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Walk leaders :   Cliff & Colin
Contact No :      07554 230123

Walk description
A 7.5 mile walk, for the most part along paths, lanes and farmland tracks, with a spectacular mere full of wildfowl. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID situation the planned route will not take in Capesthorne Hall or its tea room. The walk starts at Redes Mere and we will head towards the fascinating All Saints Church at Siddington. We pass through the churchyard and begin the walk proper by passing through gentle farmland, taking in Moss Wood and Heskey Wood.

Start point and time
The walk will begin at 12 pm at the southern end of Redes Mere, where there should be ample parking. For those using satnav, the postcode is SK11 9JR.

Directions to start
The best route for those coming from Manchester is to take the A34 travelling south towards Congleton. Shortly after passing the entrance to Capesthorne Hall (on your Right) you need to turn left into Pexhill Road. Having made the correct turning you will see parked cars and you are there! Look out for Colin or Cliff who will be standing at the mere side.

Our inability to visit the hall and its tea room means that walkers will need to bring their own (not for sharing) refreshments. We will find a suitable place to have these on our route. When we did the reccy there was an ice cream van at the end of the walk and a mobile refreshment van.

Rule of Six : HM Government last week changed the guidlines and regulations regarding outdoor activities. Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to establish whether Out on Sunday is exempt from this limit. Until we can establish this we are limiting the walks to comply with the new Rule of Six guidelines to ensure that our walks remain completely legal.  This means that walkers will need to walk in groups of 6 (maximum) and be adequately separated from the other group(s) of six.  This Sunday’s walk will be led in two groups, one by Cliff and one by Colin – if the number of members booking to walk exceeds 12 (including the leaders) a third group of six could be incorporated into the walk.  The maximum number of walkers on this walk will be 18 and this will be strictly adhered to. If, in the meantime, we are able to establish that we are excempt from the Rule of Six, an email will be sent to anyone on the walk waiting list advising them that they may join the walk.

It is also important that the groups do not “mingle” before, during or after the walk – ie you must stay with the group you are walking with.  Normal Social Distancing rules and other Covid-19 guidlines will still apply while we are not able to walk as a larger group. If the different groups do not remain separate we run the risk of members of the public reporting us to the authorities for breaking the Rule of Six regulations. Details  HERE (Please note : these haven’t been updated in line with Rule of Six).

In the event that there are further changes to the regulations (for example a further lockdown) before the walk meaning that the walk will not be able to proceed,  an email will be sent to everyone booked on the walk.

Walk cancellation : Very occasionally, due to severe weather or another serious event, a walk may be cancelled. In these instances, a note will be added to the website at least TWO hours before Start Time. So, do check the website before you set out, and if in doubt use the walk leader’s mobile contact number.