The Cathedral of the Peak - Grindon church.Walk stats: Distance: 11.3 miles. Climb:1390'.
Time: 6 hours 45 minutes. On the move walking average : 2.1 m.p.h. Overall average :1.7 m.p.h.
Group : Martyn and Mike.
Overall a glorious day for walking, a little on the cool side at times, but sunny most of the time. Quite a varied walk with plenty of good views despite the fact that we only reached a height of just over 1000'.
Thankfully the ground was still pretty well frozen, or we would have had more difficulty crossing the muddy fields on the way to Butterton for the first time.
Lunch was taken at Onecote, where we were able to take advantage of a bench in the village.As we sat in the sun, we decided that it would be wrong to send a text to Celia,reminder that she had made the wrong decision to go back to bed and no come walking!
Once again we managed to extend the walk and ended up walking down the road as the light faded and my head torch came into use once again!
Birds seen or heard today included : Common blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Goldfinch, Woodpigeon, Common starling, Chaffinch, European robin, Rook, Jackdaw and Carrion crow..
After walk drinks were enjoyed as always at the Wilkes Head in Leek. The Hartington Bitter, the best bitter in the world, lived up to its reputation.