Spring lambs and sun­shine all the way

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

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

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