Today’s walk was a repeat of the route we took on 22 July, except that today we started from Tandle Hill rather than from Slattocks.
Graeme and Paul turned up as planned, and Slattocks residents Alan and Sheila were there to guide us from some distance ahead, whilst Graeme slouched at the rear, thus complying with current Lockdown rules.
Luckily, we were again blessed with good visibility and some sunshine.
There are various memorials up here, as referred to in that earlier posting.
We soon reached the Rochdale Canal towpath, a busy place despite the impression of the next picture looking towards Rochdale Town centre.
There are some sculptures here with a just about decipherable plaque. From right to left: Lynne Coxell (headmistress of a local junior school) and a student; another student wearing 🕶 in an effort to remain incognito; Gracie Fields; and Harriet Ellis (champion windsurfer). All local celebrities.
Soon afterwards we stopped outside the Ship in Slattocks for coffees from our flasks and apple cookies from Paul. A very pleasant interlude despite the pub being 'Covid Shut'.
We learnt on our last visit that Cinder Hill Farm is one of Alan's favourite places, where he can commune with the residents without them answering back.
From there, it's a pleasant stroll back up through woodland in the Country Park, whose car park is completely inadequate on sunny days in Lockdown.
So that was another delightful outing, with good weather and fine company. Thanks go to Alan and Sheila for leading the way.