June 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 June 2019


Wednesday 5 June

Story of a Heath

Heathlands have a rich human and natural history. Enjoy a stroll discovering Lindow Common and our shared heritage. Birds and plants are a focus. 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: 05/04/2019                             

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 Story of a Heath
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) 


Thursday 6 June

Evening Walk with Nature: Birds of Tegg's Nose 

An evening walk in the woodland and scrub around Tegg's Nose Country Park looking for the area's spring migrants especially pied flycatcher and common redstart.

Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
Leaders: Ian Taylor and Alan Brereton from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
Information: 01260 275248 or the RSPB Macclesfield Local Group events web page
(Bring binoculars if you have them / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Easy to Moderate walking grade / Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


Saturday 8 June

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)


Sunday 9 June

Family Bushcraft Day

Join Bushcraft expert Peter, from  Red Oak Bushcrafts, for a really fascinating and packed day learning bushcraft skills. From shelter building techniques and filtering water through to lighting fires using natural materials (there’s more to it than just rubbing two sticks together!). These are just some of things you’ll experience.

You will be amazed at just what you can achieve with nature’s help. This day is a fantastic opportunity to forget the frantic modern world and to tune out of Wi-Fi and tune in to nature. A fun and fascinating day for all the family to enjoy.

Booking in advance is essentialAdult and 1 Child - £50, Family of 4 - £85 (2 x Adults, 2 x Children), Family of 4 - £70 (1 x Adult, 3 x Children), Additional Child £15.

Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Meeting point: Borrow Pit Meadows. Roadside parking by Alsager Recycling Centre, Hassall Road, Alsager, Cheshire, ST7 2SJ (SJ787567)
Leaders: Red Oak Bushcrafts
Booking / Information:  Emailed Oak Bushcrafts or  visit the Red Oak Bushcrafts website
(Places limited - please book in advance / / Ideal for families and accompanied children / There is a charge for this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event)

Rossmill Working Party

Help keep your local park looking good and learn new skills by joining the Bollin Valley Rangers on some conservation tasks. This will include tree pruning, footpath work and balsam bashing. Please bring your own gardening gloves.

Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Meeting point: Rossmill, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0EJ (SJ789853)
Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Roger Brereton
Information: 01625 374790
(Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing)


Wednesday 12 June

Countryside Taster Day

Outdoor excitement and challenge for ALL people with disabilities. Activities such as archery, climbing and crafts suitable for all abilities. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £2 per person.

Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leaders: The Bollin Valley Partnership
Booking: 01625 374790 by 11 June
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)

Introduction to Climbing at Windgather Rocks

A 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: Windgather Rocks, Side End Lane, Kettleshulme, SK23 7RF (SJ995777)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure
Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Climbing at Windgather Rocks
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 14 June

Introduction to Nordic Walking - June – Bollington

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: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Meeting point: Public car park, Adlington Road, Bollington, SK10 5JT (SJ930781)
Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - June
Information: 07593448403
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Partnership event / Healthy Walk - Event)

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 - June
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 15 June

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 15 September 2019.

Booking and payment in advance is essentialAll participants must be 16 years or olderCost £45.

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 tickets for Printmaking Workshop
Information:
Ring 07791 504971 or email Patty Callaghan
(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)


Thursday 20 June

Orienteering for All – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

An evening event held by Manchester and District Orienteering Club (MDOC). Courses suitable for everyone, beginners and experienced orienteers. Families and groups welcome. Instruction available. There is a charge for this event. Adults £5, Children £2.

Time: Registration from 5.30pm. Start times from 6.00pm until 7.00pm. Courses close 8.15pm
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Manchester and District Orienteering Club 
Information: Email MDOC, ring 0161 445 0902 or visit the MDOC website 
(Please bring suitable shoes and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Ideal for families and accompanied children / There is a charge for this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge)


Friday 21 June

Evening Stroll up Shutlingsloe

Come and enjoy the stunning views from Cheshire’s second highest peak on this strenuous 5.5km (3.5 mile) walk. Bring a warm drink, to have whilst we rest at the top, and hopefully enjoy a spectacular sunset. Please also bring a torch / head torch and warm clothes for the summit.

