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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, 13 November 2010

Around Anglezark Reservoir and More 13th November 2010


On the track below Anglezark Moor.
Looking up Dean Black Brook towards the disused quarry East of White Coppice Village.
The picturesque cricket ground at White Coppice village.
Looking across Chorley towards Blackpool Tower from the entrance to Healy Nab wood.
Looking across Anglezark Reservoir towars the Leicester Quarry.

Walk stats: Distance: 11.2 miles; Climb:1000'.
Time:5 hours 29 minutes; On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:2.0 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Dave J. and Celia.
The weather in the main was good, although the temperature fluctuated from being somewhat chilly to being a very warm wish I was wearing shorts weather!
This was a very varied walk considering we were walking around so many reservoirs. We had several wooded area to go through, some moor-like terrain and old tracks to follow. Views were pretty good too, with Rivington Pike and the Winter Hill masts often in view and during lunch we had good views across Chorley with Blackpool Tower clearly seen in the distance.
Birds on the reservoirs were somewhat limited, but superb views of Greater spotted woodpeckers and Jays made up for it. However the highlight was probably a flock of Fieldfare turning away from us with bright sunshine reflecting on their undersides making them almost twinkle like stars!
Overall this was a good walk, but next time we do it, we now know how to avoid the worst of the boggy/muddy bits and Celia won't have to go paddling again!
Birds seen or heard today included: Great spotted woodpecker, Green woodpecker, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted duck, Goldeneye, Great cormorant, Winter wren, European robin, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Redwing, Fieldfare, Great tit, Blue tit, Long-tailed tit, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Sparrowhawk, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Pied wagtail, Nuthatch, Blackbird and Buzzard.
After walk drinks were again enjoyed at the Spinners Arms (Bottom Spinners) on Church Street, Adlington. Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted and Timothy Taylor Landlord were the to brews that revived tired legs on this occasion.

The name Anglezarke is derived from two Norse-Gaelic elements. The first part comes from the name Anaf , a form of the popular Scandanavian personal name of Olav. The second part comes from the Old Norse word erg or the Brythonic word cognate with Gaelic word àiridh (dialectactal arke or argh) both meaning a 'hill pasture or shieling'. The two elements together mean 'Anlaf's hill pasture' - i.e. 'the hill pasture belonging to Anlaf'. The earliest spelling of the name was in 1202 when it was recorded as 'Andelevesarewe'. By 1225 this had become 'Anlavesargh', in 1351 'Anlasargh', and by 1559 'Anlazarghe'.

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