A group of ECR members enjoyed a tour of the Wood Mine at Alderley Edge lead by members of the
Derbyshire Caving Club who explained the history of the site and the techniques involved in
exploiting the various minerals to be found there.
Highlights included navigating the Crocodile Crawl on hands, knees and sometimes chests, and a
diversion to see the spectacular way in which water containing copper minerals is flowing over rocks
and depositing a brightly coloured film on the surface of the rocks.
One member enjoyed the Crocodile Crawl so much that he volunteered to go through the Wiggly
Worm passage. One of the photographs shows his feet disappearing into the start of the crawl. A
few minutes later he emerged from the other end, no worse for the experience.
If you come across any problems affecting a Public Right of Way in Cheshire East complete the REPORTING A PROBLEM FORM on the Cheshire East website. Type or cut and paste the web address below into your browser:
Then click ONLINE PROBLEM REPORT TO ACCESS THE FORM.
The site provides access to an interactive map so that you can say precisely where the problem is.
It’s useful to take a photograph of the issue, to add to the information, which you can then upload to the site.
If you need advice or assistance in completing the form or you want to contact us about a footpath matter please use the ‘Contact’ tab on the ECR Website to contact our Footpaths Secretary.
EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS
COACH TRIP TO Settle area Monday 27th June 2022 £18
This is the 2nd notification about the Coach Trip to the Settle area. There are still places available.
There will be a choice of three led walks which will all finish in the market town of Settle. It has a variety of small shops, cafes and pubs.
Pick-up Points and times: Our coach will take us to Settle (around 1hr 45min from Wilmslow)
7.40 am. Snape Road, Macclesfield (Off Queens Avenue which is off Hulley Road) near McCarthy’s Coach Depot. Roadside car parking.
8.00 am. Hickory’s Smokehouse (was the Boddington Arms), Wilmslow. Free car park at Lindow Common adjacent.
5pm: Leave Settle
General information: To be confirmed
There are toilets at the coach park at Settle. I expect the coach will be at the car park during the day, so shoes (etc.) can be left on the coach for changing into after the walks. Please bring a packed lunch.
Walks – further details on next info sheet.
The Long Walk of about 12 miles led by Martin Dunkley
The Medium Walk of about 9.5 miles led by Ann Thompson
The Short Walk of about 7.5 miles is led by Maggie Swindells and Gina Thompson
If you have any questions about the coach trip, please contact:
Ann Thompson on email@example.com (best way) or 07747696366
Please send bookings to Ann, using the attached form or a simple email and preferably pay by BACs. Details are given on the booking form.
We look forward to seeing you on the coach trip!
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Group Walks | Risk Assessments
At General Council in April 2022, two motions relating to risk assessments were debated. One of the motions suggested risk assessments should be removed completely, and the other that they are simplified. While the discussions were varied and wide-ranging, both motions were passed.
The board will now review the motions and while this takes place, risk assessments must continue to be completed prior to group walks.
Walk leaders have always done a fantastic job of offering safe, enjoyable walks and they assess risk skillfully and diligently. At the same time, our legal duty of care to all those acting on the Ramblers’ behalf means our approach to risk management needs to be evidence-based. Without this approach, walk leaders and indeed the Ramblers, may not be able to defend potential claims made against individuals, groups, or the Ramblers more widely. These are the considerations the board will take into account during the review.
We’ll share an update from the board later in the year. Until then, thank you for continuing to deliver thousands of brilliant walking experiences each week across GB. Remember, you can find the risk assessment template and more information on Assemble.
Please click here to download the current Risk Assessment Proforma
FRIDAY 10TH JUNE 2022 10.00 am – 16.30 pm MACCLESFIELD TENNIS CLUB
As a Walk Leader, you help everyone enjoy the pleasure and benefits of walking together outdoors. To support you in your role, we have arranged a full day training course for our members.
If you’re new to leading walks, or are thinking about becoming a walk leader, this training day will give you the basic skills needed to take on the Ramblers’ most popular volunteer role. If you’re an experienced walk leader, wanting to brush up your skills, there’s plenty for you too.
The morning session will cover what to consider before, during and after your walk, including safety and managing tricky situations, basic map reading, how to access the ECR website to publish your walk and it will also provide practical tips from experienced walk leaders.
The afternoon session will provide an opportunity during a short walk to put into practice what you have learnt in the morning session.
The training is free. To book a place on the course please email Maggie Swindells firstname.lastname@example.org – or telephone 07729327940
PLACES ARE LIMITED SO EARLY BOOKING IS RECOMMENDED
PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY
|09:45||Arrival and coffee, assignment to groups|
|10:00||Welcome and introduction – Jane Gay|
|10:15 – 10:45||Outline of walk leading – Gillian Kay Leading walks – why we do it, venues, recces, publicity, responsibilities, where to seek guidance as a new leader.RA Insurance informationICE cards|
|10:45 – 11:05||Explanation of Grid References – Frank and Jane Gay|
|11:05 – 11.15||Coffee and break into small groups with your assigned leader (there will be one or two leaders per group of 3 or 4 participants) Group leaders: Jane Gay, Frank Gay, Michael Murphy, Maggie Swindells, Gillian Kay|
|11:15 – 11:45||Leadership training – Group Leaders We will review the documents which you were sent by email. Hard copies will be supplied on the day. Walk Leader’s checklist. Questions and Answers from the ECR websiteDemonstration of on-line use of the ECR website for publicising your walk – Jane and Frank Gay|
|11:45 to 12:30||Basic map reading Planning a walk, finding your way, symbols, escape routes, transferring a set route from a book or on-line to your own map. All techniques to be practised in the afternoon.We are NOT covering GPS gadgets or maps on phones today|
|12:30 – 13:15||Lunch at the Tennis Club Please bring along your own picnic. Coffee/tea provided.|
|Following lunch proceed in your own, or shared cars, to Gawsworth for the afternoon practical.|
|Gawsworth parking location||Park on Church Lane, southeast of the church, just beyond the steps to a footpath on the south side of the road. Grid ref: SJ 8886 6960The post code for the church is: SK11 9RJ (this will get you to the approximate area)|
|13:45 – 15:45||Afternoon Practical There are different routes for you to follow, and take turns in twos leading, along with your assigned trainer. The routes are between 4.3 and 4.7 kilometres (about 2 ½ to 3 miles). You will be stopping frequently to discuss leadership, emergency procedures, navigation techniques, route finding, symbols, grid references, etc. You will be given an A4 sheet with the Gawsworth area on it, enlarged, thus easier to follow than a ‘normal’ map.|
|15:45- 16:30||All meet back at Macclesfield Tennis Club Feedback. Suggestions for further training|
WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE TRAINING
The Stroller Walk Programme will start on Friday 22nd April 2022. The walks will take place on a Friday, every fortnight, and will start at 10.30 unless stated on the walk information on the East Cheshire Website (https://ramblerseastcheshire.org.uk)
Stroller walks are intended for members who prefer a short, easy, flat walk with minimum stiles and ascents. Walkers may also be recovering from an injury or health issues and may want to take gentle walks to build up their stamina.
