Social Events Calendar 27/08/21

REVISED 27th AUGUST UPDATE 2021 EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS SOCIAL CALENDAR   Thank you to all those involved in organising these events, any suggestions or ideas about an event would be warmly welcomed. Please don’t hesitate to contact me on: Maggie Swindells  07729327940 /01625 829671   
23rd April to 1st October 2021Start of fortnightly Strollers’ walking programme organised by Maggie Swindells
Thursday 13th May to August 2021Start of evening walks organised by Ralph Atherton
Thursday 2nd September1.30 pm Stockport Guided Walk with Judith Wilshaw organised by Maggie Swindells
Friday 17th September10.00am Wincle History Walk  led by Rodney Hughes
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th SepAmbleside Weekend away – Andy Davies
September 25th to October 3rdBollington Walking Festival
Thursday 14th October 2021Indian Meal at The Viceroy Bollington organised by Andy Davies – details to follow
Saturday 20th November 2021ECR AGM
Tuesday 30th November 2021Ramblers Association Area AG
Saturday 4th December 2021Christmas Carol (Carol Service TBC) short walk Jenny Bordoli
Tuesday 14th December 2021Mid-Week Christmas Meal The Church House Bollington – organised by Andy Davies
Saturday 11th December 2021Weekend Christmas Meal at the Windmill – organised by Maggie Swindells
1st January 2022‘Keith’s Sherry Walk’ organised by Melanie Davey and Lorraine Tolley

Winter Hill Mass Trespass – 125th Commemoration Walk Sunday, September 5th, 2021

The mass trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932 is famous as the time working people asserted their right to roam when they challenged the landowners who wanted to close off ancient footpaths.

In fact, a protest took place 36 years earlier on Winter Hill above Bolton in September 1896 when wealthy landowner, Colonel Richard Ainsworth, erected a gate across Coal Pit Road, an ancient route the people of the town had used for years, in order to protect his grouse shooting. 10, 000 people turned out to stage a mass trespass.

Access to our countryside and our open spaces is sadly still an issue today.

A commemorative walk is planned to mark the 125th anniversary of the original ‘mass trespass’.  It is taking place on Sunday, September 5th, 2021, and many organisations and individuals will be walking with us that day.  We would welcome all Ramblers to join us for what will, hopefully, not only be an enjoyable, happy walk through some beautiful countryside but one which will affirm what  the Ramblers, as an association, stands for.  The Ramblers’ president, Stuart Maconie, is hoping to join us at some point (he is doing a radio programme at Salford early that morning).

The walk will start from the bottom of the A6099, Halliwell Road (SD716103 on the OS map 287) which is approximately a half hour walk, north, from Bolton Bus & Train Interchange in the town centre.  Buses will be at the Interchange to meet the 9 o’clock train from Manchester Victoria and the 9.50am train from Manchester Piccadilly to take participants to the start of the walk.  There is car parking in the streets around the bottom of Halliwell Road and in the car parks in Bolton town centre (charges apply).

People will start rallying at the start point at 10am when there will be some live music and some short speeches.  At 10.30am, the walk will move off and will proceed to the top of Halliwell Road, cross the A58, Bolton Ring Road, Moss Bank Way, and continue north along Smithills Dean Road, past Smithills School to Smithills Hall & Museum (SD699117).  Expected time of arrival will be around 12 midday.  The walk will only pause briefly at the Hall but it is expected that a number of people will join the walk there.  There will in fact be a number of events going on at the Hall from 11am to about 3pm, including live music and performance art, dance, workshops, a mobile cafe and a variety of stalls, including one promoting the Ramblers.  Car parking is available along Smithills Dean Road.  The Hall has its own car park but it is likely that this will fill up quickly and early.

The walk carries on to the next road junction, with Scout Road and Colliers Row Road, and passes straight over into Coal Pit Road, still heading north-west.  As Coal Pit Road bends to the left, the footpath where, 125 years ago, the gate was erected to keep walkers out (at SD675133) – now a Public Right of Way – bears off north-west.  At this point there will be another pause to recognise the significance of the spot, and then the walk will carry on over the moors to the summit of Winter Hill and the Radio/TV Mast & Station.  It then continues on downhill, north-east, to Belmont and the A675 where refreshment can be obtained at a restaurant or pub.  Expected time of arrival is between 2pm and 3pm.  Buses will be available to ferry walkers back from Belmont to Smithills or to Bolton town centre.

The walk is about 6 ½ miles long and includes walking on roads and on rough moorland tracks.  The weather in this area can be very changeable so bring sturdy walking gear, water and any refreshment required.

Bolton Ramblers look forward to seeing you on the walk.


Dear Members

I am writing to you, on behalf of the East Cheshire Ramblers (ECR) committee, to ask you for your help. ECR is one of the largest ramblers groups and has one of the most extensive programmes in the country.

To enable this to continue to we need to attract more walk leaders and to help us to achieve this we are asking you to complete the short questionnaire which you can download using the link below.

