About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday 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 Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 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.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Around Mow Cop 2nd February 2013

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.

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