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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.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Delamere Forest and Boothsdale 11th July 2013

Early morning drinks- setting a precedence!
The author and photographer.
At Pa;e Heights.
Black Lake, Delamere Forest.
Boothsdale.
Afternoon tea - a popular event.
11.1 miles with a total climb of about 1400 feet. Walking today were Carole. David and Phil. It was Carole’s last walk before moving to Scotland next week. We were out for 6 1/4 hours but that did include  refreshment stops, sight seeing and lunch, all of which accounted for about 80 minutes.
Given the warm/hot weather we made the decision to walk down to Willington and then come back along the Sandstone Trail first so that we would have the shade of the forest after lunch. We also went directly  along the A54 to the lane at the side of the Farmers Arms pub in Kelsall, thus missing out the loop up to Yeld Lane. We had a pleasant walk  and made a slight detour to look at the Urchins Kitchen before returning to the start. Crossing the A54 we walked up onto the Pale Heights where we spent some  time admiring the features and the views before having lunch. Descending  into the forest, we enjoyed woodland walks in the shade with occasional exposure to much higher temperatures when we crossed clearings. We walked  around one side of Black Lake – a schwingmoor ( A lake which has become covered over with a floating mass of vegetation to form a quaking bog). On the way back along the Sandstone Trail we made another detour to the cafe at the forest visitors’ centre for a refreshing cup of tea. A good walk which benefited from being in the shade of the forest.
Photographs and report thanks to Phil.

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