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.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Pendle Hill From Downham 6th May 2013

Pendle Hill in view.
A Pendle Hill pony, I didn't know that they existed!
Approaching the Scout Cairn on Pendle Hill.
The Pendle Hill Plateau from the Scout Cairn.
The final moorland approach towards Downham.
Downham ahead.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.1 miles. Climb: 1490'.
Time: 5 hours 20 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.9 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Carole H.
This was a perfect day for walking, but not for seeing Dotterel, at least not for us.  They were on Pendle Hill, but by the time we arrived at Big End trig point, they had moved lower down on the Southern side of the hill. We had to be satisfied  the many singing Skylarks that were around the Pendle Hill plateau, always a joy to hear.
Birds seen or heard today included: Barn swallow, Blue tit, Great tit, Eurasian curlew, Coal tit, Willow warbler, Chaffinch, Common swift, Mallard, Skylark, Red grouse, Wheatear, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Common blackbird, European robin, Meadow pipit, Pied wagtail and Rook.
This is a superb walk, especially on good days like this, but you do have to expect that hundreds of others that think it's a good hill to climb too.
After walk drinks were enjoyed sitting outside at the Chester Fields, stillin sunshine overlooking the River Gowy and its adjacent meadow.  A Beartown brew was the only real ale on offer, so it's unlikely that I'll call again, except as a last resort.

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