On the Sandstone Trail from the Frodsham Monument to the golf course.
Most of the group at the trig point on Helsby Hill.
Martyn at the trig point on Helsby Hill for the first time! Photo taken by Fran.
(A rare photo appearance!)
Michel enjoying the view from our lunch spot.
Walk stats: Distance:10.8 mile. Climb:1497'.
Time:4 hours 59 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average:2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Celia, Annie H., Sue and Michel, Phil, Fran and Tito, Sylvia and Dave J.
Weather a littler on the barmy side, mid teens and definitely shorts weather, well it was for some!
This was a good walk, starting from Frodsham, supposedly following the Sandstone Trail, but we got it wrong twice within the first few miles. I should have let Phil lead the way to the top the Monument on Frodsham Hill!
The early part of the walk was superb, and all the people we met, mainly walking dogs, were very sociable, and the dogs were friendly too!
For me the highlight was visiting the summit of Helsby Hill for the first time, a new trig point visited is always a bonus!
The route also past a an old cockpit, pointed out by Phil, the most elaborate one that I have seen. Thankfully no longer in use!
We decided to cut the walk around Frodsham Marshes short as it had started to rain, but it gave some the bonus of passing the stalls on Frodsham Market.
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, European robin, Blackbird, Carrion crow, Black-billed magpie, Jay, Blue tit, Common gull, Mallard, Greylag goose, Moorhen, Blackbird and Kestrel.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Helter Skelter Inn/Wine bar in Frodsham. The brews on offer were many, but most of us sampled the Maidens Cross from the local Frodsham brewery. This hostelry deserves all the credit it gets, and it even has over-sized glasses! 8 real ales and a real cider, over-sized glasses, what more could you ask for?