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!