MANY more folk are taking up walking as a daily exercise, especially now that we are in our third lockdown. Here, Cheadle resident Sue Evans shares her experiences of urban walking around the Moorlands town.
MANY more folk are taking up walking as a daily exercise, especially now that we are in our third lockdown.
Here, Cheadle resident Sue Evans shares her experiences of urban walking around the Moorlands town.
Well here we are yet again, another lockdown – so here I am back walking around Cheadle.
I started my urban walks during the first national lockdown and set myself a target of walking every street, avenue, cul de sac, arbour, close, lane, drive etc which I have done.
I am usually a great countryside walker but obviously abiding by the rules, I left my car at home and decided to pace the streets of Cheadle on a daily basis going to the town limits in differing directions every day.
Surprise is not the word I would use for my walking experiences throughout Cheadle, it was and remains amazing (I am back to walking every day again). It is an incredible town with so much history, wildlife and eccentricity within it.
I have seen sparrow hawks on Prince George Street, brown trout in Cecily Brook, buzzards on Churchill playing fields, jays on Leek Road and the most amazing marsh orchids.
I have seen gardens bloom from spring into summer and die back into autumn and winter. House extensions start and be completed. I have found so many ponds around Cheadle and sat and looked at their beauty and nature plus small bridges and streams that I never knew existed. It is truly amazing.
I have favourite gardens, houses, streets, views, trees and walks. Who knew there are gardens in Cheadle with model railways and hobbit holes?
My favourite view in Cheadle is probably not what you would expect. I suppose people would usually say the view from Monkhouse. However, my favourite view is over the fields from the far end of Hammersley Hayes. It is truly magnificent. My second is the view from Manifold Drive with the majestic willow trees looking up to Freehay.
My favourite walk, among many, is starting at Brookhouses Road, walking past a picture perfect house on the left (no 25) and then turning into Dilhorne Road.
I like the eclectic nature of this road, with old industrial buildings which I am guessing are from the railway days, intermingled with new builds. Here on the left is a beautiful pond which in summer was teaming with life. Walking past this, going up and over Cheadle Park is a treat, with fantastic views and yet more ponds as you come down the other side.
I hope you all have favourite views and walks of Cheadle too. Keep safe and keep walking.
What have you spotted in the local area while on your daily exercise during lockdown? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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