Heading for Gawsworth Church and lunch.
Inside Gawsworth Church.
Ivy in flower?
Descending Bosley Locks -taken from Lock 10 (2 more to go!)
Walk stats: Distance: 13.6 miles. Climb: 624'.
Time: 6 hours 11 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
We set off around Bosley Reservoir with waterproof jackets on, hoping that the BBC forecast of dry all day would materialise, alas Accuweather got it right and we had 6 hours of drizzle!
Despite the wet stuff it was a good walk, but needs to done on a warm dry sunny day.
Lunch was taken in the grounds of Gawsworth Church, where a bench had been placed underneath a tree, so at least at lunch we out of the rain.
The highlight at lunch time was seeing a Stoat bound across the churchyard, coming within a couple of feet of us, seemingly unaware of our presence.
A bonus was to find the church open, so we took a look inside to see that the inside of the church well worth seeing. As we left the notice on the door said "Please close the door to keep the heat in, and stray animals out, but any lost sheep would always be welcome".
Having not seen Bosley Locks before, I was quite surprised how many there were, and didn't envy any narrow boat owner having to ascend or descent all 12 of them!
Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Mallard, Great crested grebe, Pied wagtail, Redwing, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Blue tit, Bullfinch, Carrion crow, Winter wren, Rook and Jackdaw.
As Roger was on Huw duty, we realised that we were only 7 miles from Leek, so headed to the Wilkes Head, where Whim Ales Hartington Bitter lived up to my judgement as being the best bitter that I have ever tasted, and the locals were as friendly as ever.