The final bit of permanent orienteering course maintenance before Christmas was done today.
Wythenshawe Park had control IV replaced and several other controls firmed into the ground or cleaned up generally. All controls are now in place. The cafe at Wythenshawe is closed over Christmas.
Control C at Sale Water Park was located in what must be very dense undergrowth during the summer, dug out and placed in a more sensible place for the White courses it is on. Control D was hanging on, like a childs loose tooth waiting to be knocked out, see the photo. A new post was put in place and the old plaque has been used as a temporary measure.
Cafe Metro at Sale Water Park did us a couple of excellent Bacon Barms, well woth the visit.
The orienteering courses at Chorlton Water Park are now 100% complete, with a new control P in place, relocated from the river bank where it was getting damaged frequently by the grass cutters. It’s now on a small knoll about 150 m South of the old location.
While going around the course I heard some strange bird noises and was convinced I had seen a parrot. I checked on the web and found out that a colony of ring necked parakeets is developing in the area. This link will take you to a site that gives more info on the birds, and lots of other interesting stuff that can be found in the park.
The orienteering course and map at Hough End have been brought fully up to date. The new Leisure Centre is now mapped, and missing posts replaced.
Courses at Burnage Rugby Club and Reddish Vale have been restored to completeness. (Except that control H at Reddish has disappeared in the middle of a housing development and we’ll have to decide what to do when it is finished!)
The Blackleach orienteering course is now (almost) fully restored, painted and generally gardened. One post (I) has gone missing since the last visit, so will have to be fixed another time. The main photo has been updated to show just how blue the lake can be on a lovely winter’s morning.
A new start/finish control has been put in place at the popular Brereton Heath permanent orienteering course. The local ranger was good enough to dig the hole for us.
Brereton Heath is well maintained by the Cheshire East team and even on a winter weekday is popular with the public.
The course is now 100% complete and if you want to avoid the undergrowth that can affect a few parts of the area, now is the time to visit.