March 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 March 2018


Saturday 3 March

MDOC Night Orienteering Competition

A night time orienteering competition at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, part of The North West Night League 2017/18.

Three navigational courses available Blue 5-6km, Green 4-5km and Orange 3-4km. Courses suitable for experienced orienteers. Orange course suitable for Novice adults and experienced juniors or family groups. Cost £5 for Adults, £2.50 for juniors.

Time: 5.45pm to 9.15pm
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Manchester and District Orienteering Club 
Information: Ring 01663 764799 or email MDOC 
(There is a charge for this event / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Torches, preferably head torches, and back up torches are mandatory)


Tuesday 6 March

Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - March

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 - March
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)

Down the Mines! – March

Join Derbyshire Caving Club for a trip down the old copper mines of Alderley Edge. Helmets with lamps provided, but please wear old clothes. Some crawling involved. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 6. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £7.50.

Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Meeting point: National Trust Alderley Edge Car Park, Macclesfield Road, Alderley Edge, SK10 4UB (SJ859773) – access via lane next to Wizard Restaurant
Leaders: Derbyshire Caving Club 
Booking:  Book tickets for Down the Mines! - March
Information: 01625 374833
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 6 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)


Saturday 10 March

Introduction to Map Reading

A simple introduction to the use of maps for exploring  the English countryside. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 8.Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10.

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Matthew Axford
Booking:  Book tickets for Introduction to Map Reading by 7 March
Information: 01260 297237
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 / Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade)

Introduction to Nordic Walking - March – Poynton 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: 10.00am to 11.30am
Meeting point: Poynton Park, South Park Drive, Poynton, SK12 1BR (SJ924842)
Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking Instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
Booking:  Book tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - March - Poynton Park
Information: 07593448403
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance)

Library in the Landscape Birthday Walk

Help us to celebrate the fifth Birthday of the ‘Library in the Landscape’ at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, with a walk to the Library, with volunteer Librarian Ailsa Holland and Ranger Martin James, followed by celebratory cupcakes! Booking in advance is essential.

Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Tegg’s Nose Library in the Landscape Volunteer Librarian Ailsa Holland and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
Booking:  Book tickets for Library in the Landscape Birthday Walk
Information: 01625 374833
(Places limited - please book in advance / Easy to Moderate walking grades / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Refreshment stop - opportunity for refreshments)


Sunday 11 March

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

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.

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 - March 
Information: 01625 574633 or email alifoxon@yahoo.com
(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)


Wednesday 14 March

Talking Walking - An illustrated talk about the history of walking in the British Countryside

Today we all enjoy walking in the beautiful wild places of the British Isles, as well as in our local countryside using the public rights of way network, guided by highly detailed Ordnance Survey maps.

This fascinating talk explains how our access rights have developed along with the best walking maps in the world, as well as exploring the origins of our fascination with the mountains of Britain.

If you love walking you will find this talk fascinating! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Meeting point: Astbury Mere Country Park, Sandy Lane, off A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4FR (SJ846627)
Leader: Mike Taylor, Cheshire East Council Public Rights of Way Manager, 
Booking:  Book tickets for Talking Walking by 9 March
Information: 01270 686071
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Children must be accompanied by an adult)


Saturday 17 March

Extreme Outdoor Fitness Session at Tegg’s Nose Country Park - March

A 2-hour extreme outdoor fitness session for those wanting something a bit different as part of their fitness regime! The session will involve a warm up and cool down with running, steps, hill sprints along with a variety of intense exercises! 

The class is not for the faint-hearted (suitable for intermediate to advanced fitness level attendees) but for those wanting a challenge and who like being in the outdoors in a fantastic country park! Suitable for anyone over the age of 18. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £12.50

Time: 9.00am to 11.00am
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Personal Trainer Kelly Morley
Booking:  Book tickets for Extreme Outdoor Fitness Session - March
Information: 07803 245590 or email Kelly Morley
(Suitable for anyone over the age of 18 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home)


Sunday 18 March

Tythy Tidy

Join local groups, Tytherington High School and the Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers on a mission to rid the area of litter.

Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Meeting point: Tytherington High School, Manchester Road, Tytherington, SK10 2ED (SJ917747)
Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton
Information: 01625 374790
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Full accessibility - level or ramped access / Refreshment stop - opportunity for refreshments) 


Friday 30 March to Sunday 15 April

Tegg’s Nose Country Park Easter Hunt

Ranger Martin’s Easter Eggs have been stolen! Can you help him find the wildlife that has taken them and collect their names? Buy a map from the Tegg's Nose Tea Room for 50p, and get searching around the top of the park.

Each map purchased entitles you to 50p discount off one hot drink from Tegg's Nose Tea Room following completion of the trail.

Time: Maps available to purchase between 9.00am to 5.00pm between the 30 March and 15 April
Meeting point: Tegg's Nose Tea Room, Tegg's Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Cheshire East Countryside Ranger Service & Tegg's Nose Tea Room
Information: 01625 374833
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / There is a charge for this event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event)

Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Easter Hunt

Ranger Mark’s Easter Eggs have been stolen! Can you help him find the wildlife that has taken them and collect their names? Pick up a map from the visitor centre and get searching around the park.

Time: Maps available to collect between 9.00am to 4.00pm between the 30 March and 15 April
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Cheshire East Countryside Ranger Service
Information: 01477 534115
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Car parking charge / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event)