EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS THE DOGFATHER
VISTAS and valleys from Pym Chair THE summit of Shining Tor, at 559m, is the highest point in Cheshire.
It is situated on a fine ridge walk, popular with East Cheshire Ramblers, and affords superb views towards local landmarks, such as Shutlingsloe (506m) and The Cat and Fiddle Inn on Buxton New Road.
The ridge forms part of the border between Cheshire and Derbyshire, and follows an old packhorse route used to carry salt from Cheshire and lime and coal from Derbyshire.
Shining Tor was the first of several high points on a recent nine-mile walk, when 25 ramblers set off from Pym Chair car park, led by Andrew Davies.
After their gradual climb along the ridge and time to admire the summit vista, the ramblers descended steeply, tracking generally west then northward along Andrew’s Edge on rough grassland.
They enjoyed a short break overlooking picturesque King’s Clough and Lamaload Reservoir, before continuing across rather boggy moorland to Redmoor Farm, then down and up a short steep stretch of road to Jenkin Chapel.
A more gradual ascent on tracks and paths took them past Green Booth to Summerclose and Charles Head farms, though they paused on the way for a picnic lunch gazing across the steeply-sided valley towards Windgather Rocks, which they would reach later along their route.
Soon they were once again descending steeply, this time to cross Todd Brook, before climbing more gradually on its far side past Near Carr Farm to Five Lane Ends.
As the walkers turned south along Taxal Edge and Windgather Rocks, the low sun to the west broke through the clouds, and faint shafts of sunlight against the mid-afternoon mist lent a rather mystical quality to the landscape.
A final mile along this ridge brought the ramblers back to the car park, where all agreed it had been a very enjoyable walk.
For more information about East Cheshire Ramblers’ current walking programme, visit www.ramblers eastcheshire.co.uk.
trainer Vic Barlow, aka The Dogfather, runs training sessions for pets and their owners.
week he explains why you cannot lie to a dog...
Owners frequently tell me how ‘clever’ their dogs are and that’s true, but not in the way they mean.
My dog Ellie got stuck behind a fence recently and couldn’t work out that dragging a nearby log to the wall would enable her to hop over easily.
That kind of logic is beyond them.
What she, and all dogs, can do, which constantly astounds me, is read other animals – and that includes us. You cannot lie to a dog. Things you can hide from your spouse, sister or mother you cannot hide from a dog.
He’ll read every minor shift in your mood and react accordingly.
I had a gentleman owner struggling in class recently with a Border Collie who pulled incessantly on the lead.
To give the owner a break I swapped his dog for Tally, my little yellow Lab who was trotting along at my heel.
Within five minutes Tally was pulling him along while his Collie was walking happily by my side.
Both dogs read the situation and adjusted their behaviour, it’s what all dogs do and you cannot fool them.
It isn’t what you say that influences your dog’s behaviour it’s what you are thinking and it’s the number one reason dogs lunge at other dogs.
If you see another dog approaching and picture an aggressive response that’s exactly what you will get.
Dogs do not worry about the future or dwell on the past (humans do that) dogs live in the moment.
That’s why dogs who have just fought each other will lie down together five minutes later.
In order for a dog to overcome previous bad experiences YOU need to let go of the past and project confidence.
It’s not easy at first but you can do it with practice.
I have seen too many success stories to be impressed with set-backs.
Once you are on the journey, rehabilitation is inevitable.
For more help, visit vicbarlow.com or text Vic on 07590 560012.
Ramblers at Andrew’s Edge with Lamaload Reservoir in the distance
Bulldog Alfie who conquered all his fears to ecome Most Improved Dog of the Year
View towards Shutlingsloe from Shining Tor