Early morning drinks- setting a precedence!
The author and photographer.
At Pa;e Heights.
Black Lake, Delamere Forest.
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.