There's a time for everything!
Who hasn't got a Leki then?
Heading under Runway 2.
Manchester Airport open for business!
One step forward, here we go!
Walk stats: distance:11.0 miles; Climb:358'
Time: 5 hours 31 minutes; On the move walking average:2.4 m.p.h.; Overall walk average: 2.o m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Sue and Michel, Annie H., and Dave J.
This was a good day for a Winter walk, but we didn't anticipate the amount of snow that we would encounter. Nevertheless this didn't spoil the walk, although at the end of the walk our legs were a little more tired than usual.
Throughout the walk we had plenty of sunny spells and the strong cold North-easterly winds didn't really bare their teeth.
This was a far more interesting and enjoyable walk than we could have expected, especially around the runways of Manchester Airport. We did see several planes landing and taking off, but if the daily A380 landed at all, it did so when we weren't looking!
Our lunch spot was OK, but sitting on snow covered grass without wearing "hot pants" isn't the best position to be to enjoy Welsh cakes, even when they are provided by Margaret S, and today's batch were superb, possibly the best ever!
Birds see or heard today included:Blue tit, Great tit, House sparrow, Winter wren, Black-headed gull, Blackbird, Redwing, Mistle thrush, Nuthatch, Mallard, Great cormorant, Woodpigeon, Pheasant, Lapwing, Snipe, Black-billed magpie, Jay, Common starling and European robin.
After walk drinks were taken at the Lord Eldon at Knutsford, where the Tetley bitter just about quenched the thirst of some, but the Bass bitter went down well with one member of the group!