Find­ing a way around Rainow

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - JANET ALLEN

AL­THOUGH the weather was un­promis­ing, a group of walk­ers from East Cheshire Ramblers set off from Rainow for a 10-mile walk around the lo­cal area.

With show­ers at the start of the walk and very windy con­di­tions, es­pe­cially on top of the hills, a de­ci­sion on the day’s route was at taken Snipe House. Do we go ‘This Way, That Way or The Other Way?’

An un­usual sign with th­ese quotes is lo­cated here, at the junc­tion of four paths.

De­cid­ing on The Other Way, we set off to reach La­maload Wa­ter Treat­ment Works.

The walk con­tin­ued up to Ewrin Lane which in­volved cross­ing a field of ponies which was, to say the least, a lit­tle muddy! It was ev­ery man and woman for them­selves get­ting to the gate but no-one was lost in the morass.

Thank­fully that was the worst of the mud but the paths and stiles were still very slip­pery.

Our next stop was Jenkin Chapel, Sal­ters­ford, a small chapel built in 1733 of lo­cal grit­stone at the cross­ing of three an­cient salt ways.

Th­ese later be­came roads used by cat­tle and sheep drovers. The chapel was first ded­i­cated to St John the Bap­tist but later in 1894 reded­i­cated to St John the Evan­ge­list.

The chapel is open and in­side there are orig­i­nal box pews, an oc­tag­o­nal pul­pit and a read­ing desk.

A tower and an out­side stair­case which leads to an up­per gallery were added in 1755 and the build­ing is Grade 2 listed.

We re­turned via Charles Head and af­ter a short sec­tion of road walk­ing we joined a stretch of the Grit­stone Trail which is a 35 mile way marked trail run­ning from Dis­ley Sta­tion to Kids­grove.

The fi­nal part of the walk was on Oak­en­bank Lane be­hind Ker­ridge and luck­ily the rain held off un­til the drive home.

For more de­tails of East Cheshire Ramblers’ pro­gramme of week­end and mid­week walks rang­ing from FOUR to 15 miles in length, go to ram­blerseastcheshire.org. uk.

Ramblers pause at the un­usual sign which states ‘This Way, That Way and The Other Way’

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