September’s Walks – Review

The September Adventure walks have been excellent. Much better weather than August, however some of the routes have been very adventurous, and more like an Amazon jungle trek than the normal Cheshire countryside that we are used to! The nettles and brambles have gone bonkers and there have been some nasty horseflies around. TOP TIP for insect repellent by the way is ‘INCOGNITO’. It is deet-free and very effective.
We marked the 7th Anniversary of NCNW at the Marbury and Anderton walk. It was 12th September 2012 when 12 of us started Nordic walking at Lower Withington, doing 3kms round a wild flower meadow. It’s really quite incredible that as a result of that first Taster session we have done so much walking not just locally but to the Lake District, the Peak District, Anglesey, North Wales, the Yorkshire Dales, Austria, Chamonix, Mallorca and the Languedoc! I can’t believe how much fun we have had over the last 7 years and am looking forward to the next 7 years. Where next? Watch this space!

Macclesfield Forest Day Walk – Sept 5th
We were blessed with beautiful early sunshine for our September Day walk. This really is a fantastic training walk. There were two versions on the day, an 8 miler and an 11 mile walk. As usual it was a bit blustery on the top of Shuttlingsloe so a sharp exit down off the top led to the gorgeous Wildboarclough then round and across Sutton Common which is one of my favourire sections of the Gritstone Trail.

Both versions included the final ascent up to Teggs Nose which everyone really enjoys – sort of! I think it’s the thought of tea & cake at the cafe at the top that actually gets everyone up that hill.

Another TOP TIP: We were fuelled by homemade ‘Honey & Nut energy bars’ which went down very well so here is the recipe for them >