Moor­land and mill from Lyme Park...

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MIKE BULL WALK LEADER

EAST Cheshire Ram­blers know that they don’t need to travel far to en­joy out­stand­ing views of the coun­try­side – and so it was, when leader, Mike Bull, led a re­cent 10-mile walk from Lyme Park.

Bril­liant blue sky and bright sun­shine were a wel­come sight for the 24 walk­ers, who nev­er­the­less wrapped them­selves up against the bit­terly cold wind.

With Lan­tern Wood to their left, the walk­ers climbed steeply out of Lyme Park to the park’s bound­ary wall – an ideal way to warm up! We then walked steeply down, to cross Mud­hurst Lane be­fore climb­ing to­wards the western edge of Wha­ley Moor. Seek­ing a shel­tered spot for a re­fresh­ment stop, we paused only briefly, de­terred from a more leisurely break by the wind chill.

Then, turn­ing south along a farm track to Corn­field Farm, we con­tin­ued in the same gen­eral di­rec­tion across fields, through wood­land and across Todd Brook, to reach Ket­tleshulme.

In the vil­lage, we passed an old, sadly derelict wa­ter pow­ered mill, and shortly af­ter headed in a southerly di­rec­tion, even­tu­ally reach­ing Hol­low­cowhey Farm. We headed to­wards Jenkin Chapel, but soon turned away from the chapel, plung­ing down to re-cross the Todd Brook val­ley be­fore we climbed steeply up the icy cob­bled Bank Lane. At the top, we took a well earned lunch break, be­fore chang­ing di­rec­tion to head north over Broad Moss and to­wards Charles Head.

Soon we were walk­ing down Bake­stone Road to meet the Grit­stone Trail. Walk­ing north along the trail over Sponds Hill, we reached the Bow­stones, where, re­main­ing on the trail, we turned down­hill and back to Lyme Park car park.

De­spite the cold weather, it had re­mained bright and sunny for most of the walk, en­sur­ing we all en­joyed the walk’s fine views – al­though look­ing at the views had to be done cau­tiously due to the boggy con­di­tions un­der­foot.

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

●● Ram­blers dur­ing their sunny but cold walk through Lyme Park and Ket­tleshulme

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