Cheshire Ring canal walk, stage 3, Saturday 27 November Macclesfield to Hyde
For stage 3 of our Cheshire Ring canal walk, in addition to our usual
crew of Tracy, Linda, Sue and myself; we were honoured to be joined by
Joan and Margaret, a new member. So, with the exception of yours truly,
it really was a case of ‘here come the girls’.
We alighted at Macclesfield and started the walk by following the
Middlewood trail out of town. Yes, I know that the Middlewood trail
follows the course of the old railway line, but it sort of cuts a corner
off, if that’s not cheating. Linda set out at an express pace but did
eventually slow down a bit, so the rest of us were able to get our
At Bollington, the aroma of coffee wafting from the Mill shop was too
much to resist and we stopped for refreshments. By the time we resumed
our walk, the sun had come out; and this made for a lovely day for
walking, if on the cold side.
We pushed on to Marple where we were due to rendezvous with Philomena
by the locks at lunch time. Unfortunately we never did meet up because
Phil had missed her train at Hyde owing to the fact that she had been
waiting on the wrong platform; enough said……..
We pushed on to Romiley and did make our next meeting at John
Gregory’s. We resisted the temptation to shin over John’s back wall and
went the front way. John very kindly plied us with mulled wine, tea and
biscuits before we made our way towards Hyde as it was beginning to get
dark, including going through Woodley tunnel, the stygian gloom relieved
by Tracy’s head torch.
Thanks to all who came along, and hopefully Margaret has not been put
off for ever. And yes, a blog from yours truly without a single
reference to a hostelry, what is the world coming to ?
Our next leg is planned to cover Hyde to Sale by way of Manchester
including going underground at Piccadily, rumoured to be scene of the
strangest of goings on, not that I’d know about that….
members enjoyed a 7.5 mile walk around the Hardcastle Crags area near
Hebden Bridge. We started the walk from the historic village of
Heptonstall, dropping steeply down to cross the Hebden Water before
continuing up Grimsworth Dean. Lunch was had at the pretty waterfall at
Lumb Bridge before we continued the walk over Shackleton Moor and
dropped back down to the Hebden Water.
followed via the picturesque Hardcastle Crags woodlands to Gibson Mill.
We had welcome refreshments at the NT café and some of the group visited
the mill exhibitions and green energy engineering bits. The walk
continued with a steep climb up to Slack village with panoramic views
over the adjacent valleys. After passing the cottages at ‘Slack Bottom’,
we eventually arrived back in Heptonstall. Several residents wearing
cloth caps and clogs were observed exercising their ferrets before going
back to the mill for the night shift while a brass band playing ‘On
Ilkley Moor B’ah Tat’ could be heard in the distance. The weather
remained dry throughout with some hints of sun. Not bad for a November
day in t’Pennines. ‘appen we’ll go again. By ‘eck!
Friday night saw 14 of us at the Joshua Bradley in Woodley/Hyde. We
found a nice spot for the night. Lovely large table to fit us all
round. 3 hand pumps beers were on. One of these was a plum beer. Not
sure if anyone had a pint of that. Plenty of talk and laughter was
going all night. Talking about walks, weekends away that are coming up
and ideas for weekends away for 2011. Trekking holidays in the alps and
weeks cycling holidays. What a great night we all had.