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WALK LEADER SAN­DRA ED­WARDS

EAST Cheshire Ram­blers or­gan­ised sev­eral walks for the an­nual Bolling­ton Walk­ing Fes­ti­val (now in its sev­enth year), in­clud­ing a 10-mile cir­cu­lar to Ket­tleshume cat­e­gorised as ‘four boots’ - the hard­est level.

Un­like many walk­ing fes­ti­vals, the Bolling­ton fes­ti­val is free and at­tracts vis­i­tors from through­out North West Eng­land and even Nor­folk!

Ber­ristall Hill was the first haul of the day up to higher coun­try, tak­ing us up above the level of Bolling­ton’s iconic land­mark, White Nancy.

Look­ing across to Bake­stonedale Moor we could just dis­cern a tiny white tri­an­gu­lar ob­ject near the top with a sign that ex­plains the his­tory of the many coal min­ing bell pits that dot­ted the area.

Our path now lay along the top of the moor with stun­ning views across the Cheshire Plain and the high rise tow­ers of Stock­port and Manch­ester far be­neath.

At Bow­stones we took an old sunken track which led steeply off the moor and small back lanes to Ket­tleshume.

On the way we passed a field where a herd of al­pacas turned to stare. Then over a bridge where the track passed a large de­serted in­dus­trial mill.

Lunch was munched at the quiet se­cluded play­ing field in the cen­tre of Ket­tleshume where we spread our­selves around the scat­tered benches.

We needed to climb up again be­fore our de­scent to Bolling­ton down the Dunge val­ley and a steep, slow climb up to Charles Head deom where it was down­hill most of the way.

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