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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.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Wilmslow to Motram Bridge and More 21st February 2013

Heading across the fields near Motram.
A delightful Poplar lined drive leading to Dean Farm.
Is it a running start?
Wilmslow Parish church - with justten minutes to get back to the car!
Walking through Lindow Common.
The Carrs.
Walk stats:  (Wilmslow to Motram Bridge) Distance: 6.7 miles. Climb:392'.
Time: 2 hours 50 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Walk stats: (Twinnies Bridge, Lindow Common and The Carrs) Distance: 2.6 miles. Climb: 106'.
Time: 1 hour 4 minures. On the move walking average: 2.9 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike, Wendy and Annie.
We arrived at the Carrs / Wilmslow Parish Halll Car Park, and to our surprise we found that it was a short stay car park, maximum 3 hour stay, and it was a pay and display car park!
The described walk was said to be 5 miles, so we set off expecting to have plenty of time, but in reality we arrived back at the cars just in time, the walk turned out to be over six miles!
An interesting walk that enabled us to see how the other half lives, no  need to worry about the size of benefits for the residents in most of the  houses / country mansions that we went past.
The best part of the walk along the Bollin Way alongside the River Bollin, and it would have been good to linger as we followed the rivers meandering course, but the threat of a parking fine if we were back too late, meant that this was not possible today.
We moved the cars to the Twinnies Bridge Car Park (free) and before setting off on a gentle afternoon stroll, we had lunch sitting at one of the many pic-nic tables nearby.
Overall the weather was superb for walk, warm and sunny, but still cold enough that potential muddy sections remained quite firm.  The only time that I was forced to wearing a woolly hat was as I ate my lunch, and I was glad to put on my mitts as we headed for Lindow Common. The walk after lunch seemed like a stroll in the park in an area where we dog walkers were seldom far away.
Birds seen or heard today included: Black-headed gull, Common buzzard, Common kestrel, Common blackbird, Redwing, Common starling, Lapwing, European robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Winter wren, Common coot, Moorhen, Mallard and Woodpigeon.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at what must have been the warmest pub in Britain, the Bird in Hand at Mobberley, there was a real fire in every room, and there were at least five that we could see. The only beer on offer was Sam Smiths Old Oak Bitter, but even this went down well. The Fair Trade Tea went down well too.
Overall  a good walk, but next time we will start at our usual car park at Twinnies Bridge.  The warm welcome at the Bird in Hand, means that we will call there again, especially if it is after a walk on cold day!

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