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, 18 April 2015

Bosley Cloud and More 18th April 2015

St. Mary's Church of the Virgin - Bosley.
The start of our walk.
Our first clear view of The Cloud.
Top of The Cloud - no-one there yet!
Panorama from The Cloud, looking towards Sutton Common.
At the toposcope on The Cloud.
The Cloud from our lunch spot.
A Grey heron on the canal near our lunch spot.
Mallard/Farm yard duck with three of her four ducklings on the canal.
"I'm the king of the castle".
"Just kidding!"
A few of the many Celendines seen today.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.7 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Time: 4 hours 50 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger and Mike.
This turned out to be a superb day for walking, wall to wall blue skies, warm sunshine with the occasional cool breeze to remind us that it wasn't Summer yet!
 Our route up The Cloud was slightly different than usual, as we gradually climbed on a path across the Eastern slopes before scrambled up a track that took us to the ridge just a few yards South of the trig point.
 By the time we got there, The Cloud was hot spot for walkers approaching from all directions, but thankfully we were able to have group phot taken, just before most of them got to the trig point/toposcope.
 The views from the top were good, although a little hazy in the distance. We could make out Beeston, but we wouldn't be honest if we said we could see Moel Famau. Perhaps on another day.
 Lunch was taken just before reaching the canal, several fallen tree trunks provided us with suitable perching spots.
 After lunch, all we had to do was the four mile gentle stroll along the towpath back to bridge 57 and the path back to Bosley and the car.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Common buzzard, Common kestrel, Common pheasant, European robin, Great tit, Blue tit, Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Mallard, Moorhen, House sparrow, Pied wagtail and Grey heron.
 We also saw a lizard on The Cloud, presumably a Common lizard. It was good to see a few butterflies flying, including Peacock and Small tortoiseshell. A good number of Bumble bees were seen around the Cloud.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Stamford Bridge at Barrow, where the Conwy Brewery Piffle Bitter went down well.

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