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.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Morridge from Warslow 27th August 2011

At the trig point on Merryton Low.
The Rey Memorial viewpoint.
Looking North West from the Re Memorial viewpoint.
At the trig point by the tumulus on Under the Hill.
Walk stats: Distance: 12.3 miles. Climb: 2104'.
Time: 6 hours 31 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3m.p.h. Overall average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Dave J.
Showers were on the agenda today, and that is what w got!  although we wore our waterproofs for much of the walk, most of the time was just because we were too lazy to take them off!  Thankfully the worst of the weather seemed to just miss us.
This turned out to be a more challenging walk than we expected, both in terms of the terrain covered and the route finding, particularly on the link paths to and from Warslow.
Lunch was taken at the Rey Memorial Viewpoint, so we could enjoy the view towards Hen Cloud and the Roaches with Shutlingsloe beyond. It was somewhat breezy at this point and I ended up chasing after a plastic bag and the lid of my lunch box, both of which had tried to escape!
Birds seen or heard today included: Barn swallows (over 70 around Warslow), House sparrow, Collared dove, Woodpigeon, Black-billed magpie, Common starling, Kestrel, Common buzzard, Carrion crow, Raven, Jackdaw, Pied wagtail, Wheatear, Grey heron, Chaffinch, Blue tit, Great tit, Goldfinch, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Common pheasant and Red grouse.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wilkes Head in Leek where the the Hartington Bitter tasted superb. The take-away was good too!
Overall an enjoyable walk despite the being stung by many Nettles, the long wet grass in many of the fields, the boggy pastures churned up by cattle and the steep slippery mud paths that we encountered.
Warslow Village Hall is a good start point for a walk, especially with its toilets open to the public.  No parking fee, although donations were welcome.  Hopefully everyone that parks there makes one!

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