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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.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Dunham Massey, Lymm and the Bridgewater Canal 29thSeptember 2011

Dunham Massey hall.
Heading down the drive from the hall.
Tito's first of many drinks!
Dunham Massey Church with tree in Autumnal colours.
Bushes along the Bridgewater canal in Autumnal colours.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.6 miles. Climb: 165'.
Time: 4 hours 53 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.8 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Dave J., Annie H., Wendy, Tito and Paul.
A gloriously sunny day for walking one would think, well it was before lunch when it wasn't too hot and the hedges/trees along the Trans Pennine Trail shielded us from the heat of the Sun. However the walk from Lymm to Little Bollington along the Bridgewater Canal was in sunshine that was a little oppressive, the legs didn't want to go and the tongue longed for that refreshing drink at the "Swan with Two Nicks" an hour or so later!
In the morning the walk along the Tran Pennine Trail was a good pace, and it wasn't until we reached the outskirts of Lymm that mutinous grumbles were heard amongst the ranks. Lunch was taken on a bank that formed the edge of a field adjacent to the track that led to Lymm.  Fed and watered, everyone was happy to set off on the remainder of the walk.
The most interesting sight along the canal was seeing the ship yard with lots of narrow boats being renovated and quite a few new ones in various stages of being built. It's always good to see a British manufcturing industry flourishing.
Some trees displayed good Autumnal colours. Apparently the reds and oranges should be more vivid this year as the current hot spell causes the chlorophyll change more quickly, giving rise to the colours. 
Birds seen or heard today included: Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Eurasian jay, Black-billed magpie, European robin, Long-tailed it, Common coot, Moorhen, Tufted duck, Mallard, Mute swan, Rook, Carrion crow, Blue tit and Great tit.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Swan with Two Nicks, where the local Dunham Massey brew, Big tree bitter went down well. However the bar prices didn't!

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