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.

New Mills - Sun 11th Feb, 2024

13 Congleton Ramblers gathered at Torr Top Street car park in New Mills, Derbyshire. The group set off along a foggy Sett Valley Trail towards Hayfield, then turned south past Cold Harbour Farm to reach a coffee stop in Shedyard Clough. They joined the Midshires Way and followed the Peak Forest Canal. The fog gradually lifted to allow hazy views across the valley. After lunch the group turned back towards New Mills, following the River Goyt and finishing the walk at the New Mills Millennium Walkway. The walkers went to look at the Torrs Hydro’s ‘reverse Archimedes screw turbine’ (known as Archie), before returning to the car park. 

Monyash circular - Sun 4th Feb, 2024

 

Under grey February skies, a hardy group of 12 Congleton Ramblers set off from the Methodist Church on Monyash, in the Peak District for a ten and half mile  circular hike.   They crossed  grassy pastures, narrow tracks and tackled the ‘oh-so-many’ stone stiles! Some high points along the way included glimpsing a dry-stone Waller plying his trade and the looming long, but now silent Magpie lead mine with a history of mystery and suspected murder in its time.     Other sites along the way included picturesque villages of Flag, Chelmorton, Taddington and Sheldon; the hike ended with all the walkers piled into the Old Smithy café in Monyash for a well deserved mug of hot tea.

Disley and Lyme Park  - Sun 28th Dec, 2024

A group of 13 ramblers gathered at Disley Railway Station before making their way into Lyme Park. The walkers ascended to The Cage then took a refreshment break near the visitor car park. The route took the group through woods and onto moorland. They followed tracks, footpaths and lanes until they reached the highest point of the walk at Bowstones.  After a chilly windy lunch break the group skirted Lyme Park to return to the car park. The outing ended with a visit to the Ram’s Head pub.

Danebridge Circular - Sun 10th Dec, 2023

Sunday saw Congleton Ramblers on an 11mile walk from Danebridge, via Gradbach, The Three Shires Head and Lud’s Church. Despite the stormy and wet  weather of Saturday, the walking conditions were not as bad as expected and the sun eventually made an appearance in the afternoon.   The ramblers returned to Danebridge for a well earned beverage at the Winkle brewery.


Picture 1# - Braving the wet weather

Picture 2# - Three Shires Head - spectacular scenery of  waterfalls

Cheddleton  - Sun 26th Nov, 2023

Picture - Deep Hayes Country Park , Cheddleton.  

Pym Chair Circular -Sun 5th Nov, 2023


Congleton Ramblers set off at 9am on Guy Fawkes day from Pym Chair Buxton, in the aftermath of Storm Ciarán. The hardy walkers headed off in high spirits and very low visibility aiming to complete an 11 mile circular hike. As time passed the visibility improved enabling the group to take in the splendid views as they passed by Lamaload Reservoir, Charles Head, Taxal Moor and Windgather Rocks. Completing our walk back at Pym Chair, all still in good spirits as the daylight started to fade. 


Picture - What a great team!   Lamaload Reservoir in the background, the team braving challenging weather of storm Ciaran.


Congleton Ramblers weekend at Brecon Beacons - Fri 13th - 16th Oct, 2023

 

Circular walk in Brecon - Fri 13th

 

10 members of Congleton Ramblers enjoyed the first walk of their weekend in the Brecon Beacons. Leaving their accommodation at Nythfa House they walked into the town to reach the River Honddhu. There followed a very pleasant walk along a riverside  path to eventually reach Anod Bridge from where quiet country lanes brought them to the start of Pen-y-Crug. This is one of the .most outstanding Iron Age hill forts in the whole of the Brecon Beacons National Park. On reaching the summit the group were rewarded with a magnificent panorama of the surrounding countryside before descending through fields back into  the town. This seven mile walk acted as a warm-up for what was to follow over the weekend.


