Getting ready at The Carrs, Twinnies Bridge car Park.
It would have been a lovely picture of the tree!
Approaching Styal Village - an unplanned extension to the walk!
In the woods around the Bollin, but should we be there?
The Parish Church of Wilmslow.
Just to prove that I do take some photos after lunch!
Walk stats: Distance: 11.4 miles. Climb: 572'.
Time: 5 hours 28 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Sue and Michel, Mike D., Tim, Celia, David S., Paul, Sylvia and Dave J.
What a glorious day this turned out to be. hot and largely sunny, just right for playing in the River Bollin, and we saw lots of children doing so. This was probably the highlight of the day seenig so many people, particularly young ones enjoying themselves by the river. Alas we were walking, with heavy rucksacks ready for anything the British weather could throw at us!
We set off walking, slightly later than usual heading for Styal, but as we have done many times went past Styal Mill and headed for the village, this was our first unplanned extension, but it was a bonus in the end that we met up with Neil and Carol who were on a volunteers fence building gang with the NT. we even went passed a hedge that had been layered by them earlier.
Our walk went quite close to the runways at Manchester airport, but we didn't see a single plane take off or land.
We even extended our walk again so that we could have our lunch by Black lake on Lindow Common. This was a good choice as we had four park benches in close proximity that we could sit on to eat lunch. Thankfully as we arrived, they were all unoccupied.
We celebrated Sue P's birthday with a glass of bubbly (still cool), and a small piece of 6 month, old rum preserved fruit cake made by you know who.
The heat and humidity in the afternoon seemed to get worse, and most of us realised that we couldn't complete the whole of the second walk as planned, so we ended up doing a short circuit along the Bollin, East of Wilmslow and returning via Dean Row (a route spotted by looking at the OS map, once he realised that two in the group needed to be back in Chester by 18-00.) This didn't include Tim, who we later learned as we were getting liquid refreshment in the Lord Eldon (Knutsford), had a text telling him that his dinner was in the cat"!
Birds seen and heard today included: Nuthatch, Common swift, Barn swallow, Common buzzard, Mallard, Great tit, Eurasian jay, Black-billed magpie and Woodpigeon. Butterflies seen today included: Gatekeeper, Small white and Green veined white. along the Bollin east of Wilmslow we also saw several Banded demoiselle.
A lovely walk, on a day when I've never seen so many people and dogs around The Carrs, and the temperature was a little above the ideal for me!