To ‘waterloo’ – like Blucher we marched to the sound of the guns, but 200 years late.

On a rainy morning, just as it was 200 years ago, we set off. Only we started out from Bollington along the Middlewood way.

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We headed across a field of young cows, who seemed to enjoy their lush field.

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The meadows looked fresh after the morning rain all strewn with buttercups.

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We passed a tribute to the majestic ash

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As we took to higher ground we admired a spectacular display of Gunnera Tictoria (Giant Rhubarb).

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As we climbed up towards the quarry we were reminded of a local source of materials for those of us who may have a wall or rockery to build.

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We stole a view of the beautiful adjoining garden

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as we headed single file up the steep narrow path

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where someone had left a poem to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of R. S. Thomas.

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As ever the views from the top never disappoint.

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Only three days before Bollington commemorated at White Nancy 200 years since the battle of Waterloo. Tributes to the battle abound

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Rainow School class 6 provided a guard at the entrance to the site.

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Which stood next to these wise words.

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Two old soldiers born 150 years too late belatedly joined ranks with the regiment.

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White Nancy remembers that bloody day when 55,000 lay dead or wounded.

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and she stood proud above Rainow

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The work a credit to the artist AHN

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We, like Grouchy, arrived too late, but our late arrival should not change destiny.

In the rain we returned to the cars. “It has been a damned nice thing – the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life, by God!

The link below is to a map of the route. The route is marked in purple.

Bollington AIR Walk to White Nancy

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