About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday and Saturdays, New Years day and May Day. How many walk? Walks take place as long as there are at least 2 wanting to walk on that day. More walk on a Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 mid-week and 3-4 on Saturday. Where do we walk? Saturday: Anywhere in North and Mid-Wales, Peak District, Shropshire and the Long Mynd and as far North as the Trough of Bowland. Thursday: Anywhere within about 40 miles of Chester. Type of walk: Distance: 6 – 14 miles. Climb: up to 4000’ (but usually very much less!). Those involved in 2017:- Martyn Harris, Fran Murphy, Sue and Michel Pelissier, Annie Hammond, Sue and Dave Pearson, Mike Dodd, David and Anne Savage, Celia de Mengle, Wendy and Ian Peers, Roger and Margaret Smith, Tim and Carol Dwyer, Paul Collinson, Phil Marsland, Sylvia and Dave Jenkins, Sheila McNee, Ed Meads, Elaine and John Greenhalgh.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Darwen Moor West 9th October 2010

An early view of the Darwen Moors West from the Witton Weaver Way.
Why can't all waymarks be as good as this one pointing the way to Darwen Tower
(the Darwen Rocket).
Striding out along Catherine Edge after passing the no longer a ruin Lower Pasture Barn Farm.
An unexpected view across Belmont towards Winter Hill.
At the shelter on Great Hill.
Autumnal colours.

Walk stats: Distance:11.6 miles. Climb: 2192' .Very little according to Terry Marsh!
Time: 5 hours 12 minutes; On the move walking average:2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Roger and Dave J.
An unusual weather forecast for this time of the year, mainly cloudy in the morning with the prospect of sunny spells in the afternoon with temperatures in the high teens. The forecast was pretty accurate, but listening to the forecast, I didn't take in the fact the wind would be quite so strong. However we can't complain this was a really good day for on these Lancashire moors.
We started the walk at the Tockholes car park and had to use an excellent footpath to link up with the Witton Weaver Way near the Crookfield Road Car Park.
Striding onwards past Lower Pasture Barn Farm and along Catherine Edge with our first views of Belmont Reservoir and the Winter Hill TV/radio masts on the skyline, we soon encountered an unexpected extension, the path across the dam at the Southern end of the Belmont Reservoir was closed.
However with this slight detour we were able to rejoin our original route by a linking footpath from the Rivington Road from Belmont village.
Lunch was taken in the shelter of a stone wall half way across Sharpes Higher End. It;s a good job we had some of Margaret's fruit cake to sustain us for the afternoon trek across the peaty moorland of Spitlers edge and Redmonds Edge. Surprisingly we met quite a few other walkers on this somewhat boggy moorland, one was even walking in open-toed sandles. Amazingly his toes were still clean! We wisely chose to extend the walk over Great Hill before descending back down to Calf Hey Bridge and on through the plantaion back to Tockholes.
Birds seen or heard today included: Greenfinch, Chaffinch, House sparrow, Great tit, Blue tit, Long-tailed tit, Mistle thrush, Kestrel, Raven, Eurapean robin, Blackbird, Barn swallow, Wheatear, Meadow pipit, Black-headed gull and Nuthatch.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Royal Arms at Tockholes. The refreshing beer of choice today was a Hopstar brew called Dizzy Danny. The Hopstar Brewery is in Darwen.

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