July 2018 Ranger Events

The Rangers run a large number of varied and interesting events, across Cheshire East, throughout the year.

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Events for July 2018


Sunday 1 July

Summer Mindfulness Walk with Pamela Carr

“The earth has music for those who listen” - William Shakespeare

We can discover a special magic at Tegg’s Nose County Park when we walk early in the morning during the summer months. A past walker wrote: “It was relaxing and friendly. The lovely changing countryside – was all just happening before our eyes.”

Research is now proving that our direct contact with nature really can benefit our health and wellbeing. Mindfully walking outdoors in nature through all the seasons can be a truly magical, nurturing and healing experience.

If you enjoy walking, love nature and want to explore Mindfulness - join Pamela Carr on this leisurely morning walk with a difference.  The gentle walk (about 2 miles) will include some pauses and simple exercises to help us to slow down, become more present and open our senses to what we can see, hear, feel, smell and maybe even taste, moment by moment.

Pamela loves this beautiful space and experiences new inspiration every time she visits.  Previous walkers have spoken about discovering for themselves the quietening, calming and creative benefits of walking mindfully in nature. You might like to bring your notebook or camera.

Following the walk you’ll return to the popular Tegg's Nose Tea Room to share discoveries and creative ideas.  Optional drinks/snacks available to purchase. Suitable for anyone over the age of 16. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £8.00.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 01/05/2018

Time: 8.00am to 10.00am
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Pamela Carr, Mindfulness Teacher and Focusing Professional
Booking:  Book tickets for Summer Mindfulness
Information: Email Pamela Carr
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / Please leave your dog at home / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Healthy Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Partnership event / Car parking charge)


Tuesday 3 July

Poynton Wildlife Wander

A leisurely walk enjoying the wildlife and countryside of Poynton, from Jacksons’ Brickworks Local Nature Reserve to Poynton Park and along the Poynton inclines.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 03/05/2018

Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Meeting point: Jacksons’ Brickworks Car Park, Pool House Road, Higher Poynton, SK12 1TY (SJ945844)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Pete Dowse
Booking:  Book tickets for Poynton Wildlife Wander by 2 July
Information: 01625 383700
(Easy walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)

Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - July

A fantastic way to get back in shape, after the birth of your child, with personal trainer Kelly Morley.

Anyone can come to the class at any level of fitness. No experience needed. Any pram is fine, and the even better news is that you don’t need child care as you bring your baby with you. There is a variety of exercises including toning, cardio and sometimes the boxing gloves come out for some fun! Booking in advance is essential.

This event repeats every first Tuesday of the month.

Time: 10.00am to 11.00am
Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
Booking:  Book tickets for Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - July
Information:
07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Children must be accompanied by an adult)


Wednesday 4 July

Introduction to Climbing at The Roaches

Another chance to experience the thrills of climbing in this introductory climbing session, with Moorland Adventure. Suitable for anyone over the age of 9. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £14.

Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Meeting point: The Roaches, Roach Road, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8UB (SK00416212)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure
Booking:  Book tickets for Introduction to Climbing at The Roaches
Information: 01625 573615
(Suitable for anyone over the age of 9 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Healthy Walk – Event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event)


Friday 6 July

Boggy Doodles: An introduction to the art, science and joy of green sketching - July

A friendly introduction to green sketching for beginners. Green sketching blends the best of nature and field sketching, focusing on the process, not the end result. This approach makes sketching much more rewarding and takes the pressure off trying to produce a perfect drawing. It’s a wonderful way to reconnect with nature, de-stress and improve your observation skills.

No previous experience necessary (you don’t even have to share your sketches if you don’t want to).

