About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday and Saturdays, New Years day and May Day. How many walk? Walks take place as long as there are at least 2 wanting to walk on that day. More walk on a Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 mid-week and 3-4 on Saturday. Where do we walk? Saturday: Anywhere in North and Mid-Wales, Peak District, Shropshire and the Long Mynd and as far North as the Trough of Bowland. Thursday: Anywhere within about 40 miles of Chester. Type of walk: Distance: 6 – 14 miles. Climb: up to 4000’ (but usually very much less!). Those involved in 2017:- Martyn Harris, Fran Murphy, Sue and Michel Pelissier, Annie Hammond, Sue and Dave Pearson, Mike Dodd, David and Anne Savage, Celia de Mengle, Wendy and Ian Peers, Roger and Margaret Smith, Tim and Carol Dwyer, Paul Collinson, Phil Marsland, Sylvia and Dave Jenkins, Sheila McNee, Ed Meads, Elaine and John Greenhalgh.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Pendle Hill from Downham 2nd May 2011

Our first view of Pendle Hill.
Another splash of Bluebells in Longlands Wood.
Sue and Dave at the Scout Memorial Cairn.
Downham village from our lunch spot.
Walk stats: Distance:6. 5 miles. Climb:2400' it was windy, so 1400' is nearer reality!
Time: 3 hours 49 minutes. On the move walking average:2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Dave P.
Another glorious day for walking, blue skies throughout and pleasantly warm when sheltered from the stiff breeze!  In fact by the trig point on Pendle Hill, it was so gusty that we had a job to stand still, let alone take a  the usual trig point photo!  Definitely too windy for Dotterel, assuming that they have more sense than us!  However several Skylarks sang to us as  we battled from the Scout Memorial Cairn across the plateau towards the wind shelter and onto Big End and the trig point.
Another delight of the day was the song of the Willow warbler.  They seemed to be everywhere around Downham and the woods in the valley.
Lunch was taken in a sheltered spot on the main path back to Downham, thankfully before getting back to the car.
Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Willow warbler, Barn swallow, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Kestrel, Mallard and Grey heron.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Assherton Arms in Downham, where the beer of choice was Thwaites Wainwright Bitter.

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