Wood carvings at Prestbury.
The River Bollin as we left Prestbury.
Walking in the mist alongside Dumbar Hollow.
On the access track to Mount Farm.
Walk stats: Distance: 5.4 miles. Climb: 282'.
Time: 3 hours 4 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
Not a good day for walking, misty all morning and in reality it was accompanied by a very fine rain. Needless to say we didn't get the views opening up as we crossed Tytherington Golf Course or views of the Kerridge and White Nancy above Bollington.
The described route suggested that it was only 4.5 miles, but in reality it was probably nearer five.
Some of the roads used were quite busy, but the route description was pretty good on this occasion and we did the whole walk without referring to our OS Maps.
Birds seen or heard today include: Wood nuthatch, Common blackbird, House sparrow, Jackdaw, Black-headed gull, Rook, Great tit and Grey heron.
On arriving back at the car, I decided that I had had enough walking in the mist/rain for one day and that I would not be setting off on the afternoon extension.
Mike declined the offer of me staying in the car while he did a "power walk" in the afternoon.
We had lunch sitting in the car, listening to an FA Cup match on Radio 5, but that didn't cheer us up either.
After lunch, we headed homeward, stopping at the Farmer's Arms at Kelsall for refreshments, where Weetwood's Cheshire Cat went down well as did the tea!
In conclusion our next walk from Prestbury must be in the dry season, where at least we should be able to see where we are going!