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Posted:  Thursday 05 August 2010

A walk in the hills above Macclesfield for
Manchester Area Associates

- Monday 2nd August -

On a fine August morning ten people - and the dog - turned out for a five-mile walk round Tegg's Nose and the Macclesfield Forest.

Joining Chris and myself were Ian & Angela Beardow, Roy & Joan Denton,
Charles & Mavis Bretnall, Elaine & Angus Rickman - and not forgetting the dog.

We started off from the Leather's Smithy Pub that overlooks the Ridgegate and Trentabank reservoirs, an area home to many wildfowl - tufted duck, goldeneye, pochard, teal, little & great grebe and coot.

We made our way onward and upward on what turned out to be a long hard climb up through the forest to eventually come out at Tegg's Nose Visitor Centre.
It was well worth it for the splendid views over much of Cheshire - the peak of Shutlingsloe and beyond this the ever present Jodrell Bank, it seems where ever we go it is in our sight line.


  We take
a well earned break here
before making our way
Tegg's Nose Quarry
where the exhibits
and story-boards
give you
a history of the quarry.


Along the way we came across a"GPS Cache".  This is a small box containing a notebook and some small trinkets.  These are left at various locations all over the world, and are found using GPS codes on mobile phones - when you find one, you leave a message and a trinket in the box.

Here a few of us took a short detour up to a 360-degree round structure called the Peephole, it has peepholes built into it all round pointing at various points all round the area.

From here we made our way back downhill and back to the pub via the reservoirs.

It was pints of lager all round after a tough but very enjoyable walk.

My thanks to everybody for a sterling effort.

Cyril Heap

(ph  05/08/2010)

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