The cascade in Arrowe Park.
"You've got us to come over here to see that, we nearly missed it!"
A pair of Mandarin ducks in Arrowe Park.
The waterfall in Arrowe park.
Walk stats. Distance: 11.9 miles. Climb: 674' ( wind assisted, probably nearer 300' in reality).
Time: 5 hours 21 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, Sue and Michel, Fran, David S., Sue and Dave P.
This turned out to be another good day for walking, largely sunny and only the occasional breeze to cool us down! Much of the walk was on paths that had the potential for being very muddy, but today everywhere was dry and most of the muddy sections the mud had dried hard.
We started the walk exploring Arrowe Country Park, along several delightful tracks through the woods. The highlight of this section was the Mandarin ducks near the pond at the South west end of the park. One of the locals informed us that several pairs are known to breed in this area of the wood.
The second part of the walk headed for Little Storeton, where we had lunch sitting on a broken sandstone wall, with sun beating down on us.
The final delightful section of the walk was along the old tramway in Storeton Wood, an avenue of trees which would be even more picturesque when their leaves are out.
Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, European robin, Greenfinch, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Rook, Mallard, great cormorant, Dunnock, Pied wagtail, Moorhen, Canada goose, Mandarin duck, Black-headed gull, Common gull, Kestrel, Herring gull, Chaffinch, Meadow pipit, House sparrow, Great spotted woodpecker, Green woodpecker, Woodpigeon and Common blackbird.
After walk drinks were enjoyed as always at the Wheatsheaf at Raby, where Brimstage, Trapper's Hat went down particularly well, a pity I forgot to take my carry keg! The only other beer sampled was Brains, Reverend James, which David seemed to enjoy.