July 2019 Ranger Events

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

Please return to the Ranger events page for links to the rest of the 2019 Ranger events listings.

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Events for July 2019


Tuesday 2 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: 02/05/2019

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:  Get tickets for Poynton Wildlife Wander by 28 June
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)


Wednesday 3 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: Meeting at the Co-Operative store, Vicarage Lane, Bowdon, WA14 3BE (SJ760861)
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)

Fancy a Paddle - Two

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 £15 per person

Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Meeting point: Rudyard Lake, Rudyard, ST13 8RN (SJ950580)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure
Booking:  Get tickets for Fancy a Paddle - Two
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)


Saturday 6 July

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: 06/05/2019.

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:  Get tickets for National Meadows Day by 4 July
Information: 01260 297237
(Please bring suitable shoes and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event / Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance)


Sunday 7 July

Heathland Heritage

A stroll looking at the international significance of our heathland resource, its history and its wildlife. Interesting plants are a feature of this walk. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4, children 16 or under go free.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 07/05/2019                             

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point: Lindow Common SSSI car park opposite Boddington Arms, Racecourse Road, Wilmslow, SK9 5NQ (SJ834814)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Paul Hughes
Booking: Get tickets for Heathland Heritage
Information: 01625 383700
(Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Children must be accompanied by an adult / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Bring binoculars if you have them / Wildlife and Historical 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 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, Ashley, Altrincham (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 Five

The fifth 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)


Wednesday 10 July

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

The popularity of Nordic Walking has grown in the UK with a wide variety of people regularly taking part. Originally developed by cross country skiers Nordic Walking is a brilliant way to appreciate the great outdoors.

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:  Get 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 / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)


Friday 12 July 

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

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 £59.

Time: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Artists Chris Clements and Kieran Ingram
Booking:  Get tickets for Plein Air Painting - July
Information: Email Northern Realist or visit the Northern Realist 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 / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


Saturday 13 July

Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session

Run by level 3 qualified Personal Trainer and experienced ultra-marathon runner, Dan Mayers. RSC is a personal training club, for those who prefer being outdoors to training in a gym. We follow a 12-month seasonal training programme to cover ALL angles for stronger, injury free running.

No running experience required in this foundation training session, and no obligation to join.

This session aims to deliver some key skills towards making your journey into running fitness an easier one.

  • How to warm up / cool down effectively
  • Overview of how to use stretches and strength training
  • Running posture and how to protect the joints
    Breath control
  • Running uphill (optional)

Suitable for anyone over the age of 16Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £8.

Time: 1.00pm to 2.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader:  Personal Trainer Dan Mayers 
Booking: Get tickets for Run Stronger Club - Tegg's Nose Taster Session
Information: 07887 698532 or Run Stronger Club website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Healthy Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge / Please wear suitable footwear and clothing / Partnership event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


Wednesday 17 July

Fancy a Paddle - Three 

A chance to learn a little bit about kayaking and canoeing on the Caldon Canal. 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 £15 per person

Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Meeting point: Deep Hayes Visitor Centre, Deep Hayes Country Park, Park Lane, Nr. Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7JS (SJ960534)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure
Booking:  Get tickets for Fancy a Padddle - Three
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)


Saturday 20 July

Foraging and Wild Food Cookery Course – Macclesfield Riverside Park

A full day of foraging and wild food cookery, with a professional forager from Totally Wild UK.

After our initial meeting we will go through some keys to help you in the correct identification of what we’re about to find. Along with your very own foragers baskets we will head out to discover the vast array of wild edible species that lie all around us. James Wood, your forager, will give you tips on correct identification, potential look-alike species as well as a vast range of edible possibilities that the species can provide us with. Take all of this in whilst enjoying a large range of pre-made wild food tasters from jams to pickles, syrups, chutneys, cordials, alcohol infusions and salt pickles. You will then take on the role of the forager, harvesting a range of wild and fresh ingredients.

On returning to our venue we will have a quick break whilst sorting through and cleaning up our ingredients. Then we start on the cookery side of our course, you will be guided through the process of chopping, boiling, baking and mixing our wild ingredients to create a delicious meal for us all to enjoy.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost: £60 for adults, £30 per child (under the age of 16, use the discount code ‘child’ to get this reduced price).

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK 
Booking:  Get tickets for Foraging and Wild Food Cookery Course - Macclesfield Riverside Park
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 / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


Sunday 21 July

Boggy Doodles: Discover the Joy of Green Sketching

Learn a new and relaxing approach to sketching outdoors that will help you enjoy and appreciate all the wonderful scenery and nature at Tegg’s Nose Country Park with fresh eyes. Suitable for all ages and artistic abilities — no ’talent’ or experience necessary.

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

Time: 1.00pm to 3.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Local artist Dr Ali Foxon
Booking: Get tickets for Boggy Doodles - July
Information:
Visit the Boggy Doodles website, ring 07940 573206 or email Dr Ali Foxon
(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 / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


Wednesday 24 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 £15.

Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Meeting point: The Roaches, Roach Road, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8UB (SK00416212)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure
Booking:  Get 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)


Saturday 27 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: 27/05/2019

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 Julia Harding from Butterfly Conservation and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
Booking:  Get 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 28 July

Tegg’s Nose Rocks! – Geology Walk

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: 28/05/2019

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:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Rocks! - Geology Walk
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 £1.00 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: Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Bilberry Pick 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)

Newgate Nature Reserve Butterfly Walk

Family wildlife walk around Newgate Nature Reserve to look for and learn more about some of the site's resident butterfly species. Booking and payment in advance essential. Adults £3, children 16 or under go free.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 28/05/2019

Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Newgate Nature Reserve, Newgate, Wilmslow, SK9 5LL (SJ827811)
Leaders: Tim Ward from Butterfly Conservation and Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Nik Ginn
Booking:  Get tickets for Newgate Nature Reserve Butterfly Walk by 24 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 / Bring binoculars if you have them /  Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


Wednesday 31 July

Oakhanger Project Activities for All (A4A)

Inclusive activity days for all the family at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve with the Oakhanger Project.

Have fun and learn new skills. Have a go at canoe and kayak; join the Nature trail and get den building. Booking in advance is essential. Cost £10 (Reductions for 2 or more children in a family).

Event repeats on the following dates: 7, 21 and 28 of August.

Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, Oakhanger Project container, corner of the car park, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Oakhanger Project Team
Booking / Information: 0799 993 2963 or email the Oakhanger Project
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)