Stroller walks may also encourage new walkers, who may wish to walk in a group for the first time, to try a walk with East Cheshire Ramblers.
GUIDELINES FOR STROLLER WALKS
|Recce||The route selected will be recced before the walk|
|Risk Assessment||The Walk Leader will complete a Risk Assessment form after they have recced the walk|
|Distance||3 to 4 miles|
|Pace||An easy pace with frequent stops to ensure the group is comfortable|
|Location||Starting points for the walks will be preferably within 20 minutes drive from Macclesfield or Wilmslow and will, if possible, start at a free (preferred) car park|
|Terrain||The footpaths will be in flat areas (canals or dismantled railways) and any ups and downs will be minimal and very gradual|
|Stiles or steps||If included they will be checked to ensure they are in good condition and where there may be a concern the Walk Leader will advise the members of the group. If ladder stiles can’t be avoided they should be highlighted at start|
|Stops||A stop for ‘coffee/drink/snack’ will be provided at an appropriate place half way round the walk|
|Weather||If the weather forecast is for continuous rain or very bad weather the Walk Leader will cancel before or at the start of the walk|
|Walkers||Walkers are encouraged to share any serious health issues with the Walk Leader at the start of the walk to ensure anyone with special requirements can be assisted if necessary ( i.e. recovering from hip operation or new to walking/ECR)|
|In Case of Emergency (ICE)||Walkers should carry/have an In Case of Emergency (ICE) card or some means of contacting someone in an emergency|
|Publicity||The walks will be publicised on the East Cheshire Website two weeks before the walk https://ramblerseastcheshire.org.uk|
Tiffany, Rosie Forth’s goddaughter, has contacted Gina Thompson to let her know that she would like to hold a party in remembrance of Rosie for her friends to attend. She has a provisional booking with Suburban Green in Wilmslow on 12th June from 2pm-6pm which Gina thinks will be a drop in event. Tiffany would like to know approximately how many Ramblers would be interested in attending, NOT BOOKING, the event.
If you are interested please would you contact Gina Thompson via email email@example.com or phone 07843 914886 by 18th March, so that she can provide Tiffany with an idea of the numbers.
Thanks in advance on behalf of Gina Thompson
Alderley Edge Mines Visit
Tuesday 21st June 2022
We have arranged an evening visit for ECR members to the Alderley Edge Copper mines on Tuesday 21st June at 7PM.
The trip will be run by the Derbyshire Caving Club and will be escorted by two of their members.
For general information on the mines and visits see:
For information regarding our trip, please contact:
Points to be aware of before visiting the mines:
- The mines involve going down uneven steps, ducking through low places and sometimes crawling on hands and knees. The crawls can usually be avoided but the low roofs in places cannot.
- Good footwear with ankle support is essential and wellington boots are recommended. Trainers are not suitable. Footwear should be suitable for outdoor walking.
- Waterproof clothing is not required but old clothes, which will not suffer from contact with sand and mud, are strongly recommended as you will get sand and some mud on your shoes and clothes. It washes out but may leave stains in very light-coloured clothing.
- The temperature in the mines is cool, but constant at about 10-12 degrees C. Dress as if for an autumn day in the garden!
- The route will involve climbing at least one ladder which has a safety line.
- You can bring a camera or camera phone but be aware of the risk to the camera from sand and water.
- Don’t bring a torch, geological hammer or rucksack. They will just get in your way and you must not remove any minerals.
- Helmets and cap lamps will be provided. The helmet with light attached must be worn at all times in the mine.
- Let the leader know before you enter the mine if you have any health condition that might affect your visit or you have any particular fears of the dark or confined spaces. Take any urgent medication with you. It might take up to an hour to fetch something from your car, such as an inhaler.
- The trip leader will give necessary safety instructions.
- Do not stray away from the group either singly or in a small group. If you want to stop to look at something or to take photographs, ask the leader to stop so that you are not left behind the group. If you become separated from the group, stay where you are, you will be found quicker.
The number of places on the trip is limited to 14, so if you want to come, contact me to confirm that there are still places left before transferring money or sending a cheque.
The cost is £8 per person.
Details for payment are:
By bank transfer:
Account Name: Ramblers Association (CH2)
Sort code: 60-83-01,
Account number: 20129929
Please quote reference: MINE
Make cheques payable to East Cheshire Ramblers and send them to:
37 Harvest Road