Freeze-up is welcome release from the mud
AFTER the coldest night of the winter so far, the ground was firmly frozen as 18 East Cheshire Ramblers set out from Teggs Nose recently on a weekend walk – a welcome and pleasant change from the wet and muddy conditions experienced of late.
Initially the walk followed the Gritstone Trail north.
Normally there are great views across the Cheshire plain and beyond but this morning mist shrouded the landscape and it was just possible to make out the dark shape of Manchester’s Beetham Tower in the far distance.
After descending into Rainow our route followed the track around the foot of White Nancy to Kerridge.
Walking through the fields we encountered a flock of redwing, who are regular winter visitors to this corner of Cheshire.
Our path lay past Swanscoe Hall and along Well Lane to Higher Hurdsfield.
Roadside signs warned of a flood but it had subsided, fortunately.
The path around Cliff Hill gave us splendid views of Macclesfield’s modern industries, especially Astra Zeneca and the Hurdsfield Industrial Estate.
Back to more rural views we pass through a farm yard where the calves are safely protected from the winter’s cold.
After the farm we reach a path which would have been the muddiest section of the route if the temperature had been above freezing.
A couple of minor roads and a track took us back to Teggs Nose and a well-earned cup of tea beside the warming heat of the café’s log burner.
For more details of East Cheshire Ramblers’ programme of weekend and midweek winter walks go to ramblerseastcheshire. org.uk.
●» The ramblers file along the foot of Kerridge Ridge