At the trig point on Cheetham Close.
Looking back to Turton Moor.
Turton and Entwistle Reservoir.
A male Goldeneye on Wayoh Reservoir.
A pair of Great crested grebes on Wayoh Reservoir.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.4 miles. Climb: 1045'.
Time: 5 hours 23 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
I've had better days for walking than we experienced today. Rain was in the air most of the day, although we did get periods of relative brightness. On the top of Cheetham Close and Turton Moor, we even had sleet and the cold Easterly wind encouraged us to head downhill without delay.
Once back along the reservoir tracks we were sheltered from most of the bad weather and it was a pleasant stroll around Turton and Entwistle Reservoir. Alas there was plenty of evidence that some dog walkers here don't realise that the " Dog Poo Fairy" doesn't operate in this area and their little packages are left dangling from the branches of the trees where they left them!
Lunch was taken sitting on a broken wall by Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, not realising had we gone a hundred yards further on there would have been a nice park bench to sit on. We must remember should we repeat this walk in future.
The best of the birds were seen on Wayoh Reservoir, where a pair of Goldeneye toook top spot.
Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Common blackbird, Winter wren, Blue tit, Great tit, Dunnock, Black-headed gull, Canada goose, Great cormorant, Goosander, Mallard, Pochard, Great spotted woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Black-billed magpie, Common coot, Moorhen, Eurasian curlew and Goldeneye.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Dunham Arms at Dunham Hill, where Wychwood Hobgoblin went down well. As we were more than double the age of everyone else there and with under school age children running everywhere, I don't think we will be calling in again!