On July 21st the walking group parked their cars at the Ship Inn, in the lovely and almost deserted hamlet of Wincle.

They then set off on a five and a bit mile walk from Dane Bridge, initially following the course of the River Dane. Resisting the lure of the Wincle Brewery they headed along the river and soon moved onto the banks of the disused conduit that formerly channelled some of the river Dane to Rudyard Lake. Then it was off across neglected fields with knee length grass and along pretty little valleys. The walkers had the beautiful Staffordshire scenery almost all to themselves, meeting only two other people in the two and a half hours it took to return to the pub. Who would believe you could find such peace and isolation only fifteen or twenty minutes from Macclesfield?

Back at the Ship Inn (a splendid village pub and eating place) the long walkers were joined by those members who went on the short (three mile) walk and some other members who had only made it across the pub car park!

The combined group of fourteen had a splendid lunch but unfortunately we missed out on tasting the Wincle Brewery beer as the only pub in the hamlet does not stock it.

Maybe the Wincle brewery tour is a destination for the future?