After trekking across Scotland in his lightweight kilt, JJ reverted to more normal garb for this stroll to Altrincham on another warm day.
Waiting at Timperley Bridge, I took this picture of the newly converted Nelson House office block, from where an old adversary of mine, ‘Devious David’ (now in Hale) used to ply his trade. It has been converted to apartments which are now up for sale, with some fine views of the canal, and vice versa.
The Canada Geese were being protective of their young. The swans seem not to have any offspring this year.
A few holiday barges were enjoying the benign conditions.
But it was generally very quiet on both the canal and the towpath. Perhaps because we started at 8 am.
An attempt to source coffee and cake at the Lavender Tea Rooms failed due to our early arrival. We did however enjoy cake and scones at a convenient picnic table, but despite dallying no staff arrived and we continued our stroll across the golf course and into Altrincham.
Several coffee shops evaded us, and we declined to pause at others. Eventually we wandered in to the Market House to satisfy our cravings. This is where one of the characters of Wythenshawe parkrun, Owen, works, thanks to the owners’ willingness to employ staff with special needs.
Owen was a little puzzled to see me. I expected him to say “You shouldn’t be here, you should be at the parkrun!”
There’s a very nice piece written about him and another lad called Tom, in ‘Altrincham Today’, here.
I’ve reported on this route before, but here it is again. It’s a good 10 km, to which a couple of km can be added for peripheral wanderings, that can be covered in anything between an energetic hour (or less, that’s the challenge) if the mood takes you, or the more leisurely three hours we chose to take today. (As usual, click to enlarge the picture.)