Sunday, November 29, 2009

Walk report, 29th November 2009

It was Brenda Halsall’s turn to lead us today. A ‘lucky’ thirteen members left Nelson Pit car park, Higher Poynton, and headed up into Lyme Park. It wasn’t long before the threatening rain arrived, and it was with us for most of the walk. But it wasn’t too heavy, and didn’t spoil spectacular views across the Cheshire plain opening up behind us as we climbed. A group of fine-antlered stags observed us from a hollow as we neared Lyme Hall, and more of these magnificent animals were seen, together with does and young, as we turned right and followed the tree line up towards Knight’s Low. Crossing the ladder stile we followed the path along the edge of Cluse Hay then up to the ‘hunting lodge’ on the hilltop. Once over this ridge, the views over Cheshire lay before us; the vast expanse of Woodford airfield in the foreground promoting discussion in the group as to its future when BAe close it on completion of the 'Nimrod' programme. The long ridge of Alderley Edge was off to our left, the built up area of Manchester to our right dominated by the toothpick Beetham Tower, and the far horizon was marked by the plume of steam from Fiddlers Ferry power station. We descended by Hase bank Wood beneath the rampant rhododendrons, no doubt a blaze of lovely colour when briefly in flower, but just dull green humps on the hillside at this time of year.

A left turn took us further downhill, the views over Cheshire fading as we descended, to pass Green farm and Thostlenest farm across soggy fields, and cross the Macclesfield Canal by a footbridge to follow the towpath back to our starting point, and a welcoming blazing coal fire in the Boars Head.

Vince Chadwick

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