July 2020 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 2020 Ranger events listings.

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Events for July 2020


Wednesday 1 July

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)

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 your 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 4 July

Printmaking Workshop – Lino and Monoprinting

At Macclesfield Riverside Park there is a wealth of inspiration for images from wooded areas to wildflowers and the lovely River Bollin. Local artists Patty Callaghan and Ann Robertson hope to encourage others to look more closely at these surroundings and explore them on paper, producing their own response in print. 

Both linocut and monoprinting will be offered and the course is suitable for complete beginners or those who are looking for further exploration of the media. Each participant should have a finished print at the end of the day. 

Work completed on previous course is available to see on Ann Robertson’s website.

This course is repeated on the 12th September 2020.

Booking and payment in advance is essentialAll participants must be 16 years or olderCost £50.

Participants will need to bring their own lunch but tea; coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the day.

Time: 9.45am to 4.15pm
Meeting point: 
Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leaders: Local artists Patty Callaghan and Ann Robertson
Booking:
Get your tickets for Printmaking Workshop - Lino and Monoprinting
Information: Ring 07791 504971 or email Patty and Ann
(Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16)

Gritstone Trail Explorer Walks 2020 – Tegg’s Nose, Langley and Sutton with East Cheshire Ramblers

A new series of guided walks along the Gritstone Trail to mark the completion of the Twin Trails project which has upgraded and improved both the Gritstone Trail in Cheshire East and the Sandstone Trail in Cheshire West & Chester, for walkers.

A circular 10.5km (6.5 mile) ramble, starting from Tegg’s Nose Country Park, walking south to Langley and back via Higher Sutton with local rambling group, East Cheshire Ramblers. Bring a packed lunch and a snack.

Booking in advance is essential. Tickets will be available to book from 04/05/2020.

Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James & East Cheshire Ramblers
Booking: Get your tickets for Gritstone Trail Explorer Walks - Tegg's Nose, Langley and Sutton with East Cheshire Ramblers
Information: 01625 374833
(Places limited - please book in advance / Moderate walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Bring a packed lunch / Partnership 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: 04/05/2020.

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 your tickets for National Meadows Day by 2 July
Information: 01260 297237
(Please bring suitable shoes and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event / Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance)


Sunday 5 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 (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)

Balsam Blitz Six

The sixth 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)


Tuesday 7 July

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 are a variety of exercises including toning, cardio and sometimes the boxing gloves come out for some fun! Booking in advance is essential.

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: Get your tickets for Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class
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 / Car parking charge)


Wednesday 8 July

Fancy a Paddle - Two 

Another chance to learn a little bit about canoeing and paddleboarding 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 your 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)


Thursday 9 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 your tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - July - Tegg's Nose Country Park
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)

Wildflowers and Butterflies of Jacksons’ Brickworks Local Nature Reserve   

A leisurely morning walk enjoying the wildflowers and butterflies of the reserve. The wildflower meadows look superb at this time of year and include different species of orchid. We will also learn about the food plants that the resident butterflies use for their lifecycles.

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: 09/05/2020

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
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 Wildflowers and Butterflies of Jackson' Brickworks LNR by 8 July
Information: 01625 383700
(Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance / Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Wildlife Walk - Event)


Saturday 11 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 15 July

Fancy a Paddle - Three 

Another chance to learn a little bit about canoeing and paddleboarding on the canal at Deep Hayes Country Park. 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 Country Park, Park Lane, Nr. Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7JS (SJ960533)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure
Booking: Get tickets for Fancy a Paddle - 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 / Car parking charge)


Sunday 19 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. 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. Tickets will be available to book from April 2020.

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leader: Totally Wild UK
Booking: Get tickets for Foraging and Wild Food Cookery Course - Macclesfield Riverside Park
Information: 07999 992615
(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)

Boggy Doodles: A beginner's guide to Green Sketching

Fancy a restorative, confidence-boosting day outdoors, surrounded by the stunning scenery at Tegg's Nose Country Park? Then why not join us for a one day course in Green Sketching that will help you learn how to see the colour and wonder of nature with fresh eyes. Green Sketching is a new confidence-boosting approach to sketching nature outdoors that's focused on joy-spotting and mindful observation. It's an enjoyable and effective way to relax, de-stress and calm an anxious, information-overloaded mind.

We'll begin the course with an introduction to Green Sketching that will explain the benefits of reconnecting with nature and reassure anyone feeling nervous about their sketching skills (hint: no one has to share their sketches!). We'll then explore a range of different sketching exercises that will help you slow down and improve your confidence and observational skills. After lunch, when you can either bring a packed lunch or buy a delicious lunch in the Teggs Nose Tea Room, we'll learn about colour in nature and experiment with different ways to add colour to our sketches.

By the end of the course, you'll be noticing sources of joy you never had in your life and you'll have the confidence and motivation to continue Green Sketching by yourself. All welcome -- the course is suitable for all ages and requires no artistic 'talent', specialist nature knowledge or outdoorsy expertise. Please note places are limited to ensure we have a small and friendly group.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £60 (children aged up to 14 years old free when accompanied by an adult). All equipment provided.

Time: 10.30am to 3.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Local artist and TEDx speaker Dr Ali Foxon
Booking: Get your tickets for Boggy Doodles 
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)


Friday 24 July

Plein Air Painting at Tegg's Nose Country Park – Texture and Detail

If you’ve ever wanted to get out of the studio and paint outdoors, this series of workshops will guide you through everything you need to know.

In this workshop you will learn about: 

  • Bringing out the Foreground
  • Adding Texture
  • Contrast of Tone & Colour 

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 £65.

The workshops are led by Kieran Ingram and Christopher Clements, both professional artists. Kieran has featured on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year and Christopher is the director of Northern Realist Drawing & Painting in Manchester.

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 your tickets Plein Air Painting at Tegg's Nose Country Park - Texture and Detail
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 25 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 £4, children 16 or under go free.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 25/05/2020

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 your 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 26 July

Gritstone Trail Explorer Walks 2020 - Mow Cop to Nick i’ th’ Hill

A new series of guided walks along the Gritstone Trail to mark the completion of the Twin Trails project which has upgraded and improved both the Gritstone Trail in Cheshire East and the Sandstone Trail in Cheshire West & Chester, for walkers.

A circular 10km (6 mile) ramble starting from one of the Gritstone Trail’s most prominent landmarks.

Suitable for anyone over the age of 10. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4, children 16 or under go free.

Tickets will be available to book from 26/05/2020.

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Meeting point: Mow Cop National Trust car park, High Street, Mow Cop, ST7 3PA (SJ857573)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Matt Axford
Booking: Get your tickets for Gritstone Trail Explorer Walks 2020 - Mow Cop to Nick i' th' Hill by 23 of July
Information: 01260 297237
(Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance /  Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 10 / Moderate  walking grade / There is a charge for this event)

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.

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. They’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 Totally Wild UK
Booking for jam making: Get your tickets for Tegg's Nose Bilberry Pick
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 £4, children 16 or under go free.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 26/05/2020

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 your tickets for Newgate Nature Reserve Butterfly Walk by 22 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)