Moorland and mill from Lyme Park...
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