On the South Cheshire Way Bishop Bennet Way East of Grindley Brook.
St Michael's and All Angels Church, Marbury.
On the path adjacent to Big Mere, Marbury.
Our approach to St Michael's and All Angels Church, Marbury.
Some of the local residents on Big Mere, Marbury.
Two local residents at Grindley Brook.Walk stats: Distance: 9.3 miles. Climb: 487'.
Time:4 hours 33 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Roger and Mike.
With less than 5% chance of rain we were optimistic that waterproofs would not be needed, but alas that wasn't to be the case and within an hour we were all donning full waterproofs! Thankfully it didn't last and it was safe to remove them when we stopped for lunch.
Walks like this, are pleasant enough, but don't give many opportunities of seeing views of note. The best view was the that of St Michael's and All Angels Church, Marbury, looking across Big Mere from the South.
Fieldfare seemed to be everywhere, another sign that Autumn is here.
Most of the route after lunch involved a pleasant 4 miles stroll along the towpath of the Shropshire Union Canal from Church Bridge, Marbury Northward back to Grindley Brook.
Birds seen or heard today included: Common starling, Woodpigeon, Rook, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, House sparrow, Blue tt, Common blackbird, Canada goose, Great crested grebe and Sparrowhawk.
We arrived back at the car, delayed slightly when a few of the group took advantage of the offer to help yourself to some windfall apples. Thankfully those that did only needed to carry them a couple of hundred yards back to the car.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Horse and Jockey at Grindley Brook where we were first welcomed by the resident dogs, one of which was quite old. The bar staff were very pleasant too.
As we left the landlord was heard to say " That's what I like to see - a man in still shorts at this time of the year". I wonder who that might be!
Overall a very pleasant walk.