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Stockport - Wilmslow - Macclesfield

Essential Information
Equipment:

All participants should come equipped for a day’s walking in the hills. Teaching navigation naturally involves many short periods of standing around and it is essential that you stay warm and dry. The following list is not exhaustive but provides some of the basic equipment necessary for a day in the moorland hills and countryside:

  • Walking boots (suitable for walking on rough tracks and paths and over moorland in summer in both good and poor (wet) weather conditions
  • Gaiters (essential if the weather is poor and the ground very wet/boggy)
  • Waterproof jacket (and trousers if appropriate)
  • Small rucksack – suitable for a day walking
  • Spare jumper or fleece, suitable hat and gloves
  • Sun-cream/ insect repellent (if appropriate) and any personal medication (if required)
  • Head torch (spare batteries), compass (if you have one, otherwise this will be provided)
  • Map of the area - this is a particularly awkward area as it is covered by three OS Explorer Maps : Explorer 268 and the Peak District Maps OL1 (Dark Peak) and OL24 (White Peak). Please bring these if you have them otherwise smaller sectioned maps of this particular area will be provided on the day.
  • Lunch and a warm/cold drink; a small section of Karrimat to sit on is also a good piece of kit!

You may also want to bring a camera along to record the day’s events and/or binoculars; pen/pencil and paper may also prove useful.

For those taking part in any of the two-day NNAS courses or MTA leadership courses you should also bring with you a small personal first aid kit.


Meeting Points for Courses:

As you will appreciate we are able to visit many different areas within the Cheshire East side of the Peak District National Park. This region is less frequented and is therefore ideal for the courses we offer. For those of you on the Introductory or Intermediate Navigation courses, the precise meeting point may well vary throughout the year depending on the groups experience and on the prevailing weather conditions. The start of these courses may therefore vary throughout the year from those advertised on the website, and any changes to the starting point will be communicated to you prior to the commencement of your course. There are several commonly used meeting points or car parking areas and these include:

Nelson Pit Visitor Centre Car Park : situated off Lyme Road (opposite the Boars Head PH) and next to the site of the now dismantled Higher Poynton Station forming part of the Middlewood Way. There is sufficient volume on both the lower and upper tiers. However, car parking charges now apply and there is also a height restriction on entering the car park (transit vans are OK). It may be possible to park on the lay-by adjacent to St Martins Church on Shrigley Road North. The meeting point is outside the Rangers Office within the car park.

Poynton Coppice Car Park : This is situated off Shrigley Road South and is adjacent to the Middlewood Way. This is currently a free car park.

West Parkgate (Lyme Park) parking : This is an unofficial parking area off Shrigley Road South and hence has limited spaces available. Extra care is needed when parking here. Some additional spaces are available further up the hill towards the small Methodist church on the left-hand side of the road. There are no charges.

Bollington Town Car Park : this is the car park situated in the centre of Bollington. Although always appearing to be full there is generally sufficient parking spaces available. There is currently no charge.

Bakestonedale Wood Car Park : This is a Peak District National Park car park on the left-hand side of the road out of Pott Shrigley towards Kettleshulme (Bakestonedale Road) located just after the end of the Old Brickworks Industrial Estate. It is rough terrain but plenty of spaces and there is no charge.

Pott Shrigley Car Park : Off Shrigley Road South immediately after (or before) St Christopher’s Church. Limited spaces available and no charge.

Pym Chair Car Park : This is located at the southern end of Side End Lane (passing Windgather Rocks on your left) and commanding excellent views of the area. It can be popular during weekends but is usually significantly quieter during the week and is free.’