About Me

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.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Sandbach and More 9th November 2013

The start of the walk, near the Black Bear Inn on the Market Square, Sandbach.
The main church at Sandbach.
A sad looking Romping Donkey - named on the route description.
"What am I doing here?"
Our lunch spot in the middle of the canal.
St. Philip's Church - still in use. Not many people can claim to go to a pink tin church.
The end of the walk, celebrating finding the Sandbach Crosses with a drink in the Black Bear Inn.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.9 miles. Climb: 470'.
Time: 5 hours 14 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
This was another good day for walking, sunshine all day and a few spots of rain that lasted for at most 1 minute. Another case of shorts would have been better than Paramo gear, although Mike did think it was a little on the cool side for bearing any flesh!
 An unusual walk that provided plenty of challenges in terms of following the instructions at the start in the centre of Sandbach - we didn't even spot the Sandbach Crosses even when we were standing in Market Square! Our excuse was that the Farmers Market had set up in front of it, and we only spotted them when we returned to the square after the walk.
  Throughout much of the walk we could hear the steady drone of the traffic on the M6, and many of the fields had horses, but a few did have cattle and sheep.
 A lot of the walk as along the Trent and Mersey Canal, where at first we were surprised to that many of the locks had two locks side by side, but this made sense as this was at one time used commercially for hauling salt and coal, so having the twin lock system would reduce delays.
 One pleasant surprise was a disused railway line, part of the old "Salt Line" until the 1930s, now converted into a delightful gladed path, along which we were overtaken by a couple with a pushchair!
 Overall a very pleasant walk, a stroll through the East Cheshire countryside.
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Common buzzard, Fieldfare, Blue tit, Pied wagtail, Goldfinch, Common blackbird, European robin, Mallard, Black-billed magpie and Eurasian jay.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Black Bear in Sandbach centre, alas it was a Robinson's pub, but at least the Spitfire and Hobgoblin were OK!
 Reply to the "Robbies" fan: 40 years ago, when my local area was known as "Greenall Whitley Land",  I travelled more than 30 miles just to sample Robinson's brews, and then Hatters mild was my preferred choice. Over the years my taste buds have changed, and Robbies is not on my list of my favourite brews!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are some who swear by Robbies!