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When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Wednesday 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 Wednesday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, a 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, Jim McCabe, Mal Pulford., Joyce Russell

Monday, 30 December 2013

2013 Walks Summary

Summary for the Year 2013.
Total Number of Walks = 88 (+4 when I was unable to walk)
Location of Walks.
Cheshire and Wirral - 25 (2 when I was unable to walk).
Lancashire - 4.
Peak District - 2.
North Wales - 57 (+2 when I was unable to walk).
Total distance walked: 857 miles (+ 38 miles when I was unable to walk)
Total climb on walks: 75,000'.
Average length of walk - 9.7 miles.
Average time for walk - 4 hours 35 minutes.
Started: 1993
Originally Staff and friends from Upton High School, Chester. Still links with UHS, but more members are friends of retired UHS Staff.
Organiser: Martyn Harris
We walked on most Thursdays, Saturdays and also on New Years day.
How many walk?
Thursday:  Min: 2 Max: 12   Saturday: Min: 2  Max: 5.
Most ever: 29.  Most this year: 14.
Where have we walked?
Anywhere in North Wales, Peak District, Cheshire and Lancashire.
Thursday:  North Wales and Cheshire.
Type of walk: Distance: 6 – 14 miles.  Climb: up to 4000’ (but usually very much less!).
Friends involved during 2013:-
Martyn Harris, Dave and Sylvia Jenkins, Fran and Tito Ravazzolo, Sue and Michel Pelissier, Annie Hammond, Sue and Dave Pearson, Phil Marsland, Paul Collinson, Mike Dodd, David Savage, Carole Herbritt, Celia de Mengle, Tim and Carol Dwyer, Wendy Peers, Margaret and Roger Smith, Sheila and Gordon McNee, Elaine Greenhalph, Vicky Clarke. (Also included in the list, even if they meet up with the group after the walk!).

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Around the Great Orme 28th December 2013

Feral goats on the West side of the Great Orme.
Pipit on a wall on the west Shore.
On the footpath above the Marine Drive toll road - West Shore.
Fulmar on nest sites already!
Panorama of Llandudno pier and the Little Orme.
Heading down the Monks path to the West Shore.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.7 miles. Climb: 1000'.
4 hours 41 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Roger.
Largely blue skies and sunshine all day and strong breeze at times, this turned out to be a good day for walking, especially when you think about the gale force wind and rain we had earlier in the week.
 This proved to be a popular choice everyone, with lots of cyclist and cars  as well as walkers on the Marine Drive. Even on the "more remote" parts of the Great Orme we saw lots of walkers.
 Lunch was taken in a shelter in Happy Valley.
 Mike made a solo ascent to the trig point on the Great Orme and later joined sherpas that had contoured around the summit along the road, before heading off across the limestone plateau.
 Not many birds seen or heard today, but they included: Jackdaw, Common gull, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, Pied wagtail, Meadow pipit, Red-billed chough, Raven, Oystercatcher and Carrion crow.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn despite the fact that the ambient temperature was on the cool side.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Walks and Dates December 2013

