Sunday, 31 January 2016

Weekend Sherwood 29 to 31/01/2016

Janet H. helped arrange a weekend away at Sherwood Forest YHA.
Sherwood Forest Weekend - January 2016
Ten SWOG members attended a weekend at Sherwood Forest YHA in January 2016.
The hostel is nice and modern (purpose built in 1997) in the heart of Sherwood Forest.
Sherwood Forest is home to many attractions including the Major Oak and tales of Robin Hood, with Clumber Park and Creswell Crags nearby.
It was a beautiful cold and sunny morning on the Saturday and the group set out from the hostel on an 11 mile walk, and some intrepid adventurers extended this to 19miles.
The weekend was enjoyed by all including Robbo, who came all the way from London, and treated us to some of his jokes.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Pub Night 7 Miles Out 29/01/2016

Campbell e-mailed an extra Pub Night that was not on the published program. 08:30pm at 7 Miles Out in Stockport Market Place. One band and then a solo artist entertained us.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Talk The Development of Manchester 27/01/2016

At Hazel Grove Civic Hall 20:00hrs 27/01/2016 . Aiden O'Rourke gave a talk with computer photo projector on the development of Manchester then and now.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Walk Baslow Edge 24/01/2016

Cary led a walk along Baslow and Curbar Edges then the Grouse Inn then back along the Derwent valley 18 of us did the 10 mile route.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Walk Alderley Edge 17/01/2016

In a change to the published program Jack led a walk around Alderley Edge.
Jack wrote...
Sunday 17th January.
Despite overnight snow and a rather cloudy morning, 23 of us set out from Alderley Edge on a circular walk. We first walked over to Nether Alderley Church where a coffee break was taken. I very nice man opened up the toilet in the church hall for those in need of relief. We then walked past the old water mill before having a gentle climb up to the ridge. I had to shorten the walk slightly as on my reccee earlier in the week I had been nearly up to my knees in mud. The diversionary route also proved somewhat muddy but we got through without any major catastrophes.
We had lunch at the picnic site behind the Wizard but by now there was  a biting wind so we did not delay too long. Our route now took us via the edge and down into the village. A large proportion of us adjourned to the Drum and Monkey for liquid refreshments.
My thanks to Sandra who did most of the navigation.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Pub night The Arden arms 15/01/2016

Campbell hosted a pub night 20.30hrs 15/01/2016 at the Arden Arms Millgate Stockport.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Walk Stockport 14/01/2016

Denice C. led a Thursday walk from Bredbury around Stockport & miles.
Denice wrote...
Thursday walk 14 Jan 2016 "Mud glorious mud" A Denise Special.

On a very grey morning 8 of us set off, a tad late thanks to the leader getting lost on way to start point! (No change there). Luckily, the clouds cleared by about 1130 and a really sunny day with clear blue sky was very much enjoyed.
From the Arden Arms we headed across fields to Turners Lane where we met a former Tameside Country Park Ranger walking her 2 cute Schnauzers, Dillon and Jamie. She pointed out that we had accidentally taken a short cut across private farm land where once upon a time the farmer would come out with his shot gun to warn off ramblers. We saw 3 donkeys which were named after members of the Simpsons clan.

Across Arden Bridge we joined Tameside Trail where we found quite a long bench which held 5 out of 8 for tea break.

Across very muddy horse trodden fields, we had a troop of horses thunder past us - almost Wild West style. Heading up the waterlogged hill we joined the TPT which took us past Hyde Hall and along Ross Lave Lane which was flooded with enormous puddles. Crossing the M60 we descended to Reddish Vale Country Park where we enjoyed the comforts of the Visitor Centre for our lunch break.

After a short circuit of the bird filled ponds with ducks, geese, coots and a lone cormorant, we joined yet another muddy path beside woods and then the M60 where we crossed via the footbridge. The next stretch of path was truly disgusting - littered with all sorts of fly-tipped debris, before we joined a cleaner lane skirting the ancient Arden Hall with the fortified tower and so back to the Arden Arms.

Sue & Debbie were 2 newcomers, who enjoyed our 7 mile circuit and the rest of us popped along to the Fletchers Arms for well deserved refreshment as the Arden Arms was not due to open until 3pm.


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Talk Andalucia 13/01/2016

At Hazel Grove Civic Hall 20:00hrs. 13/01/2016. Cary did a talk with computer projector films of his trip Ambling in Andalucia in Spain.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Walk Deepdale and Millers Dale 10/01/2016

Brian T led a walk along Deepdale and Millers Dale.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Pub night The Railway 08/01/2016

At 20.30hrs Colin and Helen hosted a pub night at The Railway on the A6 just north of Stockport Mersey square.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Talk British Wildlife 06/01/2016

At Hazel Grove Civic Hall 20.00hrs on 06/01/2016 . Tom Way a professional commercial photographer gave a talk with computer photo projector on British wildlife. Our room was crammed with 64 people attending. Tom gave us an insight into how he gets the amazing photos. Many people bought his excellent prints and cards.