Looking across the valley towards the Barrel Inn, Bretton.
Cricket at lunch time.
On Eyam Moor.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.9 miles. Climb:1500'.
Time: 5 hours 23 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Dave J and Mike D.
After last week we were hoping that the forecast of a couple of showers would be true. Thankfully it was and most of the walk was done in warm sunshine. The showers were short and almost as soon as you got your waterproofs on the rain stopped and it was time to take them off again!
This was a very enjoyable walk despite Dave falling when he slipped as he got over a stone style and later Roger having a close encounter with some overgrown vegetation!
Birds seen or heard today were few and far between but included: Barn swallow, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Pied wagtail, Goldfinch, Kestrel, Red grouse, Black-billed magpie, Eurasian jay, Blue tit, Blackbird and Nuthatch.
We decided to visit Leek on the way back, not realising that road works in Buxton were causing horrendous queues and delays. Thankfully we remembered an alternative route that took us first towards Ashbourne and then through Harpur Hay. Buxton is a place we will avoid for the rest of the year.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wilkes Head in Leek, where as ever the Hartington Bitter was quaffed with relish by most of us and I went home with my usual take-away!