode SK12 1BR (approx location only. You will see the car park on the left before satnav tells you to turn right!) OS Grid Reference SJ19 25842

Directions: From Wilmslow make your way to Poynton via the A5149 Chester Road and at the roundabout in the village turn left onto the A523 in the direction of Hazel Grove. In 0.3 miles turn right into South Park Drive. Follow the Drive round to the small, free car park on the left by Poynton Pool.

If you prefer to take the Airport Relief Road to the junction with the A523 turn right onto the A523, pass Brookside Garden Centre and in just over a mile turn left into South Park Drive.

Walk Description: The route follows Princes Incline to the Middlewood Way and Macclesfield Canal, continuing to Ryles Wood and Elmerhurst Cottage, where we enter Lyme Park. The only steep, but short, ascent on this walk is up to The Cage, thought to have been erected as a vantage point to watch stag hunting. From The Cage we take a wide, mown path down towards Lyme Hall before heading out of Lyme Park. We walk along a lane, passing Haresteads Farm and Elm Wood, down to the Canal Marina at Higher Poynton. We return to the start via Anson Road and Petre Bank ( an old colliery incline) .

08/12/2021, Wednesday, Annual General Meeting, Wilmslow Guild Bourne Street at 19.30

AGM at Wilmslow Guild at 19.30, with slide show and refreshments

13/12/2021, Monday, Christmas Lunch walk with lunch at Plough and Flail, leader Peter Riley

The walk will start at 10.00am from the car park at the Plough & Flail. Post code WA11 7DB. There's plenty of parking space in the pub car park. The route will be dictated by conditions on the day, and we'll aim to get back in time to be able to sit down at 1.00pm. There will be one stop for coffee. Anyone not doing the walk should aim to arrive at the pub at 1245hrs for the 1300 hrs sit-down.

We are the only group currently booked in there for 13 Dec 2021 lunchtime so we'll basically have the run of the place. We are going to be sited in the room next to the main door. It accommodates up to 20 diners and should be warm and cosy. For those worried about Covid it should be noted that the room is fairly roomy, has a high-ish ceiling and a good extractor fan. It can be partitioned off from the rest of the seating area and the staff will be wearing masks.


On top of the usual a-la-carte menu they are putting on special Christmas menus - a two course for £18 and a four course at £22. I've got copies of the menus if anyone wants a preview. There is no need to pre-order - just let the staff know what you want when you arrive. It is hoped some menus will be availble at AGM on Wednesday 8 December.


There's currently no restriction on numbers but it might be a good idea if attendees could text me beforehand.


19/12/21, Sunday, Gradbach to Flash, Knotbury and Three Shires Head, 8.2 miles, moderate, leader Clare Pinder.

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29/12/21, Wednesday, Mince Pie walk around SE Wilmslow 6.5 miles easy leader Peter and Tress Attwell

Meet at Meadow Drive Car Park Wilmslow post code SK9 1NB free parking on a Sunday at 9.30 am.

To get to the car park, heading north turn right at the BP garage in the centre of Wilmslow and follow the road into the car park (not the one right in front of the leisure centre).

The walk follows the field paths around south east Wilmslow to return along the River Bollin.

Mince pies and mulled wine will be served in our garden. The return to the car park takes about 15 minutes.

The mince pies will be served close to the end of the walk at between 12noon and 12.30 so there will be an earlier short coffee stop. There will be no lunch stop.

There will be a collection of up to £2.50 per person for mince pies, mulled wine and cake plus seconds.

The paths may be very muddy so gaiters could be helpful.


02/01/22, Sunday, Wilmslow, 6 miles easy, Leader Donald Henderson

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10/01/22 Monday Tatton Park 8 miles easy Leader Angela Legge

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16/01/22 Sunday Leader Peter Attwell

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20/01/22, Thursday Prestbury Leader Lynn Davies

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24/01/22, Monday Lymn, The Bongs, High Legh and Thelwall 8.5 miles Easy leader Carol McLoughlin

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30/01/22, Sunday Redesmere, Siddington and Capesthorne. 7 miles Easy, leader Marjorie McLoughlin

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07/02/22, Monday, Gawsworth and Danes Moss. 8 miles Easy Leader Marjorie McLoughlin

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13/02/22 Sunday Leader Peter Attwell

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21/02/22, Monday From Alderley Park 8 miles Easy leader Carol McLoughlin

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13/03/22, Sunday Wildboarclough and Cat and Fiddle 9 miles moderate Leader Peter Attwell

Start of walk: 10am Clough House car park, Wildboarclough grid reference SJ 9874 6996.

Nearest post code SK11 0BE

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.