Previous Walks

Below is a write up of some of the previous walks. They are a personal write-up (by the website owner or otherwise the author initials are indicated at the end) and do not necessarily reflect the club as a whole.

Those members willing to do a walk report can find a template they could use in our Resources section.

Troughstone and Rushton Spencer Thurs 9th Sep 2021

Ten members of Congleton Ramblers walked from Rushton Spencer, via Bridestones, Troughstones and Biddulph Moor on a eleven mile walk. The walkers met at West Street car park at 9.00 am and travelled to Staffordshire Moorlands car park at the start of the walk. They were grateful of the cooler weather conditions, quite different from the sweltering heat of the previous few days !

A welcome break for The Ramblers with the beautiful scenery of Troughstones in the background.

A landmark near The Cloud.

Relaxing in the warm sunshine.

Chee Dale and Monk's Dale Sun 29th Aug 2021

11 members of Congleton Ramblers completed an 11 mile walk that took them along Chee Dale and Monk’s Dale. The paths varied between some rough, steep sections in the dales and some airy views across the Peak District when the walkers reached higher ground. The weather stayed fine.

Curbar Gap Sun 11th Aug 2021

8 members of Congleton Ramblers completed an 11 mile walk starting from Curbar Gap car park near Baslow. The first leg of the walk took the group past Eagle Stone and Wellington’s Monument. The walkers then climbed up to follow Birchen Edge, taking a refreshment halt at Nelson’s Monument alongside the rocks known as the 3 ships. The group walked through part of Chatsworth Park to Baslow. They then followed the swollen River Derwent through Curbar village until they reached the bottom of the steep path up to Froggatt Edge. The group climbed up to the Edge then followed it back to the car park. The weather was extremely wet but the views were wonderful and walk was enjoyed by everyone.

Butterton Thurs 5th Aug 2021 - A walk on the wild side

Eleven intrepid Ramblers went on a twelve mile moorland walk to “tramp down the grass” on some forgotten footpaths. The walk started from Butterton in the Staffordshire Peak District. It is known as the Doubly Thankful Village because there were no fatalities in the Two World Wars. The path took them over Butterton Moor, Revidge, Shawfield and then across to Lower Fleetgreen. The views of the Manifold Valley and Ecton Hill were stunning in the sunshine. The walk was challenging because of the long grasses, some ascents and descents, footpaths that petered out, hidden wooden bridges and lots of stiles. The ramblers crossed streams and walked up to Herbage Barn. Downhill after passing lots of cows and sheep we crossed another bridge and walked into the tiny hamlet of Upper Elkstone. After lunch here and then the walkers continued uphill with tremendous views of the Peak District. The path went past Black Brook, Golden Hill and Oncote Grange. From here they continued walking over Grindon Moor and back to Butterton. Along the Main Street there is an unusual ford where the Hoo Brook flows. Luckily they almost beat the rain before getting back. (ON)

Longnor - Thurs 3rd June 2021

9 members from Congleton Ramblers set out from the village of Longnor Staffordshire. The walk took them through fields that had been newly mown for hay or grazed by cows, calves, sheep and lambs to the banks of the river Dove where there was a stepping stones crossing complete with a hand rail. The morning coffee break was at the ancient site of Pilsbury Castle and then on to join the disused railway line of the High Peak Trail. This route seemed to be popular with lots of family groups on bicycles. The route back was down over more farmland with wonderful views of the Derbyshire Peak District and past the impressive rock face of Aldery Cliff and back up to Longnor. (RB)

Edale Circuit - Sun 6th June 2021

A group of Congleton Ramblers, plus guests from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire enjoyed a challenging 12 mile walk around Edale. The route included Kinder Scout, Lose Hill, Back Tor and Mam Tor,with a total of very steep terrain 1219 metres.

Macclesfield Forest - Sun 30th May 2021

Wonderful weather, wonderful views. A group of Congleton Ramblers met at Tegg’s Nose Country Park on Sunday 30th May. The varied 7.5 mile route took them to Macclesfield Forest where they paused for a coffee break among the bluebells. From Forest Chapel the walkers turned north to skirt Lamaload Reservoir and enjoy a leisurely lunch. After lunch the group walked south-westwards to join the Gritstone Trail back to the car park. The weather was warm and sunny all day and the group finished their expedition by sampling an ice-cream.

Bollington/Lyme Park/Bowstones – Thurs 27th May 2021

On a beautiful morning the ten Ramblers (who managed to get through the gridlock due to a local accident) started the walk on the Middlewood Way, a former railway line. Shortly they diverted onto the footpaths of the Cheshire east countryside with the views of the Cheshire plain to the west and the hills to the east. After all the rain in May, there was plenty of water lying around. They proceeded to crisscross the canal until the foot hills of Lyme Park, a large estate, managed by the National Trust. On approach, they had magnificent views of the mansion and the Cage, a hunting lodge sitting high on a hill. The walk proceeded through the woods, in sight of lots of deer and then a long gradual climb up to Bowstones, which are two carved ancient shafts on the edge of the Park. This was the stopping off point for lunch. The views were of Cheshire and Derbyshire were fabulous. We continued along the Gritstone Trail past Sponds Hill to Pott Shrigley, a hamlet. Here the walkers crossed over the road and continued downhill over open countryside back towards Bollington. The town with "over twenty pubs". Thankfully, the journey home was traffic free!

