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Mid-Summer Walk, Saturday 1st July 2023

Reporter: Dave Miller

A group of 13 walkers plus 2 dogs (Freddie and Fozzie) started walking from Mottram St. Andrew on what looked likely to be a day of mixed weather. However everyone was suitably equipped for the vagaries of the English climate and we set off in good spirits.

A pleasant stroll across field paths and through woodland passing Golden Stone boundary marker soon brought us up onto Alderley Edge where we paused to look at the site of an Armada warning beacon, now sitting in fairly dense woodland with no sight lines across the surrounding countryside it probably wouldn't now do the job. Let's hope the Armada doesn't show up this week.

From here we dropped steadily down past old mine workings to the National Trust car park at The Wizard where we picked up an additional walker and paused for a toilet break and quick snack.

Further progress through the rolling Cheshire countryside brought us to the area around Radnor Mere which despite not having any rights of way is freely open to the public to explore, and provided us with comfortable picnic benches for our lunch stop.

Our egress from the area brought us through the former Astra Zeneca site which is now Alderley Science Park, the UK's largest single site life sciences campus. It was certainly an impressive campus with many amenities for the local residents and site workers to enjoy.

From here we progressed North East eventually arriving at the Nation Trust site of Hare Hill where there was a further opportunity for refreshments and the group had a well earned short break. Here we picked up another walker who joined us for the remainder of the walk but also lost a walker who volunteered to do some car shuffling and so we retained our numbers.

Continuing on over further pleasant countryside we soon arrived back at our start point after a very picturesque and interesting walk of about 12 miles, where we all went our separate ways while looking forward to the next opportunity for a SCoM social meet up.

Despite earlier misgivings we stayed largely dry with very fine weather towards the end, it was one of those 'coats on, coats off' days.

Thanks Helen for excellent leadership and Brian for diligent (mostly) back marking. We didn't lose anyone at least not for long.

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