- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 4th December
- The next outing for the Walking club will take place on
Sunday, 4 December. The walk will be along parts of the
Derbyshire Gritstone Trail and the Staffordshire Way,
between Macclesfield and Leek. The coach will leave the
school at 8.30 a.m. so please assemble in good time, for
daylight is limited at this time of the year and we want
to finish the walk with time to spare before it gets
dark. A convenience stop will be made at Knutsford. We
should be back in Formby before 6.00 p.m. The cost of the
walk is £3.00 for adults and £2.00 for children.
Details of each walk are given below. Please indicate on
the return slip which walk you intend to join, and return
it to the school office by Thursday, 24 November.
This will begin at a point about three miles
South East of Macclesfield. (grid ref. 938697). A fairly
steep ascent leads onto a ridge top walk along Crocker
Hill and past Sutton Common Radio mast. At a little over
1300 ft. this is the highest point attained. It is very
exposed so be prepared if the weather looks unfriendly.
The party then descends to cross the A254 at grid ref.
Distance: 12 miles
- Leader: Patrick Ferguson
'A' and 'B' parties now follow the same route. A
short and fairly gentle ascent leads up to another ridge,
Wincle Minn, from which there are splendid views ahead
(south) and to the east and west. This too is exposed,
and though there is a tarmac road along here (it is also
possible to walk on the grass of the fields it crosses)
there is plenty of good mud to come! After Hawkslee Farm
(938654) the parties will take to the fields, again muddy
fields! The route descends steeply to cross the lovely
little valley of the Shell Brook and then rises to
Barleyford Farm. Another descent to Barleyford Bridge
across the River Dane - whose valley we followed in July
- leads to another short climb to a canal. The party will
follow the banks of this for a mile or so before crossing
fields to reach the Macclesfield to Leek road at grid
930634, the point where the Gritstone Trail and the
Staffordshire Way meet.
Distance: 9 miles
- Leaders: Ken Lamb and David Guiver
All three parties now follow the same route. A short walk
along a lane that may be muddy leads to a bridge which
carried the old railway. It is along this track that the
Staffordshire Way goes for the next couple of miles or
so, to the north end of Rudyard Lake. The route then
crosses the valley and follows the western side of the
lake for the last two or three miles, through woods and
fields, to the car park by the Rudyard Hotel, where the
walk ends. There is a cafe, toilets, and, for those whose
attire might still be classified as their 'Sunday best'
the Rudyard Hotel serves afternoon tea.
Distance: 5 miles
Leaders: Maureen Peacock and Shirley Syme