Picture #1 - Walking through the Hill Fort at Pen-y-Crug on Fridays walk 

Walk one: - A Tour of Waterfall Country - Sat 14th 

Twelve Ramblers went on a famous circular walk from Pontneddfechan, walking through two forested valleys, fields, and passing up to nine waterfalls, getting very wet when having to walk behind the first spectacular waterfall, Sgwd Yr Eire also known as the Fall of Snow Waterfall.   It is approximately 50 feet tall and all the walkers took the rather wet and slippery narrow path behind the cascading waterfall for a unique experience.  The majority of the walk followed paths, close to the rivers, and was narrow in places. The end of the walk took in the final stage of a series of waterfalls called the Elidir Trail, Sgwd y Bedol being one of them nestled in a shady and moist landscape of the woodlands. At the end of the walk, the ramblers had a welcome stop at the local amenities before driving back to Nythfa House.


Pictures #1 and #2. The spectacular Sgwd Yr Eire also known as the Fall of Snow Waterfall 

Picture #3. Sawdust y Bedol, part of the Elidir Trail

Walk two: Brecon Horseshoe - Sat 14th

On Saturday seven ramblers completed the Brecon Horseshoe walk. The start of the route took the group westwards, via Three Rivers Ride, before turning south alongside Nant Cwm Llwch. The walkers climbed steadily to reach an obelisk, said to mark the spot where the body of a lost five-year-old named Tommy Jones was discovered in 1900. After a refreshment stop the group continued to the summit of Pen y Fan, now mostly cloud-free so the views were wonderful. The group continued a little further along the Cambrian Way to a lunch stop, then carefully descended a steep path down Bryn Teg. The route eventually turned westwards again, back to the car park. 


Picture: The dizzying heights of Pen e Fan, 886 metres high.

Sun 15th - Walk one - The Sugar Loaf at Abergavenny

 

8 Ramblers drove to the outskirts of Abergavenny to start this circular walk,  up a popular mountain. The walk went through ancient oak woods, and then continued along the Deri Ridge with easy turf underfoot, and views in all directions. The final ascent was demanding but manageable, with lunch at the top in warm and sunny weather.

Sun 15th - Walk Two:  Dragons Back

 

Aptly named after its shape of mounds that resemble a sleeping dragon, five ramblers set off on a bright October day to reach Waun Fach the highest point of the Black Mountains. The group reached 811 metres high and were rewarded by spectacular views of the surrounding hills.  It seemed a perfect end to the walking weekend.


Picture: A welcome break on a 7.5 mile Dragons Back walk,  at the height of 811metres in the Black Mountains,  Waun Fach. It is the second highest mountain in southern Britain. 


Knypersley - Sun 8th Oct, 2023

Twelve members of the Congleton Ramblers set off in the October  sunshine for a 5.5 mile walk. The walkers ventured through the woods and fields, admiring the views of Mow Cop in the distance and the hills of Staffordshire against a blue sky. At the pool the group stopped for ice cream and admired the surrounding  views. Licking their ice creams, the group walked around the pool and back through the fields. A very pleasant afternoon was had by all, with a stop for a drink in the local pub.

The picture is of the Ramblers with the scenic background of Staffordshire hills.

Mount Famine - Sun 1st Oct, 2023

Nine members of Congleton Ramblers walked the Kinder Scout edges to Mount Famine in the High Peak. Starting in warm, humid conditions, the weather changed dramatically once the group reached Kinder plateau. With 50 metre visibility,  driving rain and strong winds, the ramblers battled on in full waterproof rain gear. During the day, despite the limited views due to low clouds, morale and good humour won against the miserable weather. The team reached the end of the walk safely, completely soaked by the torrential rain. However, a Memorial Day in the hills was held by all.

The picture shows happy Ramblers on Kinder Scout

Llangollen - Sun 17th Sep, 2023

Ten members of Congleton Ramblers gathered in Llangollen for a 10-mile circular walk.Leaving the Town Mill car park, a series of steep paths led them up to the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran. A short refreshment break was taken whilst admiring the wonderful views. Following a steep descent, the group crossed the Offa’s Dyke path and climbed towards the summit of Eglwyseg Mountain.Descending to the valley’s bottom via a rocky gorge, a welcome lunch break was taken before crossing the valley to climb the last summit of the day, Velvet Hill. A steep descent led to the famous Berwyn chain bridge, crossing the bridge the group visited the beautifully restored Berwyn railway station and tea room. Resisting the temptation to board a train the group completed the final leg of the walk along the Llangollen canal back to the start point.

The first picture is Ruins of Castellated Diana’s Bran, the second is the ramblers enjoying a welcome break whilst admiring the views.

