Walk this way to keep new year resolutions
AFTER weeks of seemingly non-stop rain, East Cheshire Ramblers have been seizing the opportunity to keep new year fitness resolutions by grabbing the rare fine day recently for some healthy exercise.
One of the first post-festive outings started from Timbersbrook near Congleton and was organised by Sue and Chris Munslow. In surprisingly warm winter sunshine, 12 ramblers began by scaling the summit of Bosley Cloud to enjoy the magnificent panorama that extends 360 degrees taking in the Roaches ridge, Mow Cop, Alderley Edge, Wincle Minn – even the Wrekin Hill in Shropshire and the Clwydian Hills of Wales.
After descending to visit the Bridestones – a chambered Neolithic cairn which according to local folklore marks the spot where a young couple were murdered – the route passed through a spectacular gorge leading to Biddulph Country Park and along a disused railway line before ascending Congleton Edge and back to Timbersbrook on quiet country lanes.
More fine, crisp weather was in store for 21 ECR members who joined David and Jane Collorick in the ‘Wizard’ car park at Alderley Edge on another bright, crisp day bound for historic Nether Alderley Mill and St Mary’s Church before making their way to the sole footbridge across the A34 by-pass. This bears a plaque commemorating fellow member, the late Derek Smith, who campaigned tirelessly for its construction to protect pedestrians.
Most recently by far the biggest turn-out, however, was an amazing total of 44 ramblers who gathered at Lindow Common on yet another, rare sunlit day for a five-mile walk led by Pauline Handley – so many in fact that they had to be split into two parties, the other being led by husband John, an Emeritus Professor of Ecology at Manchester University, who pointed out fascinating features in the vicinity, such as the site where the prehistoric body dubbed Pete Marsh was discovered on Lindow Moss in 1984.
Keep in touch with the ramblers’ programme of healthy walks and social events at ramblerseastcheshire. co.uk.
●● Fine visibility on Bosley Cloud made for great views