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.
We set off along a disused freight line now utilised by the Trans Pennine Trail.
There are some fancy signs.
.. 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.
32 people created quite a long crocodile.
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.)
We passed this tree house with window boxes.... Campbell lives here, we concluded, though he tried to deny it.
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.
An excellent outing, there’s a slideshow (20 images) here. Click on the first image, then click ‘slideshow’.