May 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 May 2019


Wednesday 1 May

Poynton Coppice Wildflower Walk

A short 1.2km (0.75 miles) stroll around Poynton Coppice looking at coppicing and how the spring flowers benefit.

Booking in advance is essential. Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 01/03/2019

Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
Meeting point: Poynton Coppice Car Park, Shrigley Road, Higher Poynton, SK12 1TF (SJ943827)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
Booking: Get tickets for Poynton Coppice Wildflower Walk
Information: 01625 383700
(Easy to 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)

A Feast of Flowers

A morning walk, along the Biddulph Valley Way and through Dane-in-Shaw Pasture Site of Special Scientific Interest, looking for spring wildflowers and hearing of some of their uses and folklore. Booking in advance is essential.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 01/03/2019

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Meeting point: Henshall Hall Drive (park on road just before canal), Congleton, CW12 3TA (SJ876622)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Cal Sherratt
Booking: Get tickets for A Feast of Flowers by 29 April
Information: 01260 297237
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Moderate walking grade / Healthy and Wildlife Walk - Event)


Thursday 2 May

Walk with Nature: Birds of the Goyt Valley

An early morning walk in the Goyt Valley looking for our less frequently seen spring migrants - pied and spotted flycatcher, common redstart, tree pipit and listening for cuckoo.

Time: 7.00am to 10.00am
Meeting point: Errwood Hall car park, Errwood Reservoir, Goyt Valley, SK17 6GT (SK012748)
Leaders: Alan Brereton and Ray Evans from The RSPB Macclesfield Local Group and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service
Information: 01625 615628 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)


Sunday 5 May

SECOS Dawn Chorus

To celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day, South East Cheshire Ornithological Society (SECOS) in association with Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Service are hosting a Dawn Chorus Walk at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve. Booking in advance is essential.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 05/03/2019

Time: 7.00am to 9.00am
Meeting point: Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: John Thompson from SECOS and Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Mark Arnold
Booking: Get tickets for SECOS Dawn Chorus
Information: 01477 534115
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Bring binoculars if you have them / Places limited - please book in advance / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Car parking charge / Healthy & Wildlife Walk – Event / Partnership event)


Wednesday 8 May

Introduction to Nordic Walking - May – 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: 10.00am to 11.30am
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 - May
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 10 May 

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 - May
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 11 May

Introduction to Foraging – Macclesfield Riverside 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 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: Riverside Park Ranger Centre, Beechwood Mews, Beech Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 2SL (SJ914745)
Leader: James Wood from Totally Wild UK 
Booking: https://totallywilduk.co.uk/foraging-events/foraging-courses-intro-to-foraging/
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)

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 12 May

Come and Try It Day at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Join Moorland Adventure, in a beautiful countryside setting, to try a number of exciting and varied activities. There will be many different things for you to experience during the day including Climbing, Abseiling, Archery and Buschraft. Minimum age for Abseiling is 8. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £18 per person.

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure  
Booking: Get tickets for Come and Try It Day at Tegg's Nose Country Park
Information: 01625 573615
(There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Easy walking grade / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Healthy Walk – Event / Partnership event / Car parking charge)

Dog Behaviour Clinic with Vic Barlow, the Dogfather

Many owners of otherwise obedient dogs have trouble maintaining behaviour on walks. Dogs that will come when called in the garden often go deaf when they meet other dogs. Walking quietly to heel is often a problem in a more distracting outdoor environment.

During this short outdoor behaviour class, at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Vic will demonstrate, in a more natural environment, how to transfer good obedience work into the real world and also essential techniques for dealing with livestock encountered during walks in the countryside.

Following this free session there is the option of a short paid ‘one to one’ training session with Vic (Cost £10 - any funds raised will be donated to Animal Support Volunteers).

Booking in advance is essential. Please email Vic Barlow to also book a ‘one to one’ session.

Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Local Dog Trainer Vic Barlow
Booking: Get tickets for Dog Behaviour Clinic
One to One dog training booking: Email Vic Barlow to book your session
Information: 01625 374833
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Car parking charge / Partnership event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)


Tuesday 14 May

Spring Wildlife of Bollington

A leisurely morning walk around the footpaths of Bollington enjoying the varied wildlife in the area. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £4.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 14/03/2019

Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Meeting point: Public car park, Adlington Road, Bollington, SK10 5JT (SJ930781)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Pete Dowse
Booking: Get tickets for Spring Wildlife of Bollington by 10 May
Information:
01625 383700
(There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / 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)


Wednesday 15 May

Walk around Mottram St Andrew

An 8km (5 mile) walk around Mottram, with Ranger Ed, enjoying the views from Alderley Edge.