Thursday 5th December 2013.
Around Helsby Hill and Frodsham Marshes.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb:800'.
Start: Frodsham Main Car park (Turn right at traffic lights off Helsby Road and then left immediately after the Helter Skelter pub. Grid ref: SJ517778.
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.
The Helsby part of the walk is taken from Jen Darling's book "More Pub Walks in Cheshire and the Wirral". Her walk starts at the Netherton Hall, but we will start in Frodsham and use the Sandstone Trail to link with the walk by the golf course. After completing the circuit at Netherton Hall, we will return to Frodsham using some of the many tracks/footpaths that wind their way around Frodham Marshes. Frodsham Marshes can be good bird watching area, so bring your binoculars with you.
Saturday 7th December 2013.
Wybunbury, Weston and Hough.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Roadside parking in Wybunbury. SJ699498.
Leave Chester at 08-30 a.m.
This is another walk taken from the OS Pathfinders Guide to Cheshire, with an extension to include Weston and Hough.  The main walk is described as exploring the undulating countryside of South Chechire. Hopefully we will be able to explore Wybunbury Moss Nature Reserve.
Thursday 12th December 2013.
Burton and Parkgate.
Distance:10 miles. Climb:500'.
Start: Roadside parking on Denhall Lane next to benches overlooking the marshes. Grid ref: SJ301747.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
The Burton circuit is taken from Jen Darling's book "Walks in West Cheshire and the Wirral". The extension will involve some road walking through Neston to link up with the Wirral Way and onto Parkgate. The return route will use coastal paths as much as possible and pass Neston Old Quay and Denhall Quay on the way back to Denhall Lane.
Saturday 14th December 2013.
No walk.
Thursday 19th December 2013.
Barbridge and Acton Round.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: Not a lot!
Start: Roadside parking near the Barbridge Inn. Grid ref: SJ614568.
This walk allows us to explore the countryside between Barbridge and Acton. This is a new area to us a far as walking is concerned.. The walk includes sections of the Shropshire Union Canal and the Llangollen Canal, but hopefully we will remain on the towpath!  As we walk very close to a specialist Horse Veterinary Centre, I expect we will see a few horses in the fields around. We also go past Reaseheath College, so any animal husbandry might been seen there as we go past.
Saturday 21st December 2013.
Hartington Old Station, Aleck Low and Minninglow.
Distance: 12 miles. Climb: 800'.
Start: Hartington Old Station Car Park. Pay and Display. Grid ref: SK149612.
Leave Chester at 08-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Mark Richards's book "White Peak Walks - Southern Dales". Slightly longer than usual, but much of the walk will be easy going as it uses the High Peak Trail and the Tissington Trails along disused railway tracks.  If I remember correctly this walk proved delightful, with plenty of things of interest on route and good view, particularly from the High Peak Trail.
Thursday 26th December 2013.
No walk.
Saturday 28th December 2013.
Deganwy Castle and Around the Great Orme.
10 miles. Climb: 1000'.
These main walks is taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks on the North Wales Coast.  We have done the Great Orme many times, but Deganwy Castle hasn't been done quite so often. The extension will probably be a stroll along the invalids terrace and back along the toll road.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

A Hartington Old Station Round 2st December 2013

Setting off from Hartington Old Station along the Tissington Trail.
All that info about a hole in the ground - Ballidon Quarry!
Could some of these Peak District sheep be the source of the golden fleece?
At last back at Hartington Old Station!
Walk stats: Distance: 14.2 miles. Climb: 1320'.
6 Hours 5 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.7 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.3 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Vicky and birthday boy Mike.
Overall this was a superb day for walking, mainly sunny with a cool breeze at times, but not even a drop of rain until we were well on the way home after dropping in at the Wilkes Head in Leek.
 This a pleasant easy walk, except for the occasional stone stiles across the limestone walls, but all were negotiated without mishap. In addition Derbyshire lived up to its reputation with few patches of mud.
 The distant views were quite good despite not being crystal clear.
 Lunch was taken just after covering 6.4 miles, over half way as we thought, in a sheltered delightful valley. South of Royston Grange.
 After lunch we soon realised that e had set off the wrong way down the valley, but thankfully we did as this was a delightful limestone valley typical of the Peak District, and we would have missed it had we gone the right way.
 Once on Parwich Lane, the Sun gave a brilliant golden coloured light, that made some of the sheep seem to have a golden fleece.
 We arrived back at the car to find that we had walked over 14 miles, no wonder some of us felt tired!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, House sparrow, Collared dove, European robin, Common kestrel, Rook, Jackdaw, Raven, Redwing and Fieldfare.
 As usual a good pint of Hartington Bitter was enjoyed in the friendly surrounding of the Wilkes Head in Leek.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Barbridge and Around Hurleston Reservoir 19th December 2013

Heading West along the Shropshire Union Canal at Barbridge.
On the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.
Reaseheath Long horn cattle looking down on us!
Back on the canal, this time the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.
Show me the way home, back on the Shropshire Union Canal heading for Barbridge.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.8 miles. Climb: 293'.
Time: 4 hours 56 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Phil, Annie, Celia, Wendy and David S.
We set off along the canal in bright sunshine, optimistic that the weather was OK up to about lunch time. In fact the weather was superb, and I even had to take off my jacket for most of walk before lunch. The walk along the canals was very pleasant, and we were amazed to see so many narrow boats moored up along the canal and in the several marinas that we passed.  We passed Reaseheath Agricultural College, and that too had expanded considerably and couldn't be recognised as the one I saw in the 1970s!
 Lunch was take as we met the Shropshire Union Canal for the second time, where we could take advantage of two bench seats, just right for the number on the walk, four per bench.
 It was while we were sitting on this bench that Michel spotted a Kingfisher and shouted in enough time for the rest of us to have a chance of seeing it as it flew past.
 Wendy kindly provided us all  with  a piece of "English" bara brith, as it was 21st birthday again only yesterday. As it was the last walk before Christmas, Martyn provided fruit cake for those that were able to cope with the extra few calories after their bara brith..
 One or two of the fields we had to negotiate, suffered from the downpour last night and much effort was in to put in to trying to avoid either the mud or the  lying water.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Woodpigeon, House sparrow, Black-headed gull, Common pheasant, Common blackbird, Pied wagtail, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Common buzzard, Blue tit, Mallard, Canada goose, Farm yard goose (Greylag), Black-billed magpie, Canada goose, Redwing, Fieldfare, Mute swan, Moorhen and Kingfisher.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed in the very pleasant surroundings at the Old Barbridge Inn, where several Woodland brews went down well, and there was no complaints about the tea either!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