I would be grateful if you would return it via email to by Monday 16th August.

Many thanks

Jane Gay

Chair East Cheshire Ramblers

WINCLE HISTORY WALK Friday 17th September 2021


Friday 17th September 2021

Rodney Hughes, a member of the East Cheshire Ramblers Association, has kindly offered to lead a History Walk for members on Friday 17th September 2021.

The walk is about 5 miles and will take about 4.5 hours. We will start at Dane Bridge Wincle at 10.00am. There is parking alongside the road leading down from the Ship Inn. SK11 0QE SJ 9584 6603


There will be a lot of stops and historical explanations on this walk so a dry day will be necessary. If the weather is bad we will have to re-arrange if possible.

Brief outline:

  • Dane Bridge and previous industries.
  • Over the old Battle field and conclusions.
  • Past roman Tomb.
  • Roman Road and original Ford. [Slideford] Double circle Druid stones.
  • On to Lane Head past Hammerton Farm Roman Road over Hammerton Moss to Wild Boar PH.
  • Over to Barlow hill- salt trail and Bennits Hill and Roman check point.
  • Woodcottage Farm across to Broomhill to Nettlebeds drive and to Wincle Grange. [History]
  • Salt trail across to Whitelee [local hanging] River Dane on to Wincle Brewery.

There is no charge and up to fifteen/twenty walkers would be ideal so that everyone present can hear what Rodney has to say. Please feel free to bring a drink and a snack as there will be a stop to take some refreshments.  We will return back to the start for about 2.30pm and walkers may wish to take a refreshing drink at the brewery before we head off home?

If you would like to join Rodney on his walk please would you email or text me so that we can have an idea of numbers? 07729327940   Many thanks Maggie Swindells

Ambleside Weekend Away 18th – 20th September 2021

Second Briefing Note

East Cheshire Ramblers

Weekend Away 17-19 September 2021


The weekend at Ambleside is being organised by Andy Davies ( 

Melanie Davy will look after the administrative side: forms, payment etc.  (

No accommodation is being organised for attendees, but there are group meals for both Friday and Saturday evenings at 6.00 pm at the Waterhead Inn, Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0ER for those who wish to join the group for one, or both, meals.



We will be offering short, medium and long walks on Saturday and Sunday. Many thanks to Monica Brinkman, John Galligan, Sue Munslow, Kathryn Carty, Les Hall and Jane Gay for offering to lead.  


No accommodation is organised, but there is a wealth of accommodation in Ambleside to suit everyone. 

Friday and Saturday night meals. 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Due to the size of the group and the pandemic, it has proved exceedingly difficult to find a venue either large enough or willing to take non-residents.  Fortunately, the Waterhead Inn, Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0ER can accommodate up to 30 on Friday and up to 40 on Saturday night for an early meal.  Meals will be served at 6.00 pm and we have to vacate the dining room by 8.00 pm.

Venue: Waterhead Inn, Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0ER (situated on the Southern approach to Ambleside in the fork of A591 (Lake Road) and A5075 (Borrans Road). Take left fork towards the lake.  (NB: Note different venue from earlier notification).

Time: 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Menu: The menu will consist of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts with different options per evening.  We will get the menu 2 weeks before and will need to submit our choices by 10th September.

Cost: £25 per person.  Deposit: £5 per person per meal


There is very limited parking at the hotel. Best option is to park in the pay and display car park (Lakeside Car Park), which is only chargeable between 9.00 am and 6.00 pm.  This is just beyond the Waterhead Inn on A5075 (road next to the Lake).


Payment, Recce Fees, deposits & Registration Form

  • £5 recce fee payable per person (excluding walk leaders) to cover the walk leaders’ petrol expenses.
  • £5 deposit payable per person, per meal at the Waterhead Inn.

Online Payment details: sort code 60-83-01, account 20129929, reference AMB

OR Cheques made payable to RA East Cheshire Group

Please complete the attached registration form once you have booked your accommodation and have paid your recce fees and email it to

Alternatively, post your form and cheque to:

Melanie Davy, Brooke Cottage, Church Road, Handforth SK9 3LT

Tel: 01625 536511 Mobile: 07854 093785


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:,_culture_and_tourism/public_rights_of_way/public_rights_of_way.aspx


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. 

First Stroller Walk of 2021

The first Stroller Walk of 2021 was blessed with glorious weather. Fifteen walkers joined the gentle stroll which started at Redesmere, where local legend has it that the lake once had a floating island, and continued past the sailing club before crossing the A34 onto the Capesthorn Estate. The estate is still owned by the Bromley-Davenport family and the house, built in the Tudor revival style, now offers events, wedding venues and conferences. From there we followed quiet country lanes, past a crop of ‘Honey Berry Bushes’ which are being cultivated on organic land off Congleton Lane.

The route then took us past Blake House Farm, a famous local cheese maker, before re-joining the A34 and on to our return at Redesmere.