Bad weather fails to stop play for walk­ers

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - HE­LEN RICHARD­SON

LOW mist, gust­ing wind and a gloomy fore­cast greeted 17 stal­wart East Cheshire Ram­blers when they met at Pym Chair car park near Ket­tleshulme re­cently for a 10-mile walk that started with a grad­ual as­cent to Shin­ing Tor, Cheshire’s high­est point at 534m/1,762ft.

Who would have be­lieved the sun and warmth of the pre­vi­ous day?

Be­fore set­ting off, we quickly donned wa­ter­proof over-trousers and anoraks to keep out the worst of the wind and wet weather and could only imag­ine the view from the top.

In very poor vis­i­bil­ity, leader Loretta Young led us ex­pertly back down across heather moor­land to­wards the Todd Brook val­ley and as we ap­proached the lower alti­tude, we could see fur­ther ahead, which made for pleas­ant walk­ing to Red­moor Farm.

A mix of track, grassy fields and road brought us past Sal­ters­ford Hall and Fox Hill to reach Jenkin Chapel. Here we stopped for our pic­nic lunches and took a brief look in­side the Grade II listed build­ing which was founded in 1733 and is ded­i­cated to John the Bap­tist.

Hill­sides in this area are dot­ted with small hill farms and we passed many as the route took us first past Crab­tree, Hol­low­cowhey and Sum­mer Close farms and on to Charles Head farm, where we could barely see Windgather Rocks shrouded in mist on the op­po­site hill­side across the val­ley.

Soon we de­scended steeply again back across Todd Brook and then grad­u­ally as­cended again past cot­tages with pretty, flower-filled gar­dens and on to Neigh­bour­way and Thor­n­ey­croft farms to Side End Lane.

From Clough Farm, we climbed steeply up and down hill sev­eral times, tak­ing in Taxal Moor and Over­ton Hall Farm and then pleas­ant wood­land which led us to Windgather Rocks and back to the car park where all agreed that de­spite the weather it had been an en­joy­able walk.

For more de­tails of East Cheshire Ram­blers’ pro­gramme of week­end and mid­week walks go to www.ram­blers

Strid­ing across the misty moors to Red­moor Farm

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