About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Wednesday 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 Wednesday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, a 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, Jim McCabe, Mal Pulford.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Walks and Dates February 2018

Saturday 3rd February 2018.
Wem to Clive and Grinshill.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 700'.
Start: Wem centre car park. Grid ref: SJ514289.
Leave Chester 08-30.
This walk is taken from a series of Wem Walks and explores the area to the South of Wem. It follows the Shropshire Way as far as Clive and Grinshill. The walk will include exploring the Corbett Wood and Quarry Trail before climbing to the summit of Grinshill Hill at 192'! The described route is linear and use the bus to return to Wem, but we will make a circular route by following field paths and minor roads. This will be the first time that the group has walked in this area of Shropshire. It is always good to explore new area.
Wednesday 7th February 2018.
Harris Hikers Annual Meal and Walk.
Thornton Hough and Brimstage from the Red Fox.
Distance: 5 miles. Climb: 150'.
Start: The Red Fox, Thornton Hough. Grid ref: SJ298800
   The Red Fox is on the B5136, Liverpool Road, heading East from the A540 towards Thoughton   Hough. Approximate post code CH64 7TL.
 The Red Fox is about 18 miles from Chester and takes about 25 minutes to get there.
Leave Chester 09-00.
As long as we set off before 10-00, we should be back by 12-30, ready to sit down for the meal at 13-00.
The walk is the one that the Red Fox has produced and is available to download if you have the ifootpath app.
 The walk explores the countryside between Thornton Hough and Brimstage and follows sections of pavement, woodland paths and field paths (can be muddy after rain!). There are nine stiles and several kissing gates to negotiate. The route is described as passing several historic halls, manor houses and pretty cottages. 
I suggest that those coming for the meal should aim to arrive at the Red Fox between 12-30 and 12-45.
Saturday 10th February 2018.
Port Penryn, Its Railways and Rivers. 
Postponed - too much rain and wind on the weather forecast.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 500'.
Start: Car park on the right just before the main road bends left to the centre. The car park is just after the entrance to the port. Grid ref: SH595728.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
This walk is taken from a book by Dave Salter and Dave Worrall called "From Mountain Top to Valley Floor". The described walk explores the hinterland behind Penryn Castle. Last time we explored the grounds of  Penryn Castle. It do not intended to do so this time, but just in case we do, bring your National Trust Membership Card with you if you are a member.
Wednesday 14th February 2018.
The Moor, Greenfield Valley and East of Holywell.
Distance: 9 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Halkyn Street Pay and display car park, Holywell. (opposite the hospital). Grid ref: SJ18957548.
This is a figure of eight walk, combing one walk from Ron Williams and Elfed Jones' booklet " 10 Walks Around Holywell" and one walk from Dave Berry's book " Walks Around Holywell and Halkyn Mountain". The first walk explores the moor and valley to the North of Holywell and the other walk explores the undulating countryside between Holywell and Bagillt.
Saturday 17th February 2018.
Around Bosley Cloud.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb:1100'.
Start: Lay-by on the A523, South of its junction with the A54. Grid ref: SJ917657.
Leave Chester at 08-30.
This walk is taken from Jen Darling's book "Best Pub Walks in Cheshire", although we won't take her advice on the local hostelries! The walk takes us to the top of Bosley Cloud with its panoramic views over the Cheshire plain.. After visiting the trig point on Bosley Cloud, the walk heads West to meet up with the Macclesfield Canal, which we follow for an easy four mile stretch.
Wednesday 21st February 2018.
The Sandstone Trail. Primrose Hill And Pale Heights.
Distance: 10-11 miles. Climb:1260' .
Start: Gresty's  Waste car park on the A54. Grid re: SJ540686.
Leave Chester 09-00 a.m.
This is another walk on the Sandstone Trail.The main walk is a  route described in Carl Rogers's book "Circular Walks Along the Sandstone Trail". This includes the section as far as Fishers Green and returns via Utkinton and Primrose Hill Wood.  We will start with the extension that includes a visit the viewpoint on Pale Heights before heading to The Yeld and King's Gate where we pick up the described route.
I will probably reduce this walk so that it is under 10 miles rather than over the 10 miles that we did in March 2016. 
 The shortened walk I have in mind will reduce the overall walk to 8.5 miles and the climb to around 1000'.
Saturday 24th February 2018.
Caer Drewyn, Pen-y-Pigyn and an on to Cynwyd
Distance: 8 miles; Climb:1120'.
Start: Corwen centre car park next to the Public Convenience. Grid Ref: SJ080435.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Llangollen and the Dee Valley".
The first part of the walk climbs South out of Corwen to the viewpoint and mast on Pen-y-Pygyn, where we should get some good views  over the Dee Valley.
 We will probably have lunch near Llangar Church, when we will decide if we want to complete the section towards Cynwyd.
 The visit of Caer Drewyn is described as enchanting and the second walk as being a delightful walk through the wooded hillside above Corwen and concludes with lovely walk alongside the River Dee.
 Lat time we attempted this walk, torrential rain set in just after lunch and we went straght back to the Corwen after having lunch at Llangar Church. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us this year.
Wednesday 28th February 2018.
Halkyn, Limestone, Lead and More.
Distance: 9  miles; Climb:1000'.
Start: Common Land opposite the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn. Grid ref: SJ209702. 
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
We haven't started a walk from this location for quite some time. I thought that it was about time we did so to do so again. This walk combines two of my favourite walks in this fascinating area on our local patch. We used to start this walk from the Britannia Inn and finish the walk by going through the "Water buffalo" fields, but as we start near the Blue Bell Inn, we will miss out that part of the walk.
 After walk drinks will be at the Britannia Inn, hopefully open after its refurbishment five week starting in January.

