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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, 11 July 2011

Dunham Massey and the Bridgewater Canal 11th July 2011

Looking across the pond to the rear of the house at Dunham Massey.
A Fallow deer at Dunham Massey.
Another deer at Dunham Massey.
The front of the house at Dunham Massey.
Yellow water lilies on the Bridgewater Canal.
White water lilies on the Bridgewater Canal.
Small tortoiseshell, one of many seen today along the Trans Pennine Trail.
Walk stats: Distance: 6.8 miles. Climb:130'.
Time: 2 hours 54 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.3 m.p..
Group:Martyn and Sue Powell.
Another glorious day for walking, bright and sunny with mainly blue skies and pleasantly warm throughout. The main delight within the confines of Dunham Massey Park was the Fallow deer that were happy to graze just a few feet from us.  However once outside the park, it was very much a Yellowhammer day, they seemed to be calling from the hedges / bushes everywhere along our route from the park, along the Bridgewater Canal and return along the Trans Pennine Trail. A few were clearly seen too.  Apart from this the only worthy thing of note on the Bridgewater Canal were two rafts of flowering water lilies, one the Yellow water lily and the other the White water lily.
The surprise of the day was the amount of iron work that some workers had dredged from the canal, including several bikes and super market trolleys. 
The next section along the Trans Pennine Trail, an old railway track, didn't have a lot to offer, but there were lots of butterflies flitting around the flowers. They included: Small white Large White, Small tortoiseshell, Peacock and a Common blue.
Birds seen or heard today included: Black-headed gull, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Song thrush, Mistle thrush, Black-billed magpie, House sparrow, Barn swallow, Common swift, Blackbird, Mallard, Common coot, Moorhen, Mute swan, Aylesbury duck, Winter wren and Yellowhammer.
We arrived back at Dunham Massey Park to find it quite busy and decided not to go into the house. Instead we returned to Sue's house where we celebrated the walk with several cups of tea (I think Sue had something a little stronger) and finished off with an enjoyable Salmon dinner.

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