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, 20 November 2010

Black Hameldon and More 20th November 2010

Crossing the bridge over Hurstwood Brook.
A normal discussion on route finding - heading for the Burnley Way / Pennine Bridle Way.
Paul and Pippa on the Hare Stones.
At the trig point at Hoof Stones Height.
Looking across Shuttleworth Moor and Black Moor towards Gorple Upper Reservoir
and beyond to Heptonstall Moor.

Walk stats:Distance:11.3 miles (maybe more for some) ; Climb:1557'.
Time:5 hours 56 minutes; On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:1.9 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Roger, Dave J., Celia, Paul and Pippa.
The weather turned out to be pretty good, some sunny spells, a cool breeze at times, but no rain. This was quite a challenging walk, especially if you wanted to keep your feet dry, not everyone succeeded! More than half the walk entailed trekking across boggy peat moorland. We now know why so many of the named areas have the prefix "black"! What a blessing it was to get back on the solid ground of the Burnley Way / Pennine Way Bridle Path near Gorple Gate.
Lunch was taken by the remains of a now empty reservoir just west of Hoar Moor.
Half the group decided to follow the Pennine Way Bridle Path all the way back to the car, whilst the other three decided to continue their bog trotting and follow the described route past Cant Clough Reservoir.
Birds seen or heard today included:Blue tit, Great tit, Mallard, Chaffinch, Meadow pipit, Snipe, Kestrel, Raven and Red grouse (they seemed to be everywhere.)
Overall an "enjoyable" walk, perhaps never to be repeated!
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Kettledrum Inn at Mereclough where the best brew on offer was Deuchars IPA.
In the Kettledrum Inn afterwards Roger even admitted to "snorkeling" in Clegg Foot stream.


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