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, 26 April 2014

Pendle Hill 26th April 2014

Our first view of Pendle Hill from just outside Downham.
Looking from Burnt Clough over Clitheroe, but what are the hills that we can see in the distance?
Don't ask, on the warm side of the Scout memorial Cairn.
At the trig point on Pendle Beacon (Big End).
The Three Peaks of Yorkshire!
Always one of the best sights in spring - twin lambs bonding!
Approaching Downham, but whose shadow is in the picture?
Walk stats: Distance: 8.3 miles. Climb: 1910'.
Time: 5 hours 56 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h. (I didn't realise that we had had so much time sunbathing at lunch time!)
Group: Martyn and Mike.
The weather forecast for today wasn't that good, and Mike set off wearing waterproof jacket and overtrousers and even I started off wearing my waterproof jacket! Thankfully all this gear was only needed as the wind was on the cool side, especially as we crossed the moor. Our only mistake in terms of gear was that we both forgot to have Sunglasses that would have been beneficial, particularly after lunch.
 The views today were good, once we had gained height and on the final approach towards Downham, the three peaks of Yorkshire could be clearly seen.
 Plenty of Spring birds were around, but alas not the Dotterel! Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Rook, Eurasian curlew, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Blackcap, Winter wren, Carrion crow, Wheatear and Chaffinch.
 Overall a superb day on Pendle Hill, without a drop of rain!
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the White Lion at Alvanley, where several Robinson's brews were on offer, we tried the Hartley's, I didn't have a take away!

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