Martin in Gatineau Park

Martin in Gatineau Park

Friday, 5 June 2015

Wednesday 3 June 2015 – An Evening Walk with SWOG – Godley

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32 stalwarts from SWOG (Stockport Walking and Outdoors Group) assembled near Godley railway station and the entrance to Vincent Park. Sue found a friendly horse, and I found a pretty tree.

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We set off along a disused freight line now utilised by the Trans Pennine Trail.

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There are some fancy signs.

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.. and some fancy gestures from someone who should know better (see slideshow)

We reached the Peak Forest Canal and its muddy towpath. After a while Old John needed a break where the towpath changed to the other side of the canal. Poor chap, his leg has gone wonky.

We enjoyed the lovely evening light.

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32 people created quite a long crocodile.

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We left the canal near Hyde Central Station and wound our way back to Vincent Park along minor roads and ginnels (see map below).

We passed this castellated pigsty, which I noted when we were last here on 6 August 2014, dates from 1767. (Previously we walked from a different spot in the opposite direction, on a similarly pleasant evening.)

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We passed this tree house with window boxes.... Campbell lives here, we concluded, though he tried to deny it.

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Here's the flattish route - a little under 8 km in an hour and three quarters, ending on this occasion with beers at Godley Hall Inn.

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An excellent outing, there’s a slideshow (20 images) here. Click on the first image, then click ‘slideshow’.

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