A Burton to Parkgate Round 12th December 2013

Approaching Neston Old Quay.
Approaching the Harp.
Denhall Quay and Burton Marshes.
A few birds that took to the air after being disturbed by a birdwatcher on the marshes.
Looking across the Dee estuary towards Wales.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.9 miles. Climb: 219'.
 Time: 4 hours 38 minutes. On the move walking average: Overall walking average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Annie, Roger, Phil, Wendy David and Celia.
An overcast day with the prospect of showers after lunch, was the best we could expect. At the start on Station Road/Denhall road, Burton there was a cool breeze and we all set off well wrapped up.and some admitting to wearing thermals! However by the time we arrive at Burton Woods, it became warm enough to walk in short sleeves, and remained so for the rest of the day. In fact when we arrived back at the car, the temperature on Wendy's car thermometer registered 13 Celsius, not what you expect for mid- December.
  Once again we didn't find it easy to follow the walk directions, but at least this time we eventually managed to walk the right way down Wood Lane on to Neston Road.
  Once on the Wirral Way, progress was unhindered and we soon arrived at Stanney Fields Park, where were able to perch undercover near the roller skates park - some just sat on the grass.
 After lunch we arrived at Parkgate Promenade, eagerly anticipating using the local PC, alas they were closed!
 On the coastal route back, we encountered a fair bit of claggy mud, possibly made worse by the recent high tide. In fact on Denhall Lane we saw one home owner still clearing up after last Thursday's flood, and he informed us that the water had reached about a foot inside even though it had been three feet up the wall on the outside. He seemed quite cheerful and said very little damage had been done!
 We arrived back at the car, quite surprised that we had done  nearly 10 miles in such a short time! It is quite surprising how quick the group walks when the leader only takes five photos on the walk and doesn't stop every five minutes to look at flowers and birds!
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Common teal, Mallard, Wigeon, Canada goose, Great white egret, Blue tit, Great tit, Pied wagtail, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Collared dove, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Rook, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Eurasian curlew and Common buzzard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Boathouse Inn at Parkgate, where the several real ales were sampled, but Brimstage Trappers Hat seemed to go down well.
  Advanced notice for those that need to plan ahead.
 The Boathouse Inn, Parkgate will be the venue for our annual  walk and meal. This will take place on the last Thursday, 30th January 2014.  Anyone that has ever walked with us, or just knows any of us and wants to join us on the walk and meal or just for the meal are welcome.
 More details will appear once I have sorted out the January 2014 walks list.
 You can get an idea of their menu by going on their web sit at http://www.theboathouseparkgate.co.uk
  Apparently they change their menu in January, but it probably only be minor changes.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Wybunbury and More 7th December 2013

Is it a Redwing or Fieldfare? Redwing I think!
Who are those funny people?
Passing one of the many pretentious houses - this one had a full size snooker room!
Wybunbury Church tower.
Walk stats: Distance: 12.1 miles. Climb: 509'.
Time: 6 hours 0 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia, Mike and Vicky Clarke.
This was another great day for walking, largely sunny, little wind and pleasantly warm for December.
 It couldn't really be described as being an inspirational walk, but it was mainly a pleasant walk through this part of agricultural Cheshire with the occasional mud challenge!
  The surprise of the day was suddenly to find ourselves going across a golf course, with not much guidance to exactly where the path went, except for a warning bell when we got half-way across.
  We had lunch just before heading to Whittaker's Green Farm, and were able to sit in shirt sleeves or at least without being wrapped up in several layer!
 At Wrinehill Road / Cobb's Lane junction, Celia decided that sh would take the shorter more direct route to he car (Red Lion), whilst the rest of us headed up Cobb's Lane.  
 After skillfully negotiating a particularly muddy section, only to find that we needn't have done so, we decided to take a different route back to Wybunbury and headed directly for the church tower.
 We arrived back at th car to find Celia sitting on a bench, having had a warming cup of tea in the Red Lion.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, European robin, Common blackbird, Grey heron, Redwing, Fieldfare, Mallard, Tufted duck, Dunnock, Black-headed gull, Common buzzard, Carrion crow, Canada goose, Jackdaw and Goldfinch (Celia's spot!).
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Tollmarche Arms, Alpraham. Alas it wa another Robbies pub, so one drink of Blonde was sufficient and I didn't have a carry out!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Around Frodsham Marshes 5th December 2013

