On the penultimate outing of SWOG's evening walk season (don't they just fly past), 23 assorted folk assembled outside the Rising Sun in Torkington, before heading through the carefully researched ginnels of a housing estate to reach Hazel Grove Golf Course, where the entire group slewed to a halt in order to avoid a 'golf ball' confrontation.
A couple of fields, with stiles to string the group out, led to the good surface of the Middlewood Way, where the light was fading sufficient to give the impression that the strollers pictured below might actually be running!
A walk along the resurfaced track led to High Lane Station, with its long disused platforms.
We continued along the disused railway line for a while before taking a delightful woodland path to Norbury Hollow and thence back to the Rising Sun for refreshments.
My memory of this walk will be the lovely Norbury Hollow path, which we didn't follow as far as we could have done, due to diminishing light, and the smell of the Himalayan Balsam that dominates the plant life in places at this time of year. It's an exotic pest, but I'm told the bees love it.
Here's our route - 7 km in an hour and a half or so.