Sun 9th Dec, 2001
Members present: Sabina Cosulich, Lorna Marsland, Roger Dyke, Alan (Hyde) Jones, Alan (Liv) Jones, Alan Barber, Jim Gregson, Sandy Gregson, Pete Walker, Kevin Anderson, Al Metelko, Chris Williamson, Rob Allen, Virginia Castick, Iain McCallum, Derek Seddon, Margaret Baldock, Andrew Croughton, Dave Dillon, Bob Haynes, Sheena Hendrie, Phil Ramsbottom, Peter Scholefield, Frank Williams, Margaret Williams, Dave Wylie, Mike Graves, Pat Holt*, Len Stubbs*, Eric Hallam*, Neville McMillan*, Ken Beetham*, John Evans*, Dave Garland*,Duncan Lee.
Guests Present: Richard Holt*, Dave Swindlehurst, Christine Jones, Mrs. J .Barber, Sue Davis, Paul ? and James Richardson*.
* Definite non-walkers.
A glorious frosty winters morning saw the massed ranks of the KMC gathered at Len's for a pleasant amble around the locality. We even managed to set off on time despite Kevin's best efforts. As we strolled up towards Black Hill Jim declared that the route chosen for the walk was a wonderful idea but it was a shame that there were not more dogs and people with walking poles. Having no green in his eyes however he lead a breakaway group back through Lyme Park whilst the rest of us ambled along the canal for a lunchtime pint in The Shepherd's Arms in Whaley Bridge.
The post lunch stagger up the Goyt Valley was most enjoyable despite Kevin's inability to fall in the river whilst hand traversing a footbridge and the constant baying of the chasing hounds. My sympathy for foxes was increasing by the minute but a spot of crafty navigation in the mist threw them off the trail so by 3.30pm we had reached Windgather in peace. A variety of folk then proceeded to solo a variety of routes. Well we are a mountaineering club after all.
By 4.30 ( having dragged Big Andy kicking and screaming past The Bull) we were all back at Len's for tea, coffee, soup and cakes which were just the ticket on such a cold day. A few climbers even turned up on their way back from The Roaches to swell the numbers.
Thanks to everyone who turned up to make the meet a most enjoyable day and an especially big thank you to Ethel Hallam and Pat Holt for all their hard work on the catering front and to all of Len's little helpers in the kitchen.
Meet up at Len's (Paddock Close) at 9.30am for a 9.45am start. Please park carefully.
The walk will be in the region of 10-12 miles depending on the weather, underfoot conditions and apathy. The plan is to head up to Moorside rocks via Cornfield Farm and then down to the Peak Forest Canal by way of Redmoor Farm. Then along the canal to Whaley Bridge for lunch (pub or park.) The post lunch leg of the walk will be a circuit up the Goyt Valley finishing over Taxal Edge or Windgather to bring us back to Kettleshulme for around 4-4.30pm.
Ethel is already planning the catering. Eric could also do with a couple of little helpers to serve up the food and battle the mountain of washing up. Non-walkers are most welcome at Len's anytime after 3pm.