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#42466 - 03/04/07 08:07 AM Re: Gritstone Trail
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Should of added that The Ryles Arms does a nice pint of Twister, a local Macc bitter. Do you know this one Tom?
Robbie

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#42467 - 03/04/07 09:23 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
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Sounds like one from the Storm Brewing Company of Macclesfield. All good beers. They also do one called 'Bosley Cloud'.

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#42468 - 03/04/07 11:42 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
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Also Beauforts Ale, Bitter Experience, Desert Storm, Brainstorm, Ale Force, Downpour, Tornado, Hurricane Hubert, Windgather, Storm Damage, Silk of Amnesia, Typhoon and others I may have forgotten after a pint or few.

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#42469 - 17/07/07 01:11 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
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Less than a week to go now to my first "trail" since the Pennine Way. The past 12 months has been spent doing the more usual Marilyn bagging on day trips and weekends. I am really looking forward to this. Could I have three days of nice weather please?

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#42470 - 17/07/07 05:01 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
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Registered: 23/06/05
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Loc: Derbyshire
Will be interested to hear about this trail Tom. Also to hear about life after Ince. For all sorts of reasons we're not able to do a LDW this year. We are managing a few days away up in "Hartley's" country in Coniston at the start of August.( For those not in the know, Hartley's used to be brewed in Ulverston and was in my opinion the premier bitter in the north west. The brewery was bought by Robinsons and soon closed although a good copy of XB lives on but brewed in Stockport - which doesn't sound very glamorous).

Hope you and Jimmy have good weather and a good time!

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#42471 - 06/08/07 09:31 AM Re: Gritstone Trail
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We completed the GT as planned, in the three days 23rd to 25th July 2007. We enjoyed it but it was actually pretty tough.

The first day, Disley to Rainow, was easy at only 7/8 miles, and the ridge walking from Bowstones over Sponds Hill, and later on over Kerridge Hill (the GT veer off before the summit, but carry onto the trig point for a surprisingly narrow bit of ridge) was great.

When we arrived at our accommodation (pub) in Rainow, we were told that they had recently taken the pub over, and were not doing B&B or meals for the time being! However, they did book us into another in Bollington, and gave us a lift down, and another back up in the morning, so no complaints.

The 2nd and 3rd days - Rainow to Rushton Spencer, and Rushton Spencer to Kidsgrove - were as tough as any two consecutive days on the Pennine Way, but were, like the first, full of features and interest.

I would imagine that you and Janet would enjoy the GT Kevin, for it is very much like the PW in character. There is lots of variety, and you get all the same components - ie high remote moorland, lots of hills to climb, country pubs, old industrial villages, old quarries, canalside/riverside walking, trig points, cairns, panoramic views etc etc - you get the picture.

I will soon have a set of photos on my website.

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#42472 - 08/08/07 04:00 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
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Gritstone Trail, Day 1, now online at http://tomread.co.uk

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#42473 - 14/08/07 12:13 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
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Gritstone Trail, Day 2, now online at http://tomread.co.uk

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#42474 - 15/08/07 09:10 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
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Gritstone Trail, Day 3, now online at http://tomread.co.uk

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#42475 - 20/08/07 06:04 PM Re: Gritstone Trail
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Registered: 23/06/05
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Loc: Derbyshire
Great tip from Tom! The Gritstone Trail is superb. We did it in two days, 17.5 each day with an overnight in a pub near Wincle. From the deer in Lyme park to the canalside finish this is a great trail with superb views. Well signposted for the most part but with some careful navigation needed at times. It also has its physically demanding sections and you under estimate this trail at you peril.

Really sunny weather on the Monday but dreadful conditions on the Tuesday - and that extra challenge makes trail walking more rewarding.

Once again, thanks Tom. Really enjoyed the walk and also your journal.

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