One of the wils flower meadows as we headed from Longnor towards Sheen Hill.
Chrome hill and Parkhouse Hill above Lower Boothlow farm.
The trig point on Sheen Hill.
The popular Pilsbury Castle.
Abundant flowers on the roadside from Crowdicote to Earl Sterndale.
Chrome hill and Parkhouse Hill from the minor road from Crowdicote to Earl Sterndale.
Chrome Hill from the farm road on the South side of Parkhouse Hill.
Parkhouse Hill from the farm road on its South side.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.5 miles. Climb:1201'.
Time: 5 hours 58 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Celia.
We arrived at Longnor just in time as we were able to take the last car park space on the cobble area in the centre of the village.
We knew it was going to be on the warm side as it was, but fortunately there were frequent spells where passing clouds shielded us from the full glare of the Sun.
The start of the walk took us through several meadows that had superb displays of wild flowers, only matched later on by the display along the minor road from Crowdicote to Earl Sterndale.
The views today down the valleys and the distant Chrome hill and Packhouse Hill were superb.
Once again we didn't manage to get to the trig point on Sheen Hill, but we did see a fewer walkers get there.
It would seem that Packhouse Hill is now open access, we started up the steep hill, but I abandoned the idea half way up but Celia climbed a little higher before we both returned to the farm road on the South side of the hill.
Birds seen or heard today included: Barn swallow, House sparrow, Eurasian curlew, Carrion crow, Rook, Wheatear, House martin, Dunnock, House sparrow and Great tit.
Drink were enjoyed at the Wilkes Head in Leek, where the Hartington bitter went down well. I had planned to have a drink at the Grapes in Longnor, but alas it has been shut for nearly seven years, so we had no choice but to head for the Wilkes Head!