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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, 1 February 2014

Leasowe to New Brighton 1st February 2014

The approach to Leasowe Lighthouse at the start of the walk.
The tide already well in as we head for New Brighton.
An impression of the number of waders swirling around as high tide approached.
A Common scoter, first spotted by Mike.
A Turnstone and a Sanderling.
A Red-breasted merganser, shares the pontoon with Common Redshank, Ringed plover and Great cormorant.
Perch Rock Lighthouse.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.7 miles. Climb: 200'.
Time: 4 hours 23 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.8 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
The weather forecast for Betws-y-coed was for heavy rain and 30 m.p.h. winds all day, so at the last minute we decided to have a walk nearer home, just in case we had to abandon the walk at any point!
In fact the we got the wettest returning to the car after our after walk drinks at the Wheatsheaf at Raby, a mere twenty yards!
 On the walk it threatened to rain a couple of times, but never lasted for more than a minute or too, even the wind wasn't that strong.
 High tide was around mid-day, and even at 10-00,  it was well in and virtually all the beach was covered.
 The number of waders swirling over the sea at times was really impressive, but the bird of the day was undoubtedly the two Common scoter that were seen quite close in near one of the breakwaters.
 The waves did crash over the front wall, but only significantly by New Brighton Marine lake, where the wall has been replaced by railings.
 Lunch was taken, using one of the many wind shelters that overlooked the Marine Lake.
Bird seen or heard today included: Common scoter, Dunlin, Red-breasted merganser, Common starling, Sanderling, Oystercatcher, Eurasian curlew, Turnstone, Common redshank, Ringed plover, Purple sandpiper, Great cormorant, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Stonechat, Carrion crow and Feral pigeon.
 Brimstage's Trapper's Hat went down well as we celebrated how blessed we were to have had a good walk without getting wet and having found three public toilets on the walk that were still open and free! Not to forget that the Wheatsheaf at Raby with its real fires and good beers is always a good place to go, especially after a walk on a cold day.
 No prizes for guessing where we will go for after walk drinks on the 6th!

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