Hather great Bamford stroll

Stockport Times East - - WEEKEND WALKERS -

MANCH­ESTER Week­end Ram­blers is a group of walk­ing en­thu­si­asts, set up at the be­gin­ning of 2013. They run group walks, so­cials and week­ends away in and around Greater Manch­ester, mainly aimed at the over-40 age group, although they wel­come mem­bers of any age. This week mem­ber Bren­dan Keely de­scribes their lat­est ex­cur­sion... EACH day is about bal­ance, each walk is about bal­ance and the weather is al­ways, hope­fully, bal­anced too.

With the fore­cast in Manch­ester look­ing less than de­sir­able, we headed from Pic­cadilly to Bamford in the Dark Peaks.

The train route through the Peaks takes in the popular walk­ing ar­eas of New Mills, Chin­ley, Edale and Hope.

So it was with hope in our hearts that we dis­em­barked at Bamford.

Forty-one of us headed along the Der­went Val­ley Her­itage Way un­der a blue sky canopy, with the warm­ing sun on our backs.

As we grad­u­ally as­cended, the walk took us up through Of­fer­ton and then east to­ward Shat­ton Lane.

We en­joyed pic­turesque views of Hather­sage - our fi­nal des­ti­na­tion - be­hind us.

It was then that the light snow bl­iz­zard came in and lunch was a hur­ried, hud­dled af­fair, so we took shel­ter where we could.

Then, as quickly as it came, the snow stopped and the clouds dis­persed to again ex­pose the blue skies and mag­nif­i­cent views of Hope Val­ley.

Head­ing up over Of­fer­ton Moor, we then steadily be­gan our de­scent back to­wards the val­ley, the Her­itage Way, and into Hather­sage, to round off the day with a cou­ple of drinks in The Lit­tle John.

A bal­anced day in all, with grassy mead­ows, a lit­tle mud along the well-walked Her­itage Way, hills and val­leys and an ever-chang­ing land­scape - this area has a great deal to of­fer.

For more walks and in­for­ma­tion on Manch­ester Week­end Walk­ers visit www.mwwalk­ers.org.uk.

Views of Of­fer­ton­ton Moor to­wards Hather­sage in the Der­went Val­ley

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