Church rambling group from St Paul's Church, Heaton Moor, Stockport. Meet second Saturday in the month except January. Anybody is welcome to join our group. Contact details posted in church or go to church website: http://www.stpaulsheatonmoor.org.uk/
Eyam Circular - Saturday 12th July 2014
The walk started at the Eyam Hall
Car Park and 9 of us set off on the first part of the ramble, a gentle undulating walk to Foolow where we stopped for coffee, tea
and water, kindly provided by St Oswald’s Church. We spent a little time admiring the duck
pond, church and the village gardens in the sunshine, before
setting off for the most demanding part of the walk up to Eyam Edge, a
particularly steep climb, and on completion we took the opportunity to recover
our breath and eat our packed lunch.
Afterwards, a little
more climbing along the road to the summit where we dropped steeply down past
the youth hostel, then along a very picturesque path towards Eyam Tea Rooms
where we enjoyed refreshment in the glorious sunshine. A fairly tough 6 miles,
but the views were stunning and a visit to the tea room always makes it
The first walk of the 2017 season started from the Pack Horse Inn, Birtle on the lower slopes of the Pennines above Heywood. On a cold wet windy Saturday we set off from the Inn to follow the road north on a long steady climb to the hamlet of Birtle where we then turned to follow the path along the edge of Ashworth Valley. Unfortunately from the top the views over Lancashire were obscured by cloud and mist but the views of the wooded valley with Cheesden Brook running through provided some compensation.
We made a detour from the route to visit Nabs Wife the site of the former Tea room and weaving mill known as Kershaws Bridge. The site is now occupied by a private dwelling although the old mill yard is still evident. From here we continued along the edge of the valley before turning to take the path across fields to return to the start point and a long leisurely lunch in the pub!
On a warm sunny Saturday eight of our members set off to walk a 5 mile circular ramble around Disley. Leaving the White Horse Inn we took the path through the church yard to the first part of the walk which was to take to the top of the Bowstones. The path climbs steadily along the edge of the Peak District and although the track is difficult in sections the route is not too demanding. The final leg to the top is on tarmacked road and although the road rises steeply it is only for a short distance and once on the summit we were able to enjoy excellent views across Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. Of course we could not walk up to the Bowstones without stopping to look at these 10th Century Anglican crosses with their interlaced carvings and lettering.
After a coffee break we then made the descent down from the ridge and into Lyme Park. The route takes you through woodlands and parkland until eventually you reach the Hall in the centre of the park. From here we set course f…
turnout for a what was an excellent walk on a warm October Saturday.
The route took us via fields of corn on the cob over to Budworth
where we then followed paths across fields to the mere. From this
point we continued along the trail to Maybury Country Park and
enjoyed a stroll via woodlands to the canal. After a short walk along
the tow-path we then followed the well laid out route around Neumans
Flash, with its abundant bird life, to return to the starting point
at the Salt Works.
Lunch was taken in
the Salt Barge which was the perfect end to a day in the fresh air