ECR Indian Meal Viceroy Bollington 10th February 7.30pm

RAMBLERS EAST CHESHIRE GROUP

THE VICEROY BOLLINGTON

22 Ingersley Road,

Bollington, Macclesfield, SK10 5RF

01625 573 006

THURSDAY 10th February 7.30pm

SET MENU

£14.95 for 2 courses (£2 extra for seafood or special)

Please bring cash if you wish to give a tip

Last date for booking 31st January

STARTERS

Poppadoms and Chutney

Mixed Starter (Veg Option)

MAIN COURSES

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Jalfrezi

Lamb Rogan Josh

Lamb Bhuna

CHEF’S SPECIAL

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY ANDY DAVIES AND DAVID GYLEE! (£2 extra)

Served with pilau rice and naan bread (peshwari, keema, garlic or plain)

We can change the curry you request to any other dishes on our

Alternative curry choices can be seen on the website 

Website Viceroy Bollington

BOOKING FORM

PLEASE COMPLETE THE DETAILS BELOW AND EMAIL THEM TO:

Andy Davies              sliponmeslipper@hotmail.com

Name(s):

No. of places:           

Payment made by: (please select payment method)

Bank transfer   /   Cheque enclosed

Please provide an email address (preferred) or phone number for confirmation of your reservation:

Email address:

Telephone no.:

PREFERABLY PLEASE PAY BY BANK TRANSFER TO:

Account Name: RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION (CH2)

Unity Trust Bank                   Sort code: 60-83-01

Account Number: 20129929

TRIP REFERENCE:  BOLLY

PLEASE ENTER YOUR MENU CHOICES BELOW

SET MENU 2 COURSES £14.95 or £16.95 for Special or Seafood
1
2
 

If you do not have the facility to transfer payment into the ECR account then please complete the form above and return with a cheque, made out to RA East Cheshire Group to:

Andy Davies

9 Appleton Walk

Colshaw

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 2HN

Indian Meal February 10th 2022

RAMBLERS EAST CHESHIRE GROUP

THE VICEROY BOLLINGTON

22 Ingersley Road,

Bollington, Macclesfield, SK10 5RF

01625 573 006

THURSDAY 10th February 7.30pm

SET MENU

£14.95 for 2 courses (£2 extra for seafood or special)

Please bring cash if you wish to give a tip

Last date for booking 31st January

STARTERS

Poppadoms and Chutney

Mixed Starter (Veg Option)

MAIN COURSES

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Jalfrezi

Lamb Rogan Josh

Lamb Bhuna

CHEF’S SPECIAL

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY ANDY DAVIES AND DAVID GYLEE! (£2 extra)

Served with pilau rice and naan bread (peshwari, keema, garlic or plain)

We can change the curry you request to any other dishes on our

Alternative curry choices can be seen on the website 

Website Viceroy Bollington

BOOKING FORM

PLEASE COMPLETE THE DETAILS BELOW AND EMAIL THEM TO:

Andy Davies              sliponmeslipper@hotmail.com

Name(s):

No. of places:           

Payment made by: (please select payment method)

Bank transfer   /   Cheque enclosed

Please provide an email address (preferred) or phone number for confirmation of your reservation:

Email address:

Telephone no.:

PREFERABLY PLEASE PAY BY BANK TRANSFER TO:

Account Name: RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION (CH2)

Unity Trust Bank                   Sort code: 60-83-01

Account Number: 20129929

TRIP REFERENCE:  BOLLY

PLEASE ENTER YOUR MENU CHOICES BELOW

SET MENU 2 COURSES £14.95 or £16.95 for Special or Seafood
1
2
 

If you do not have the facility to transfer payment into the ECR account then please complete the form above and return with a cheque, made out to RA East Cheshire Group to:

Andy Davies

9 Appleton Walk

Colshaw

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 2HN

Surface improvements to the Gritstone Trail near Hedge Row (lane), near Sowcar, Bollington

The surface on the Gritstone Path (Rainow FP 28) north of Hedge Row, both on the approach and at the first kissing gate, has deteriorated due to rambler footfall. This has caused erosion and subsequent deep puddle water at both places. In this circumstance, negotiating the k-gate was especially constricted because of its railings.

Two of the Project Teams members, Nick Wild and Roger Jubb proposed to carry out refurbishment work. Gravel was taken from ECR Project Team’s temporary stockpile in Ingersley Val and stacked by the GT path at Hedge Row (40 bags at 15 kg each -approx. 0.6 tonne in all), for use in the repairs. Brian Richardson providing materials transport.

Both ‘hollows’ were drained by digging outlet channels, and both these and the hollows were filled with 20 mm limestones. The stone on the approach path was contained by placing side timbers (50 x 200 mm cross-section) with support stobs on the lower outlet side. The stone-filled drainage channels were covered with turves. Approximately 30 bags of stones were spread, and ten bags transported onwards to Gaussie Brow steps. (For the latter, see website article)

Their finished work has been captured in photos of an ECR Ramblers walk on the trail.

