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.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Arrowe Country Park, Landican, Little Storeton, Storeton and Mud 10th March 2016

The group in the woodland on the North side of the  Arrowe Country Park Golf Course.
In search of a waterfall.
"I've found it"
Will this Eurasian jay be the bird of the day?
Or will this male Mandarin duck be the bird of the day?
Crocus'sshowing well near Arrowe Hall, Arrowe Country Park.

Comments welcome, but you really needed to be there to experience the delights of this footpath late in the walk.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.6 miles. Climb: 276'.
Time: 5 hours 39 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, David S., Tim, Phil, Paul , Sue and Dave P.
This was a good day for walking, pleasantly warm for this time of the year and I was able to walk all day without my jacket on. It was dry and wind free too, the only complaint would be from our boots as they were frequently being tested by claggy muddy paths and  boggy fields.
  Apart from that this was a delightful, Paul, Sue and Dave P joined us as we explored the environs of Arrowe Country Park and Phil's search for waterfall clearly labelled on the OS map.
 Lunch was taken using the pic-nic table by the playground in Arrowe Country Park, always a bonus to have somewhere dry to sit, but even then it didn't suit everyone!
 After lunch Sue and Dave left as Dave felt just under five miles was enough exercise for his new hip for one day. Paul decided he had a better offer in the afternoon, so he went off to explore the nearby Landican Cemetery before heading home for the school run.
 The afternoon walks presented more of a challenge in terms of boggy terrain, the worst of which could be avoided if we used the lane to Landican rather than the field route.
 We shortened the Storeton walk a little and only included the delightful Northern section of Storeton Wood. 
 The path through fields West from Little Storeton gave us the bird of the day, a singing Skylark which we managed to spot too.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Woodpigeon, Common buzzard, Carrion crow, Rook, European robin, Common blackbird, Chaffinch, House sparrow, Herring gull, Eurasian jay, Black-billed magpie, Blue tit, Great tit, Greenfinch, Wood nuthatch, Mallard, Canada goose, Collared dove, Mandarin duck and Skylark
 We arrived back at the car, having completed our longest walk of 2016, glad to be there and looking forward to refreshments at the Wheatsheaf at Raby. Pheonix brewery's Monkey Town Mild went down well.

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