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.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Around Lyme Park 30th November 2013

Red deer in Lyme Park.
Lyme Hall as we approached from the West.
A head to head, but did they agree?
A very low Bollinhurst Reservoir.
Autumn scenes from the Macclesfield Canal East of Adlington Basin.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.5 miles. Climb: 1070'.
Time: 6 hours 1 minute. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia and Mike.
This was a perfect day for walking, cool with plenty of warm Autumnal sunshine. We ended up doing the described walk, but in the opposite direction as the one described, and spent most of the walk facing into the Sun.  The views today were superb, although a smog-like haze seemed to linger the towns and building to the North and east.
  In Lyme Park we saw a herd of Red deer relaxing a South ewest section of the park.
 As expected we found sections of the walk boggy, particularly on the section to Stag House and in the fields approaching Lockgate Farm.
  As we headed down the  bridleway towards Birchencliff, we had superb views of a Common kestrel that came within about six feet as it was being mobbed by a Carrion crow.
 We arrived back at the car, having had a superb walk, but with legs feeling that they had climbed a little more than just over 1000'.
 Birds sen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Canada goose, Mallard, Moorhen, Grey heron, European robin, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Common kestrel, Lesser black-backed gull, Fieldfare, Common starling, Blue tit, Black-billed magpie and Great tit.
  After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Netherton Hall, Frodsham.  The Lees bitter wasn't at its best, but they quickly replaced it with the other brew on offer, Cora, that went down well.

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