Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Friday, 12 May 2023

Wednesday 10 May 2023 - Marple with SWOG

Whilst Sue stayed dry at home, I braved the elements for an hour and a half of drizzle that was sandwiched between heavy bursts of rain that ended as we started and started as we ended.

Before the start, virtually all 25 of the walkers sported brollies. "Welcome to my Brolly Walk" said Jack. That stopped the rain, though one person didn't notice!

Easy walking along the Middlewood Way, apart from an encounter with an aggressively rapid mountain bike, led to single file through a damp field.

Tree trimming was very neat.

This old tractor looked to be in fine condition.

The plan was to cross the Macclesfield Canal, but an executive decision was made to shorten the walk (good decision as at the moment we finished the heavens opened) and walk along the towpath before crossing the golf course back to the Middlewood Way.

Here's our 6km route. A nice bit of fresh air, but hardly compensation for failing to be at Torridon preparing to walk across Scotland. Good luck to those who are there, or making their way there, and are elsewhere at the west coast starting points.


Sir Hugh said...

The start of my walking the Cheshire Ring Canal was also a dismal and for me a humiliating event:

"FRIDAY, 21 JUNE 2013
Marple to Sutton
What a start. I found the canal at Marple and marched off determined to get in some quick miles, so it was a a bit heads down for a couple of hours until I came to a sign that said Disley. I was on the wrong canal, the Peak Forest instead of the Macclesfield. I hardly dare tell of this but there you are."

Phreerunner said...

Oooh, that does sound dismal and humiliating, unlike our walk described above, which bathed in a window of opportunity and proved to be a most enjoyable and sociable outing (just in case my report indicates the contrary!).

Sir Hugh said...

It was just the weather, but obviously not enough to dishearten such stalwarts.