Our first plane spot!
Our second plane spot. Is it an A380?
Walk stats: Distance: 11.2 miles. Climb: 365'.
Time: 5 hours 44 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Phil and Annie.
This was yet another glorious day for walking. We set off in our Winter gear, expecting it too be somewhat cool. What a mistake, it should have been shorts, sun-hats and sunglasses, yet again I've put my shorts away too early!
This was largely a walk through the very pleasant East Cheshire countryside, through many fields, lots of horses and wet pastures. There wasn;t a lot to say "take a photograph of me", so i didn't take many photographs (7 in all and 5 were of aeroplanes and I only took photos of 2 planes!).
Nevertheless this was a good walk, despite not finding the route description easy to follow, and switching back to just using the OS map with a little help from the GPS was the best option, and Phil regained his confidence in map reading skills. However he was disappointed that we went along Newgate, rather than go along the North side of Lindow Moss to hear the venting noises of the escaping methane gas from the old landfill site!
Once again we experienced difficulty along the woodland path through the Carrs, with Phil sinking to his knees in the bog and had to free himself with the aid of a tree branch just above his head. On this occasion Roger got it right and headed to the riverside path much earlier, and wa waiting for us as we approached Twinnies Bridge.
Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Common blackbird, Jackdaw, Wood nuthatch, Carrion crow, Black-headed gull, Mallard, Grey heron, Common buzzard, Eurasian jay,Common pheasant Black-billed magpie and Woodpigeon (hundreds of them).
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bird in Hand at Mobberley, a Sam Smiths pub, that must be one of the warmest in the UK, roaring real fires in every room (at least the 5 that we saw!).