Sunday, 27 September 2015

Walk Hartington 27/09/2015

Helen & Peter led a walk (18 of us) from Hartington through Sheen, north along the river Manifold, to Longnor, east to Crowdecote, south along the river Dove , Pilsbury Castle then return.
Some enjoyed a drink in the Joseph Cotton pub in Hartington. We all enjoyed a clear warm sunny day. .


Tea break on a tumulus near Sheen

Longnor to Dovedale

Pilsbury Castle

Autumn colours




Friday, 25 September 2015

Pub night The Fiveways 25/09/2015

Sue & Pete 20.30hrs 25/09/2015 hosted a pub night at The Fiveways in Hazel Grove. Some members enjoyed a meal before.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Talk The Alps 23/09/2015

At Hazel Grove civic hall at 20.00hrs. Martin Block gave a talk about The Alps.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Walk Whernside 20/09/2015

Chris H. led a walk up and around Whernside Yorkshire.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Pub Night The Sportsman 18/09/2015

Les hosted a pub night at the Sportsman Hyde.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Walk Chapel 17/09/2015

Denise C. led a walk around Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Denice wrote:-

Denise's Walk 17 sept

As we drove to Chapel en le Frith, the tops of the hills were shrouded in low cloud. Fortunately, not long after we started walking, they lifted and the day became progressively brighter.
Six of us took the path to Breckhead and on up to Shireoaks, a pretty old farm complex. On the way there were fine views of Chinley Churn and South Head to the west and north. Dipping down a steep valley we paused for morning snap on the turfed rail bridge just short of the long tunnel to Edale.
Up to Malcoff and along the valley to Ford Hall, cutting left just before the Hall through wooded Peak lane, crossing Bolehill Clough and past Brettfield farm to drop down and up another steep valley. 
A soft springy hump of heather provided a good lunch stop with views of Rushup Edge and the hills beyond Chinley.
Descending to Peaselows, the path then dropped down a steep incline to Bagshaw nestling in an enclosed valley.
Passing Slacke hall and Bowden Hall the road took us past a fishing pond to the bypass roundabout where we had started. Not a drop of rain, a few rays of sun and patches of blue with a well earned drink at the Fallow Deer after the 8 mile circuit.
Denise C

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Talk Steve Watts 16/09/2015

20.00hrs. At Hazel Grove civic hall, Steve Watts gave a talk with computer photo projector about his life in the Guards, running, charity work,  and his latest effort the Everest marathon. After some of us went to the Three Tunns pub.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Belgium W/E 11-13/09/2015

Chris H. organised a trip to Belgium .


Lion Mound

Battle of Waterloo






Tower Bridge

Chris wrote:-
We flew from Manchester to Brussels (Charloi) and after a taxi ride disembarked in the centre of Brussels, by the main Square, “Grand Place”. After admiring the surrounding buildings and following a quick photographic extravaganza, we proceeded to a local restaurant where we enjoyed a 2 course meal for Euro 12.
In the afternoon we visited the “Manikin Piss statue” and then his costume museum. Importantly we also purchased 3 day tickets for use on the Brussels Trams and Buses etc. Cost Euro 17.
We subsequently booked into the excellent Jaques Brel YHA and in the evening sampled a local pub with Belgian Beers.
Whist the good weather lasted, we took the train to the historic City of Bruges.
This City has been almost unmodernised for the last 250 years and most of the buildings are the equivalent of grade 1 listed. We spent the afternoon admiring the excellent architecture and enjoyed a scenic trip on the canals.
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo (1815) a new visitor centre has been opened on the site of the battle. Transport today was an 18 mile bus ride to Waterloo.
We were able to explore the new Waterloo Visitor Centre and watch a 3D film re-enacting the highlights of the battle.
We did a tour of Brussels by Tram and Foot.
Sights included: The E.U. Parliament, the Atomium and we finished off at the Vintage car museum.
We took the Eurostar from Brussels Midi station to London St Pancras. As most of you know this involves travelling under the Channel. We then booked into the hostel at St Pancras YHA in London.
An evening pub night was hosted by our London friend and SWOG member, Ken Hodgson.
Six of us toured London by foot and Underground. Sights included Borough Market and Tower Bridge.
Our final leg home was completed on the Virgin train from Euston to Stockport.
Highlights of the trip
Historic Bruges
Belgian Beer
Grand Place in Brussels
Excellent YHA in Brussels
Down sides
Russell lost his wallet
Shaun didn't like the 18 mile bus ride to Waterloo.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Talk Stockport in WW2 09/09/2015

At Hazel Grove civic hall at 20.00hrs. Tony M. gave a talk with computer photo projector on Stockport during WW2. Then after some went to the pub.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Walk Hope 06/09/2015

John E. led a walk ( one from John Merrills Book )   from Brough over Win Hill, Lose Hill, Mam Tor, Bradwell then back to Brough 13 miles. 14 of us set out but 2 decided to return after Win Hill.
We had very good weather with a cool breeze on the tops.

Purple heather view from Win Hill towards Castleton

Hungry sheep

Tired soles at Bradwell park

Friday, 4 September 2015

Pub night The Bakers 04/09/2015

20.30hrs Campbell hosted a pub night at the Bakers Vault at Stockport market place.
Most found the Bakers too noisy and moved to another pub. Later some moved again and did some dancing.
Guess whos sock this is???

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Talk Peru 02/09/2015

20.00hrs at Hazel Grove Civic hall. John H. (railway john) gave a talk with photo projector on a recent organised guided trekking trip to Peru. Noting that it was not the usual Machu Pichu trip although it did end up there.