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.