Road closed – but the walk goes on

We were due to meet by Ridgeway Reservoir but the road was closed through Langley up to the Leather Smithy.

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After detours through back road and much tooing and throing as we met oncoming traffic we belatedly got to the meeting point. 26 people had turned out as it was a pleasantly sunny morning.

It was good to see the United Utilities sign promoting Walks in Macclesfield Forrest.

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We set off up the hill by the road by the Leather Smithy.

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The views back across the Cheshire Plain looked great.

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We passed this old cottage

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dated 1880.

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The cottage was vacated in the 1930 when the Forrest was planted. Brian , one of our group, was at school with a boy who lived there.

This is a picture of the interior of the cottage now

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I wonder what it was like back then.

The trees have grown since then

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and now many are being harvested.

Now over the brow we headed in the direction of Bottoms Reservoir. A local Ram seemed to seek our attention/ He looked in fine fettle,

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or perhaps his interest was in the ewes in the opposite field, as the nights are drawing in!

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We passed Hardingland farm, how pretty it looks. I was reliably informed it used to be a B&B.

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The view towards Teggs Nose looked splendid.

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We took our break on a small track

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The blackberries were in abundance and very tasty.

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At the bottom of the lane we met a farmer and his two dogs moving his sheep into the top field.

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we had planned to walk up to Teggs Nose but our late start put pay to that and so we walked across the stream

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where we passed a horse rider out enjoying the country-side.

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We circled back behind Ridgegate Reservoir

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and by that path we saw a number of Speckled Brown butterflies

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A nice end to a great walk.

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