Walk­ers climb high for cathe­dral view

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

A RE­CENT out­ing by East Cheshire Ram­blers saw the walk­ers brave tor­ren­tial rain for stun­ning views.

They be­gan at Bam­ford sta­tion in Der­byshire where they caught the 9.30am train to Dore and Tot­ley on the south western out­skirts of Sh­effield for a 14-mile lin­ear re­turn walk led by Colin Park.

Climb­ing steadily on steep, wooded slopes to en­ter Beauchief Park, the route skirted around New Tot­ley be­fore as­cend­ing onto Tot­ley Moor where the car­pet of pur­ple heather was at its best.

On the far east­ern hori­zon, Lin­coln Cathe­dral could be clearly picked out in the fine, morn­ing sun, not that the fine weather was to last, un­for­tu­nately.

After a pic­nic lunch by Long­shaw Lodge, the walk con­tin­ued north be­low Burbage Rocks and up onto Stan­age Edge where the group was obliged to quickly don water­proofs as the skies be­gan to darken and the show­ers swept in.

For­tu­nately, the sun re­turned later in time for an af­ter­noon break be­low North Lees Hall, a six­teenth cen­tury tower house which is be­lieved to have been the in­spi­ra­tion for Thorn­field Hall, Mr Rochester’s house in Char­lotte Brontë’s fa­mous novel, Jane Eyre.

The fi­nal part of the walk was along lanes and field paths, fi­nally cross­ing Sick­le­home Golf Course to ar­rive back at Bam­ford.

East Cheshire Ram­blers op­er­ate more than 250 walks each year, in­clud­ing week­end and mid­week ram­bles and sum­mer evenings.

There are also oc­ca­sional coach out­ings to out­ly­ing scenic ar­eas, such as the Lakes and the York­shire Dales, as well as week­ends away, coach out­ings and so­cial func­tions.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and de­tails of forth­com­ing walks go to ram­blers eastcheshire.org.uk.

●● Storm clouds gather as East Cheshire Ram­blers cross Stan­age Edge

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