I am delighted to report that 14 walkers joined our group for the first walk of the new season, which started at the Railway Inn adjacent to Mobberley Station. The weather had been horrendous all week but fortunately for us Saturday turned out sunny and dry. The only problem was the route across fields was extremely muddy but equipped with stout boots, gaiters and wellingtons we were able to overcome this minor problem.
The walk was a four mile circular around Mobberley village and we were guided by the Cheshire East Council excellent publication ‘Rail Walks’ which gave very clear directions of the route. http://www.discovercheshire.co.uk
The ramble combines a range of footpaths through pasture and arable land and includes an impressive stretch which crosses the approach to the runway at Manchester Airport. Here you can watch incoming and outgoing planes at low level as they pass overhead. Another feature on the route is the old parish church of St Wilfred and St Mary which is worth a visit if you allow sufficient time.
With a break for coffee, and a stop off at the church the ramble took about 2 hours and we finished back at the ‘Railway’ in plenty of time for us to enjoy an excellent lunch. http://www.railwayinnpub.co.uk/
|Outside Railway Inn at the start|
|At the top of a slippery slope|
|Why climb the stile when you can open the gate!|
|At the end of runway 2 Manchester Airport|
|Parish Church of St Wilfred & St Mary Mobberley|
|First snowdrops of spring in corner of church yard|