Curbar, Chatsworth - Sun 20th Aug,2023

Ten ramblers gathered at Curbar Gap car park ready for an 11 mile circular walk. They headed past Eagle Rock and the Wellington Memorial before taking a refreshment break at the Nelson Memorial on Birchen Edge. The descent into Chatsworth Park included a visit to the carved rock that commemorates Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The walkers then went through Baslow to a lunch stop. A pleasant walk along the banks of the River Derwent and a steep climb took the group to the top of Froggatt Edge. After an airy stroll along the Edge the group reached the car park and the end of the walk. 


Hayfield, Glossop, Rowarth - Sun 6th Aug, 2023

Spectacular view of the Peak district on their Sunday walk by Congleton Ramblers

Summer view of the serene countryside of Peak District- Hayworth , Glossop and Rowarth walk


50th anniversary celebrations, Sat 29th July, 2023

Three groups of Congleton Ramblers set off from Astbury Village Hall on Saturday afternoon to complete 10 mile, 6 mile and 3 mile walks as part of the groups 50th anniversary celebrations. Luckily the rain held off as the walks were completed in brilliant sunshine!  On arriving back at Astbury, the groups joined other members of the group for an evening of celebration where old friends re-united to share tales of previous exploits!

1) Ramblers on their way back to Astbury Village Hall after their 7 mile walk

2) Ramblers on their 10 mile walk to Congleton Edge and Mow Cop

3) Spectacular folly at Mow Cop

Eyam, Sun 16th July, 2023.

The ramblers walk started from the historic plague village  Eyam. Leaving Eyam the group  headed out through Foolow to Abney moor & then to Shatton moor. They stopped  for a nice leisurely lunch in the sunshine overlooked by Stanage Edge.  The group then followed the beautiful Derwent Valley Way heading back to Eyam passing by the Riley's graves, finishing the16 mile walk with a well deserved cuppa & slice of cake.


Ilam, Sun 9th July, 2023. 

A group of 9 members of the Congleton Ramblers walked 11 miles from Ilam village, over Thorpe Cloud, then beside the Rover Dove to Milldale village for lunch, then over to Tissington hill and back around the bottom of Thorpe Cloud to Ilam, where tea and scones at the National Trust were indulged in.

Wincle, Sun 11th June,2023

Eighteen Congleton Ramblers gathered at The Ship Inn in Wincle. The group crossed fields and meadows to reach the A54 at the Wild Boar pub. They traversed Brown Hill, then set off along Wythenshawe Lane. The walkers continued northerly to reach The Hanging Gate, where a kiosk was serving very welcome drinks and cakes. They went westerly along Rossendale Brook, then crossed Hollin Lane and turned along Rossen Clough. After re-crossing the A54 at Butterlands Farm the group climbed up to Wincle Minn and some airy views. The final sections of the walk took the group south-easterly back to Wincle via Wincle Grange. The day had been an extremely hot one and the group enjoyed some well-earned refreshment in the garden of the Ship Inn.

Kirklees, Sun 28th May,2023

A small group of Congleton Ramblers set off on a 12.5 mile walk on the late June Bank Holiday weekend, arriving at  9am on the small car park adjacent to the A365 4 Miles East of Greenfields. The ramblers having donned their walking attire,  set of South East to Black Hill over normally very boggy terrain, however assisted by the recent dry weather, not a single Rambler was lost to the bog!  ( Proof of life photograph evidencing the fact was taken at Black hill.)
Changing direction from Black Hill the group headed North West, along the Pennie Way, passing Wessenden Reservoir, stopping for a short whilst admiring the view presented by the water fall that flows into the reservoir.   Moving on they soon arrived at Black Moss Reservoir our furthest point North West. On the return journey, direction was South East from Black Moss Reservoir, along a good tract mostly paved with large stone slabs.  Arriving back at the car park at 3.10pm, having spent 6 hours on a pleasurable walk in good company.


Picture 1 - A spectacular view of the Wessenden Reservoir with a backdrop of the waterfall.

Picture 2 - Waterfall which fills the Wessenden Reservoir. 

Buxton / Burbage, Sun 13th Apr,2023

 

A group of 8 Congleton Ramblers braved the hills above Buxton for a 10.5 mile walk. Fabulous views and despite the weather forecast, we stayed dry!

