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, 21 December 2013

A Hartington Old Station Round 2st December 2013

Setting off from Hartington Old Station along the Tissington Trail.
All that info about a hole in the ground - Ballidon Quarry!
Could some of these Peak District sheep be the source of the golden fleece?
At last back at Hartington Old Station!
Walk stats: Distance: 14.2 miles. Climb: 1320'.
6 Hours 5 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.7 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.3 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Vicky and birthday boy Mike.
Overall this was a superb day for walking, mainly sunny with a cool breeze at times, but not even a drop of rain until we were well on the way home after dropping in at the Wilkes Head in Leek.
 This a pleasant easy walk, except for the occasional stone stiles across the limestone walls, but all were negotiated without mishap. In addition Derbyshire lived up to its reputation with few patches of mud.
 The distant views were quite good despite not being crystal clear.
 Lunch was taken just after covering 6.4 miles, over half way as we thought, in a sheltered delightful valley. South of Royston Grange.
 After lunch we soon realised that e had set off the wrong way down the valley, but thankfully we did as this was a delightful limestone valley typical of the Peak District, and we would have missed it had we gone the right way.
 Once on Parwich Lane, the Sun gave a brilliant golden coloured light, that made some of the sheep seem to have a golden fleece.
 We arrived back at the car to find that we had walked over 14 miles, no wonder some of us felt tired!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, House sparrow, Collared dove, European robin, Common kestrel, Rook, Jackdaw, Raven, Redwing and Fieldfare.
 As usual a good pint of Hartington Bitter was enjoyed in the friendly surrounding of the Wilkes Head in Leek.

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