Monday, 18 February 2013

Rushton Spencer Walk 17th February 2013

Rushton Spencer Walk. 

Sunday's walk, 17th Feb.  Rushton Spencer to Wincle.  9.5 miles.

There were 18 walkers out this Sunday for a walk in the beautiful sunshine.  From the car park behind the Knott Inn we walked along footpaths leading eventually by the side of the River Dane.  We were very happy to come across the Wincle Brewery, a micro-brewery at Danebridge. 

We were made very welcome, and we very much enjoyed being given a samples of  their beer, and some us bought flapjacks, again made by including the local beer. I am sure we will be visiting again.  After walking through Wincle, passing the Ship Inn, we followed footpaths back to the car park.  

We did encounter one major problem though.  The MUD,  and  it was decided that this walk must hold the record for the muddiest group walk ever!  Dave's brand new boots, didn't stay clean very long.  But an enjoyable day nevertheless.

Thanks to Howard for being assistant map reader, and Jack for the photos.

Pam F

Dunham Massey Run 17th February 2013

Dunham Massey Run 17th February 2013

Five Swog runners were out on the first run of the year.  Our run took us from Little Bollington along the canal to meet the road that would lead us in the Dunham Massey Car park entrance. We were now of running along the soft grass trails around the edge of the park. The sun was bathing down on us as we weaved around the crowds that were out. ( Not that they were out to cheer us along).  The run was not hard and everyone went at their own pace and took in the landscape around us plus a few Deers that you could see.

Hour later we were back at the cars and some of us went to the pub where we were joined by two Swog cyclists and we enjoyed a way of meals that pub had on offer. It was a good offer at 50% off and it was all home made. Plus not a horse in sight.

Next run is in the planning stage.


Monday, 11 February 2013

Lantern Pike Hayfield walk 10th February 2013

Lantern Pike Hayfield Walk 10th February 2013

With the forecast of heavy snow we looked out of the bedroom window at 7.45am expecting a deep covering. Alas, with no sign of any snow, there was no chance of jumping back into bed for another couple of hours!! We made our way to Hayfield thinking that nobody would turn out due to the bad forecast.

 How wrong can you be? 10 of us turned out for the walk on a cold and snowy morning! The walk went according to plan......this was our first walk that we had led!! After a few climbs we arrived at Lantern Pike and we were nearly blown back down by the strong winds!! In places the ground was very muddy and slippery.

In spite of the weather there were good views over to Kinder and Chinley Churn. An enjoyable walk with excellent company. Nobody opted for the tearooms but we all enjoyed a well earned dink at The George Hotel.

 Ursula & Brian

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Hot Pot Walk 2nd February 2013

Hot Pot Walk 2nd February 2013

Chris Hughes organised an excellent walk, starting at Disley Station on a bright day with a chill breeze. 20 trekked through Lyme Park up past the Cage and round the back of Lyme Hall up the ascent to the east of the Lantern Tower.

 After a pause for breath the descent took us down to the drive to the Moorside Hotel then up round the shoulder overlooking the Dipping Stone and Whaley Bridge. The next descent led across the fields and down by Ringstones Caravan park to Furness Vale, across the level crossing and down the valley to join the path by the River Goyt.

 Here the wild life was teeming – many varieties of hens & cocks, a donkey and 3 Llamas. A first for me was the lovely area of the Torrs, the former industrial mill area with the newish Archimedes screw. The sun was just setting so the pink and turquoise sky beyond the viaduct looked wonderful.

 We joined the canal at the top of New Mills and walked along till the first stone bridge where we crossed and walked in the dark up to the A6 and hence to the White Lion Pub with it’s quirky Zebra Pub Sign. More SWOGGERS joined us, so about 32 had the Hot Pot and well deserved drinks.