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!


Our walkers might pass stone-age remains, badger setts and tracks, and fascinating old farmhouses and cottages. They will certainly enjoy sweeping views over the Cheshire plain, Peak District panoramas of hills and dales, and gentler scenery by canals and parkland in Lyme, Alderley and Ladybrook.

You are guaranteed a friendly welcome when you join us.
Do come!

Group Leader David Burke

walking@highlaneu3a.org.uk

 

 

2020 Walk Programme

 

Month

Day

Date

Leader(s)

January

Tuesday

Wednesday

7

29

Walter Mason

Jeff Mortimer

February

Wednesday

26

Steve/Ann Reynolds

March

Wednesday

25

Sam/Irene Chappell

April

Tuesday

Wednesday

7

29

Lynne Gardener

Rick Hedley

May

Friday to Monday

 

 

Tuesday

Wednesday

1 to 4

 

 

12

27

Trip to Dolserau Hall, Doldellau, Southern Snowdonia

 

Shelagh Stokes

Brian/Alison Allerton

June

Tuesday

Wednesday

9

24

John Cookson

Mike/Sandra Moran

July

Tuesday

Wednesday

14

29

Ian Hope

Ruth/Dave Smith

August

Tuesday

Wednesday

11

26

Jeff Robinson

Merlyn/Joyce Young

September

Friday to Monday

 

 

Wednesday

25 to 28

 

 

30

Newfield Hall, Malham,

South Yorkshire Dales

 

Louanne/Peter Collins

October

Wednesday

28

Ron/Marje Rennell

November

Wednesday

25

Ralph Caddy 

December

Wednesday

16

David Burke

 

 

 

Walk Reports

Walk report - Tuesday 7th January

 

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.

 

 

Walter Mason

 

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Walk report – Wednesday 29th January

 

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.

 

 

Jeff Mortimer.

 

Walk report February 26th

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.

 

Walk report March 25th  

Cancelled due to Corona virus outbreak.

 

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