Mys­ti­cal grey out­lines re­place fine views

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS THE DOGFATHER - RAM­BLING ON THE SOUTH CHESHIRE WAY, BY COLIN PARK

MOW Cop Cas­tle folly is a land­mark dom­i­nat­ing the Stafford­shire sky­line for miles around.

The folly, built 260 years ago and now be­long­ing to the Na­tional Trust, was the lo­ca­tion of the first stop of the day on a re­cent 12-mile walk by eight mem­bers of the East Cheshire Ram­blers, led by Colin Park.

The Ram­blers set off from Lit­tle More­ton Hall along the South Cheshire Way.

Soon af­ter cross­ing the Macclesfield Canal the group as­cended to­wards the Old Man of Mow.

The sum­mit how­ever was just within the cloud base, and so on this oc­ca­sion, only the grey out­lines of both the Old Man and nearby Mow Cop Cas­tle loomed out of the mist as mys­ti­cal grey out­lines, and there were sadly no views from th­ese high van­tage points.

A de­scent was fol­lowed via a maze of lanes through Mow Cop Vil­lage, which is famed for the birth­place of the Prim­i­tive Methodist move­ment.

On the edge of Kidsgrove, the group then fol­lowed a sec­tion of the Trent and Mersey Canal to reach its lunch stop in the church yard at Church Law­ton. The church, which stands on a mound has been a re­li­gious site for near on 1,000 years.

The present church was built af­ter a fire in 1798.

One hun­dred and forty six years ear­lier the church was struck by light­ning, killing 11 peo­ple in­side.

Re­join­ing the canal tow­path again the group crossed Snape’s Aqueduct to reach Thurl­wood.

Here it was time for an­other brief break be­fore set­ting off along field paths in bright af­ter­noon sun­shine, fol­low­ing once more the South Cheshire Way for much of the way back to­wards Lit­tle More­ton Hall.

For more in­for­ma­tion about East Cheshire Ram­blers’ cur­rent walk­ing pro­gramme, visit www. ram­blerseastcheshire. co.uk . ●● DOG trainer Vic Bar­low, aka The Dogfather, runs train­ing ses­sions for pets and their own­ers.

This week he ex­plains how dogs show love... I’VE learned an aw­ful lot about life from dogs.

In a typ­i­cal week I work with about 50 dif­fer­ent dogs and ev­ery­one tells a story.

Un­like hu­mans, dogs are in­ca­pable of de­ceit, they tell you ex­actly how they feel and never hold grudges, which is why two dogs can have a fight and lay down next to each other five min­utes later.

Dogs are in­cred­i­bly prag­matic, which can be a shock to over-in­dul­gent own­ers. They don’t fret over the past or worry about the fu­ture, they live en­tirely in the mo­ment.

It’s a great way to live and we should en­deav­our to do like­wise.

They show love by prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance not (as we would like to be­lieve) by a show of emo­tion.

Watch a good bitch nur­tur­ing and pre­par­ing her pups for the real world.

She doesn’t hang onto them but takes her leave for longer pe­ri­ods en­cour­ag­ing them to be­come in­de­pen­dent.

Dogs as­sist pack mem­bers by warn­ing off in­trud­ers, find­ing and shar­ing food, wa­ter and shel­ter.

Con­fi­dent dogs will help weaker pack mem­bers by tak­ing the lead and show­ing con­fi­dence.

Con­trary to popular opin­ion, dogs don’t pine.

The change of rou­tine and or­der may con­fuse them for a while but they soon ad­just pro­vid­ing we al­low them to do so.

Dogs are ex­tremely sen­si­tive to mood and own­ers of­ten pre­vent be­reaved dogs from ad­just­ing by con­stantly pro­ject­ing sad­ness. The best way to show love to your dog is help him/her be­come a well-ad­justed so­cia­ble in­di­vid­ual.

It isn’t nat­u­ral for dogs to be anti-so­cial.

They know it’s wrong (no anti-so­cial dog would ever be al­lowed to join a pack) they just don’t know how to get back into bal­ance.

Show them the way and they al­ways fol­low.

Help your dog to live a nat­u­ral, bal­anced so­cia­ble life.

That’s the way of a true leader and how to show true LOVE.

For more help go to www.vicbar­low.com or text Vic on 07590 560012

●● The ram­blers tak­ing an af­ter­noon break at the lock on the Trent and Mersey Canal at Thurl­wood

●● Re­laxed, so­cia­ble dogs

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