Our first view of Solomon's Tower.
Grin Low plateau from the top of Solomon's Tower.
A Coal tit at the feeding station.
At the trig point on Corbar Hill.
Walk stats: Distance:11.8 miles. Climb:2304'.
Time: 5 hours 35 minutes. On the move walking average:2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average:2.1 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Dave J., Celia and Mike D.
The walk started with mist still around and we were fearful of not having any views from Solomon's Tower. Thankfully the mist lifted just enough for us to get the views, but distant hills weren't crystal clear to say the least. Temperatures wee on the cool side, although we did get some weak sunshine around lunch time. One member of the group did manage to wear shorts all day, but did have a fleece on before lunch. This varied walk is always good, and today had the advantage that it was pretty dry underfoot.
Lunch was planned to take advantage of the seat by the bird feeding station above Errwood Reservoir, but alas it was already occupied, so we had to take advantage of a broken wall a little further on.
On arriving at the top of Corbar Hill, we found that the cross hasn't yet been replaced. The views were a little clearer by now, but we didn't linger too long as quite a chilling wind was blowing across the top.
Birds seen or heard today included: Nuthatch, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Black-billed magpie, Chaffinch, Great spotted woodpecker, Collared dove, Woodpigeon, Coal tit, Blue tit, Great tit, European robin, Curlew, Red grouse, Pheasant, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Mallard, Canada goose, Tufted duck, Muscovy duck, Feral pigeon, Moorhen, Common coot, Greenfinch, Raven, Greylag goose and Grey heron.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wilkes Head in Leek. Thankfully nothing has changed at this wonderful hostelry. The Hartington bitter was excellent and Dolly was back on patrol!