David in front of a a former place of employment (30+ years ago!)
At lest today he didn't have to go any closer!
Here comes the rain, time to put the ? on!
Frodsham Hill from Godscroft Lane.
Spot the bird - 2.
Spot the bird -3.
Spot the bird- 3.
3 chances of identifying the bird.
Only prize, an extra piece of fruit cake on the last walk before Christmas!
Walk start: Distance: 7.9 miles. Climb: 1750' (GPS wind assisted reading - more like 100' in reality!.
Time: 3 hours 37 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, David and Phil.
Yet another perfect day for walking, well not quite, we were originally going to walk through the wooded Frodsham  and Helsby Hills, but decided that it would be better head or lower ground and walk around Frodsham Marshes, well away from trees!
 At the start of the walk, David's anemometer registered around 20 m.p.h. and on one occasion it gusted up to 30 m.p.h., hence whenever we headed in to the wind it was quite challenging to say the least.
 Whilst this wasn't the most picturesque of walks, at least it allowed us to stretch our legs and get the cobwebs out of our hair (for those that had enough hair left!.
  Lunch was taken in the bus shelter near  Helsby church, thankfully the lady waiting for the b us didn't object!
  Not many birds were seen today, but Fieldfare seemed to be everywhere.
 Birds seen or heard  today included: Fieldfare, Redwing, Common blackbird, Blue tit, House sparrow, Black-headed gull, Great cormorant, Common blackbird, Tufted duck, Grey heron, Carrion crow and Common buzzard.
 I my opinion, overall it was an enjoyable walk, even though a scouser stall holder said we'd only be out 10 minutes and we  should have been in Snowdonia,  David had his work past experiences and  Phil managed to pick up a Christmas present in Frodsham thanks to Roger who had to go back to the car just after setting off.
 Alas the street market in Frodsham had closed early, so we all al missed out on the large deep  plate sized custard tarts.
After walk drinks were enjoy, at at the Netherton Arms,where both beers sampled were good, but the usual Lees bitter, usually the best, wasn't on offer!. I assume the coffee and orange squash were OK, although the latter did seem somewhat week! Without doubt, those on duty today  were pleasant and  delightful!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Around Lyme Park 30th November 2013

Red deer in Lyme Park.
Lyme Hall as we approached from the West.
A head to head, but did they agree?
A very low Bollinhurst Reservoir.
Autumn scenes from the Macclesfield Canal East of Adlington Basin.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.5 miles. Climb: 1070'.
Time: 6 hours 1 minute. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia and Mike.
This was a perfect day for walking, cool with plenty of warm Autumnal sunshine. We ended up doing the described walk, but in the opposite direction as the one described, and spent most of the walk facing into the Sun.  The views today were superb, although a smog-like haze seemed to linger the towns and building to the North and east.
  In Lyme Park we saw a herd of Red deer relaxing a South ewest section of the park.
 As expected we found sections of the walk boggy, particularly on the section to Stag House and in the fields approaching Lockgate Farm.
  As we headed down the  bridleway towards Birchencliff, we had superb views of a Common kestrel that came within about six feet as it was being mobbed by a Carrion crow.
 We arrived back at the car, having had a superb walk, but with legs feeling that they had climbed a little more than just over 1000'.
 Birds sen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Canada goose, Mallard, Moorhen, Grey heron, European robin, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Common kestrel, Lesser black-backed gull, Fieldfare, Common starling, Blue tit, Black-billed magpie and Great tit.
  After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Netherton Hall, Frodsham.  The Lees bitter wasn't at its best, but they quickly replaced it with the other brew on offer, Cora, that went down well.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

