Pies and sherry en route
IN accordance with longstanding tradition, more than 30 East Cheshire Ramblers toasted in the new year with sherry and mince pies during a six-mile walk from Pott Shrigley organised by Melanie Davy and Lorraine Tolley.
The Roman calendar dedicated January to Janus, the God of Doors, who had two faces – one looking backwards to the past and the other forward to the future – but all eyes were set firmly on the horizon (and ignoring the mud) as the party crossed open fields and walked a short section of the Macclesfield Canal to a footbridge before following the signs for Lyme Park via Bollinghurst Brook.
Passing through woods and ascending into attractive open country, we then climbed a ladder stile and crossed the railway line to join the Goyt Way into Lyme Park.
This area is part of the Ladybrook Valley Interest Trail, a waterside corridor comprising the Norbury, Lady and Micker brooks.
A steady climb brought us to The Cage – a 16th century vantage point constructed to observe stag hunting – where we celebrated the arrival of the new year with mince pies and a warming drink of sherry before dropping down past Lyme Hall and skirting around the lake to enter Ryles Wood and then Elmerhurst Wood.
After turning back across the canal near Barlow House Farm, we then traversed the Middlewood Way back to our cars, marking the end of a convivial festive walk – and the start of another year’s rambling.
For further information see ramblerseastcheshire. org.uk.
●● Ramblers drink a toast to more great walks in 2016