Not easy to see, but it's a Common buzzard!
The superb new footbridge over the new Alderley Edge by-pass, a better way than the way that we last had to cross the new by-pass!
Nether Alderley church, a pleasant spot to rest in the sunshine.
Walk stats: Distance:6.1 miles. Climb:344'.
Time: 3 hours 16 minutes. On the move walking average:2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Sue Powell.
Almost a perfect day for walking with mainly blue skies and pleasantly warm sunshine. Good dry conditions underfoot until we had to go through fields beyond Fern Hill with very potent smelling muck spreading still going on, and even careful walking around the edge of the field left us with somewhat smelly boots! New Alderley Edge by-pass had been built since the last time that we did this walk, but thankfully there is superb new footbridge to cross once it is open to public use.
A very pleasant 10 minutes or so was enjoyed having afternoon fruit tea, sitting in the grounds of Nether Alderley church basking in the sunshine. Alas the mill is no longer open to view except for groups, so we just had to continue up the road to Bradford Lane and back to the car.
Birds seen or heard included:Chaffinch, Blackbird, Eurasian jay, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Kestrel, Common buzzard, Nuthatch, Blue tit, Great tit, Greenfinch, Lapwing, Woodpigeon, Feral pigeon, Pheasant, Black-billed magpie and Mallard.
Overall a very pleasant walk, especially so as walking in mid-week meant that the crowds of visitors always seen at weekends were not there.