Posers or are they just good friends?
Lost again, and I've got a certificate in map reading!
Farndon ahead and an early lunch!
Leader of the pack!
Walk stats: Distance: 10.7 miles. Climb:363'.
Time: 4 hours 47 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2.m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Gordon, Phil, Celia, Fran and Tito, Sue and Dave P.
Weather prospects weren't good with most sources suggesting many showers, particularly from lunchtime onwards. However Phil's source was optimistic and suggested that the rain would come in after 4 p.m. Thankfully Phil's source was the most accurate, and at one point I was regretting leaving my sunhat behind!
It threatened rain once, but those that stopped to don waterproof jackets in reality proved pointless.
The riverside path from Aldford was a little disappointing in that the vegetation was overgrown and we only got glimpses of the river.
However from Churton onwards things got better as the riverside path lived up to its name.
We enjoyed a relatively early lunch at the bridge picnic site at Farndon, with the added bonus that the toilets nearby were open and in good order, an opportunity not to be missed!
Although inland, the return route through fields, bridleways and one or country lanes was quite pleasant and we even went past "The Cottage" on Lower Lane that I visited as a boy!
Birds seen or heard today included: Blackbird, Greenfinch, Collard dove, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Pheasant, Chaffinch, Winter wren, Black-billed magpie, Common whitethroat, Grey heron, Pied wagtail, House sparrow, Barn swallow, Lapwing, Mallard and Chiffchaff.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Grosvenor Arms at Aldford where Slater's Original, Brunning's Original (brewed bt the Pheonix Brewery) and a brew from Abbeydale all went down well.
An enjoyable walk, especially from Churton onwards.