Walk­ers head high for piece of his­tory

East Cheshire Ram­blers en­joy a trip to Mow Cop

Macclesfield Express - - RAMBLERS DOGFATHER -

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 Bar­low

●» Vic and his pack

●» The ram­blers at Mow Cop’s most familiar fea­ture – the ru­ined ‘cas­tle’

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