Bad weather fails to stop play for walkers
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 eastcheshire.org.uk.
Striding across the misty moors to Redmoor Farm