Spring lambs and sunshine all the way
WALK LEADER ANDREW DAVIES
TEGGS Nose Country Park near Macclesfield was one of the highlights of a recent 10.5-mile walk by 13 East Cheshire Ramblers who were able to see fascinating reminders of the area’s sandstone industry which dates back more than 400 years to the 16th century.
After setting off from Bollington, we climbed steeply to the summit of White Nancy where we admired the view back over the town and made our way along the Gritstone Trail along Kerridge Ridge.
Descending into the fields below we were delighted to see numerous newly born lambs, one of which had escaped and had to be rescued.
Bleating for all it was worth, it was last seen scampering off to join its mother.
A brief stop at Teggs Nose Visitor Centre gave yet more fine views towards Shutlingsloe, otherwise known as the Cheshire Matterhorn.
After a steep downhill stretch, we crossed a stream feeding Teggs Nose Reservoir and then climbed steadily uphill to Walker Barn.
Beyond the busy Buxton Road we encountered some seriously boggy patches as we made our way through fields and moorland in an easterly direction to our lunch stop and then through pleasant woodland to reach Lamaload Reservoir where we tracked northwards along its western side and past the water treatment works.
After ascending with grand views of the dam’s buttress wall our route back to Bollington took us via Ginclough, Clarke House, Back of the Crofts and Oakenbank Lane - the sun continuing to shine all the way.
For more details of East Cheshire Ramblers’ programme of weekend and midweek walks go to ramblerseastcheshire.org. uk.
●● Striding out across the moors towards Lamaload Reservoir