Pies and sherry en route

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS - MAR­ION DUFF

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.

Alice Irv­ing

●● Ram­blers drink a toast to more great walks in 2016

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