A Blackbird on the Middlewood Way.
The Cage in Lyme Park.
Bluebells in flower in Ryles Wood.
It must have been hot!
Walk stats: Distance: 7.6 miles. Climb: 1016'.
Time: 3 hours 52 minutes.
On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average:2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Roger.
This was yet another glorious day for walking. Very sunny and the only wind that we experienced was as we approached the Cage in Lyme Park, and that was pleasantly cooling. It was so warm that you could have believed that it was a Summer day rather than an April day, even Roger risked removing his zip-offs!
We set off along the Middlewood Way with Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff singing from the tree tops every few yards or so.
Poynton Coppice had a good display of Spring flowers including some Bluebells. Ryles Wood in Lyme Park had even more.
Lyme Park around the House was very popular. The highlight of the walk was the little ridge with the Cage at the top. Good views in all directions, although not really crystal clear on this occasion.
The Lyme Park walk was much shorter than in the description, and we were back at the car just after 1.
Birds seen or heard today included: Blackbird, , Feral pigeon, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Mallard, Canada goose, Black-headed gull, Skylark, Blue tit, Great tit, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Pheasant and House sparrow.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Railway Inn at Mobberley where Dunham Massey green Tree Bitter went down well.