Ab­sorb­ing jour­ney back from the Edge


“RUTH Har­ri­son doesn’t just lead a walk, she cre­ates an ex­pe­ri­ence which stays with the walker long af­ter the mud has been scraped off our boots!” said an East Cheshire ram­bler ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ruth on a re­cent lin­ear walk from Alder­ley Edge to Chelford, tak­ing in points of in­ter­est along the route.

On a grey, windswept Jan­uary morn­ing, 15 ram­blers met in Chelford to catch the train for a very short jour­ney to Alder­ley Edge.

We paid our fare to an amused and cheer­ful guard be­fore alight­ing from the train to be­gin our walk back to Chelford.

Ruth en­sured our walk was packed with trea­sures! We passed the enor­mous glasshouses of suc­cess­ful lo­cal tomato grow­ers, A Pear­son and Sons, and took a short cof­fee stop in the grounds of the 14th cen­tury Church of St Mary in Nether Alder­ley.

To cross the Alder­ley Edge by­pass safely, our walk took us up and over a bright green foot­bridge, which was erected as a re­sult of the tenac­ity of Derek Smith, a for­mer East Cheshire Ram­bler.

We passed the majestic Hea­wood Hall, dat­ing from the late 17th cen­tury, and for­mer home of brewer Charles Bod­ding­ton; then con­tin­ued on our way through a field of very ner­vous bis­cuit-mix coloured cows.

Even the wind and oc­ca­sional squally shower were un­able to dampen our en­joy­ment of the walk.

The an­cient path­ways even­tu­ally opened out and the hori­zon was sud­denly full of lakes: dis­used sand quar­ries, full of win­ter grey wa­ter, which are cur­rently be­ing painstak­ingly land­scaped and re­turned to na­ture by Han­son Quarry Prod­ucts.

If plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted, the lakes will be trans­formed into a won­der­ful wa­ter park for pub­lic use in 2017.

Our ab­sorb­ing short walk ended at Chelford rail­way sta­tion with lunch at the nearby pub.

For more de­tails of East Cheshire Ram­blers’ pro­gramme of week­end and mid­week win­ter walks go to ram­blerseastcheshire. org.uk.

●» Ram­blers at Han­son’s Quarry, Mere Farm, Chelford

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