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.