Bluebells, Sun and Nature – what more could you want- 9 May 2016

We met in Bollington at the car park near the ranger station on a beautiful sunny Monday morning.

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We turned right onto Middlewood way

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Not just walkers, but riders were out enjoying the day

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There was quite a large group of us

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We passed reminders of the recent rains!

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We entered Adlington, with its fine houses

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Adlington Primary school had found a good use for recently discarded wellies!

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and it was good to see that not everyone feels it is necessary to have a church that costs a fortune!

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We quietly paid our respects at the memorial as we went by

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We followed the shaded path that ran parallel with the road

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Passing the tree mosaic

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Thank you Bridgend Centre and Lynn Knowling

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Our motley crew emerged into the sunshine

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by Herbertbrow Farm

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We cross the bridge over Middlewood way

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then headed down onto the canal path

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People were out on barges sharing the enjoyment of the day

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We headed up onto bridge no. 23

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where we took our break

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relaxing in the beauty of the day

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We took the path

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upto Styperson Pool

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It was here we first saw the carpets of bluebells

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enhancing the rhododendron

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providing a blue haze on the hills

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leading up to the blossoming tree

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and so beautifully surrounding us all.

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We walked a little along the road, passing the cottage raising funds for the RSPCA

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before taking the path down the hill which led back to the canal

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where we met signs of fellow travellers

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who, on closer inspection, were on a similar journey as us!

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Then back via the canal

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where the sun had brought the goslings out

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the alpacas too

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and a heron

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and many of the public enjoying a drink at the mill side cafe

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This canal side poster advertised other eating and drinking places that Bollington had to offer

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Finally we headed back through the park, where Bollington displayed a symbol of its working class heritage.

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Thanks for another great walk.

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