An early view of the Roaches.
On the Hen Cloud.
Looking up Lud's Church.
Can you spot the Red deer?
A superb Oak in Autumnal colours.
Walk stats:Distance:10.9 miles; Climb:2054'.
Time:6 hours 3 minutes. On the move walking average:2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average:1.7 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Dave J., Nigel and Carol.
What a superb day for walking this turned out to be, bright and sunny with a cooling breeze for most of the day. Once on the ridge it was a delightful stroll for the next couple of hours, with views in all directions. Bosley Cloud, Shutlingsloe and Shinning Tor all clearly outlined. Lunch was taken about a mile into the return journey from Danebridge.
Lud's Church as ever always impresses, whether you're seeing it for the first time or it's a return visit.
Thankfully we started the walk early and we had Hen Cloud to ourselves and even the Roaches were relatively quiet.
The highlight of the day was seeing seven Red deer racing across the slopes ahead of us.
Birds seen or heard today included:Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Meadow pipit, Red grouse, Buzzard, Winter wren, Coal tit, Nuthatch, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Coal tit, Fieldfare and Kestrel.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wilkes Head in Leek where the Hartington bitter was once again in fine form.