Lyme Park from Higher Moor.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.3 miles; Climb: 1378'; Walking average: 2.4 m.p.h.;
Time: 5 hours 1 minute.
Group: Martyn, Richard, Celia, Fran and Tito.
This was a walk in the dry and mainly in sun, unusual for this July. A cool wind however kept the temperature down. at its highest points around Dale Top and the Bowstones you really did get the feeling that you were on top of Cheshire looking down across the plain to Beeston. Views in all directions were excellent with the Peak and Pennines clearly visible in one direction and the Welsh Hills in the other. The Cage in Lyme Park attracted our attention from various vantage points. Perhaps next time we will have to put it on as part of the route, since it would only take a small extension from the route that we did. This was another day when meadow flowers were in abundance. The only mammal sighted was a Field Mouse. Birds seen or heard on route included: Pied wagtail, House sparrow, Carrion Crow, Rook, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Magpie, Goldfinch, Canada Goose, Mallard, Greenfinch, Swallow, Blackbird, Swift and Sedge warbler.
A return visit to the Cross Keys at Knutsford was made for after walk refreshments. An enjoyable pint of Timothy Taylor's Landlord and Deuchars IPA finished the day off quite nicely!