Croker Hill, Sun 2nd Apr, 2023

14 walkers from Congleton Ramblers set off from Bottoms Reservoir, Langley to climb Croker Hill via the Gritstone Trail. The morning was overcast to start with but as the group reached the top of Croker Hill, at 406metres, the sun came out to show off the wonderful views to almost 360 degrees. On the route down, the group passed through the entrance to an Easter Egg Hunt which was where this photo was taken as well as engaging with a family of Pygmy pigs snuffling in the mud beside a farm track and then walking through an Alpaca Farm  with some new young additions.


Bollington, Sun 12th Mar, 2023


Eleven ramblers enjoyed a sunny 12 mile walk starting at Bollington and walking up to Lyme Park, across to Blaze Hill and back along the foot of White Nancy.


Kerridge Hill, Sun 26th Feb, 2023


7 Congleton Ramblers hit the dizzy heights of Teggs Nose and Kerridge Hill on Sunday 26th February. The weather was dry but quite windy, with the sun showing itself at times between the clouds. The views were excellent throughout the walk and the mud wasn’t quite as bad as expected ! Everyone agreed it had been a good walk with plenty of ups and downs!

Alstonefield, Sun 19th Feb, 2023

 

 16 Congleton Ramblers started out from Alstonefield towards the village of Wetton, then headed South towards Ilam with views of the Manifold Valle. After a brief lunch stop at National Trust Ilam Country Park the ramblers  headed north up the Dove Valley towards Milldale.   In the afternoon the  walking conditions were good,  the sun was shining when making our way alongside the river Dove and back to our start point Alstonefield. 

Shining Tor, Sun 29th Jan, 2023

Congleton Ramblers enjoyed a 10 mile walk, starting at Pym Chair car park. The ramblers started their walk in rather cold, windy conditions, but thankfully the weather improved throughout the walk. The return to the start from Shining Tor was accompanied by extensive views, encompassing The Wrekin in Shopshire, to the Clwydian range in north Wales, and even the silhouette of Liverpool cathedral on the horizon.

Pictures are 1) A distant view of Shining Tor among a distant range of hills and moorland, 2) A picturesque view of the extensive range of open countryside.

Ashford-In-The-Water Circular walk, Sun 22nd Jan, 2023

 

Congleton Ramblers January, cold and frosty morning walk. Starting under clear blue skies in a temperature of -1%C a group of fifteen very chilled individuals, strode out from the the picturesque village of Ashford- in-the-Water, heading in the general direction of Bakewell. They soon reached the 17th century Sheepwash bridge spanning the River Wye.

Crossing the Sheepwash bridge they began a steady climb presently reaching a track junction with Monsal trail, where they rested for a short while on the site of the dismantled railway, refreshing themselves with hot drinks of tea and coffee. However all too soon a tap on the shoulder from Jack Frost suggesting that warmth created by movement would be a good idea. 

Setting off  through frozen fields making their way onward and upwards, gently higher and higher eventually reaching the half way point of Longstone Moore. There they were greeted by the most stunning of sights. A vast expanse of snow carpeted Mooreland opened before them, accompanied by stunning views in all direction.  Continuing on taking in the views, listening to the crisp crunching of snow beneath their feet, eventually arriving at a small copse that presented a fine opportunity for lunch. 

Leaving the Copse the Ramblers descended Longstone Moore beginning their return journey. Heading through Little Longstone, surprised by the change in vista, as largely snow had dissipated on lower levels, much to the delight of hungry sheep! Continuing onwards eventually re-joining the Monsal Trail, exploring Headstone Tunnel, and climbing challenging steps to Monsal Head. Briefly pausing to take in the views before locating the narrow winding Pennyunk Lane trail returning to  Ashford -in-the-Water, ending their perfect winters 12 mile walk. All suitably chilled out.


