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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.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Around Audlem 6th March 2016

The start of the walk - Audlem St. James's church.
Hankelow Hall.
Canada geese and Mallard on the Shropshire Union Canal  South of Cool Lane Bridge.
Striding out by the Shropshire Union Canal near Moss hall Aqueduct.
The River Weaver North East of Moss Hall Aqueduct.
An age fast approaching for some of us!
Hawksmoor Bridge on the Shropshire Union Canal.
Audlem St. James's Church again - nearly there!
Walk stats: Distance: 11.5 miles. Climb: 589'.
Time: 6 hours 28 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
A good day for walking, cool, but mainly sunny. The only rain experienced was when we we were approaching the car park at the end of the walk.
 The best part of the walk was in the morning where there was a little more of interest to see, although in fact the whole walk isn't one with many photo opportunities!
 Lunch was taken adjacent to Audlem Lock 15 where we were able take advantage of of picnic benches, enjoying lunch basking in the sunshine.
 The only interest after lunch came as we came across one of the locks closed and repairs being carried out on its collapsing walls.
Once again we had the challenges of getting to a stile with its approach guarded by deep water, getting around it resulted in much claggy mud sticking to our boots.
 Overall a long but enjoyable walk if you put the mud out of your thoughts!
Birds seen and heard today included: Common buzzard, Woodpigeon, Blue tit, Great tit, Collared dove, Common blackbird, House sparrow, Great cormorant, Mute swan, Canada goose, Grey heron, Tufted duck,  Greylag goose, Common coot, Moorhen, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, European robin and Rook.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at Horse and Jockey at Grindley Brook, where Mike enjoyed a pint of Abbott Ale and I sampler tray.

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