Around Bosley Cloud 17th February 2018

The Cloud approaching from the East.
Croker Hill and Sutton Common from the East side of The Cloud.
Croker Hill and Sutton Common from the trig point on The Cloud.
Looking towards Jodrell bank from  the trig point on The Cloud.
On the Gritstone trail heading towards Timberbrook.
Ongoing works on the Macclesfield Canal.
This beats any mud experienced before this year.
The end of our diversions - or so we thought!
Part of a wonderful bank of Snowdrops next to the Macclesfield canal North east of Buglawton.
The Cloud from the Macclesfield Canal.
Croker Hill and Sutton Common from the Dane valley Way South of Bosley Locks.
St. Mary the Virgin Church at Bosley.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 mile. Climb: 1139'.
Time: 5 hours 30 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Celia.
Arriving at Bosley, it was still raining, so we sat in the car for about 15 minutes waiting for the rain to stop. Just as the weather forecast had suggested, just after 10-00 it did, so we put on our boots and set off. We had seen the last of the rain for the day, and were blessed with long spells of warm sunshine, particularly after lunch.
 The challenge for today was MUD, the worst that I have experienced since one of our infamous trips to Derbyshire!
 As we reached the top of The Cloud, the views opened up and we even saw Pale Heights on the other side of the Cheshire Plain. 
 Lunch was taken in our usual spot just before joining the Macclesfield Canal. Thankfully the fallen trees at this point were still there and we had a good place to sit as w were serenaded by the local birds - mainly Blue tits and great tits.
 After lunch we had our major challenge getting through the deep mud to reach the footbridge over the canal. At one point I struggled to pull my foot out of the mud and as we crossed the bridge everything from now on would be easy. However we had been warned that one section of the towpath was closed and a short diversion through Eastern edge of Buglawton would take us around the problem. A couple in the housing estate gave us direction, so we didn't have to resort to real map reading!
 The last few miles were done in really warm sunshine, warm enough for we to walk in my short sleeve shirt.
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Common blackbird, Pied wagtail, Common starling, Common buzzard, Jackdaw, Mallard, Moorhen, Blue tit, Great tit, Common chaffinch, Wood nuthatch, Winter wren and Rook.
  Overall a an enjoyable walk, especially if you blot out memories of MUD!
 I must remember t put this walk on a dry Summer day when the muddy areas would be less challenging.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Farmers Arms at Kelsall, where Weetwood's Cheshire Cat was h bet real ale on offer. One point to note, we found out that on a Wednesday the open at 15-00 - anew target for our walk from Gresty's Waste next week!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Walks and Dates March 2018

