With Sue away, and only a day after I got round to circulating details, it was no surprise that only Andrew, who had kindly planned the route, and Richard and Jenny, who had known about the date for weeks, turned up.
Frisky bullocks and friendly horses occupied some of the lush fields, and all the footpaths were well signed.
This was a very pleasant way to start a short series of evening walks, details of the remainder of which are given below. All are welcome. They take place at a slow pace.
Friday 23 June7.30pm from De Trafford Arms, Alderley (SJ 843 781). This is the large pub on the old A34 at the southern end of Alderley Edge High Street. Use street parking or Waitrose if pub car park is full. 5 - 6 miles on paths normally only walked on cold dark evenings, followed by a beer.
Thursday 6 July7.30pm from the Wood House Garden (SJ 808 702). Postcode for Satnav SK11 9DX. Parking at rear of house. Refreshments before an amble around paths and lanes in lush dairy farming country.
Thursday 13 July7.30pm from parking area near Redesmere Lake, Redesmere Lane, Siddington (SJ 849 713). 5-6 miles, adjourning to the Blacksmiths Arms in Henbury (SJ 878 736). Andrew's walk as Sue and Martin will be in Austria.
Friday 28 July7.30pm from the Parkgate Inn in Over Peover (SJ 786 739). 5 - 6 miles followed by a beer.