Stroller Walks Programme 2024

Wednesday 13th March to 6th November 2024

The Stroller Walk Programme will start on Wednesday 13th March 2024 and will run until the 6th November . The walks will take place every fortnight on Wednesday mornings 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 be a good introduction for new walkers, who may wish to walk in a group for the first time? ECR are a friendly group and you’ll receive a very warm welcome.

Please contact the Stroller Walk Coordinator for further information 07729326940

WELLBEING WALKS

In addition to East Cheshire Ramblers Stroller Walks, which are usually about 3-4 miles in length and aim to be relatively flat with few stiles, walkers can access two other options. The Ramblers offer Wellbeing walks in our area. Please visit the website Ramblers Wellbeing Walks for further information.

Everybody Health & Leisure works with trained volunteers to provide weekly short walks in the town centres and rural areas of Cheshire East. The aim is to help local residents get out, increase activity levels and socialise in a safe environment. 

These FREE short walks are accessible to all, particularly people who are looking to increase their activity. Pre-booking using Eventbrite is essential and must be completed prior to attendance. For any questions, please contact sport@everybody.org.uk

East Cheshire Ramblers Social Event “Canterbury and Other Tales: Treading Ancient Trails“

Friday 19th April, 7.00 for 7.30 pm. 
Macclesfield Tennis Club, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 8JR
£8 including a light supper

Join us for a fascinating and entertaining evening with Canadian Adventure Travel Writer, Kim Letson, who is touring the UK with her latest book.  Kim will entertain us with extracts and stories from Canterbury and Other Tales, a captivating account of six long-distance walks in England and Europe: The Coast to Coast, Cornish Coastal Path, the Ridgeway, the Pilgrims’ Way, Portuguese Camino, and the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome.

Having a military father, Kim spent childhood years living in Canada, England and Germany. She and her husband, Mike Simpson, served in the Canadian Forces for 20 years before retiring to Vancouver Island, where they raised their 2 sons and pursued second careers as professional ski patrollers on nearby Mount Washington. When Mike died of brain cancer in 2007, Kim sought solace in international travel and long-distance walking.

You can read more about Kim on her blog www.kimletson.ca

Kim has written four books on travel, with her last two devoted to long distance walking.  They are highly entertaining and available in the UK (£16.99). Kim will bring a few copies of the latest to sell on the night (£15 cash) but you can guarantee a copy by pre-ordering for £14 (signed copy). Please email Melanie Davy at m.davy2906@gmail.com to pre-order.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening.

To Book for the event please email: gthompemail@gmail.com
Pay by BACS : The Ramblers Association (CH2)
Sort Code: 60-83-01
Account: 20129929
Cost £8 per person.  Ref:  KIM

Or

£8.00 Cheque to East Cheshire Ramblers c/o G Thompson, 6 Reynolds Mews, Wilmslow SK9 2NR.  

East Cheshire Ramblers AGM Papers Saturday 25th November 2023

EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

All members are invited to our AGM which will be held at 2pm on Saturday 25th November 2023 at Macclesfield Tennis Club, Learning Zone Campus, Park Lane, Macclesfield SKI1 8LF   Papers for the AGM are available to download below. To help with conserving the planet no paper copies will be available unless requested.

Trafford Triumph! Congratulations June Mabon!

At the beginning of September Colin Finlayson kindly sent me an article from the Autumn edition of The Ramblers Magazine. The article described how in 2015 June Maybon applied for a well-used path, running from the back of Timperley Metrolink tram station to the Bridgewater Canal, to be added to the Definitive Map. This was not an easy objective to achieve, especially when Railway and Canal Traffic Acts are involved. On this occasion neither the Canal and Riverside Trust nor Metrolink objected so an attractive off-road route, in a busy area, is now preserved for ever. Many thanks June.

East Cheshire Ramblers 50th Anniversary 2023

An early footpath inspection of Wildboarclough 1974

Early History of East Cheshire Ramblers

The inaugural meeting of what was to become East Cheshire Ramblers was held at Roe Street Sunday School in Macclesfield on the 4th October 1973.  It was organised by Lesley Meadowcroft from Manchester Ramblers Association and about fifty people attended the first meeting.

The meeting covered Rights of Way and the need for a definitive map for Cheshire.  Some of those present at the meeting expressed some concern about potential confusion with Macclesfield Rambling Club and not everyone was keen on the idea of public rights of way! Concerns were raised about walkers leaving gates open, climbing walls, letting dogs loose and “How would you like people walking through your garden?” One person was particularly vocal about walkers trespassing on Big Low, Rainow.  