Pictures are 1) A welcome lunch break for the cold Ramblers, 2) An icicle wonderland at Monsal trail, 3) The tunnels, part of the Monsal trail 


Disley & Lyme Park, Sun 15th Jan, 2023

17 members of Congleton Ramblers set off from Disley Railway Station into Lyme Park. They climbed the slope towards ‘The Cage’ hunting lodge, before descending to the main picnic site for a coffee stop. The next section of the walk took the group to the park’s western exit gate, then along paths leading to Moorside Lane. The walkers ascended the moor to a lunch stop before turning northwards along the ridge to reach Bow Stones, a pair of Anglian stone shafts. The group re-entered Lyme Park, eventually meeting a section of the Gritstone Trail, which they followed back to Disley. The day had started wet and misty but the weather improved, offering some interesting views towards a sunny-looking Manchester.

The Four Edges - Sun 11th December, 2022

On Sunday 11th, 7 Congleton Ramblers braved the snow and ice, to walk the 4 edges, starting near Baslow. They walked from the Robin Hood pub, to ascend to the Eagle Stone via Baslow Edge, before joining Curbar Edge, then Froggatt, White, and Birchen Edges, before returning to the car park (actually 5 edges). The photo is at the Trig Point on White Edge. 


Congleton Ramblers Weekend:  Dolgellau Group Weekend 28th October - 31st Oct 2022

 

 

Fri 28th: The Old Precipice Walk

The walk is about three and a half miles with 150’ of ascent. It varies between 700’ and 850’ above sea level and offers panoramic views of the Mawddach River and estuary as far as Barmouth and the mountains to the north and west.  The path finally descends to so we walked along the shores of the lovely Lyn Cynwch through trees and back to the car park. The walk took about 2 hours. (J & C P)

  

Sat 29th:  South Side of Mawddach Estury

 

On a wet Saturday morning 21 members of Congleton Ramblers donned waterproofs to participate in a nine mile walk on the south side of the Mawddach estuary. After parking the cars at Arthog, the first part of the walk involved a steep ascent through woods alongside a beck with numerous pretty waterfalls .

A coffee break was taken before the path emerged on to open moorland by which time the rain had stopped.

There was quite wild scenery with Cader Idris looming in the background. The route followed tracks and a minor road down to the two Cregennan lakes where lunch was taken. The larger of the two lakes is noted for its wooded island which gives it picture postcard appeal.

More moorland tracks followed before reaching Kings Youth Hostel was reached where a short break was taken. Descending the tarmac road the group crossed over the main road to arrive at the Mawddach Trail (a former railway line between Barmouth and Dolgellau). This was followed alongside the estuary where egrets and a heron were spotted to eventually arrive back at the car park.

It had been a delightful walk with very varied scenery and was enjoyed by all especially as it remained dry for most of the day.  (JF)

 

Sun 30th : The New Precipice Walk from Folgellau

 

17 Ramblers set off to conquer the walk which was full of ups and downs -

mainly ups during the morning! From the start waterproofs were a necessity as it was a day of sharp, heavy showers.


On leaving Dolgellau, the walk followed lanes and paths crossing the Old Llanellyd Bridge over the Afron (River) Mawddach and taking the old road through Llanellyd village. Then onwards and upwards following a steep woodland path to reach Llyn  Tan-Graig, reservoir. By now everyone was ready for a rest, so a welcome coffee break was taken and a few photo opportunities taken too.


The group still had a fair way to go before reaching the top, so they gathered themselves and continued the journey of ups and downs through the woodland.   The final climb brought them out of the woods to Foel-Ispri-Uchaf, just below FoelIspri and the start of the New Precipice Walk.


All the hard work was rewarded by magnificent views across the Mawddach estuary towards Barmouth and across to the hills and mountains beyond including Cadar Idris. 

Although it was blowing a “hoolie”, it was dry and sunny, so we took the opportunity to grab lunch, extra layers and woolly hats were donned.


The New Precipice Walk follows a flat track that was cut out in the slopes of FoelIspri which was the route of the old tramway built to serve the long abandoned Voel Gold mine.


As it was so chilly, the ramblers didn’t linger long and set off along the trail. Unfortunately nobody found any nuggets along the way!! 

The walkers then began the decent, a grassy path leading to a rather large ladder style which in turn took us back into the woods. The paths were much better now and the walk became easier. Eventually the route emerged out of the trees and descended a grassy bank and then a field before crossing a babbling brook via a foot bridge. Before long, the group were walking back into Llanellyd village and then retracing their foot steps back to Dolgellau.