Roger and Nick each carried out four man-hours work on these tasks on Friday 6th August ’21. A vaste improvement.

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A Path Improvement at Poynton, in Memory of Alan Catherall

Alan Catheral, sadly, passed away in January this year. Our ECR committee recognised a wish of our members to provide some permanent recognition of Alan for his enthusiastic and comprehensive contribution to the affairs of East Cheshire Ramblers Group, both in the countryside and management. Quoting from our Chairman Jane Gay “Alan has been a member of ECR since 1985. He was an extremely strong long walker and walk leader who enjoyed the mountains. He particularly enjoyed walking with other members of ECR and chatting to them about the countryside and his latest projects. He was passionate about improving access for walkers.”

Alan working at Back Dane concessionary path December 2017 (See Article “Restoring a Concessionary Footpath at Back Dane, Wincle – ECR Projects Team, November 2018” herewith)

It was agreed that Poynton-with-Worth FP 27, centred at SJ 9470 8270 between Elm Wood and Ben’s Wood would be improved, and a plaque in memory of Alan would be posted there. A kissing gate and finger post would be erected at the path’s north-eastern end, a waymarker post erected at an intervisible more southerly spot. At the southern section by the canal, hawthorn trees would be cut back to improve the path’s accessibility. At the south end, plastic fingers would be restored to an existing finger post, and its ground anchorage made more firm. This post is adjacent to a footbridge leading to Hagg Farm and Poynton Coppice.

Eight members of our ECR FP Projects Team assembled on site in July and carried out this work to everybody’s satisfaction. Assembling and placing the kissing gate……..

Clearance of hawthorn tree obstructions on the path by the Canal……….

A finger post was erected by the gate, and the fence meshed to the gate……..

Incidentally, we have adopted a protective system for posts against rotting, whereby a bituthene sleeve is wrapped around the post at its most vulnerable rotting zone (100 mm above, and 250 mm below ground level), melted and rolled onto the wood………

A waymarker post was placed midway………..and the bridgeside finger post was refurbished……..

Soon after, a site visit was made to attach the plaque to the new finger post……

My thanks go to Janet Allan, Roger Fielding, Adrian Flinn, Ken Hobbs, Roger Jubb, Ian Wasson and Nick Wild. They contributed to a team total of more than 39 hours of work, excluding breaks.

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Reporting a problem on a Public Right of Way in Cheshire East

If you come across any problems affecting a Public Right of Way in Cheshire East, please click on the following link and complete the Report a Path Problem form or contact the Public Rights of Way Team. 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.  

Signs old and new

 By Steve Hull

As one sign acknowledging our work appears, another disappears. The photographs show the pre-ECR sign on Tewkesbury Drive in Tytherington which has now disappeared, along with the stile and the associated footpath, which is buried under the new housing estate. The pleasant field path has been replaced by a longer and uglier Tarmac path round the edge of the estate leading directly onto the Middlewood Way.

                                                              Grey sign to the right of the stile erected in 1977

Details of sign at Tytherington.
New sign at Harrop Brook Footbridge.
Close up of sign at Harrop Brook Footbridge.

Group walk 7th March

On Stanage Edge.

By Michael Murphy

With improving weather, nine members of East Cheshire Ramblers ventured a little further afield on a bright March morning, for a 12 mile walk from Heatherdene Car Park, in Derbyshire. The forecast was for sunny intervals with moderate winds.
The route firstly ascended through mossy woodland, up onto Bamford Moor, where the group enjoyed splendid views across Ladybower Reservoir and the snow-specked hills beyond.
Having briefly strayed onto the wrong footpath (the distracted leader engrossed in conversation!) some “off-piste” descending was required to regain the correct route above Jarvis Clough, before stopping for our coffee break.
A long gradual climb followed, to access the rocky gritstone ridge known as Stanage Edge. What had been moderate winds in the valleys were now experienced as much stronger gusts, as the party headed South East along the jagged ridge.
Many walkers were encountered in both directions, taking the opportunity to enjoy the early spring weather, whilst using varying techniques cope with the wind.
Leaving the ridge, the group headed South West to the attractive town of Hathersage. Here they visited the churchyard of St. Michael, the reputed location of the grave of Little John, one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men.
The walk then crossed some boggy farmland to arrive at Bamford. The intended route would have used stepping stones at Bamford Mill, over the River Derwent. As these were underwater, it was necessary to extend the route to reach the Thornhill Trail. Now a bridleway, well used by walkers, cycles and horses, it was once the route of a narrow-gauge railway; built to carry materials used in the construction of the dam wall to create the Ladybower Reservoir, opened in 1945.
After walking the two-mile length of the trail, the group crossed the dam to arrive at the car park, before driving to Bamford for refreshments.

A path through the woods.