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £16. All equipment provided.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 06/05/2018

Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Local artist Dr Ali Foxon
Booking:  Book tickets for Boggy Doodles - July
Information: 01625 574633 or email Ali Foxon 
(Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / Car parking charge / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home)


Saturday 7 July

Last Night’s Moths

A number of moth light traps are run overnight at the Bollin Valley Partnership’s Oakwood Farm in Styal. Join the Rangers as they identify and release any species that are caught. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Adults £2, children 16 or under go free.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 07/05/2018

Time: 8.30am to 9.30am
Meeting point: Oakwood Farm, Styal Road, Styal, Cheshire, SK9 4HY (SJ841829)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers Nik Ginn and Roger Brereton
Booking:  Book tickets for Last Night's Moths by 4 July
Information: 01625 374790
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk - Event)

National Meadows Day

A morning stroll around Dane-in-Shaw Pasture Site of Special Scientific Interest and along the Biddulph Valley Way looking at summer wildflowers and the creatures that rely on them for their survival.  With local naturalist Jack Swan and the Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service.

National Meadows Day is an annual event taking place on or around the first Saturday of July.  The vision is for people to celebrate National Meadows Day in their own city, village, parish, wildlife reserve, allotment or farm all over the UK.

Booking in advance is essential.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 07/05/2018

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Meeting point: Henshall Hall Drive (park on road just before canal), Congleton, CW12 3TA (SJ876622)
Leaders: Local naturalist Jack Swan and the Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
Booking:  Book tickets for National Meadows Day by 5 July
Information: 01260 297237
(Please bring suitable shoes and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event / Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance)

Foraging Introduction – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

A chance to learn the basics of foraging and discover edibles all around us, with a professional forager from Totally Wild UK.

After arriving, at the visitor centre, we will go through the basics of foraging. Then we head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us. During the Forage your forager will introduce you to a number of edible species giving you tips on harvesting and correct identification. Whilst doing this you will have the opportunity to taste a range of pre-made wild food tasters from chutneys to jams.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £25 per adult, children 16 or under go free (One free child place per paying adult).

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK 
Booking:  Book tickets for Foraging Introduction
Information: 07999 992615
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


Sunday 8 July

Balsam Blitz Three

The third in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of Bowdon Bollin. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Meeting point: Ashley Mill Bridge (SJ767857). Parking available at Ashley Mill Lane WA14 3PY (SJ769854)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of Bowdon Bollin
Information: 01625 374790
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)

Balsam Blitz Four

The fourth in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of the Carrs. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, The Carrs Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of the Carrs
Information: 01625 374790
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)


Monday 9 July

Introduction to Nordic Walking - July – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Nordic walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world with a wide variety of people now regularly taking part in what was originally used by cross country skiers as a way to stay fit during the summer.

However, it is not simply a case of grabbing a pair of poles and walking with them! It requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential you learn this from a qualified Instructor who will ensure you get the full benefit and fastest possible results.

Introduction to Nordic Walking is a FREE session which will cover the basics and benefits to Nordic Walking. You will get to try out the poles and the technique, and is led by a qualified instructor from the Everybody Sport & Recreation Nordic Walking Programme. Booking in advance is essential. If you enjoy this session there will be a follow on course to perfect your technique and then be able to attend our regular walks.

Time: 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking Instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
Booking:  Book tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - July
Information: 07593448403
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Car parking charge / Places limited - please book in advance)


Wednesday 11 July

Balsam Blitz Five

The fifth in a series of Balsam bashing events in the Bollin Valley. This one is in partnership with the Friends of Bowdon Bollin. Help us out on the battle against the alien weeds! No experience needed. Long sleeves and trousers recommended (Gloves can be provided if necessary).

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Meeting point: Meeting at the Co-Operative store, Vicarage Lane, Bowdon, WA14 3BE (SJ7600861)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of Bowdon Bollin
Information: 01625 374790
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event)


Wednesday 18 July

Fancy a Paddle - July

A chance to learn a little bit about kayaking and canoeing on the beautiful Rudyard Lake. The event is delivered by Moorland Adventure. Full instruction equipment and buoyancy aids will be provided.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. All participants must be older than 8 years old and be "water confident". Cost £14 per person.

Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Meeting point: Rudyard Lake, Rudyard, ST13 8RN (SJ950580)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure
Booking:  Book tickets for Fancy a Paddle - July
Information: 01625 573615
(Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge)


Wednesday 25 July

Introduction to Climbing at The Roaches Again

Another chance to experience the thrills of climbing in this introductory climbing session, with Moorland Adventure. Suitable for anyone over the age of 9. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £14.

Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Meeting point: The Roaches, Roach Road, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8UB (SK00416212)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure
Booking:  Book tickets for Introduction to Climbing at The Roaches Again
Information: 01625 573615
(Suitable for anyone over the age of 9 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Healthy Walk – Event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event)


Friday 27 July

Plein Air Painting at Tegg's Nose Country Park with Northern Realist – July

If you’ve ever wanted to get out of the studio and paint outdoors, this series of workshops with classically trained artists Christopher Clements & Kieran Ingram, will guide you through everything you need to know. Both Kieran and Christopher are professional artists, Kieran has featured on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year and Christopher is the director of Northern Realist Drawing & Painting in Manchester.

You’ll learn an approach which will enable you to interpret and arrange the tones and colours of the landscape allowing you to evoke the simple beauty of your environment.

Work at your own level in a small friendly group, meet like minded artists and enjoy the beautiful scenery! All equipment is provided but you're welcome to bring your own, a list will be provided.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £49.

Time: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Artists Chris Clements and Kieran Ingram
Booking:  Book tickets for Plein Air Painting - July
Information: Email Northern Realist or visit the Plein Air Painting course website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home)


Saturday 28 July

Tegg's Nose Butterfly Walk

Family wildlife walk around the top of Tegg's Nose Country Park to look for and learn more about some of the park's resident butterfly species and, if we are lucky, seeing the scarce local speciality, namely, the Wall butterfly.

Booking and payment in advance essential. Adults £3, children 16 or under go free.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 28/05/2018

Time: 11.00am to 1.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Tim Ward and Andy Caesar from Butterfly Conservation and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
Booking:  Book tickets for Tegg's Nose Butterfly Walk
Information: 01625 374833
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge / Bring binoculars if you have them / Healthy & Wildlife Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

Batty about Bats

Bats are one of the UK's most misunderstood animals. Come and dispel a few myths and find out more about these fascinating creatures as we take a short stroll at the Carrs Park, Wilmslow. Please bring a torch.

Time: 9.00pm to 10.00pm
Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James and the Friends of the Carrs
Information: 01625 374833
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please leave your dog at home / Partial accessibility - level or ramped access / Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


Sunday 29 July

Tegg’s Nose Rocks!

Join Geologist Kate Riddington and Tegg’s Nose Country Park Ranger Martin James to explore the geological history of the park and wider Cheshire Plain.

We will walk the ‘Tegg’s Nose Rocks!’ trail and help you to spot evidence of recent Ice Ages or ripples from a river flowing some 325 million years ago! It's easy walking, with lots of interesting geology to explore.

Suitable for accompanied children over the age of 7. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Adults £3, children 16 or under go free.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 29/05/2018

Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Geologist Kate Riddington and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
Booking:  Book tickets for Tegg's Nose Rocks!
Information: 01625 374833
(Easy walking grade / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 7 / Places limited - please book in advance / Car parking charge / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

Tegg’s Nose Bilberry Pick

Healthy, organic, tasty and free. Bilberry, blueberry, blaeberry, whin; whatever you want to call them they grow wild all over Tegg’s Nose Country Park and all you have to do is bring a container and get picking.

James Wood, from Totally Wild UK, will be on hand to explain the best places to look and will provide more information about where to source great local food. He’ll also be showing you how to make your own bilberry jam!

There is no charge to join us to pick bilberries during the event but if you would like to participate in the jam making please book a place for the event so we can ensure we have enough jam pans, jars and sugar. Cost for jam making £1.05 per person.

Time: 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James and James Wood from Totally Wild UK
Booking for jam making: Book tickets for jam making
Information: 01625 374833
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 5 / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Easy to Moderate walking grade / Bring a packed lunch / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)