September 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 September 2018


Sunday 2 September

Dabbling with Dowsing

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at the ancient art of water divining, now’s your chance. Local folklore and traditions enthusiast, Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Euan Murray, will show you the techniques and then let you loose to try it out! Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 10.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: 02/07/2018

Time: 2.00pm to 4:00pm
Meeting point: Rossmill, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0EJ (SJ789853)
Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Euan Murray
Booking: Book tickets for Dabbling with Dowsing by 30 August
Information: 01625 374790
(Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 10 / Easy walking grade / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event)


Tuesday 4 September

Pram Fit / Outdoor Fitness Taster Class - September

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 - September
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)


Wednesday 5 September

Nature’s Bounty

A morning walk along the Biddulph Valley Way and around Dane-in-Shaw Pasture Site of Special Scientific Interest looking to see what wild foods can be found in your local countryside.

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

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 05/07/2018

Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Meeting point: Henshall Hall Drive (park on road just before canal), Congleton, CW12 3TA (SJ876622)
Leader: Cheshire East Countryside Ranger Cal Sherratt
Booking: Book tickets for Nature's Bounty by 3 September
Information: 01260 297237
(Please bring suitable shoes and clothing / Wildlife Walk – Event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Easy to Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance)


Sunday 9 September

Navigation for Beginners

Come and learn basic navigation skills on an easy going day which includes 2 hours in the morning learning basic navigation techniques, then spending the afternoon taking turns at leading the group and using the skills learnt in the morning.

All maps and compasses provided, but feel free to bring your own compass if you wish to practise with it. Suitable for anyone over the age of 16. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £11.50.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 09/07/2018

Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Meeting point: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TH (SJ945833)
Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington
Booking: Book tickets for Navigation for Beginners by 7 September
Information: 01625 383700
(Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Bring a packed lunch / Please leave your dog at home / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16)


Saturday 15 September

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

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 - September
Information: 07803 245590 or
(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)

Changing Seasons Mindfulness Walk with Pamela Carr

“If one way may be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way” - Aristotle

This Mindfulness walk at Tegg’s Nose Country Park marks the changing seasons when we begin to notice that days are shortening. Whenever we slow down and take time to ‘stand and stare’ and notice what we are aware of, we’ll usually find something new and surprising. One walker wrote: “I noticed so much more today that I have never been aware of before. I could feel myself relaxing and my thoughts calming.”

Research is now proving that our direct contact with nature really can benefit our health and wellbeing. Mindfully walking outdoors in nature through all the seasons can be a truly magical, nurturing and healing experience.

If you enjoy walking, love nature and want to explore Mindfulness - join Pamela Carr on this leisurely morning walk with a difference.  The gentle walk (about 2 miles) will include some pauses and simple exercises to help us to slow down, become more present and open our senses to what we can see, hear, feel, smell and maybe even taste, moment by moment.

Pamela loves this beautiful space and experiences new inspiration every time she visits.  Previous walkers have spoken about discovering for themselves the quietening, calming and creative benefits of walking mindfully in nature. You might like to bring your notebook or camera.

Following the walk you’ll return to the popular Tegg's Nose Tea Room to share discoveries and creative ideas.  Optional drinks/snacks available to purchase. Suitable for anyone over the age of 16. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £8.00.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 15/07/2018

Time: 9.00am to 11.00am
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Pamela Carr, Mindfulness Teacher and Focusing Professional
Booking: Book tickets for Changing Seasons Mindfulness Walk
Information: Email Pamela Carr 
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16 / Please leave your dog at home / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Healthy Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Partnership event / Car parking charge)


Sunday 16 September

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

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.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 15/07/2018

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 - September
Information: 01625 574633 or email 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)


Wednesday 19 September

Countryside Crafts

Join Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers Nik and Emma to make a basket or platter from materials found at Newgate Nature Reserve in Wilmslow. Bring thick gardening gloves and secateurs as you will be weaving natural materials that you find, which may be prickly!

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

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 19/07/2018

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meeting point: Newgate Nature Reserve, Newgate, Wilmslow, SK9 5LL (SJ827811)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Rangers Nik Ginn and Emma Houghton
Booking: Book tickets for Countryside Crafts by 13 September
Information: 01625 374790
(Places limited - please book in advance / Easy walking grade / Partnership event / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing)


Sunday 23 September

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@vicbarlow.com to also book a ‘one to one’ session.

Tickets will be available to book 2 months prior to event date: 23/07/2018

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: Book 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)

Wild Food Walkabout - Rossmill

Join the Bollin Valley Rangers for a foraging walk in the Bollin Valley looking for fruits, seeds and flowers that can be found easily in the garden or in the countryside. Suitable for adults and accompanied children over the age of 6.

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: 23/07/2018

Time: 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Meeting point: Rossmill, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0EJ (SJ789853)
Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton
Booking: Book tickets for Wild Food Walkabout - Rossmill by 18 September
Information: 01625 374790
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Suitable for anyone over the age of 6 / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Wildlife Walk - Event)


Friday 28 September

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

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 £49.

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

Introduction to Nordic Walking - September – Bollington

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 ProgrammeBooking 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: Public car park, Adlington Road, Bollington, SK10 5JT (SJ930781)
Leader: David Lambert, Nordic Walking Instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme
Booking: Book tickets for Introduction to Nordic Walking - September
Information: 07593448403
(Easy walking grade / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Places limited - please book in advance)


Sunday 30 September

Carrs Working Party and Clean-up - September

Help keep your local park looking good by joining the Friends of the Carrs and the Bollin Valley Rangers on some conservation tasks. This will include tree pruning, footpath work and litter picking. Feel free to join us for an hour or for the full day. Light refreshments provided.

Time: 10.30am to 3.00pm
Meeting point: Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, SK9 4AA (SJ847816)
Leaders: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Emma Houghton and Friends of the Carrs
Information: 01625 374790
(Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Car parking charge / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Partnership event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments)

Bollin Valley Walks – The Source

The first in a series of circular walks along the course of the Bollin Valley Way. A strenuous 8km (5 mile) walk from Tegg’s Nose Country Park into Macclesfield Forest exploring the source and upper reaches of the River Bollin. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Adults £4, children 16 or under go free.

Tickets will be available to purchase 2 months prior to event date: 30/07/2018

Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm
Meeting point: Tegg’s Nose Country Park Visitor Centre, Buxton Old Road, Macclesfield, SK11 0AP (SJ950733)
Leader: Bollin Valley Partnership Ranger Roger Brereton
Booking: Book tickets for Bollin Valley Walks - The Source by 26 September
Information: 01625 374790
(Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Healthy Walk – Event / Bring a packed lunch / Strenuous walking grade / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Car parking charge / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments / Dogs on leads permitted)