Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Bridestones Celebration

This article is from Signpost, Summer 2013

There was much to celebrate and sixty people joined David Bratt as he led the walk up to The Cloud which enjoys spectacular views over Cheshire. For many years it has not been possible to walk directly to the Bridestones, a protected ancient monument, south of the Cloud [map]. But now thanks to a lot of hard work by the late Adrian Littleton, whose family joined us on the day, Alan Soper and the rest of the PNFS team, plus the small matter of £15,000 that the society spent on legal fees, all walkers are now able to enjoy the route using Congleton 82.

As you will see from the photos the sun was out to help us celebrate this huge success which the society is rightly proud of. June Mabon did a sterling job in ensuring the press were in attendance and we received good publicity in the Congleton Chronicle and Roly Smith covered the story in the Manchester Evening News.

We also had the pleasure of walking the newly diverted Rushton Spencer 52 which now avoids what John Read described as a weird and questionably wonderful tunnel. The new route takes a line across fields and through a small wooded area en route to the Bridestones.

Spectacular views from The Cloud
The weird and questionably wonderful tunnel on the old route
The more pleasant diverted route

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