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!