Walkers head high for piece of history
East Cheshire Ramblers enjoy a trip to Mow Cop
CONGLETON Town Hall provided a handy meeting place for East Cheshire Ramblers recently when they set off on a 9.5-mile walk to the hilltop village of Mow Cop, noteworthy as the birthplace of the Primitive Methodist movement.
Leader David Gylee told the 15 members present that the town hall was built in 1866 at a cost of £8,000 and exhibits French and Italian gothic influences in a grand Victorian fashion.
In the last 20 years it has been extensively restored with the award of a £975,000 Single Regeneration Grant in 1996 and a £750,000 refurbishment in 2008.
The group headed uphill out of Congleton to join the Macclesfield Canal and followed the towpath for over a mile before ascending through meadows and woodland giving extensive views of the Staffordshire Moors and the Cheshire Plain to emerge by Old Man Mow – a 65ft vertical column of rock that is believed to mark the site of an ancient cairn.
The village has a long history of coal mining and the quarrying of quern stones for grinding corn, an industry which lasted from the Iron Age right through until Victorian times.
Mow Cop’s main claim to fame stems from a big open-air prayer meeting held there in 1807 that gave rise to the formation of the Primitive Methodist Church three years later.
Its most familiar feature though – visible on the skyline for miles around – is the ruined ‘castle’ on the summit which was built by landowner Randle Wilbraham of Rode Hall in 1754 to create a family summer house.
For more information about East Cheshire Ramblers go to ramblerseastcheshire. org.uk. ●» THE end of another summer, the kids will be back to school soon, before you know it there’ll be Christmas cards in the shops. How about one last family day out before autumn grabs us?
Your dogs will appreciate it. He/she needs a boost before the dark nights arrive.
So, get yourself down to Morley Green Club, in Mobberley Road, Wilmslow, on Saturday for a real fun dog show.
Bring your pooch along and show him/her off. Who knows you may win the dog with the waggiest tail, or the dog that looks most like its owner?
In any event you will have a laugh and a chance to take your last summer pictures.
I’ll be there with my Behaviour Clinic and for a £10 animal charity donation I’ll spend 15 minutes one-to-one with your dog working on any behaviour issues.
If I can’t show you an immediate improvement I’ll give you £10. How about that for an offer?
My clinic gets busy so if you don’t want to wait text me for an appointment (07590 560012) and come early.
I’ll be there from 11am and the dog show starts at noon.
I’ll have Murphy and all the pack waiting to meet you.
If your dog has an aggression issue please bring a muzzle, as there will be other dogs around.
We’ll have sandwiches, cakes and drinks on sale so you won’t need anything except your family. It’s only a quid to enter your dog so you won’t need to raid the piggy bank and parking is free.
Bring a camera as you’ll have some great photo opportunities. We might even have a sausage catching competition (for the dogs not the dads). That’s a hoot.
We’ll certainly have a best puppy category… always a delight.
Okay, it’s a date. Murphy and I look forward to seeing you.
●» Vic and his pack
●» The ramblers at Mow Cop’s most familiar feature – the ruined ‘castle’