We have got clear blue skies and the temperature is predicted to reach 27 degrees. Time to dig out the shorts and go for a walk. We headed for Tegg’s Nose.
Originally called “Tegge’s Naze” Tegge might have come from the name of an early Norse settler or might refer to a sheep (“Teg”), while “nose” probably refers to the southern promontory. The area has been occupied since the Bronze Age and after the Norman conquest it became part of the Royal Forest of Macclesfield.
We started our walk from the visitors centre and quickly descended the paved Saddlers Way. Passing Clough House we entered a closed lane and climbed steadily to eventually reach Macclesfield forest. After passing through mixed woodland we reached the hamlet of Forest Chapel and paused outside the small St Stephen’s Chapel where a rush-bearing ceremony is held each August.
We followed a way marked path heading north to cross the Macclesfield – Buxton road to reach Lamaload reservoir. We stopped for lunch on a grassy knoll overlooking the reservoir the water levels of which were very low.
After lunch we followed the reservoir service road, passing a signpost which could got us very confused. One arm indicated the farm. The others read : This Way, That way and The other Way.
Soon we reached the Gritstone Way which we followed back to the car. We decided to add on another mile to walk to the Tegg’s Nose viewpoint. The area was quarried for millstone grit from the 16th century until 1955. There were two quarries. One at Windyway produced a blue stone whilst the one at the summit of Tegg’s Nose produced a pink rock.
The area was very interesting with several examples of old machinery and cutting gear. Information boards gave descriptions of the machinery and details of the hard life and working conditions of the quarry workers.
I took advantage of the photographic possibilities to obtain an image for my next photo competition where the set subject is “wheels”
As I write this it is blowing a gale and the rain is battering on the window. The Indian summer is over and Autumn has arrived.