All 6’s

All 6’s – A Classic Example Of The British Tourist Industry

This is an image related to the story of all 6's in Walks In Tameside.The all 6’s story is one of the funniest things to have happened on our regular long distance footpath walks. It happened during May 2006. We were walking the 92 miles/148 km (with extension), Rob Roy Way in Scotland, from Drymen to Pitlochry. On the third day of our journey we were walking from Callendar to Strathyre.

This is the story of the all 6’s. On reaching our accommodation for the evening at one of the local hostelries, which shall be nameless, as it has now changed hands, we were greeted by the landlady who was sweeping the stairs at the time.

“You must be the walkers” she announced, I suppose the rucksacks and boots gave it away. I will show you to your rooms she declared. With that the six of us all followed her upstairs and arrived at a long corridor. To the first pair she said “you two are in number 6 over here”. She then promptly ushered them into their bedroom for the night.

Out she came and said to the next two “you’re in number 6 down the corridor, I will show you where it is”, and off she trotted again. Well, the two of us remaining were already beginning to chuckle at this all 6’s business. She returned to state “you two have the ensuite, here’s your room, (yes, number 6 again) your bathroom is across the corridor”.

Well how we stopped shaking with laughter I don’t know but as she disappeared she finished with ” if you have wet clothing and boots, there’s a drying room at the end of the corridor, it’s number 6″.

By this time the other four had left their rooms to see what was amusing us so much. Of course, since that day we always ask “is it ensuite or ensuite-ish”. We presumed that the local hardware store had a bargain at the time on number sixes.

So we all desended to the bar, where the ladies husband was supposed to be serving. We found him on an armchair with his feet on a stool watching cricket. He ignored us for a few minutes, before finally deciding to break off from his viewing, to reluctantly serve us. We decided that as the weather was OK we would sit at one of the two tables outside by the road.

That didn’t last long, the wind had increased and heavy goods vehicles were roaring past within a few feet of us. So it was back inside but not before a strong gust had ripped the umbrella from it’s table and swept it down the road. Well by this time we had given up hope and decided that we were definitely not dining at all 6’s that evening.

This is an image of boiled eggs as related in the story of all 6's in Walks In Tameside.We noticed another pub not far away and decided we would try there for an evening meal. Before leaving all 6’s, I asked the landlady if I could have a couple of boiled eggs for breakfast. I certainly didn’t fancy a full cooked breakfast at this establishment. To my amazement she said “well I suppose so, as long as you all don’t want it”. It turned out she thought, for what reason I cannot imagine, that I wanted two boiled eggs as well as a full cooked breakfast!

When we arrived at the alternative hostelry they were just starting a pub quizz and we were invited to take part. During the day we had been discussing the ladyboys in Thailand, so decided to call our team ‘The Ladyboys’. We didn’t realise at the time that the two joint proprietors and quizz masters serving at the bar were ‘batting for the other side’ so to say.

The meal was a disaster and the following morning at breakfast the landlady of all 6’s, greeted us with “you didn’t dine here last night, we are famous for our pizzas you know”. She then proceeded to tell us about a doctor who had stayed for a night and refused to pay his bill. He said “the place was a shambles” she continued, to our amusement. “We are moving out soon, somebody else is taking over” were her final remarks before disappearing into the kitchen.

Thank goodness, we too were moving out of all 6’s within the hour. You really couldn’t write it.

Related Content:
Rob Roy Way Part 1
Rob Roy Way Part 2

Tameside Country Walks

Tameside Country Walks – Right On Your Doorstep

This is an image of one of the Tameside Country Walks in Walks In Tameside.I am often asked by locals if there are many Tameside country walks. Now this surprises me because Tameside has 145 miles of footpaths. Some of these footpaths are the best in Greater Manchester. Most of Greater Manchester is now ‘a concrete jungle’, especially the southern part and although Tameside has many urban areas, most people can be in the countryside within 10 minutes or so.

Some of the best places for Tameside Country walks are the Stalybridge/Mottram area. Also the Werneth Low area of Hyde and the Hartshead area of Ashton-under-Lyne. With the Tameside area once being mainly agricultural, there are many footpaths over farmland, especially in the Werneth Low and Hartshead areas.

With three rivers, The River Tame, The River Medlock and The River Etherow running through the borough and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Peak Forest Canal, Ashton Canal and the Hollinwood Branch Canal, there is no shortage of flat Tameside country walks for those who prefer not to climb the hills. 

Although some parts of these rivers and canals do run through industrial areas, the majority of their length is in the countryside. In fact it is surprising to realise exactly where you are on a canal walk as many parts run under some of Tameside’s busiest roads, although you would not think so from their quiet countryside location.

This is an image of a canal footpath in Tameside Country Walks in Walks In Tameside.The rivers also run through some of Tameside’s best scenery. Try for instance, the Medlock Valley in the Daisy Nook Country Park. The Tame in the Haughton Dale Local Nature Reserve or the Etherow in the Broadbottom area.

For those who prefer the hills, this area is as good, if not better, than any other parts of Greater Manchester, or indeed the surrounding areas. Can there be  many better viewpoints than Hackingknife on Werneth Low, Hartshead Pike or my personal favourite, the trig point at Wild Bank Hill on Hollingworthall Moor in Stalybridge? 

I wonder how many people there are who don’t realise what great Tameside country walks are available on their own doorstep or within a short travelling distance, I guess many.

Peace and quiet are literally minutes away and in some places you would never imagine you were just a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of a major city.

This is an image of a hill route in Tameside Country Walks in Walks In Tameside.I have been on walks around the four reservoirs on the moors above Stalybridge and hardly ever heard a sound apart from the occasional bird. In some instances I have only ever seen a person or two out on a ramble in this area.

There are also many longer distance trails that either touch the borough of Tameside or are mainly in the borough. These are The Oldham Way, The Trans Pennine Trail, The Pennine Bridleway (which is also for walkers), The Medlock Valley Way, The Tame Valley Way and The Tameside Trail.

There are plenty of Tameside country walks, so why not explore your local area, it will probably surprise and delight you. All the walks around the rivers, canals and areas mentioned in this post are covered in the two volumes of Walks In Tameside.