The Alun Valley, Llyn Gweryd and Limestone Pastures 28th November 2013

"I'm late, I'm late .....for church!
"Does anyone know where we're going?"
Our lunch spot.
Heading steeply up to a stile at the top of one limestone outcrop.
Back at Llandegla and the Church of St Tecla.
Walk stats:Distance: 9.4 miles. Climb: 940'.
Time: 4 hours 58 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn. Sue and Michel, Roger, David S., Tim and Celia.
The weather today was largely overcast, with nothing but dampness in the air, hardly enough to require waterproof jackets, and with temperatures on the warm side, I think I should have been wearing shorts as well as doing most of the walk in a short sleeved shirt.
 Although this walk contained some rather damp sections, our boots didn't get too muddy, although some of us did get mud in some funny places on their over trousers!
 We didn't approve of one sign that said "Do not picnic on the footpath", and chose a much better place just outside Llanarmon-yn-Ial.
  As we approached the road after passing Llyn Gweryd, we seemed to be in cloud, and visibility was quite poor,  so it was decided to miss out the path above Accre Hall and continue  down the road and rejoin planned walk at the cross roads.
  We then continued the walk through a series of limestone outcrops and pastures back to Llandegla.
  Birds seen or head today included: Blue tit, Great tit, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Eurasian jay, Redwing, Fieldfare, Wood nuthatch, Common buzzard, Rook, Mallard, Common buzzard, Common blackbird, Goldfinch and Black-headed gull.
  After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Railway Inn at Coed Talon, where the beer of choice was the bitter brewed by the Llangollen brewery. As yet the ambiance wasn't at it's best, but at least the staff were trying their best!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Walks and Dates November 2013

Saturday 2nd November 2013.
Around Llangernyw.
Distance: 8-9 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Llangernyw, Near PC, down the lane by the church. Grid ref: SH876674.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
This is a figure of eight walk around Llangernyw. part of the walk is based on a walk from Lorna Jenner's book "Walks in the Vale of Clwyd and in the Denbigh Moors". It is described as being a delightful walk centred on the pretty village of Llangernyw. It includes terraced woodland paths besides a cascading stream through former pleasure gardens of Hafodunos Hall. The extension to the walk, explores the countryside North of the village and follows a section of the Afon Elwy, passes the remains of  a motte and then  explores the area North west of the village on the way back to Llanefydd.
Thursday 7th November 2013
Lindow, Saltersley and Mobberley.
Distance: 10.6 miles. Climb:885'.
Start: Twinnies Bridge Car park, Wilmslow Grid ref:SJ840823.
Leave Chester 08-45 a.m.
This walk is taken from Graham Beech's book "East Cheshire Walks", and is one we last did November 2009. A good varied walk, but not too much climb involved!
Saturday 9th November 2013.
Sandbach and More.
Distance: 9 miles. Climb: 500'.
Start: Car park on Alsager Road, Hasall Green. Grid ref: SJ77555825.
Leave Chester at 08-30 a.m.
Although the described walk starts in the centre of Sandbach, this is a figure of eight walk around the village of Hassall Green.
The main part of the walk is taken from the Patherfinder Guide to Cheshire. Whilst part of the walk includes the centre of Sandbach, most of the walk visits more secluded areas just outside the town. It is described as including peaceful sections, including two secluded valleys and a section of the Trent and Mersey Canal.
The extension takes us East along th Trent and Mersey Canal as far as Thurlwood, before heading for Lawton Heath End and returning to the car park along the Salt Line.
Thursday 14th November 2013.
Halkyn, Limestone, Lead and Moel Fagnallt.
Distance: 9.5 miles; Climb:1850'.
Start: Britannia Inn, Pentre Halkyn. Grid ref: SJ212712.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m. 
We haven't started a walk from this location this year, so I thought that it was time we did. It combines two of my favourite walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Holywell and Halkyn Mountain". They are two walks in this fascinating area on our local patch, steeped in industrial heritage, but not everyone's cup of tea!
Saturday 16th November 2013.
Around Llyn Brenig and in Search of Our Ancestors.
Distance: 11-13 miles; Climb:1000'.
Start: Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre car park (Pay and Display). Grid ref: SH968547' .
Leave Chester 08-30 a.m.
This walk is based on two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Hidden Heart Of North Wales" or "Walks Around the Hiraethrog Moors and Lakes". This is a low level walk, and although it it extends the walk a little it is well worth the extra effort to visit the ancient Bronze Age Cairns, they were quite impressive the last time we visited them, definitely worth another look!
Thursday 21st November 2013.
Llansannan and Mynydd Tryfan.
Distance: 8-10 miles; Climb:1500'.
Start:Car park behind PC opposite the Post Office in Llansannan. Grid ref:SH933658.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk is mainly a walk taken from Lorna Jenner's book "Walking in the Vale of Clwyd". This is a varied walk along the Afon Aled and its tributaries, through rolling pastures edge with thick hedges and pockets of woodland, with a backdrop of mountains. However we will include an extension to include Mynydd Tryfan.
Saturday 23rd November 2013.
Astbury Mere and More.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb:500'.
Start: Astbury Mere Country Park. Grid ref: SJ846627.
Leave Chester 08-30.
The described part of the walk is taken from the Patherfinder Guide to Cheshire. It is described as following mainly enclosed tracks, part of the Macclesfield Canal and visits the attractive village of Astbury. The extension is along the canal to High Town, the Gritstone Trail to Dane in Shaw, field paths to Heather Bank farm and Northward back to the canal and the described walk.
Thursday 28th November 2013
The Alun Valley, Moel y Waun, Llyn Gweryd and Limestone Pastures.
Distance:11 miles; Climb: 2000'.
Start: Llandegla Village car park, adjacent to the bus shelter and opposite the Post Office. Grid ref: SJ196523.
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.
This walk combines another two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks on the Clwydian Hills". He describes one walk as being delightful and the other as being an easy walk with scenic delights. What more could we want from a walk, and as we know Dave Berry is frequently delighted on his walks! From past experience parts of the route can be muddy underfoot.
Saturday 30th November 2013.
Around Lyme Park.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Higher Poynton. Grid ref: SJ945833.
Leave Chester at 08-30.
This walk is taken from Jen Darling's book "Best Pub Walks in Cheshire", although we will start at the Neslon Pit Visitor Centre car park, and probably won't visit the hostelry that she suggests. The walk includes, a section of the Macclesfield Canal, open moorland, the Bow Stones and passes two reservoirs before going through Lyme Park. On reaching Lyme Park, we will decide whether to continue on the described route or take a more direct route to the car park. The open moor section has been known to be quite boggy on previous visits.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Astbury Mere and More 23rd November 2013

