The start of the walk - Audlem St. James's church.
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.