Perhaps one of the biggest list of jobs we’ve ever tackled in a day was the installation of 8 new posts in Woodbank Park. Many of the posts have been in place for years and have suffered from rot and in a few cases vandalism.
At control S we found evidence of 4 old posts. The new post is just down the path next to the old posts.
All the posts are now in place and the permanent orienteering course is now back in top condition.
Anyone using maps bought before February need to note that 2 posts have moved slightly. 36 is now on the South East side of the pond and 93 is a little further North, on a marker stone.
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.
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.
A full inspection of the Tegg’s Nose permanent orienteering course was made on a cold early November day. There was evidence of the first snowfall of the year.
At the top of Tegg’s Nose is an orientation table explaining the view across the Cheshire Plain, ideal for a short break in your orienteering course.
A full check was made of the relatively new permanent orienteering course at Lyme Park. All posts are in place and the wood were looking stunning. The photo here is looking into the beech wood of Knights Low Wood.
Lyme Park is also a good place to run, whether you are on the course or not, a good set of hills with good paths and excellent views.
Dog owners advised to keep an eye on their pets as a new species of giant owl is seen in Etherow Lodge Park.