Walk this way to keep new year res­o­lu­tions

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

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

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