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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.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Anderton and Marbury Country Parks and More 1st August 2013

The top of the Anderton Boat Lift.
Name that flower and the wasp!
What are they looking at - a few old pipes!
Lunch by the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Common tern near the Lion Salt Works.
A Gatekeeper in a Barley field.
The parish church at Great Budworth.
Resting close to the shore of Budworth Mere on the Reedbed Trail.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.0 miles. Climb: 435'.
Time: 5 hours 4 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.h.
Group: Martyn, Tim, Celia, Wendy, David S and Phil.
This proved to be the right sort of walk for a day when the weather was predicting high temperatures. Thankfully it didn't reach the high twenties temperature forecast until after we had finished the walk.  The walk had lots of variety, including a few shaded areas on the edge of woodlands and along the canalside (including one where we had lunch). Celia, Wendy and Phil spent a little time watching the Anderton Boat Lift in operation, whilst the rest of us enjoyed a quiet time watching the canal boats on the Trent and Mersey Canal.
We then explored the Anderton Country Park, including Haydn's Pool, which seems to have changed its name from Haydas Pool!
The final section of the walk had a pleasant detour through the picturesque village of Great Budworth, before heading back to Marbury Country Park, where we finally explored the new trail through Reedbed.
Birds seen or heard today included: Wood nuthatch, Common blackbird, Blue tit, Great crested grebe, Canada goose, Common coot, Moorhen, Little grebe, Lapwing, Greylag goose, Black-headed gull, Common buzzard, Grey heron , Mute swan, Tufted duck, Dunnock, Mallard, House sparrow, Common tern, Rook, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Oystercatcher, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Goldfinch and Yellowhammer.
Flowers seen today included: Common daisy, Scentless mayweed, Common ragwort, Creeping thistle, Spear thistle Common knotweed, Hedge bindweed, Foxglove, Teasle, Meadowsweet, Common bistort, Creeping buttercup, Rosebay willowherb, Greater willowherb and many more yet to be identified.
Quite a few very pale blue damselflies and a couple of reddish dragonflies too.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Framer's Arms at Kelsall, where several Weetwood brews were on off, Old Dog went down best!

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