This was an outing with about 25 of SWOG's evening wanderers. We started from the car park next to the Midland Hotel in Marple Bridge, heading uphill, along an overgrown path behind the tennis courts, and soon crossing the Peak Forest Canal.
The Vernons held the manors of Marple and Wybersley through several generations, the last being Sir George Vernon. He died without male heirs, so the estates were divided between his two daughters. Margaret, the eldest, married Sir Thomas Stanley, second son of the Earl of Derby. The other daughter was the famous Dorothy Vernon who married Sir John Manners.
Local man Alan Newton won a cycling medal in the 1952 olympics. He is celebrated in Stockport by way of a route that is named after him.
After huddling to one side to allow some horses to pass, we crossed this substantial bridge and headed towards Chadkirk Chapel.