Previous Walks

Below is a write up of some of the previous walks. They are a personal write-up, and do not necessarily reflect the club as a whole.

Edale Skyline, Sun 1st May 2022

7 Congleton Ramblers tackled a 12 mile walk along a section of the Edale Skyline. The walk started at Mam Nick Car Park and descended to Edale. The group climbed a steep ascent to Ringing Roger and then along to Kinder Scout. After enjoying lunch at the Wool Packs and the wonderful and unusual rocks and boulders, the group continued past Jacobs Ladder and Brown Knoll and then back to the car park via the Lords Seat.

Whaley Bridge and Pott Shrigley Circular - Sun 10th April 2022

11 Ramblers started a lovely walk at Whaley Bridge in the High Peak. They made their way up to the Bowstones just a stones throw from Lyme Park, and after a well earned coffee break, headed across to join the Gritstone Trial and down to the edge of Bollington. The group had a idyllic picnic by a river and then walked back up via Harrop Wood to Charles Head. Then down to Carr Clough and up to Taxal Edge. After pausing for breath and to take in the views the group completed the 13 mile walk by descending back to Whaley Bridge.

Great Longstone - Sun 24th March 2022

Bakewell to Chatsworth - Sun 20th March 2022

18 Ramblers started a lovely sunny, if a bit windy, walk from Bakewell and climbed up Castle Hill. They then descended to Edensor, had a lovely break looking over Chatsworth, and then continued on to Rowsley. The group climbed to Lees Moor Wood and then back to Bakewell along the River Wye.

Great Ridge / Edale - Sun 13th March 2022

Congleton Ramblers enjoyed a rather breezy but sunny 10 mile walk. Starting at Mam Nick NT car park, we took in Mam Tor, Back Tor and Lose Hill, returning to the start via Edale. A pleasant walk with fabulous views enjoyed in great company.

Hayfield and Cracken Edge - Sun 6th Mar 2022

6 members of the Congleton Ramblers took on a challenging 13 mile 3000ft hill walk starting at Hayfield in the Peak District. It was a glorious sunny day but windy and quite cold at the beginning of the walk. The route started by climbing out of Hayfield towards SouthHead, and after taking in the view looking over the High Peak, the group decended into the quiet village of Chinley. They then climbed up and along Cracken Edge and after lunch by a ruined mill in a sheltered tree lined brook decended to the Sett Valley Trail. The ramblers then concluded their walk by climbing Lantern Pike, descending to Little Hayfield, over Middle Moor and then after taking in glorious views over Kinder Scout descended back to Hayfield.

Four Dales - Sun 27th Feb 2022

19 members of Congleton Ramblers gathered in Hartington on a sunny cold morning. They set off towards Beresford Dale and the River Dove. After a break for coffee the group walked along Wolfscote Dale then climbed Gipsy Bank and made their way through Alstonefield. At Milldale village the group sat alongside the Dove and ate a leisurely lunch. The route then took them back along the river to the foot of Biggin Dale. The dale was in flood and the walkers carefully negotiated a broad expanse of water before setting off along a path that resembled a stream. At the top of Biggin Dale the ramblers followed a track and lane that led them back to Hartington and some post-walk refreshments.

Enjoying the warm February sunshine whilst dodging the flooded paths!

Delamere Forest - Sun 30th Jan 2022

The pictures are on the monument at Old Pale Heights, Delamere overlooking the Cheshire Plain.

Chelford - Sun 14th Nov 2021

14 Congleton ramblers met for a short walk. The early morning mist had cleared and there was watery sunshine. It was remembrance Sunday and after a few hundred yards the group stopped as a member of the group was eager to share his family connection to a soldier who won the VC. The group were very interested in the exploits of this young man and his bravery. The walk then continued over fields along a busy road , past the railway station and close the site of the old Chelford cattle market. Outside a group of bungalows was a very pretty seaside garden with a boat fun of flowers, beach hut and deck chair!. A short refreshment stop was had in a lane then the walk went by the side of Sand Pit Lake. The water was so still that there were beautiful mirror reflection of sky and autumn trees. All was serene until hundreds of duck/geese took flight all gaggling and making a great din. The sun was now low in the sky but the walkers were almost back to the start. It had been a beautiful afternoon walk which everyone enjoyed

Congleton - Sun 7th Nov 2021

The walk left West Street car park and went through the Congleton Park to Buglawton, following the River Dane to Havannah. The Ramblers stopped at the waterfall, observing the new hydroelectric plant. The walk continued along Moss Lane and by the side of Westlow Mere, finishing off with a walk through town back to West Street car park. Thankfully, the weather was cloudy and suitable for walking without the rain, as forecasted.

