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MIKE`S LONGER 2-3 HOUR TUESDAY ADVENTURE WALK (meet at 10.20am for a prompt 10.30am start time) - Led by Parks and Pathways Walk Leader Mike Podmore. It will be a moderate pace 2 -3 hour walk of around 5 to 8 miles from different locations taking place at least twice a month when Mike is available.
THIS WEEK - Roman Lakes and the Peak Forest Canal from the Ring O' Bells, Marple. This is an undulating walk of approx 5 miles is on excellent tracks/paths the whole time. From the pub car park we join the Peak Forest canal & then follow country lanes before crossing the River Goyt whichis where we can see the site of the original Mellor and Marple Lodges (which originally belongedto Samuel Oldknow and the Mill Manager respectively). We then pass the 3 Roman Lakes andBottoms Hall before passing under a viaduct which carries the Hope Valley railway line. We pass Strines Millponds and the site of the old Printing Works before crossing the River Goyt again to join a track which gently climbs up to the Peak Forest canal which we follow back to the start.No toilet facilities at the start but plenty of options for 'wild' on route. Optional post walk lunch at the Ring O'Bells (let Mike know if you want to stay for lunch when you book).
Meeting point – Meet in the car park at the Ring O’Bells pub (130 Church Lane, Marple, Cheshire, Stockport SK6 7AY). Turn off Church Lane onto Waterside and the car park is at the rear of the pub on Waterside.
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PLEASE NOTE, you need to have your own poles to attend this walk as no poles will be available for hire.
IMPORTANT - Covid-19 requirements and protocols
1 - Participants must stay 2m apart wherever possible (min 1m+) and respect other participants personal space upon arrival, during and when leaving a session.
2 - Participants must adhere to instructions given by the instructor/walk leader at all times including walking patterns adopted by the group and the adoption of double bubble small groups.
3 - Face coverings are optional. However please bring one with you in case they are needed. (a scarf or similar is fine). Please also bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser with you.
We may be walking on both grass and paths so make sure you’re wearing supportive walking boots or shoes/trainers with a good tread that you are happy to get dirty and comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather. Paws will be required (on and off on different terrains).
Please remember to bring 1 - bottle of water /hot or cold drink 2 - any medications you may need 3 - a small rucksack as you`ll need both hands free at all times 4 - a mobile phone is useful for any last minute notifications. Depending on the time of year you may need sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat ( if hot) or hat, gloves, warm clothing and a flask (if cold!).
Please note - you can cancel online up to 24 hours before the walk. Unfortunately, automatic refunds are not allowed after this time. Please contact Mike directly via phone/text on 07948 646601if you need to cancel nearer to the start time so we’re not waiting for you. Likewise, please phone/text as well as using the online system if you want to book on at the last minute - we don`t want to go without you!
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