Despite the changeable weather and long uphill bits, everyone agreed it had been an enjoyable walk. All that was needed now was a good cup of tea or a good pint! (JF)



Sun 30th: Llanfachreth and Precipice Walk

 

Seven ramblers undertook this full day, circular walk from Dolserau Hall, around the Iron age Hill fort on FoelOffrwm and up to 300m above sea level. It gave fine views to Cadair Idris and also to the Rhinogs before a short descent to Llanfachreth. The second part of the day took us into the Nannau estate and up onto the renowned Precipice Walk, and fine views of the surrounding mountains and the Mawddach estuary.   (RH)


Photos:


1 : Panoramic views of the Mawddach river and estuary

2 : Woodlands and meadows of the Snowdonia mountain ranges

3 : Autumn in southern Snowdonia

4: One of the Spectacular waterfalls at Arthog

5: A stunning view of the Mawddach estuary

6: The walkthrough serene atmosphere of the conifer woods 

Wolf Edge, Thu 13th October, 2022

 

A circular walk of 9.8 miles taking in Axe Edge, Wolf Edge, Three Shires Heads, Danebower Hollow with a total ascent of 1960feet.

The picture on the left shows Congleton Ramblers at the air shaft for the old Buxton Colliery.

Tal-y-Fan mountain, Conwy, Sun 25th Sep, 2022 

Twelve Congleton Ramblers set off on a walk on a cold, windy morning from Sychnanr Pass, Conwy.

It was a 10mile walk with a steepness exceeding 1470 feet. Despite the cold wind the walkers reached the summit by lunch time and after a short break, they proceeded onto the rest of the trail and passed some beautiful views of Conwy Bay, the Great Orme and Puffin Island.   One of its attractions also includes ancient burial sites and standing stones. The walk ended at 4.00pm and the group headed for a well deserved drink and a meal.

Eyam,  Sun 11th Sep, 2022

Danebridge,  Thu 8th Sep, 2022

Picture 1 - crossing the river Dane

Picture 2 - looking out to Bosley Cloud from Bosley Minn

Picture 3 - looking towards Shuttlingsloe

Harrington Arms, 9th Aug, 2022

A group of 17 Congleton Ramblers enjoyed a 3 mile stroll around Gawsworth on Tuesday evening, finishing with a well earned drink at the Harrington Arms!

Walking challenge, Edale skyline, 30th July, 2022

 

Nine walkers undertook the Edale Skyline 20 mile, 4035 ft assent, Congleton Ramblers Challenge Walk on July 30th.  

Starting at Mam Tor the group headed east past Back Tor and Lose Hill then down towards up.  A hard climb up to Win Hill then a pleasant stroll north and up to Crookstone Out Moor.  They headed west above Rowland Cote Moor to Edale Moor and onwards to Kinder Low.  Then south to Brown Knoll and finally east across the Lords Seat to complete the circular walk.  A huge achievement for the group.


Beeston Castle, 24th July, 2022

A determined group of Congleton Ramblers set out at 9am for a full day’s walk on a drizzly Sunday in late July. Protected from the elements by their waterproofs and a dry sense of humour, the group gathered at the outer wall of Beeston Castle to begin the planed figure of eight walk. Heading south, with the impressive sight of Peckforton Castle dominating the skyline to the front the walkers soon picked up the Sandstone Trail. Continuing on for around three miles in a Southerly direction, through the dense woodlands of Stanner Nab, Bickerton Hill, Bulkeley Hill and Coomb Dale. All the while listening to the backdrop, drip drip of rain as it cascaded down through the trees occasionally interrupted by the call of a lone pheasant, eventually arriving at the most southerly point Gallantry Bank, originally known as 'Gallows Tree Bank' due to the execution by hanging of twelve Royalist troops, during the English Civil War. Crossing the busy A534, the route turned left toward Bulkeley Hall,  picking up a Northerly track through farmland for around a mile before arriving at The 'Bickerton Poacher Pub'.   Avoiding temptation the group crossed the A534 again to pass through a gate opposite the pub, beginning a steep climb entering Bulkeley Hill for the second time, completing one half of the figure of eight walk and stopping for well deserved lunch. After lunch the ramblers proceeded along winding woodland trails to a stile situated at Stonehouse Lane, where they crossed onto a muddy route through fields. Expecting to see the impressive Beeston Castle slightly to the left, however on this occasion disappointingly the view was obscured by a blanket of mist and drizzle. Undaunted the walkers  pressed on in good spirits heading for 'Beeston Moss', where they turned left to continue the last leg or the journey along Tattenhall Road completing the figure of eight, eleven and half mile walk arriving back at the high stone wall of Beeston Castle in mid afternoon.




