We usually meet on the last Wednesday of each month and on the second Tuesday of every other month, at 9:30am by the village hall. Walks are not long or strenuous; 5 or 6 miles on average, each with a different leader. Come along to see the countryside in all its moods, sometimes bathed in sunshine, often with a shower or two, even perhaps with a carpet of snow!
Group Leader David Burke
2020 Walk Programme
The first walk of 2020 was on familiar ground in Lyme Park. Walter's 5 mile route started in the far car park and kept relatively low – just as well as a ferocious wind hit us in one or two exposed places. But rain held off, and although far views were misty, our walk had plenty of variety and things to see close at hand. Paddock Cottage, Cluse Hay, Knight's Low, Hampers Wood, Cage Hill, Elmerhurst Trail and Crow Wood all had interest, and we were treated to close views of 10K runners treading the same paths more quickly – a lot more ladies than in my youth as a fell and cross country runner!
At the Stables Cafe the 13 of us splintered and went separate ways, some to the cafe, some homewards, and a few to the Bull's Head – but for all, it had been a very pleasant start to the year 2020.
In view of the possibility of bad weather – even snow, at this time of the year - it was decided to start and finish today's walk at the High Lane Village Hall car park.
21 of us set off along the Macclesfield Canal tow path to reach Prince's incline footpath towards Poynton. Jeff explained that, in the past, wagons carrying coal from the nearby Canal pit would have run down the incline, connected by a cable over a pulley wheel at the top, to empty wagons which would have been pulled up. He pointed out the stone blocks which would have been the site of the pulley wheel.
About half a mile down the path we stopped for a coffee break at the site of the old Albert Pit. There was an interesting placard there explaining the history of the local pits and their associated tramways. Jeff produced some old maps of the area and gave a short talk about the mining history of Poynton.
We then continued down the incline to Towers Road and then took a diversion to walk around the edge of Poynton Pool, which, Jeff explained, was an artificial pool created by Sir George Warren of Poynton Towers in the 18th century as part of his extensive gardens.
We then continued along Towers Road where we tried to identify the old site of the old Poynton Towers building. Jeff produced some old photographs of Poynton Towers before its demolition in the 1930s.
We then went cross country, by the side of Towers Farm, until we found a downed tree trunk which some of us sat on while we ate our packed lunches. After that we proceeded through Norbury Hollow Wood, to emerge onto Middlewood Road and then cross the A6 to reach Hazel Grove golf course. We crossed the golf course, over the railway line, across some fields to reach Windlehurst Road and then back to the Village Hall.
This walk was planned to be around the Bollin Valley, but due to extreme weather conditions (the Bollin Valley was flooded), the walk was cancelled.
Cancelled due to Corona virus outbreak.