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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, 23 October 2010

Ecton Hill and Revidge 23rd October 2010

At the trig point on Ecton Hill.
The bridge at Wetton Mill.
A delightful track on the Manifold Way.
At the trig point on Revidge.
Ecton Hill from Revidge.

Walk stats: Distance:12.3 miles; Climb:1597'.
Time:5 hours 39 minutes. On the move walking average:2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Dave J and Mike D.
The weather wasn't too kind to us today, we had far too much rain for our liking. In fact just as we were having lunch we had a downpour that hastened our desire to be on the move again. Thankfully this cold driving rain didn't last too long and we were dry for the rest of the afternoon.
This time we decided to complete the Ecton Hill circuit first and we arrived at the trig point in sunshine, but with quite a cool wind. Did we encounter mud? Just a little! The walk down the Manifold Valley back towards Hulme End was completed in bright sunshine, making us feel a little overdressed with our waterproofs still on! One lady cyclist, apparently a physiotherapist, made a comment about some good muscular calfs as she went past!
We had good views from both Ecton Hill and Revidge.
Adjacent to Field Head a Leveret shot out from the long grass just in front of us.
We arrived back at the car, having had a good walk, but only one member of the group still had completely dry feet!
Birds seen or heard today included:Grey heron, Blackbird, Kestrel, Jackdaw, Raven, Carrion crow, Blue tit, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Bullfinch, Winter wren, Fieldfare, Pheasant, Mallard and Willow tit.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wilkes Head in Leek. As ever the Hartington bitter was superb, and for once it felt warm in the bar area!

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