Misty views of Astbury Mere from the West side.
Macclesfield Canal, heading to Hightown.
The Biddulph Valley Way.
Looking towards Bosley Cloud.
Our approach to Astbury and St., Mary's Church.
St. Mary's Church from the main gate.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.1 miles. Climb: 393'.
Time: 5 hours 13 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Celia.
Arriving at Astbury Mere, mist still hung over the mere, but despite the temperature being just above zero, it didn't feel cold.
  This was quite a varied walk with plenty of views, especially on the outward route, and heading towards Congleton on the Macclesfield Canal. A short section on the Biddulph Valley Way, a former railway line, was delightful.
  The canal section from Lambert's Lane towards Astbury, didn't have a lot to offer, and some of the sections across fields challenged the waterproofness of our boots!
 In Astbury we were fortunate to meet the minister and a couple pf parishioners coming out of St. Mary's Church, and they gave quite a bit of interesting information about this unusual Medieval church.
 Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Black-headed gull, Common coot, Mute swan, Mallard, House sparrow, Lesser black-backed gull, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Woodpigeon, Wood nuthatch, Blue tit, Common blackbird, Redwing, Black-billed magpie and Tufted duck.
  Overall a good walk, starting at Astbury Mere Country Park, with its excellent facilities and many maintained paths.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Farmer's Arms at Kelsall, where Weetwood's "Cheshire Cat" was the beer of choice.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Llansannan and Around Mynydd Tryfan 21st November 2013

Llansannan church.
A view from just South of Bwrdd Arthur.
Waiting for Celia.
Nearly back on track!
Mynydd Tryfan from the road on the West side of the hill.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.3 miles. Climb: 1269'.
Time: 5 hours 7 minutes. On the move waking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Phil, Tim, Celia and David S.
Once again this turned out to be a good day for walking, a little on the cool side, but after an early scare of a five minute , the weather was fine.
 The first part of the walk went well and route finding was relatively easy, but trying to find our route on the new part of the walk proved much more challenging, especially when paths on the OS maps seemed to be incorrect, and access gates were locked. 
  However some of the scenery seen from the East side of Mynydd Tryfan was superb, and well worth taking the path across Bwrdd Arthur.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, Wood nuthatch, Meadow pipit, Goldfinch, Common blackbird, House sparrow, Common starling, Fieldfare, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Raven and a Red kite.
 Once again we saw a Brown hare racing across the field away from us.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn. Once again the Lees bitter was on form.
 This post was posted a little later than usual as Chester was grid-locked and I didn't get in until after 18-00, and I decided that feeding the washing machine and getting my evening meal ready had greater priority!