St. Peter's Church, Lymm.
Gtra crested grebe on Lymm Dam.
Lymm Dam from the lakeside path on East side of the lake.
Looking East across Lymm Dam to St. Mary's Church.
The view from our lunch spot by the Bridgewate Canal.
Our lunch spot by the Bridgewate Canal North of Weaste Lane, Thelwell.
A much photographed Thelwall hostelry.
The bird of the day - our first Barn swallow of the year - not quite a Summer yet!
Walk stats: Distance: 11.5 miles. Climb:362'.
Time: 5 hours 26 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia and Mike.
We arrived at the Spud Wood car park with the rain falling quite heavily, at least enough to keep us in the car. However with short showers forecast and possible sunny spells later as soon as it eased we put on waterproofs and set off. By the time we reached Lymm Dam it was time to remove waterproofs and for some leave them in the rucksack for the rest of the day,
The rain did return for another spell just as we started the trek along the Bridgewater Canal towpath.
Spring flowers were out in abundance including, Celandine, Periwinkle, Forget me nots, Yellow rattle, Daisy and Dandelion.
Just before we headed from the Bridgewater Canal towards Thelwall, we spotted a sandstone wall that made a useful seat on which to rest as we had lunch watching the narrow boats pass by.
As we had lunch, the Sun came out and stayed with us all afternoon and only laziness stopped me getting my sun hat out!
Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Collared dove, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Pied wagtail, Winter wren, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, Great tit, Common chaffinch, Common blackbird, Mallard, Great crested grebe, Great cormorant, Common coot, Woodpigeon, House sparrow and Barn swallow.
This was a trip down memory lane for Celia and on the last part of the walk we were on part of the Trans Pennine Trail which went past one of Celia's former residences.
Overall a good walk, slightly longer than usual, making our legs feel quite tired thanks to the pace setting of one MD.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Netherton Hall, Frodsham where the Lees bitter went down well, but alas they had run out of crisps and a decent lager for Celia. Apparently they were running down stock as they were closing later that day for a major refurbishment and would reopen some time in May.