Sunday, 15th April 2012
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The visitor centre car park viewpoint . . .
with information tablets . . .
from where there is a clear view across the valley . . .
and the surrounding Cheshire Plain (Jodrell Bank can be seen in the centre of this picture)
Then it's on to . . .
the quarry . . .
to view the old machinery . . .
which is well preserved . . .
and check out the quarry face . . .
before heading up to the summit (note the 'spy holes' in the stonework) . . .
which point to various landmarks
Lower down a topograph picks out interesting points on the Cheshire Plain
Gorse grows in abundance on the surrounding slopes . . .
and we look back on Tegg's Nose . . .
before entering Macclesfield Forest for elevenses
Continuing on through the forest . . .
which looks very different from the recce a few weeks earlier
Eventually reaching Forest Church . . .
or Saint Stephen's as it is properly known . . .
the group admires the interior, . . .
particularly the flowers . . .
which are all over the church
Meanwhile, outside Ian finds a patch of snow and proceeds to make a snowball
No, that's not a round cloud but Ian's effort winging its way towards the photographer!
Passing an unusual tree . . .
we eventually reach Lamload Reservoir for lunch
The we have to decide if it's this way or the other way . . .
or that way as we pick up the gritstone trail and head back to the cars