Mow Cop Castle at the start of the walk.
The Old Man of Mow.
On Congleton Edge.
Almost a view as we descended from Congleton Edge.
On the Gritstone Trail.
The Old Man of |Mow again.
Mow Cop Castle at the end of the walk.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb: 879'.
Time: 5 hours 15 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
We arrived at the car park in mist and with the ground decked with snow. We were informed by a local National Trust ranger that the car park can only be used for more than 2 hours by National Trust Members, thankfully I have kept up my membership.
The views all day were somewhat limited, but at one point we did mange to see Joderell Bank telescope in the distance.
As usual, when Mike and I get talking we miss paths that we should have taken, thankfully to day we ended up near Congleton Edge Methodist Church, and decided to take a path along the Eastern edge of Congleton Edge, a superb little ridge that proved to be the highlight of the day's walk.
Another unexpected change to the route, resulted in us getting back onto the Gritstone Trail West of Congleton Golf Course. This was a delightful walk of just over a mile along the old railway track.
Overall a good walk that would have been much better on a warm pleasant Summer day after a dry period. Sections on the walk could challenge the Peak District for mud!
Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, European robin, Jackdaw, Common blackbird, Common buzzard, Woodpigeon, House sparrow, Chaffinch and Black-billed magpie.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Framers Arms in Kelsall. Weetwood's Eastgate Bitter went down well.