We haven’t managed to attend many of SWOG’s Wednesday evening walks this year but Nigel and Sue had organised one on our patch. If they can travel here from Disley, we could certainly make it from Timperley!
So we enjoyed a leisurely departure from home – it’s just a ten minute drive to the Dunham Underbridge on Woodhouse Lane where there’s parking for a couple of cars. A short stroll along the towpath in lovely evening light took us to the rendezvous point outside the Swan with Two Nicks.
There were just fifteen of us on this walk, which made it more ‘manageable’ than with the usual attendance of thirty or so, this being a bit of a trek from Stockport.
We started by retracing our steps along the towpath, past various canal boaters enjoying the evening sunshine, as far as Dunham School Bridge. It was a lovely warm evening.
Turning down School Lane, I spotted the ‘Sausage Lady’ to whom I was introduced by JJ and Rick last week, emerging from the Village Hall. She reiterated her desire to entice more people to venture down Cow Lane to her small farm shop. “If they come once, they soon become regular customers”, she explained. (The sausages I bought last week were delicious; ‘Lucky’ the pig was not so lucky though.)
Lovely paths through narrow ginnels, beside fields, and around the edge of the golf course, drew us inside the boundaries of Dunham Massey Park, where large numbers of fallow deer and their youngsters were enjoying a frolic before bed-time.
Nigel and Sue’s perimeter route gained great views of the rising moon, seen also, as we returned home in the car, by the GB women’s hockey players in Rio, who were probably too busy thrashing the All Blacks to pay much attention to it.
On return to the Swan, the local ale went down well. Then we strolled back along the towpath to the car, in lovely moonlight, and went home.
8.4 km in a couple of hours.