A Walk in Audlem showing the Ramblers at their best
Last Sunday Doreen and Tony led a half-day walk from Audlem village car park. Yes, we had a pleasant time walking through verdant countryside giving oppportunities for both chat and private moments of reflection. This was as expected as was the social gathering at the Bridge Inn afterwards for a pint of good beer.
For me, however, there were three other highlights. Firstly, the willing collaborative efforts of the leaders and other group members to ensure all walkers were able to safely park their cars at the meet point which we found ourselves sharing unxpectedly with a large group of cyclists showed the supportive nature of the group. Secondly, the work of Tony in clearing a partially blocked stile showed the the importance of the ongoing footpath maintenance the group undertakes. Thirdly, one of the footpaths we used took us across two potato fields which were only passable with difficulty. While I am sympathethic to the needs of farmers, the absence of a clear route through these fields emphasised the value the legal and political actions of the Ramblers organisiation to ensure fair access to our beautiful contryside for all.
It was good to be reminded why we continue to pay our Ramblers membership fees and support the group walks programme.
Brian's Social Evening
Brian had a social evening at the London Road ale house on Thursday 11th August. There was a good turn out of about 25 with savouries funded by the club. A number of beers and ciders were available and also a good selection of wines. As it was a member`s birthday, a few went for a curry afterwards at Planet Bollywood, a good time was had by all.
Here's looking forward to the next social gathering!
14 August: Worfe to the Severn
Starting point for the walk was in the village of Worfield in Shropshire. Commencing from the village hall car park on the East side of the village at 09.45 hrs. on Sun August 14.
The walk headed west initially through some arable farmland which gives way to pasture, woodland and parkland on its way to Bridgnorth. A short walk through the outskirts of town offered a view of the river Severn and a magnificent stone bridge spanning the river and leading up to the Victorian walkway and steps at the side of the funicular/ cliff railway. A long terrace at the top allowed great views of the town and railway below.
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In the period 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015 we received £160, and for this financial year we have received £120.
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Walking with the ramblers
Crocodile infested pond
The lonely rambler
A day out with the ramblers
There were 14 of us out on Sunday enjoying the sunshine and the lovely scenery near Rudyard Lake.
Checkley Village Hall
On Sunday 17 of us (including a couple from Stone group) enjoyed a sunny walk from Checkley on Howard’s walk. The route followed ancient paths – some a bit overgrown – and we walked past an old Roman road and an ancient whipping post.
Wildboarclough to Sutton Common
A hot day, but very wet underfoot. After a late start waiting or everyone to gather at the starting point near the the Crag Inn, the group set off, passing over Sutton Common (or Croker Hill as it is usually known). After a welcome pub stop at The Ryles Arms, the party split.
The main party followed the Gritstone Trail to Macclesfield Forest, then returned over Shutlingloe. A sub-set avoided to worst of the climb by returning past the former Youth Hostel.
Upper Ellastone Ramble
Today, about 15 members enjoyed a pleasant walk expertly led by Alan B. it was a warm day and a wildflower meadow was particularly uplifting.
The usual Sunday group was depleted by holidays, recce and other commitments so it was a party of six that enjoyed Ashley's walk. Parking opposite the Cat and Fiddle, we were saddened to find it now closed, and hope it will reopen soon.
Cutting south across the moors, we were able to enjoy views to Jodrell Bank, and beyond that right across the Cheshire Plain to Beeston and beyond before turning West across the A54 and down to Three Shires Head. The path along the Dane was much drier than usual, but still muddy and marshy in places.Crossing over the pack horse bridge into Staffordshire we were able to enjoy a break, basking in the sun beside Pannier's Pool, listening to the burble of two waterfalls.
From there, the sandy bridleway led us to Knotbury, and then a climb up the road brought us to our lunch stop at the Travellers Rest at Flash Bar. Luckily the sun was still shining, as the pub was full with diners and the only seats were on the outside terrace, where we sat well wrapped up for protection from the constant wind.
We then headed north towards Buxton, keeping to the high ground until we reached to highest point in Staffordshire. A curious place for a "county top", as a narrow tongue of land stretches up part way to the ridge, but is looked down on by the surrounding slopes of Cheshire and Derbyshire.
From there, a good dry path took us back over the A54, and we dropped down to Derbyshire Bridge, than a final climb up the minor road returned us to our cars.