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Tuesday 19 January 2010

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Cheshire East Council

Outdoor lovers with a taste for adventure are urged to head for Cheshire East’s parks and countryside as the weather begins to brighten up.

That’s because caving, kayaking, climbing, bushcraft and even GPS training are among the more unusual activities on offer from the Council’s Ranger Service in 2010.

Anyone interested can find out more details in the newly launched Open Air guide, a 50-page directory packed with more than 200 events and activities – most of which are free.

Those who prefer their adventures a little less energetic will find plenty to suit their tastes, including wildlife watches, orienteering, pond dipping and nature walks.

Or, they can get creative with activities such as bird box building and willow weaving and learn new skills like hedgelaying and woodturning.

Children can try their hand at mask-making, tree decorating and even creating a home for the countryside’s ‘mini beasts’.

Walkers are well catered for, with more than 70 ambles, wanders, treks and hikes listed, all with different themes.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are fortunate in Cheshire East to have such wonderful countryside on our doorstep - and the Open Air programme offers a fantastic variety of ways to explore and experience it.

“All the activities promise fresh air, good company, and interesting subjects or a wonderful view, guaranteed to make you feel uplifted and refreshed.

“There is something for everyone, regardless of age, and many activities are suitable for the whole family.

“My sincere thanks go to our Rangers who have excelled themselves this year, putting together the biggest and best events listing to date.

“I would also like to express my appreciation to the many volunteers who have contributed to the running of this year’s events programme.”

Copies of Open Air are available from all Cheshire East Customer Information Points, libraries and Ranger offices.

It can also be downloaded from or simply sign up for the email newsletter to get a reminder of the latest events.

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