Goostrey and River Dane 16th May 2021

15 members of Congleton Ramblers started their walk from The Crown pub at Goostrey at 1.30pm. From the Goostrey Village Hall they followed a path up to Twemlow Lane and through the fields up to the Dane flood plain. Upon reaching the bridge at Hermitage Drive, they stopped to admire the views across the River Dane and the arches of the viaduct in the distance. They then continued to walk back to Twemlow Lane on the Hermitage Drive up to the crossing. turning left and walking for quarter mile they walked on the road and turned right into fields up to Waltons Wood. They exited on to Hermitage lane, walked past Dromedary Lodge and back to the Crown.

Three Shires Head 6th May 2021

Congleton Ramblers plus guests from North and Mid Cheshire and Knutsford Ramblers enjoyed a walk around Three Shires Head on Thursday, managing to dodge the rain and snow showers!

Old Man of Mow and Little Moreton 29th April 2021

Twelve ramblers completed a 12 mile local route. They began the walk by walking along Lamberts Lane from Astbury Mere Country Park. The walkers then crossed Macclesfield Canal and made their way uphill towards Congleton Edge. The group visited the Old Man of Mow before descending to Little Moreton Hall and across Newcastle Road. The final part of the route took the walkers to Brownlow. They then returned to Astbury Mere via Padgbury Lane. The weather was mixed but mostly fine. Highlights included the varied wild flowers, particularly the woodland bluebells

Wolstenholme Elmy Link Road, 18th April 2021

The walk began at West St car park on a beautiful day. 14 ramblers took this option to walk the new road prior to being opened to traffic. The route took them through Astbury Mere, Padgbury Lane and across the fields to Brownlow, approaching the Sandbach side of the bypass. Everyone walked the 5.5km of the new bypass to the Macclesfield Rd side. The walk was finally concluded at West St car park via Havana, Buglawton, The Park and the river. All the walkers were impressed with the completed road.

Congleton Ramblers: Whitby weekend, 16–19th October 2020

Twenty four members of the Congleton Ramblers went to Whitby from 16-19 th October and stayed at Saxonville Hotel, a family run business in the heart of Whitby. Previously delayed since March due to Covid19 restrictions, the weekend had the approval of the Ramblers Association and the hotel had adhered to all the social distancing rules. All the walkers had been issued with the Ramblers Association badge for easy identification as legitimate group walkers and social distancing of 2 metres was adhered to, as well as using hand sanitiser when in contact with stiles or gates was advised.

Saturday 17th October

Walk One Staithes to Whitby: Fifteen ramblers travelled on a local bus from Whitby to Staithes and then walked back along the coast to Whitby taking in part of the Cleveland Way. Staithes is the home of Captain Cook, Royal Navy captain and explorer. The walkers encountered steep cliffs at Saltburn-by-the-sea, Runswick Bay and secluded bays and paths along the coastline which were busy with other walkers, family groups and dog walkers. As the group approached Whitby, the monumental outline of the abbey ruins came into view and the 12 mile walk ended at the harbour walls and the fishing boats. (RH)

Walk two a circular walk from Whitby: A medium group walk of 7.5 miles started at the bottom of the 199 steps that climb to St. Mary’s Church and the magnificent and iconic ruin of Whitby Abbey, the former home of the Benedictine monks. The walk continued along the coastal path towards Saltwick Bay where the ramblers spent a leisurely 25 minutes taking a coffee break. Sadly, the famous Whitby Jet gemstones were nowhere to be found! The group continued towards the lighthouse where they turned right, traversing farm tracks, fields and quiet country lanes towards Whitby viaduct and the Cinder Track leading back to the 199 steps. The weather was warm although muddy underfoot. (SC)

Sunday 18th October

Walks one and two: Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay

Both walks started out along the Cleveland Way on a wet and drizzly morning, heading towards Hawsker and the lighthouse. Ramblers walked the seven miles to Robin Hood’s Bay, the route was wet and muddy but finally they all had a well deserved break at one of many tea rooms in the village. A group of 8 ramblers returned back to Whitby by bus whilst five returned on foot along the Cinder Track, which is a disused railway line path between Whitby and Scarborough. They arrived back to Whitby having completed 16 miles in total. (TM)

Congleton Ramblers – Dunster weekend 29th March to 1st April 2019

A group of 34 from Congleton Ramblers recently visited Exmoor for a 3 night walking holiday staying in the medieval village of Dunster, within Exmoor National Park and stayed at the Yarn Market Hotel. The break included the option of both a long and shorter walk each day. The group were entertained on one evening with a magic show given by Malcolm the Magician, who also performed some table magic whilst the group enjoyed a 3 course meal.