Congleton Ramblers: Weekend at Derwent Bank Hotel, Portiscale, Keswick, 22 - 25 Oct 2021

A group of 28 members of Congleton Ramblers had a three day walking holiday, staying at Portinscale, Keswick, where they stayed at HF Derwent Bank Hotel from 22nd - 25th October. Despite the weather ranging from mellow, autumn sunshine to drizzly and at times lashing rain, the ramblers had a choice of different walk levels every day and were rewarded with the warmth and comfort of the hotel and culinary treats at the end.

Friday 22nd Oct 2021 - Friar's Crag and the Stone Circle.

A group of walkers started from Keswick Lakeshore car park to Friars Crag and the Stone Circle, a walk of seven miles on a beautiful, bright autumn afternoon – an excellent start to their weekend of walks.

Two popular beauty spots, Friar's Crag and Castle Head, as well as a prehistoric stone circle, featured in this walk. The walk was linked by Lakeshore, and included fields and woodland paths, which gave a superb view over Keswick Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite and the surrounding fells. It was an attractive, interesting and varied walk, involving two modest and relatively short climbs, amidst some of the finest scenery the Lake District could offer. It also allowed members to combine a good scenic walk with the many delights of nearby Keswick. The group finished at around 5pm and were treated to an afternoon tea at the Derwent Bank Hotel.

Saturday 23 October 2021

Walk One: Cat Bells

17 club members braved the drizzle and wind to participate in a walk in Borrowdale on Saturday. Leaving the hotel in Portinscale, they walked along the Cumbria Way through Fawe Park to the base of Cat Bells before descending to the shores of Derwent Water. There followed a pleasant stroll along the lake to Brandelhow Bay where they took a short coffee break before reaching the road at Manesty. From here, they walked up a steep climb up to Hause Gate, the col between Cat Bells and Maiden Moor. The group then descended to a sheep fold where they had lunch before further descending a very eroded path to Little Town. Fields were then crossed to Skelgill before descending to a road in the Newlands valley and a riverside path. Unfortunately the group came across a diversion due to erosion of the river bank so a detour had to be taken which added a further mile to the walk. The tiny hamlet of Ullock was reached before they arrived back at the hotel. Despite the weather conditions, the walk was enjoyed by all.

Walk 2: Honister to HF Derwent Bank

The walk started with a bus ride from Portinscale along the valley of Borrowdale and up to the top of Honister Pass. Dangerously strong winds made a high level walk hazardous, so the party descended the route of the Coast to Coast Path to just above Seatoller. A loop round the small fell of High Doat led the group to a delightful bridleway heading north along the flanks of Borrowdale with fine views to the valley floor. The footpath went through a V-shaped notch between the main fell side and the small but fierce peak of Castle Crag. A steep, slaty footpath climb to the top of the crag, the lowest peak in Alfred Wainwright’s famous seven books of the Lakeland Fells. After contemplating the War Memorial on the summit to men of Borrowdale who died in World War 1, the ramblers descended to the river Derwent and soon reached the hamlet of Grange. The final section of the walk started with a steep climb up towards the popular fell Catbells, but instead of climbing to the summit due to the crowds, they took a descending path round the left side of the mountain to pick up the path back to the HF Derwent Bank, their home for the weekend. In spite of a few showers, the party thoroughly enjoyed a ramble along one of the most beautiful valleys in England.

Sunday 24th October 2021

Walk 1 - Latrigg

On a wet, drizzly Sunday morning, nine walkers set off from the HF Hotel, Derwent Bank and made their way to Keswick. They joined the old railway line, now a local pathway and headed east following the River Greta. The walkers followed the river, up to a path which led them through Brundholme Wood and up to Latrigg Fell. From here, the group started climbing to the view point at the top and enjoyed a window of opportunity as the weather improved where they enjoyed fine views of Derwent Water, Catbells and beyond. The walk ended at the Farmers Arms Pub in Portinscale.

Walk 2 - Lodore Falls

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Gun Hill and the Roaches - Sun 10th Oct 2021

11 members of Congleton Ramblers gathered in Meerbrook to begin an 11 mile walk. The outward leg took the group southwards before turning north westerly to the summit of Gun Hill and a coffee stop. The next section of the route crossed the valley and gradually ascended to reach Roach End. Ice creams from the ice cream van supplemented packed lunches. The walkers climbed up to the Roaches trig point and walked along the ridge. They carefully descended the steep stairway route to the Don Whillans Hut. The final part of the walk took the group across fields and farmland back to Meerbrook. The weather was good and so a further refreshment stop in the Lazy Trout’s beer garden made a pleasant end to the outing.

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.