About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Wednesday 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 Wednesday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, a 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, Jim McCabe, Mal Pulford., Joyce Russell

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A Red Fox Adventure and Harris Hikers Annual Walkers Meal 7th February 2018

The start and finish of our walk today.
Looking across the green at Thornton Hough..
The  smithy's workshop at Thornton Hough.
St., George's United Reform Church, Thornton Hough.
The parish church  of All Saints Church, Thornton Hough.
Our first opportunity of to negotiate mud,
The parish church  of All Saints Church, Thornton Hough - round two.
Our second chance to negotiate a very muddy section.
Walk stats: Distance: 6.0 miles. Climb:126'.
Time: 3 hours 3 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.h Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h. 
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Annie, Nigel T, Celia and Wendy.
Joining us for the meal: David S and Anne, Naomi D, Dave and Sylvia.
It is always good to catch up with our friends that have walked with us in the past, but that for one reason or other have been unable to do so in more recent times.
 On Monday I confirmed a table for 23, by 09-00 today, circumstances meant we were down to just twelve for the meal!
 Just seven of us set off on the walk, the smallest number ever for our Annual Walkers Meal, but on such a glorious day we knew we would enjoy it.
 This was quite a pleasant low level walk, and we didn't anticipate ant problems and we had been warned that places could be muddy. However we didn't expect it o be so muddy!
 The walk went through the delightful village of Thornton Hough with its village green (and PCs still open) and the black and white cottages typical of the area.
 our first encounter with muddy paths came as we left Thornton Hough for Brimstage.  Some managed to escape into the nearby field and in so doing limited their challenge.
 Eventually we arrived back at Thornton Hough, we most of us stopped for drinks (Not art the Star), while  Celia decide to go into the United Reform Church.
 The described route mow involved retracing our step along Liverpool Road  to the Red Fox. As every walker knows if you have an OS Map you look for ways to avoid this heinous crime!
 We decide to the best option was to take the Raby Road and follow a path that led straight from Raby back to the Red Fox. A good idea, but a big mistake! This was a path that could rightly challenge for "muddiest path on the Wirral".
 I ended up well in front at this point, as I had been going as fast as I could to avoid hearing any whinges coming from the following troops!
 We arrived back the car, a little later than planned, but had had a good walk in warm sunshine, so warm that for the last couple of miles I walked in a short sleeved shirt having put my Winter jacket in my rucksack.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common starling, Rook, House sparrow, Jackdaw, Common buzzard, Herring gull, Black-headed gull, Lapwing, Carrion crow, Woodpigeon, Common chaffinch, Common blackbird and Common kestrel.
 Our experience at the Red Fox today was excellent from the bar staff and the young lady that took charge of our table. The way she took our orders and kept track of our orders was the best I have experienced in any of these Brunning and Price establishments. We all enjoyed our meal choices and were in agreement when I suggested that there was a good chance we would go to the Red Fox for our Annual Meal in 2019.
 On this occasion I enjoyed one or two of their real ciders, but Facer's Sunshine Bitter went down well with others. I'm sure Celia was happy with the choice of lagers too!
 A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the card and towards the generous cash gift, very welcome as I have just bought a set of printer ink cartridges.
 Arriving home, I discovered that my boots weren't as muddy as I had expected, but I'll still leave it until tomorrow before I clean them!

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