At Bosley Cloud trig point in the rain.
Bosley Cloud from our lunch spot.
Our lunch spot - logs in the mud.
Bosley Cloud from the Maccelsfield Canal
Blue skies above Croker Hill.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bosley.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb: 937'.
Time: 5 hours 31 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
We arrived at Bosley with the rain still coming down heavily, and decided to sit in the car, hoping that one of the weather forecast was right and it would stop raining at about 10-00. Unfortunately it didn't so at about 10-10 we bit the bullet and set off in full waterproofs!
We knew some sections would be muddy, but the only time we weren't walking through mud or waterlogged ground was when we were on tarmac or stoned tracks.
Views in the morning weren't very good, but they did get better as the afternoon progressed and the Sun eventually came out.
Lunch was taken in our usual spot, just before starting the tow path section of the Macclesfield Canal. Thankfully the felled tree trunks were still there for us to sit on and the rain had stopped.
Arriving back at Bosley, we decided to go through the churchyard where some of the grave stones dated back to eighteenth century.
By now the Sun was shining brightly and it felt really warm, justifying my decision to where shorts, at one time I thought it was going to be the first time that I had worn shorts never to have exposed my legs to the fresh air.
We arrived back at the feeling pleased that we had had a good walk, but realising that our boots and waterproofs would need attention when we got home!
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Blue tit, Great tit, Carrion crow, Rook, Pied wagtail, Canada goose, Mallard, Moorhen, Dunnock, European robin. Winter wren, Black-billed magpie, Common pheasant and Common buzzard.
As Bosley was only 6 miles from Leek, we decided to head to the Wilkes Head for pint of my favourite tipple, Hartington Bitter.