Booking and payment in advance is essentialCost £4.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 15/03/2019

Time: 9.30am to 12.00pm
Meeting point: Bulls Head Pub, Wilmslow Road, Mottram St. Andrew, SK10 4QH (SJ880785)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
Booking: Get tickets for Walk around Mottram St Andrew
Information: 01625 383700
(Places limited - please book in advance / Healthy Walk – Event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Strenuous walking grade / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Bring binoculars if you have them)


Sunday 19 May

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 - May
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)


Thursday 23 May

A Spring Evening in Kerridge

A 6km (4 mile) walk exploring the footpaths of Kerridge on this historical walk and enjoy the views from Kerridge ridge.

Part of the 2019 Bollington Festival.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Meeting point: Jackson Lane, Kerridge, Bollington, SK10 5BE (SJ935773)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
Information: 01625 383700
(Children must be accompanied by an adult / Strenuous walking grade / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Bring binoculars if you have them)


Tuesday 28 May to Friday 31 May

Moorland Adventure May Half-Term Kids Activity Club

A great way to experience some varied exciting activities in the countryside with local experts Moorland Adventure! Based at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, each day focuses on different activities and it will give you a taste of adventure! Suitable for anyone between the ages of 8 and 16. Booking and payment in advance is essential. All day 3 participants must be "Water confident".

Day 1 – Tuesday 28 May – Archery and Bushcraft
Day 2 – Wednesday 29 May – Climb and Abseil
Day 3 – Thursday 30 May – Kayaking and Canoeing
Day 4 – Friday 31 May - Orienteering and Problem Solving

Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 4 days for a reduced price of £120.

Activities run from 9.00am to 4.00pm but to allow for maximum flexibility, you can drop off your child from 8.30am and collect at any time between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks with you each day or you can purchase a packed lunch option (including sandwich, drink and snack) from Tegg’s Nose Tea Room on days 1, 2 and 4, for £5. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are also available to purchase from the Tea Room before and after the activity club sessions on days 1, 2 and 4.

Time: 8.30am to 5.00pm each day
Days 1, 2, and 4 Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Day 3 Meeting point: Rudyard Lake, Rudyard, ST13 8RN (SJ950580)
Leaders: Moorland Adventure 
Booking: Get tickets for Moorland Adventure May Half-Term Kids Activity Club
Information: 01625 573615
(Suitable for anyone between the age of 8 and 16 / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Partnership event / Bring a packed lunch / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Car parking charge)


Tuesday 28 May

Wellies in the Wild – Pond Dipping for Grown Ups – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

Grown-ups grab your wellies and join Nature Stuff on a special pond dip session. Whether you are keen to rekindle your childhood memories of exploring nature or are a complete beginner, this session is designed for you! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10 per adult per session.

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point:
Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
Booking: Get tickets for Pond Dipping for Grown Ups
Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)

Down the Mines! – May

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.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 28/03/2019

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: Get tickets for Down the Mines! - May
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)


Thursday 30 May

Wellies in the Wild – Bug Hunting and Stream Dipping for Grown Ups - Tegg's Nose Country Park 

Grown-ups grab your wellies and join Nature Stuff on a special bug hunting and stream dipping session. Whether you are keen to rekindle your childhood memories of exploring nature or are a complete beginner, this session is designed for you! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10 per adult per session. 

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point:
Teggsnose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
Booking: Get tickets for Bug Hunting and Stream Dipping for Grown Ups
Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Wildlife Walk – Event)


Friday 31 May

Wellies in the Wild – Bug Hunting for Grown Ups – Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve

Join Nature Stuff on a special bug hunting session for grown ups. Whether you are keen to rekindle your childhood memories of exploring nature or are a complete beginner, this session is designed for you! Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £10 per adult per session.

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point:
Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Davenport Lane, Brereton, Congleton, CW12 4SU (SJ794653)
Leaders: Nature Stuff – environmental educators
Booking: Get tickets for Bug Hunting for Grown Ups
Information: 07870804413 or visit the Nature Stuff website
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Partnership event / Car parking charge / Wildlife Walk – Event)