We met in Tollgate Road, which is about half a mile passed Rudyard Station.
It had rained a lot in the night and we had to pick our way through the muddy fields
The rain had just stopped and it was quite hard going up the steep hill
Clouds still covered the sky as we crossed the fields at the top
From this vantage point we had a view of Rudyard Lake
and out over Leek
and a view towards the Roaches.
We headed down into the valley
at times the ground was very slippy, as Alan can testify!
At the bottom we followed the path between two streams
Where the water rushed along from the recent rain
A solitary duck patrolled the stream
and the ponds were fuller than normal
It was easy going along the path
A highland cow inspected us as we passed by
We circled back by Rudyard Lake, it was here we took our break
on the dam
With care we crossed the stream
We all managed to cross without incident
before heading up to Horton Church
and its accompanying vicarage
Finally we headed down towards our cars, arriving just before the rain restarted
and added to these additional pools. We were fortunate in completing our walk without getting wet!