A Friday evening in Bacup saw us dog walking with Oscar, now an Old Man, but still with a strong sense of smell!
Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
Saturday, 23 October 2021
Friday, 22 October 2021
2017 saw me setting off on a solo crossing, starting again at Oban, but taking the ferry to Lismore and following my planned route, as reported at the time:
Route: roughly as planned - Ferry to Lismore > Port Appin > Airds Hill (Ma) > Appin > Strath of Appin > camp to the west of Beinn Churalain at NM 986 464 (420 metres)
I've still not processed the photos from this crossing, on which I used the stalwart Phreerunner tent, which performed as well as ever, and on this day was positioned exactly as planned on the slopes of Beinn Churalain..
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Autumn colours do not yet dominate the scene, though they are on the way, and the dappled light from the low sun as it pierced the trees was lovely as I warmed up by way of 7km along the old railway track.
A short road section then took me into Lyme Park, and a steady climb through more woodland.
'Formerly a hunting tower cum gatehouse, later park keeper's house and prisoners' lock-up: Origins c.1580, taken down 1734 by George Platt, rebuilt 1737 by Peter Platt, perhaps to a design by Leoni for Peter Legh X. Coursed, squared, buff sandstone rubble with ashlar sandstone dressings, felted roof and cupolas (originally stone) and formerly 2 chimneys. In plan, square with attached square corner towers. 3-storeys symmetrical fronts. Chamfered plinth, raised rusticated quoins, applied ashlar band at first floor. Windows in towers in raised, plain surrounds (now blocked but with 12-pane sashes originally). Semi-circular headed doorcases on 3 faces, with rusticated surrounds and Tuscan pilaster capitals to imposts with raised plain, window surrounds above (all blocked). Projecting heavily-moulded entablature with ashlar blocking course with central balustrading (probably added by Wyatt, now damaged). On towers, stepped bases to domed cupolas (now C20 wooden replacements) 3 square sundials on moulded sills between 1st and 2nd storeys, read: east face, "Vive Hodie"; south face, "Remember now the creator in the days of thy youth"; west face, "Cras minus aptus eris". Interior: 4 Tuscan antae with banded rustication in ground floor. Diagonal flight leads to spiral, stone staircase in south-west corner tower. Remainder of interior now removed but first floor was the main room with a panelled oak ceiling with huge, central, carved rosette. The stairs were in one corner, a fireplace, a lavatory, and a prison room in the others.'
We had the pleasure of a visit from Jen Darling and her husband Chris. What a lovely evening. I've been helping Jen to re-walk some of the routes in her various 'Walking in Cheshire' books, and it was great at long last to meet her.
Hopefully the updated edition of 'Pub Walks in Cheshire' will soon arrive from the printers, and we can finish off 'West Cheshire' before getting stuck into 'More Pub Walks'.
Good luck with the updates, Jen.
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Sue and I enjoyed a pleasant evening together with about seventy like-minded souls, being entertained by the Old Green River Band. Apparently 'Old Green River' was a type of whisky that ceased to be produced in the early 1900s. Martin Bennett and his men have sought to keep the name alive.
I'm told that Martin is a very well known musician on the European Jazz scene, having spent over twenty years touring extensively in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia, playing famous clubs and festivals. He first arrived in New Orleans in 1966 and is friends with many of the famous Jazz musicians there!
He has now put together a band of musicians he is proud to present as the Old Green River Band, a mix of old heads and young blood, all with the shared intention of playing top class music with integrity and passion!
Monday, 18 October 2021
Strines and New Mills from
After a last minute rush to get the bikes ready after all of eight months since their last outing, Sue's puncture was repaired and a seat removed from the Espace to allow them to be wheeled in without difficulty.
Then a thirty
minute drive to
The track past the paper mill was very muddy and narrow, but fun, and the sweet factory by the canal emitted contrasting odours.
The late sun nicely lit the canal, and the first photo taken with the replacement Canon Powershot S70 camera provided today by Cameras2u.co.uk seemed good. (See above.)
Then a jolly
descent into New Mills, where we zoomed around the Millenium Walkway, high over
a curve in the River Goyt, before climbing slowly out of New Mills on a nice
evening all the way up to Brook Bottom. We eschewed the pub (Fox Inn) in favour
of continuing to the end of the ride on nice tracks until the final rocky
Despite blinding sun, Sue kept up (nearly), though Andrew did a bit of walking here.
Adjourned to the
Bridge Inn in
That was an 'archive' entry, and the map is shown below. I may have got the bit through New Mills slightly wrong, but the instructions, written in 2005 and included here below the map, should still be correct. The old 'topwalks' web page is here, and that points to a blog entry here.
Here's the route - 13km with about 350 metres ascent; allow 1.5 hours.
The ride starts out left from
Roman Lakes and follows the track by the river, under the railway, then
alongside the railway before emerging onto a track by a farm. Turn right over
the railway then down to a T-junction where a right turn takes you to the B6101
at Strines. Turn left here* and after about half a km take a bridleway on the
right immediately after a farm drive and before the river bridge. Emerge from
this narrow track past the paper mill at a road.
Turn left up the hill then right at a junction up to the canal bridge. Double back under the bridge along the towpath to the left, keeping on the towpath past the sweet factory. Turn left immediately after passing under the road bridge to join a small road that leads down to the main road (A6015).
Go straight across and keep right at two junctions until the road ends at the Rock Inn. Take the track on the right down into The Torrs, crossing the River Goyt at the bottom (if you reach the picnic benches you've missed the left turn towards the Walkway) before turning left next to the river and crossing the Millenium Walkway above the river. Immediately after that go right up a steep path to emerge by New Mills railway station. Turn right up the narrow road to the top.
Cross straight over and climb steeply up
The only part of this ride that is 'off the saddle' is the steep path after the Millennium Walkway. It's a good, varied route, suitable for all. Allow a good two hours, including breaks, though a fit mountain biker would take well under an hour for this route.
*If walking, cross the B6101, ascend to the canal, and turn left.
Sunday, 17 October 2021
This morning Sue and I drove in rain to join a traffic jam outside Over Peover. Cars from various directions were trying to access just one entrance to Radbroke Hall, the run HQ and start and finish point.
Eventually, Sue got her running kit on and jogged under my waterproof for a mile or so to claim her number and reach the starting area in plenty of time.
The rain stopped shortly before the start of the race, so conditions were excellent for running.
After a five minute delay to help those stuck in the traffic, the race started at 9:30 and Adam Craig shot off like a bullet, already with a good lead after 500 metres, where I was cheering everyone on.
I now stashed my phone (camera) in favour of ringing the bell and shouting encouragement for the final 500 metres. Various friends - Greg, Paul, Anthony, Helen, to name but a few - flew past before Sue arrived and went on to finish in a very respectable time - 51:35, 13th in her age category, and I made my way back to HQ.