May 8 -- Allgreave, Peak District
The A and C walks started from the same point but headed in different directions along the Gritstone Trail
A walk climbing up towards the radio mast that kept reappearing in our view throughout the day
Heading north we had extensive views over a rather murky Cheshire plain
Great scenery in Rossendale
..hawthorn blossom..
and meadow flowers
Great crested grebe nesting on Bottom reservoir
Dark clouds on the climb up to Tegs's Nose. (Luckily they dropped their rain elsewhere.)
The A Party wasn't expecting this route!
View from Tegs's Nose across to Macclesfield forest and Shutlingsloe
Top Class en suite lunch at the Teg's Nose visitor centre
'A' party posing
There's that radio mast again
Into Macclesfield forest
Fantastic forest trails
and great views
Didn't we do well?!
String on towards Shutlingsloe..
..the Cheshire Matterhorn (apparently)
John shows us how to do the funky chicken
A party scramble up Shutlingsloe
and rest on the summit
Pause on the footbridge over Clough Brook before our final stretch along the brook to the Rose and Crown at Allgreave

The B walks followed the same circular route, one group at a more leisurely pace than the other. They walked east along the north slopes of the Dane valley crossing the Dane near Gradbach, then climbed across the south side of Gradbach Hill on to Goldstitch Moss. From here the route turned back to head west on the other side of the Black Brook and Dane valleys, passing think the famous Lud's church chasm on the way, re-crossing the Dane at Danebridge and returning northwards to Allgreave.
Nobody expects a herd of alpacas
Milling around - who's in charge here?
Pause for meditation

Descending into Lud's Church..

..a natural cleft in the rock on the hillside above Gradbach. The feature has been formed by a landslip which has detached a large section of rock from the hillside, thus forming a cleft which is over 15 metres high in places and over 100 metres long, though usually only a couple of metres wide.

Over the ages this place has offered shelter to all sorts of renegades and there is a tradition that Robin Hood used it. However, it is fairly certain that the Lollards (followers of John Wycliffe, an early church reformer, who were condemned as heretics) used it as a place of worship in the early 15th century, giving the place its current name. The church also acted as the model for the 'Green Chapel' in the classic mediaeval poem 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight', and the aura of mediaeval romance still seems to stick to it.

Adapted from

Lunch on the rocks beyond Lud's Church
Bluebells in the Black Forest
Home stretch

The 'C' group did a linear walk this month ,starting from Golden Slack on the A54. They walked along Minn-End-Ln , part of the Gritstone Trail , to Hawkslee and then Barleigh Ford.There crossing the River Ford en route to Heaton Hall / Hollin Hall and back to the river at Dane Bridge. A brief stop in Wincle to sample the local fare enabled the warm looking 'B' group to 'pass through' , before we also continued our walk to Allgreave.
Joint muster with the A group
Plenty of hawthorn blossom (your can cast those clouts now)
downhill from here

Destination reached
Mine Host, and Hostess..
..though these two are posing like they own it!

Photos by Phil Cunningham, Diana Young, Derek Hesketh, John Hodgson and David Whitehurst