Walking Football

Walking Football – The Older Generation Are Still Playing The Beautiful Game

Walking Football Tameside Glossop have older people still playing the beautiful game even in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s. Sponsored by local football club Stalybridge Celtic FC, we run 3 sessions, one or more of which is suitable for anyone wishing to get some exercise, play competitively or even just make new friends.

Although this blog is dedicated to hiking, there are still many people to whom this post may be of interest.

Our most basic Walking Football session is on a Wednesday at Medlock Leisure Centre, Droylsden, where we run a gentler game suitable for those with disabilities or who are looking to get out of the house and get some much needed exercise. The next step up in our Walking Football sessions is on a Monday evening at Astley Sports Village, Dukinfield where the game is more competitive although some people who attend the Wednesday session also take part. The final and most serious session is on a Saturday at Copley Academy, Stalybridge which is a full blown game of small sided traditional football.

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Vintage Celtic Players At The 2015 Stalybridge Festival

Vintage Celtic play in tournaments, leagues and even festivals abroad. The squad is picked from the Saturday and Monday sessions and we have been reasonably successful in our first year by winning 2 tournaments and coming runners up in 3 others.

Many new friendships have been forged over the past year and we often end the sessions by enjoying a beer or three in a local hostelry aka our headquarters. We also have nights out together from time to time and support our sponsors Stalybridge Celtic FC whenever we can.

If you would like to start taking some exercise, why not join us and make new friends. Give us a call on either of the numbers below.

Bill Murney 07443 900290
Brian Coll 07785 735573

South West Coast Path 2

South West Coast Path 2 – Hartland Quay To Clovelly

We spent a great week in early October in Devon and Cornwall walking parts of the South West Coast Path 2. The weather couldn’t have been better at this time of year with just a short shower one day.

Unfortunately, due to knee problems I could only manage the first section of the weeks walk, this was from Hartland Quay to Clovelly, a distance of 11 miles. The ascents for the day were 3,200 ft/700 metres and some of them were extremely steep.

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The Steep Cobbled Street In Clovelly

Clovelly is famous for being the place Charles Kingsley, the author of The Water Babies and Westward Ho, grew up. Clovelly is definitely unique with it’s lack of traffic and steep cobbled street leading down to the harbour.

While my colleagues pushed on each day on the South West Coast Path 2, I had to be satisfied with a few shorter walks on the trail. On day 2 I walked from Westward Ho to Cornborough Cliff, a reasonably flat walk of around 3 miles. I met my companions in Westward Ho and we enjoyed a couple of beers before catching the bus back to our base in Barnstaple.

Day 3, a Sunday, saw us all walk from Bude to Widemouth Bay, have a few beers there and walk back to Bude, a distance of 6 miles. On day 4 my companions were walking the 15 miles from Hartland Quay to Bude while I had to be content walking the cliff top 3 mile return trip from Bude to Menachurch Point.

Day 5 was a day off for me although I did walk a couple of miles on the cliff tops near Bude. On day 6 the others were walking the 15 miles from Port Gavern to Boscastle Harbour. The walk passed Tintagel, the place of Arthurian legend, where I met them and we all walked the 5 miles to Boscastle Harbour. This involved many steep ascents and descents not a thing to mix with bad knees. I was relieved when we arrived in Boscastle Harbour, the scene of another flood in August 2004, fortunately this time with no loss of life.

We saw indicators on buildings where the flood level had reached that day and it must have been a terrifying experience for those caught up in it.

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Padstow Harbour With Rock In The Distance

On day 7, the final day, the 13 mile walk from Port Gavern to Rock was planned. I travelled by bus to Polzeath, which was on the path of the South West Coast Path 2 and walked the 3 miles along the coast and sand to Rock. This was a delightful walk with excellent views all around.

With my companions not due in Rock for another 2 hours I caught the ferry over to Padstow and enjoyed a freshly caught plaice before the trip back.

The only downside to a great week on the South West Coast Path 2 was the trip back home in heavy traffic which took us over 8 hours.

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