St. Mary's church, Bosley.
Our first view of "The Cloud".
Who took this photo?
At the trig point on "The Cloud".
Heading through the woods on Cloud Side.
A Song thrush on Gooseberryhole Lane.
Just one little duckling.
Macclesfield Canal pointing towards Croker Hill / Sutton Common.
Stats: Distance: 9.0 miles. Climb: 1026'.
Time: 4 hours 50 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walking average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
A mixed bag of weather today, from sunshine to rain and even hail at one point. Thankfully it was mainly dry, although we did have to use our waterproofs for short periods and at time the wind was on the cool side to say the least.
This proved to be quite a varied walk, and to my surprise the route up to the trig point involved a bit of a scramble too!
Chiffchaffs seemed to be everywhere, but the highlight of the day was hearing our first Cuckoo of the year.
Lunch was taken, not long after joining the towpath on the Macclesfield Canal, where we were lucky to find a section of a tree trunk to sit on, as we basked in the sunshine as we dined!
Birds seen or heard today included: Mallard, Chaffinch. Chiffhaff, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Barn swallow, Rook, Carrion crow, Cuckoo, Willow warbler, Common pheasant, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Meadow pipit and House sparrow.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Farmers Arms at Kelsall, where Weetwood Best went down well. It was good to see the Farmers open again and with a fairly full car park and and the most number of customers that we have seen for quite some time.
A good day, made even better when Liverpool won 6-0 away from home and without Suarez!