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, 16 October 2010

Slaidburn, Dunsop Bridge and the River Hodder 16th October 2010

Can anyone identify this fungus? Probably Larch bolete.
One of the best views of the day, looking towards the Forest of Bowland beyond Dunsop Bridge.
On the way to Beatrix.
The suspension bridge across the on the way to Foulscales and Newton.
Heading down to the River Hodder.

Walk stats:Distance:10.1 miles. Climb:721'.
Time:4 hours 34 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.
We arrived at Slaidburn with bright blue skies and hardly any wind. Wearing shorts was certainly the right decision, but not all of the group agreed! Anyway we were all agreed it fely good to walking in this beautiful part of Lancashire, and that was before we went to the Hark to Bounty!
The morning part of the walk from Slaidburn to Beatrix and on to Dunsop Bridge gave superb views of the moors to the North, with the bracken turning orange, and later on the hills/moorland in the Trough of Bowland.
Lunch was taken at Dunsop Bridge, where we took advantage one of the many benches near the river.
The afternoon walk was where we were able to follow the banks of the River Hodder with the occasional detour when the public footpaths deviated.
Much of the afternoon walk made you feel as though you were walking through a large estate, but we never quite found the stately home to match.
The surprise of the day was the little suspension bridge that we had to cross, it a little too much movement for my liking, but I think Mike was trying to make it worse!
Birds seen today were few, but at least it was a two Dipper day!
Other birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Kestrel, Nuthatch, House sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Blue tit, Partridge, Pheasant, Mallard, Collared dove, Woodpigeon, European robin, Grey heron, Blackbird and possibly a Redstart.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Hark to Bounty in Slaidburn where Tirril's Brougham Ale went down well.

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