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