Friday 29th March: Historic Dunster, 6 miles - Friday 29th March 2019

The walk was lead from the hotel, through the village and onto Castle Hill, crossing the River Avil using Gallox Bridge – a medieval pack horse bridge. Once used by the Dunsford villagers to sail their small boats into Bristol Channel! The country route trekked through Dunster deer park, Gallox Wood and Bat’s Castle which is an old iron-age settlement which might have been occupied by Romans. The return trek lead through Avill valley with Dunster Castle on the hillside and wild ponies and deer roaming the moorland. The ramblers finished walking to the village, to the familiar sights of Tithe Barn, Dovecote and St. George’s Church.

Walk one – Coastal Path 11.5 miles - Saturday March 30th 2019

The ramblers set out on a leg of the South West coast path from the edge of Porlock Marsh in thick cloud and mist before climbing to Hurlston Point. At this point the sun came out for a glorious day’s walking, up to Bossington Hill and along the cliff top, descending via North Hill. The ramblers ended their walk with a well earned ice cream and coffee in Minehead.

Walk Two: Dunkery Beacon 10.5 miles - Saturday March 30th 2019

This walk was broadly based on climbing to Dunkery Beacon at 1702ft (519mtrs) the highest point on this part of Exmoor. The ramblers drove to Webbers Post and parked in the large free car park. The walk starts by gently climbing on a path up through woodland then heather moorland to the Beacon. From there the trek went westwards to Exford Common before heading around and down to Horner Woods. The walkers then crossed the the river (Horner Water) before heading up a short steep path back to Webbers Post. Once the morning mist cleared there were fine views northwards to the North Devon Coast and southwards to Exmoor. The overall ascent was 2080ft.

Walk Three: Saturday and Sunday March 30 & 31st 2019 – TITLE: Woodlands, Wagtails and Wild Garlic

Walking group leader, Liz who runs Moor Wild Experiences, was honoured to show the Congleton Ramblers the joys of exploring Exmoor. From the heights of Bossington Hill overlooking Porlock Marsh to the 360 views of the Dunster estate, Liz explained all the spring edibles, wildlife and the extensive hidden history of the land. As a treat, the chef spruced up wild garlic pesto for a tasty starter in the eve. With steep climbs, undulating paths and rewarding flat ridges, the ramblers did exceptionally well covering over 12 miles and over 3000ft of ascent across the Exmoor terrain! The Ramblers were Liz's first largest group to lead of 2019 and one to remember!

Sunday 3rd February 2019 - Hulme End

We could not have had a better day, blue skies, sunshine, snow on the ground, and virtually no wind. The walk started from the old station at Hulme End, and the first bit was a climb up Ecton Hill, we followed the old leat contouring round the hillside , past the outdoor centre and up past the old engine house, before dropping down to Wetton Mill for elevenses.The frozen ground and snow, made the valley walk onwards to Butterton mud free for once , Butterton is one of the few doubly thankful villages , with the plaque stating that all servicemen returned from both first and second world wars. Return to Hulme End was via the summit of Revidge, with good views of the surrounding snow covered hills, the Brund and the Manifold valley. Just time for some quick refreshment at the Manifold Inn. We were down on numbers, only four, the others missed a super day.

Sunday 27th January 2019 - Rowsley Circular via Bakewell

16 walkers took part in this 11 mile walk. The route took the group via Carlton Lees and past some of Chatsworth’s holiday cottages. The walkers then had a brief refreshment stop before heading along a cold and breezy hillside towards Bakewell. The group descended into Bakewell via a steep woodland path and the golf course. In Bakewell the cricket pavilion provided the group with benches and a shelter for a lunch stop before the return leg to Rowsley. The walkers crossed fields, reaching a disused quarry that is now designated as a bird sanctuary. They then headed steadily uphill to Stanton-in-Peak where they turned back towards Rowsley.

Sunday 27th January 2019 - Bollington

Last Sunday 15 walkers set of from Bollington recreation ground for a short afternoon walk. It was a bright but cold day so the ramblers set of quickly through the the park,then along the main Street till the Drop in Centre. Opposite this community center the road was crossed and the start of the climb, up Beeston Brow, then Green Lane. At the top wonderful views of the surrounding countryside could be seen in all directions . The path continued over a few fields before coming to a minor road. The route now was mostly downhill passing close to a couple of houses before emerging onto Holehouse Lane, close to the canal. A short refreshment break was had, with some sheltering in the lee of the bridge from the cold wind. After a few minutes the walkers were off again passing the Windmill pub before crossing a style and heading towards the Middlewood Way. A short section of this disused railway line was walked before another style was climbed. The route was now along the side of a field were there were 2 horses and a tiny Shetland pony. The walk continued along the tow path till the majestic Clarence mill, then down a tack back into the park where the walk started.