Last night’s walk with SWOG from Nelson Pit Car Park in Higher Poynton was another well attended affair, with 31 folk turning up to enjoy the walk, and then a beer or two at the Boar’s Head.
Pete (more by luck than judgement, I think) contrived not to lose anyone, though I’m not sure whether he counted the arrivals at the bar at the end of the walk.
There were good views over Greater Manchester to Winter Hill, and over the Cheshire plain to the Clwydian hills. Just a bit far away for a picture – though the Welsh hills are hidden in the background of the above picture of some of the group as we meandered at a relentless pace through Lyme Park.
Autumn seems to have arrived early near West Parkgate, where the next picture was taken.
A route through fields took us to the pleasant towpath of the Macclesfield Canal, where dusk was falling by the time we got back to Higher Poynton. The mallards had their pyjamas on, and one was touring the canal with two very young chicks. I think they have several broods around here as there’s a high population of hungry herons.
Here’s the route according to my Garmin gadget – 7.6km with 150 metres ascent. A very pleasant outing if you have a couple of hours to spare.
During the course of the evening Sue and I were nobbled by Chris to do a slideshow at Hazel Grove Civic Centre - ‘Hut to Hut and Day Walking in the Dolomites’ – 8pm on Wednesday 22 October. We hope to see some of you there.
Time to download some of the holiday photos we’ll need for that, perhaps…