I love Autumn! The colours, the slight chill in the air, Halloween and Bonfire Night and the feeling that you need to make the most of the last few lighter and drier weekends.
Saturday was very wet and we spent most of it indoors but Sunday was dry and the sun was even peeking through. Cabin fever had set in and we needed to get outside to let the kids burn off some energy. So we headed to Reddish Vale for a walk.
Spanning 161 hectares along the River Thame, Reddish Vale is mainly green space, comprising woodland, flat riverside meadows and sloping fields used to graze horses. At the end of Reddish Vale Road is a small car park and a visitor centre where you can also get an ice cream and a brew! We fed the ducks at the small lake too, much to the delight of my 18 month old who held a quacking conversation with a few of them!
Highly visible from the visitor centre is the sixteen-arch brick viaduct built in 1875 to carry the Hope Valley Line over the Tame Valley.] There is a legend that during construction a local witch cursed the viaduct and anyone who counted the number of arches. Spooky!
A number of footpaths lead in all directions, with the more popular ones following the line of the river, both up and downstream. Many of the paths are buggy friendly, although it was very muddy when we went – so take your wellies!
So, for a breath of fresh air, a good walk, and to feel like you’re in the countryside in the middle of Stockport, head down to Reddish Vale this Walking Week/Half Term.