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

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 21/04/2019

Time: 8:30pm to 11:00pm
Meeting point: Clough House Car Park, Wildboarclough, SK11 0BE (SJ987699)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
Booking:  Get tickets for Evening Stroll up Shutlingsloe
Information: 01625 383700
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Strenuous walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Please bring a torch / Healthy Walk - Event)


Saturday 22 June

Riverside Park Bioblitz

This is the second annual Bioblitz at Macclesfield Riverside Park. Join experts discovering the birds, wildflowers, minibeasts and water life that can be found within the park.

Drop-in activities throughout the day include butterfly walks, pond and river dipping, environmental art, wildlife stands, refreshments and much more……

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership, Mersey Rivers Trust & Cheshire East Council
Information:  Email Mersey Rivers Trust
(Children must be accompanied by an adult /  Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for any age/  Wildlife walk / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Easy walking grade) 

Introduction to Foraging – 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: 11.00am to 2.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK 
Booking:  Get tickets for Introduction to Foraging - Tegg's Nose Country 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 / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

Summer Solstice with Greenwood Growth

Celebrate the solstice with Greenwood Growth and enjoy traditional rituals with others as the Sun turns South. Use herbs and flowers to make a crown; build a Witch and decorate the trees . Share a feast cooked over the fire and enjoy stories drawn from folklore. 

This is suitable for people of all ages, Stay for the whole session or drop in as you walk through the magnificent woodland.

Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10 per adult, (up to three accompanied children free of charge with each adult ticket).

Time: 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Meeting point: Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
Leaders: Greenwood Growth
Booking:  Get tickets for Summer Solstice with Greenwood Growth
Information: 07801 655272
(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 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Solar Observing

Join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for a daytime event to view our closest star, the Sun, with equipment that is safe to use. Our observers will be able to answer a range of questions about the Sun and it’s working.

Observing will be available using supplied equipment, weather permitting. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars or even telescopes. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 22/04/2019

Time: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Booking:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Star Party - Solar Observing
Information: 01625 374833
(Please leave your dog at home / 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 / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


Sunday 23 June

Balsam Blitz One

The first 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)

Folklore Walk

Join Bollin Valley Ranger Euan on a leisurely wander around Rossmill exploring the Countryside folklore of what is discovered on the day.

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: 23/04/2019

Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Crossroads of Rossmill Lane and Carrwood, Rossmill, Hale Barns, WA15 0EL (SJ789853)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Euan Murray
Booking:  Get tickets for Folklore Walk
Information: 01625 374790
(Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / 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/ Easy walking grade)

Balsam Blitz Two

The second 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)

Tegg’s Nose Star Party – Solar Observing Again

Join Macclesfield Astronomical Society for a second daytime event to view our closest star, the Sun, with equipment that is safe to use. Our observers will be able to answer a range of questions about the Sun and it’s working.

Observing will be available using supplied equipment, weather permitting. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars or even telescopes. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £5.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 22/04/2019

Time: 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Booking:  Get tickets for Tegg's Nose Star Party - Solar Observing Again
Information: 01625 374833
(Please leave your dog at home / 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 / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available)


Wednesday 26 June

Fancy a Paddle - One

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 - One
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 29 June

Ramble with the Rangers – Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Join East Cheshire Ramblers and the Rangers for a circular 9.8km (6 mile) guided walk, from Tegg’s Nose Country Park, while looking out for signs of wildlife and enjoying the landscape. Booking in advance is essential.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 29/04/2019

Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: East Cheshire Ramblers and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Martin James
Booking: Get tickets for Ramble with the Rangers
Information: 01625 374833
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Moderate to Strenuous walking grade / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)