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, 16 June 2012

Lathkill Dale 16th June 2012

Bradford Dale.
A Common coot and chick at the nest in Lathkill Dale.
Upper Lathkill Dale.
Jacob's Ladder in flower in Lathkill Dale.
Located on the roadside opposite an aggregates quarry / mine on Long Rake.
Walk stats: Distance: 12.0 miles. Climb: 786'.
Time: 5 hours 22 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.32 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Dave J and Mike D.
This is always a good time of the year to walk in Lathkill Dale, even if we had plenty of the wet stuff. There were plenty of flowers in bloom all along Lathkill Dale and Jacob's Ladder seemed plentiful in its usual spot.
The river was much fuller than I have ever seen it before, in fact in places the real path was flooded to depths well above boot level. Thankfully there was always a way round these flooded areas, taking the ground slightly higher.
Lunch was taken opposite the footbridge leading into Cales Dale, catching just about enough time in the sunshine to finish our food.
We finished the walk by taking paths across the fields to Long Rake, and in so doing avoided the drop into Cales Dale and the steep climb out of it on the way to Calling Low.
Birds seen or heard today included: Barn swallow, House martin, Common swift, House sparrow, Skylark, Carrion crow, Common blackbird, Pied wagtail, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Garden warbler, Blackcap, Jackdaw, Redstart, Tufted duck, Mallard, Grey wagtail, Common coot, Blue tit, Mute swan, Common pheasant, Chaffinch, European robin, Greenfinch, Green woodpecker and Eurasian curlew.
We arrived back at the car with tired legs and looking forward to a pint of Hartington Bitter at the Wilkes Head in Leek. We weren't disappointed!

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