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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.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Grindley Brook and Marbury 11th December 2014

A trig point on top of one of our first sighted "drumlins"?
Looking across the Cheshire Plain.
Between drumlins?
Looking across Marbury Mere towards Marbury Church.
A successful gate man at work!
The Hollyhurst Monument near Marbury.
The final climb alongside the Gridley Brook Locks.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.2 miles. Climb: 633'.
Time: 4 hours 35 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Tim, David S., Phil and Annie.
Weather prospects suggested that it would be quite windy with a 10% chance of rain. Thankfully both were wrong, very little wind and only a few spot of rain as approached lunch at Marbury church.
 This proved quite a varied walk and not as much mud as we have experienced in the past when walking in this area in Winter months.
 We had a "drumlins" master class as we headed along the South Cheshire Way towards Marbury. Kettlewells came into the conversation too!
 Lunch was taken at Marbury Church where two seats under the Lychgate were very welcome. 
If we repeated the walk in the Summer months, then the seats opposite the Swan Inn in Marbury would be another good lunch spot.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, House sparrow, Fieldfae, European robin, Canada goose, Mallard, Black-headed gull, Great crested grebe, Great tit and Goldfinch.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Horse and Jockey at Grindley Brook, where eight different real ales were on offer. An Autumn stout went down well, as did others!
 A good walk, one to be repeated, especially if you aren't the driver!

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