Despite the views aired, twenty people were keen to start Macclesfield Ramblers Association and a committee of ten was established.  It was made up of Chair Tom Chalmers, Secretary David Hughes, Footpath Secretary Pat Bowyer, Treasurer Alan Pedlar, Publicity Pauline Pedlar and committee members Sid Forse, Henry Trufit, Mike Corfield and Margaret Oldfield.  Later Marjorie Cooper became Chair and Anne Court became the Secretary.

One of the first tasks was to create a copy of the Definitive Map of Cheshire showing the Public Rights of Way in the Macclesfield area.  The only maps, available at six inches to the mile, were held in the Cheshire County Council Offices in Chester and the Macclesfield library.  The committee spent hours creating maps with a scale of 2.5 inches to the mile with each footpath drawn in by hand. These maps still exist today. Routes were colour coded:  Purple (Footpaths) Green (Bridleways), Yellow (Parish Boundary). They created a “real treasure trove of footpaths”. In addition a great deal of time and effort was spent to ensure that every right of way was inspected annually. In order to achieve this, footpaths were divided into Parishes and each member agreed to inspect the footpaths in two Parishes. As we do today, the data was collated centrally. In the early days it was sent through annual reports to Pat Bowyer, the Footpath Secretary.  Complaints about ‘obstructions’ were passed to Cheshire County Council  who, it has to be said, at that time, ‘moved very slowly in the plains’! The Committee achieved more progress in Peak Park area where the support of the Countryside Rangers was invaluable.  Pat Bowyer also had great support from Donald Lee of Peak and Northern Footpaths Society.

The Committee faced a constant battle to prevent developers building over footpaths, particularly on new housing estates.  In addition, major issues arose over the proposed route of the Silk Road through Dumbah Hollow.  Over the years careful negotiation was required when farms were converted into private residences. No one wanted a public right of way through their new back garden.  Paths were moved away illegally from farms and often via unsuitable diversions.

The group gained publicity and increased members through Pauline’s articles in the Macclesfield Express, where they allowed her a ‘few inches’ each week.  A particularly difficult confrontation with a farmer on a footpath in Wincle required the intervention of the local police. Fortunately, the constable was familiar with the Definitive Map and the walkers were allowed to proceed. This resulted in some welcome but unexpected publicity! The Macclesfield Express ran with the headline: “POLICE CALLED IN OVER FOOTPATH DISPUTE”. Numbers in Macclesfield Ramblers doubled as a result!  The path in question now has a stile, gate and footpath.

The group also offered support to Chris Bamsey, one of the Country Side Rangers. Together they put in stiles, improved muddy paths and helped install the bridge over Shell Brook.  Another major legacy is the work the group did to secure the Gritstone Trail. Initially the route was to be called the Cheshire Ridgeway as Derbyshire Ramblers were setting up the Gritstone Way. It was eventually agreed to call the route the Gritstone Trail to match and complement the Sandstone Trail in the West of Cheshire. It’s proved to be a great success and has certainly increased footfall over the years. Forty miles of the trail were walked in the 40th Anniversary year and this year fifty miles were walked to celebrate our Golden Anniversary year.

With grateful thanks to Alan Pedlar

1976 Shell Brook
Looking at a proposed diversion through Throstles Nest Farm near Macclesfield forest in1973/74
Shell Brook in 1975/76

ECR MUSIC NIGHT! Friday 22nd September 7.30pm

You are invited to our Live Music Night of popular songs from the 60’s and 70’s for you to sing along with, hosted by John Galligan on guitar.
 
Admission: £6
Where: Macclesfield Tennis Club, Learning Zone Campus, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 8JR
When: Friday 22nd September 2023 to include a light buffet, bar drinks available to buy
To book: Gina Thompson gthompemail@gmail.com 07843 914886.  Bookings close 15th September
 
Online Payment (please let Gina know that you have payed)
Account Name: Ramblers Association (CH2)
Sort code: 60-83-01
Account number: 20129929
Please quote reference MUS
 
By Cheque: Cheques made payable to RA East Cheshire Group and send to
Gina Thompson
6 Reynolds Mews 
Wilmslow
SK9 2NR 
 
Date for your diary 50th Anniversary Luncheon at Davenport Golf Club 7th October.  More information to follow soon.