Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Walk Hayfield 30/05/2018

Steve H. led a Wednesday evening walk around Hayfield.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Walk Southport 27/05/2018

Jack led an extra walk not on the program. Parking at Formby going by train to Southport then following the Sefton Way and beach dunes and coast back to Formby via the red squirrel reserve. We saw one red squirrel and hundreds of Natterjack Toad tadpoles in the brackish dune pools. Only 8 people + Gina the dog went as most members were away for the Bank Holiday. A very hot day with 2 heavy short showers gladly the forecast thunder storms did not happen. 12 miles.

Ainsdale near Pontins

Friday, 25 May 2018

Pub night The Moor Top 25/05/2018

Harvey hosted a pub night 20:30hrs. 25/05/2018 at the Moor Top Heaton Moor road . The pub had recently been renovated and has a very wide range of beers.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Walk Redish Vale 23/05/2018

Harvey led a Wednesday evening walk from the Fletchers Arms Denton into and around Redish Vale return. 18 + 2 meetup people enjoyed a very warm dry evening, most enjoyed a drink in the Fletchers Arms after.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Walk Offas Dyke 20/05/2018

Steve H. led a walk 20/05/2018 starting at the free car park opposite the Ponderosa Cafe at the top of the Horseshoe pass near Llangollen . We went E. following microwave towers until we joined Offas Dyke then S. to Worlds End then S. under limestone cliffs, then near Rock farm we joined a minor road S. then SW.  Along another minor road then E. to join the Clwydian way N. passing Valle Crucis Abbey. We then followed the Clwydian way N then E all the way back to the car park.
A very hot day with some suffering from the heat . 12 miles only 7 members due to many regulars being on holiday.


Valle Crucis Abbey

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Pub night Treacle Tap 19/05/2018

Sue & Pete H. organised a pub night at the Treacle Tap and later at Weatherspoons at Park Green Macclesfield. They had planned to get there by bicycle along the Middlewood way. However Sue's old bikes front tyre blew and then Peters back tyre exploded with a great bang so they went by bus/train.


The Society Rooms

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Walk Bramhall 16/05/2018

Louise C. led a Wednesday evening walk from Hazel Grove High School along the Ladybrook into Bramhall, through Bramhall Park along Happy Valley return. 24 members & Gina the dog. We enjoyed a warm sunny clear evening Some went into The Three Bears pub after the walk.

Martin B. wrote on his personal blog:-

Wednesday 16 May 2018 – Happy Valley with SWOG

On such a nice evening Sue and I felt obliged to attend Stockport Walking & Outdoors Group’s (SWOG) evening walk to Happy Valley, which we visited on 11 April with Paul and Jeanette. It was a lot greener and completely mud free on this occasion.
Our route was much shorter this time, with plentiful parking in a large lay-by at SJ 912 857 (SK7 5JY), from where 23 ‘Swoggers’ strode off, led by Louise, at 7.30 prompt.
A steep path past Norbury House Farm led very quickly to the well manicured footpaths of Happy Valley Nature Reserve. Lady Brook was benign and shaded in the evening light.
Thanks to a virtual absence of stiles, the group made good progress, though the stalwart vanguard pictured below did have to pause occasionally to allow re-grouping. It’s difficult to get 23 people to walk at the same pace; Louise did well to keep them together.
We stopped at SJ 900 859, where our path started the top of the clockwise ‘lollipop’ route (see map below).
There’s a choice of several paths to Bramhall Park, tonight’s being the direct one, whereas you could choose an alternative to the south. There were some lovely Copper Beeches in the park next to the golf course.
After passing an active running club training in the grounds of Bramhall Hall, we endured a short section of busy roads before re-entering the Nature Reserve at the point where Sue is shown at the head of this posting. Then past mallards and small weirs as we proceeded alongside Lady Brook, with magnificent residencies to our left, before crossing the brook at the bridge at the base of our ‘lollipop’.
Returning along the excellent path we’d come down earlier, there were many glances back to the sunset, and up to the tree tops to vociferous thrushes.
Here’s our route – 6 km with about 40 metres ascent, taking a leisurely hour and a half.
A lovely outing on excellent paths.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Walk Howarth 13/05/2018

Chris H. led a walk from Howarth around Bronte country.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Pub Night Jakes Ale House 11/05/2018

John G. hosted a pub night 20.30 hrs. 11/05/2018.

romileys newest and quirkiest pub

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Walk Castleton 10/05/2018

Gill R. led a Thursday walk from Mam Tor E along the ridge to Backnor Nook. S onto Hollowford road. SE to Castleton lunch near carpark and toilets then SW up Cavedale. Then just after joining The Limestone Way NW back to Mam Tor . 11 members started , 2 left at Castleton, a clear bright day but with a bitterly cold W wind on the tops.

On Mam Tor

Yellow Brick road East of Mam Tor

Looking South to Castleton from Backtor Nook

Joining Hollowford road

Snacks at Castleton

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Walk Romiley 09/05/2018

John G. led a Wednesday evening walk around Romiley.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Weekend Wilderhope Manor 04-07/05/2018

Danny Mac and Claire Y. organised a weekend away at Wilderhope Manor YHA 04-07/05/2018.
(no photos or story yet?)

Wilderhope Manor and the surrounding farmland

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Walk Wormhill 06/05/2018

Chris H. led in place of Howard R. (who could not lead for medical reasons) a walk from Wormhill through Cheedale. (no story or photos yet).

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Walk 02/05/2018 Didsbury

Carole P. led a Wednesday evening linear walk from Stockport Pyramid to Didsbury along the river Mersey. The path was all tarmac surface and is part of the Trans Pennine Trail E8. At Didsbury we diverted through Fletcher Moss Park then most went into the Ye Old Cock Inn and afterwards caught the bus back. A cool dry evening 14 SWOG members.

Fletcher Moss Park Didsbury