Walks for 2020:

We have two walks planned for you this year, watch the diary page for eventbrite details

Saturday 23 May 10-4, explore the Chonar Landscape that provides the border between Wilmslow and Alderley Edge with John Handley, and consider how we could cooperate in tree planting there with AE Parish Council and Planet on the Edge.

Saturday 19th September from 6.30am. Join us for another of John’s legendary Dawn Walks on Lindow Moss. Watch the sun rise and contemplate the extraordinary history, archeology, ecology, biodiversity and climate importance of our very own historic bogland.

The Landscape on our Doorstep Walk May 2019:

John Handley led a guided walk which explored the landscapes of two local rivers – the Bollin and the Dean. From Wilmslow Parish Hall the walk works its way through Wilmslow before heading upstream beside the Bollin through Wilmslow Park. After Vardon Bridge the landscape opens out through water meadows to a cluster of ponds (former marl pits) at the parish boundary with Prestbury. Here we headed north to Vicar Farm, crossing the watershed to join the River Dean upstream of the Wilmslow bypass. We explored the landscape, noting opportunities for improved visitor access, before diverting away from the river, passing Handforth Hall. We continued the walk by re-joining the River Dean, downstream of Handforth. We followed the river to its confluence with the Bollin and returned to the Parish Hall through the Wilmslow Carrs.

The walk drew on and illustrated the recent Landscape Character Assessment of Wilmslow (https://wilmslownp.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Wilmslow-LCA-Introduction-2.pdf) carried out as part of the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan. While we understand that houses do need to be built, we were shocked to come across some of the building sites that seem to be popping up in the most surprising places….threatening some of the gorgeous wildflower meadows that we came across.

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Wilmslow Walks: Feedback and Plans for 2018

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We have been looking at the feedback from the people who joined us on our Wilmslow Walks last year. More than 120 children and around 100 adults joined us on walks on Lindow Moss, learning more about the extraordinary historical, archeological and ecological landscape literally on our doorstep. We also enjoyed spending time walking in Meriton Park (including the Transition Wilmslow orchard) with members of the Time Out group. These walks were made possible by a CEC Participatory Budgetary Scheme to improve public health, by encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors. The children’s feedback has provided the basis for this word cloud, demonstrating how much they learned in a 90 minute walk around the Moss. Thank you to John Handley for leading the walks, to Denise, Jane, Jean, Pippa, Garry, Anthony and Helen for leading the children’s walks, and to Jean and Heather who are putting together maps for everyone to use.We are offering another programme of walks for children this summer, and another of our famous Lindow Moss Dawn walks in September. We also have two more foraging walks and a Tree Walk planned: check our diary page and wilmslow.co.uk for details!


Walking on Lindow Moss 2017: Photo Gallery


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Wilmslow walks inputs 12 March 2017


Rainbow and Brownie Walks Summer 2017

Over the summer we have taken four groups of Rainbows and Brownies (over 100 children in all) on a Lindow Moss walk. They have seen the Moss rooms, handled peat, thought about what our ancestors used it for, seen the train tracks (the most exciting bit generally!), where the Riflemen used to practice, and out on to the Moss to look at the flora and fauna and have a run around. It’s been immensely gratifying to see them (and their parents and leaders!) learn so much about the Moss and all the interesting things in it. If you know of groups of children who would enjoy a walk, please let us know. We can tailor the walk to your needs, generally about an hour and a half including multiple stops at areas of interest, and some great stories to share. Thanks to Garry, Jean, Helen, Jane, Anthony, Pippa and Denise for leading the walks, and John for being the inspiration.


Wilmslow Garden Trust Walk  July 2017

John led a walk for the Wilmslow Garden Trust on Lindow Moss exploring the Mobberley side of the Moss.

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Time Out Group Wilmslow Walk July 2017

We enjoyed a  walk with the Time Out Group in Meriton Park and visited the Transition Wilmslow mini orchard which is looking very healthy this year.