About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday 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 Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 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.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

A Prestbury to Mottram Round 19th November 2016

Not a lot of river management on this section of the Bollin.
One of the many potential ox-bow lakes in the making.
Autumnal colours.
Autumnal colors under a blue sky on the way to the Top o' th' Hill.
Views towards the hills South East of Bollington.
A section of a flock of over 200 starlings foraging on a field South of Mottram ridge.
Looking South east from Mottram Bridge.
Looking towards the East from Legh Hall.
Snow in the Peak District.
In search of a Saxon Cross in the grounds of the St. Peter's Church, Prestbury.
Walks stats; Distance: 9.0 miles. Climb: 427'.
Time: 5 hours 0 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group; Martyn and Mike.
This was a bright sunny day on the cool side at times but on occasions requiring fleeces to be carried in our rucksacks!
 As expected there were plenty of muddy sections to negotiate, especially on the path South of Woodside Farm on the way to Legh Hall.
 This walk certainly lets you know that many of the residents of this part of East Cheshire don't need to worry about where their next meal is coming from!
 Route finding at times as quite challenging, especially on sections across Mottram Hall Golf Course, where a few more signs would have been helpful, but at least on this occasion we didn't have to retrace our steps.
 Lunch was taken when we found two fallen tree trunks  by the path with views across the golf course.
 After arriving back at Prestbury, we decided to visit the local church to try to find the Saxon cross, but unfortunately it in a building that was not today open to the public.
Birds seen or heard today included: Wood nuthatch, Mallard, Carrion crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle thrush, Common blackbird, Blue tit, Great tit and Common buzzard.
 Overall an enjoyable day.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Farmer's Arms at Kelsall, where locally produced, Weetwood's Cheshire Cat went down well and the new innkeepers had ensure that there was a pleasantly warm environment.!

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