St. James's Church at Audlem.
"Catch me if you can!"
Strolling alongside the Shropshire Union Canal.
The River Weaver and its flood plain.
One of the many Fieldfares seen today.
A natural tree sculpture.
The final approach to Audlem.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.7 miles. Climb: 397'.
Time: 5 hours 55 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
A better than expected day weather wise, dry all day and after lunch lots of sunshine. The same couldn't be said for conditions underfoot as we trudged through very claggy muddy fields as we left Audlem Northwards. Without the muddy fields this would have been a delightful walk. Lunch was taken not long after joining the Shropshire Union Canal towpath. Had we known, we would have walked a little further towards Audlem and taken advantage if the pic-nic tables at the start of the lock system.
Birds seen or heard today included: Fieldfare, Common blackbird, Winter wren, Dunnock, European robin, Chaffinch, Wigeon, Mute swan, Moorhen, Greylag goose, Canada goose, Common coot, Grey heron, Common buzzard, Blue tit, Great tit, Greenfinch, Common starling, Woodpigeon, Common pheasant, Jackdaw, Rook, Grey wagtail, Carrion crow, Collared dove and Mallard.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Traveller Rest just outside Bunbury, where Weetwood Eastgate went down well.