The rain stopped just in time for us to enjoy our first evening stroll of the year – a very simple 6.5 km route from the Bulls Head along the Trans Pennine Trail (disused railway line) to Thelwall, and back along the rather more muddy towpath of the Bridgewater Canal.
Andrew turned up to bag a trio of dates in the summer for his popular ‘Deepest Cheshire’ series of evening walks, and with good ale and in the peace of the bar (the lounge was humming with noisy post work activity) we filled in the other ‘TBA’ venues for the remainder of our programme of evening walks. I’ve since edited them slightly.
The walk proceeded with frequent pauses to admire the night sky in weather that seemed more like April than January. There was nobody else about.
The evening walk details will be put on www.topwalks.com/evenings.htm shortly, but in case you want to note them from here, they are as follows, all starting at 7.30pm:
Thursday 20 February
Timperley to Altrincham, via the Swan with Two Nicks (10 km)
Meet 7.15 at our house, or 7.30 outside Timperley Metro Station
Thursday 20 March
Worsley Woods – up to 12 km from Eccles Metro Station, via a pub en route
Tuesday 15 April
Wincle - an 8km stroll starting at 7.30 pm from the Ship Inn at Wincle (SJ 962 653), going up to Hanging Stone then down to Lud's Church, returning by the Dane Valley
Thursday 1 May
Deepest Cheshire (1) – from the Red Lion, Goostrey (next to the church) SJ 780 700
Thursday 12 June
Deepest Cheshire (2) – from the Church Inn, Mobberley (next to the church) SJ 791 802
Friday 20 June
South Lakes – from The Wheatsheaf in Beetham (on the A6 just south of Milnthorpe) - a 7.5 km walk overlooking the Kent Estuary and featuring the Fairy Steps
Thursday 7 August
Deepest Cheshire (3) – from the Swettenham Arms, Swettenham (next to the church – Andrew’s sudden recourse to religion has got me wondering) SJ 800 672
Wednesday 27 August
Cheshire - around Marton – meet at the Davenport Arms, Marton (SJ 850 683)
Tuesday 9 September
A circuit around Marple – meet at the Midland Hotel in Marple Bridge
Thursday 9 October
An evening on the Sandstone Trail – details to follow
Thursday 13 November (provisional)
Around Styal – meet at the Ship Inn
Thursday 18 December
Shutlingsloe - our regular 5 km yomp - starting at 7.30pm from Trentabank car park (SJ 960 711), adjourning for Christmas Ale at the Leather's Smithy in Langley.
Also, anyone wishing to see our ‘Pyrenean Adventure’ slideshow is welcome to join us on Wednesday 26 February at Hazel Grove Civic Centre (8 pm), where we are doing a presentation for SWOG.