About Me

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

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Around Helsby Hill and the Nertheron Hall Meal 31st January 2013

Waiting for?
Waiting for these? Yes, but there were others!
Jacob's Ladder, but not at our age!
The metal steps is the only way for us!
Our first view from across the estuary.
On the Sandstone Trail again.
At the end of the "cake" stop!
At the trig point on Helsby Hill.
waiting for lunch at the Netherton Hall.
Waiting for lunch at the Netherton Hall.
Walk stats: Distance: 6.8 miles. Climb: 1395'.
Time: 4 Hours 53 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Phil, Wendy, Mike, Carole, Celia and David S., Carol and Tim, Sue and Dave P., Annie, Fran and Tito, Sylvia and Dave J., Margaret and Roger, Sheila and Gordon.
Another glorious day for walking, dry and sunny throughout, even the wind wasn't cold, although it was a little on the strong side when we were on Helsby Hill.  Good views across the Mersey towards Liverpool, particularly from Frodsham golf course and Helsby Hill.
The only downside was the fact that some of the paths at best could be described as rather muddy, and my boots for one had to be cleaned inside and out!
We had a short break for a drink and a piece of fruit cake at about 111-45, before the climb to the exposed summit of Helsby Hill!
Overall a good walk and with a superb meal. The manner in which the staff welcomed us (even opening up early to allow us the use of the facilities before the walk)  and the way that they served us during the meal, makes this hostelry well worth recommending to anyone. They had three good Lees brews on too. 
It is well worth considering a repeat for our next annual walk and meal.
Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, European robin, Dunnock, House sparrow, Carrion crow, Mallard, Black-billed magpie.
Our best turn out for a walk in 2013, and even better for the meal!
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the cost of my meal.

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