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.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Around Frodsham Marshes 5th December 2013

David in front of a a former place of employment (30+ years ago!)
At lest today he didn't have to go any closer!
Here comes the rain, time to put the ? on!
Frodsham Hill from Godscroft Lane.
Spot the bird - 2.
Spot the bird -3.
Spot the bird- 3.
3 chances of identifying the bird.
Only prize, an extra piece of fruit cake on the last walk before Christmas!
Walk start: Distance: 7.9 miles. Climb: 1750' (GPS wind assisted reading - more like 100' in reality!.
Time: 3 hours 37 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, David and Phil.
Yet another perfect day for walking, well not quite, we were originally going to walk through the wooded Frodsham  and Helsby Hills, but decided that it would be better head or lower ground and walk around Frodsham Marshes, well away from trees!
 At the start of the walk, David's anemometer registered around 20 m.p.h. and on one occasion it gusted up to 30 m.p.h., hence whenever we headed in to the wind it was quite challenging to say the least.
 Whilst this wasn't the most picturesque of walks, at least it allowed us to stretch our legs and get the cobwebs out of our hair (for those that had enough hair left!.
  Lunch was taken in the bus shelter near  Helsby church, thankfully the lady waiting for the b us didn't object!
  Not many birds were seen today, but Fieldfare seemed to be everywhere.
 Birds seen or heard  today included: Fieldfare, Redwing, Common blackbird, Blue tit, House sparrow, Black-headed gull, Great cormorant, Common blackbird, Tufted duck, Grey heron, Carrion crow and Common buzzard.
 I my opinion, overall it was an enjoyable walk, even though a scouser stall holder said we'd only be out 10 minutes and we  should have been in Snowdonia,  David had his work past experiences and  Phil managed to pick up a Christmas present in Frodsham thanks to Roger who had to go back to the car just after setting off.
 Alas the street market in Frodsham had closed early, so we all al missed out on the large deep  plate sized custard tarts.
After walk drinks were enjoy, at at the Netherton Arms,where both beers sampled were good, but the usual Lees bitter, usually the best, wasn't on offer!. I assume the coffee and orange squash were OK, although the latter did seem somewhat week! Without doubt, those on duty today  were pleasant and  delightful!

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