MCS Walking Group – 14-05-21

Having been out of commission for a while (strained tendons) I’ve lost track of the number of walks the group has done, so I’ve given up and reverted to dates. On the fourteenth of May at the dawn of the day (actually, it wasn’t dawn; that was poetic licence, allowing me to use the opening line to the folk song Bonny Black Hare), Roger and the 394 bus took us to Ernocroft whence we tacked back and forth up onto Ludworth Moor and down into the Etherow valley, then, skirting Broadbottom, and Hattersley, up a wooded valley and back to Gamesly for a bus home. The walk brought us exercise, danger, topiary, interesting signage, sheep and a vehicle that made its way into a previous walk report, even though we hadn’t seen it. Continue reading

MCS Walking Group – Walk 23

We advertised this walk for a Wednesday, but since the weather was foul and nobody was tied to the day, we changed it to a much fairer Thursday.  The party took the snake path from Hayfield up onto the moor, then dropped down below Kinder Reservoir to cross to the foot of Kinder Low End.  The path up is well established on the ground – indeed, part of it is, in effect, a staircase – but not marked on the OS map.  Down via Swine’s Back, Edale Cross, bridleways, field paths and a deal of mud. Continue reading

MCS Walking Group – Walk 22

This was absolutely typical of the standard of counting you get from choral singers. If a score requires them to count to seven, you’re lucky if they get as far as three. (This walk was planned for seven people.)
The walking group also seems to have developed a fixation on bottoms. Last week it was Broadbottom, this week John’s walk took us through Mousely Bottom and Brookbottom. (One of the many Brookbottoms in the area, owing to the many brooks, but the nearest one to Mousely.) Continue reading

MCS Walking, but not in groups – Walk 21

By a strange coincidence, three members of Marple Choral Society rode the 394 bus and all got off at Gamesley.  December first is the start of “meteorological winter” (because it’s easier for weather forecasters to work in calendar months!) and we were rewarded with enough frost to put a thin crust of ice on the puddles of the field paths (but enough sun to melt it quickly in the exposed places). Continue reading