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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

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Wem, Grinshill, Clive and tilley 24th March 2018

The first of the Yellowhammers seen today.
On one of the better field paths.
The second sighting of Yellowhammers.
Standing on the corner waiting for ....
The entrance to Clive.
View from our lunch spot in Corbet Wood on Grinshill Hill
Our lunch spot.
At the toposcope on The Cliff, Grinshill Hill.
At the trig point on The Cliff, Grinshill Hill.
On The Cliff, Grinshill Hill.
The parish church at Clive.
Never miss an opportunity!
The Manor at Tilley.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.3 miles. Climb: 489'.
Time: 5 hours 8 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. (2.7 m.p.h. on the newest GPS). Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Mike sand Celia.
Weather wise this was a good day for walking, pleasantly warm at times, no rain and a little sunshine.
 Crossing farm fields is never that exciting, but at least today we had the delight of seeing and hearing Yellowhammers and Skylarks. This is the first time that I have seen Yellowhammers for quite some time.
 We arrived at Clive just about at mid-day, and headed for Corbet Wood where we noticed a picnic site was located on the OS map.
 This turned pout to be a good choice where four large stones made perfect perches as we had lunch, at the same time enjoying views through the trees to the village of Grinshill below.
 After lunch we set off downhill on a path that took us through the old quarry, an interesting place to explore had we the time to do so.
 At Clive we visited the local parish church, where one of the local parishioners gave us a brief history of the church and its links with the Bibby family as well as telling us about recent restorations that had been made.
 Our afternoon trek started well, but soon turned to a trudge across a very muddy-clay field, that did very well at sticking to our boots.
 This dampened our enthusiasm a little and we completed the walk by opting for a longer stretch on the B5476, but including walking through the delightful village of Tilley with its many old black and white timbered buildings. Tilley was a bonus that had we kept to the planned walk we would have missed completely.
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Blue tit, Great tit, European robin, Common blackbird, Great spotted woodpecker, Wood nuthatch, Goldfinch, Common buzzard, Common pheasant, Skylark, Mallard, Bullfinch, Winter wren and Yellowhammer.
 This had been a low level walk that had challenged our leg muscles more than we expected - possible a dry Summer day after a period of no rain would have made our experience of certain places a little better.
 After wealk drinks were enjoyed at the Horse and Jockey at Grindley Brook, where Weetwood's Cheshire cat and Ruddles Best were two of the beers sampled from the six that were on offer.
 Believe or not we were even home in time to watch the Boat Race if we so wished!

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