Getting ready after lunch - take 1.
Getting ready after lunch - take 4.
Getting ready after lunch - take 5.
Still getting ready after lunch - take 6,
On the move after lunch - at last!
A plane that got away.
Alpacas for sale.
Another plane trying to get away.
They'd make a good Christmas roast, but what are they?
Walk stats: Distance: 12.3 miles. Climb: 234'.
Time: 5 hours 56 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, David S., Annie and Tim.
This turned out to be a walk that tested us on route finding, and if we are honest we failed on a couple of times. We put it down to talking to each other at crucial path junctions!
At least the weather stayed dry as we had our doubts as we arrived at Twinnies Bridge car park there was rain in the air.
Our first problem occurred as the path on our map was diverted as the new Alderley Edge by-pass had been cut across the path. After passing through Alan Pearson's tomato green houses we had to cross the new by-pass again and a new diverted path made us follow the side of the by-pass to a point where we had to cross it!
Lunch was taken soon after crossing the road, the main group seemed to be hiding behind silage bales whereas I used the next stile as a convenient perching spot!
After being diverted for the second time and having covered nearly seven miles by lunch, we decided to take a short cut to get back on track with the planned route. It was a good job we did if the way we got out of the car at the Bird in Hand at Mobberley was anything to go by!
We arrived back at the car having had a longer than usual walk, glad to have made it and looking forward to some liquid refreshment.
Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Winter wren, Mallard, Canada goose, Black-headed gull and House sparrow,
The Bird in Hand at Mobberley proved a good place to slake our thirst where the Sam Smiths Old Brewery bitter tasted particularly good and the prices even better!