With the Bollington Real Ale Ramblers

Some nice walks with the Bollington Real Ale Ramblers.

Bollington Boundary, March 2017
Dragon’s Back Camping Challenge, April 2017
Thief’s Neck, June 2017

Walking up a thirst! – 4th March 2017

Just a short-ish (8 miles) day walk but still a very nice walk. It follows the boundary of the Cheshire town of Bollington and covers both the flatlands of the Cheshire Plain and hilly edges of the Peak District.

Starting and finishing at the same point (SJ 922775), the weather was fine but very muddy under foot, and by a strange coincidence we got back just as a beer festival was starting!

A cracking day out with old friends and new.

Line-up at the start – photo: Stuart Young

Watching progress over a particularly wet bit near Rusheywalls – photo: George Foye

Team photo with Nancy – photo: Phil Parry

Fine view over Cheshire from White Nancy – photo: Phil Parry


The Dragon’s Back Challenge – 23rd April 2017

A two-day walk through the Peak District, starting at Hulme End, over the Dragon’s Back to Buxton for an overnight stop and back to Bolly via the Goyt Valley.

After me not nearly nearly making the bus for reasons best not mentioned, we set off – and the Dragon’s Back is soon in view.

Luckily we had no drones with us, but Chrome Hill was still a real steep slog.

Heading towards Buxton at Harpur Hill a strange white river was seen… turns out it’s the result of lime burning, which ended a long time ago. All explained here.

The last big climb of the day was up to Solomon’s Temple then pitched up the tents for a fun Saturday night out in Buxton.

Morning papar-Ant-zi, breakfast and then off homewards – on St. George’s Day.

After a few steep ups & downs either side of the River Goyt, White Nancy was soon in view again and we knew the Cotton Tree wasn’t far away for some much needed refreshments! Cheers BRARs, another great ramble.


The Thief’s Neck – 11th June 2017

A pub for breakfast, a pub for dinner, a pub in the afternoon and a pub for tea!

Nice walking weather as we set off, but there was still some boggy bits to negotiate on this walk into the Cheshire flatlands. The Legh Arms all-you-can eat breakfast was spot on!

Lots of greenery along the way, but no photography allowed at the old Woodford aerodrome.

The Davenport Arms – aka the Thief’s Neck, and halfway. Couple of pints as we watched England win the world cup :-) But it was still good to cross back in to Cheshire.

As we tramped back through the meadows the weather turned and the waterproofs came on.

But that didn’t bother me and Ant!

We made it back to Bolly via the the Bollin Way & the Admiral Rodney in Prestbury, getting back to the Cock & Pheasant in good time but my phone battery had ran out, so I’ve got more pics, and no plot of the walk – but I think it was about 14 miles and something like this…


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