Curber, Sun 3rd July, 2022

Eight members of Congleton Ramblers met at the National Trust car park at Curbar Gap. They took the main route southwards past Eagle Rock, turning towards Wellington’s monument then making their way along Birchen Edge to take a break at Nelson’s monument. After a short section of the A619 the walkers entered the Chatsworth estate, visiting Jubilee Rock before walking through the village of Baslow. The next section of the walk was along the River Dove and included lunchtime. The walkers then took the steep path up to the top of Froggatt Edge. Half an hour of easy, scenic walking took the group back to the car park. The outing ended with excellent refreshments from Jolly’s Coffee and Cake van.



Chee Dale, Sun 26th June, 2022

Congleton Ramblers set off in good spirits on a windy summers morning for a circular walk. Starting from Chee Dale the group followed the track that runs along the meandering river Wye, heading in the direction of Millers Dale, taking in the sights and smells of this stunning section of the Wye valley. Soon the walkers arrived at the first challenge, a set of stepping stones. With a sheer cliff face to our left, babbling river to our right, the group carefully negotiated the route across without incident.

As the walkers approached Millers Dale the route directed the group to depart the river and climb a set of approximately 70 wooden steps arriving very close to the platforms at Millers Dale railway station.  Here the walkers stopped for morning refreshments. Fortified and with a full head of steam the group set off along the dismantled Monsal Trail railway track, heading East entering, with slight trepidation the dark and chilly Tunnels of Litton and Cressbrook and emerging  into welcoming bright daylight. Walking on for a short distance with 19th century Litton Mill to our left, the route  branched off right at Headstone Viaduct. Making their way back to the Wye river for  lunch by the side of Monsal Weir surrounded with fantastic views of the river cascading over the weir.

Following lunch the walkers set off in a Westerly direction climbing steeply through Woodlands into rolling open Moorland and toward Priest Cliff and Taddington.   Crossing the A6 the route took the group to the track that runs from The Waterloo Hotel to Five Wells Farm.  Arriving at the Farm the group took time out, visiting the Five Wells ancient chambered tomb, built between 3400-2400 years BC.   Setting off on their final leg the walkers picked up the pace heading Northerly toward Chee Dale. competing a very pleasant 14.5 mile walk.


Wildboar Clough and Bosley Minn, Sun 12th June, 2022

11 Congleton Ramblers started a 12.5 mile walk in macclesfield forest and left via the gritstone trial, pass Bosley minn and over lovely countryside paths to Wildboarclough.  The group finished the walk by climbing Shutlingsloe, taking in the views and decended back through macc forest. 


Congleton, Tue 7th June 2022

Congleton Ramblers enjoyed a 4 mile evening walk with wonderful views, finishing at The Queens Head for a well-earned drink

Errwood Reservoir to Taxal Moor, Thurs 5th May 2022

A group of 10 Congleton Ramblers set off under milky skies for a circular walk from the North end of Errwood Reservoir, heading south with the calm waters of the Errwood Reservoir to the left. Turning right the walkers reached the ruins of Errwood Hall, then climbed the steep track leading to Shootes Clough, looking back to admire the views over the Stunning Goyt Valley.

 

Continuing on, following the zig zag track through Foxlow Edge, the walkers arrived at the Shrine dedicated to the former Governess of Errwood Hall. After a brief coffee stop at the Shrine, the group pressed on, passing Pym Chair turning north with the impressive sight of Wind Gather Rocks to the right. Around noon, they reached the half way mark, 'Taxal Moor', stopping for a well deserved lunch break.

 

As the group set off again to complete the walk, the skies had largely cleared and the temperature had climbed to a very pleasant 15⁰C.

 

Descending from Taxal Moor, the group headed east in the direction of Crowhill, then turning south to pick up the track that runs along the West of Fernlee Reservoir. They then adventured through the forest of Hoo Moor, taking the ramblersback after a very pleasant day to the North end of Errwood Reservoir.


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.