Saturday 3rd March 2018
Wem  Walks - By the Bridges to Soulton Hall.
Distance: 8 miles. Climb: 130'.
Start: Wem Centre Car park. SJ524289.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
This is another of a series of walks from Wem and is the first time that we have walked in this area of Shropshire.
The walk starts by heading North and includes par of the Shropshire Way, eventually arriving at Edstaston. The walk description suggests that it is worthwhile visiting the Norman church of St Mary the Virgin. After visiting the church heads east and then South through farmland and involves crossing many stiles. Soulton Hall is reached, a majestic 17th century manor house.
 The last part of the walk, heading West back to Wem is largely on quiet country lanes.
Wednesday 7th March 2018.
Barber Hill, Vivod Estate and the Horseshoe Falls.
Distance:10 miles.
Climb: 2000'
Start: Llantysilio Green car park. Grid ref: SJ198433

Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Llangollen and the Dee Valley".  This can be a glorious walk, if the weather is good.

 We usually start this walk in the centre of Llangollen, but I thought this would be a good place to start. It's probably a little late, but with a bit of look the Snowdrops in Llantysilio Green churchyard will still be in flower.
Saturday 10th March 2018.
Moel y Garneddd.
Distance: 7-8 miles.
Climb: 1200'.
Start: Fronfeuno Snowdonia National Park Lakeside Car park Grid ref: SH917351.
Leave Chester 08-30 a.m.
This walk is taken from Dave Berry's booklet "Walks Around Y Bala and Penllyn". The vwalk wexplores the undulating countryside West of Bala. The route followa a bridleway up to moorland, eventually crossingMoel y Garneddd at a height f 1170'. We can expect to see superb views as we cross the open moorland. The return route goes through attractive woodland. This is a walk fior experienced walkers only and should not be attempted in poor visibility. Careful navigation is required.
Wednesday14th March 2018.
Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Llangwyfan Forestry car park: SJ138668
Leave Chester 09-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Clwydian Hills".  This area of the Clwydians has so much to offer, and Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau are particularly good.  On a good day the views from both hill forts is superb.
Saturday 17th March 2018.
The Sandstone Trail - Beeston and Peckforton.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Pay and display car park at Beeston Castle. Grid ref: SJ540591. The Pay and Display machine only starts at 10-00.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
The first time that we did this walk, it was the fourth in our walks along the Sandstone trail. It involves Walk 6 and Walk 7 from Carl Rogers' book "Circular Walks on the Sandstone Trail".
This is another good section of the trail and has a good variety of terrains to enjoy. I thought it was time to give another airing! Usually a mid-week walk, I thought it would be worthwhile to do it on a Saturday for a change.
Wednesday 21st March 2018.
Hawarden ant its Environs.
8-9 miles. Climb: 680'.
Start: Tinkerdale Public Car Park, Hawarden. Grid ref: SJ316657.
Leave Chester 09-00 a.m.
This is a figure of eight walk starting in the centre of Hawarden. The last time we started a walk from this car park, was on the maiden flight of the A380 when it buzzed us as it flew low over Hawarden Airport. The first part of the walk expliores the area South of the village, and includes part of Hawarden Park. This walk is taken from the booklet "Rural Walks in Flintshire". As some stage on the walk we may wish to explore the castle grounds, possibly before we set off extension part of the walk. The extension part of the walk explores the countryside North west of the village along country lanes and field paths. Although I know this area quite well, having gone to school in Hawarden and played football for two teams based in the village, we will be exploring places that I haven't been to before.
Saturday 24th March 2018.
Wem to Clive and Grinshill.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 700'.
Start: Wem centre car park. Grid ref: SJ514289.
Leave Chester 08-30.
This walk is taken from a series of Wem Walks and explores the area to the South of Wem. It follows the Shropshire Way as far as Clive and Grinshill. The walk will include exploring the Corbett Wood and Quarry Trail before climbing to the summit of Grinshill Hill at 192'! The described route is linear and use the bus to return to Wem, but we will make a circular route by following field paths and minor roads. This will be only the second time that the group has walked in this area of Shropshire. It is always good to explore new area.
Wednesday 28th March 2018.
Moel famau, Moel Dywyll and Moel Llys-y-coed.
Distance: 7-8 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Car park area West of Cilcain. Grid ref: SJ170652.
To get to the parking area, at the crossroads in Cilcain turn right (Eastward), past the White Horse, Church and Village hall, at the end of a few houses on the right turn, left and the parking area is a few hundred yards further on on the right. 
This walk includes three hills along Offa's Dyke Footpath - Moel Famau, Moel Dywyll and Moel Llys-y-coed. The latter hill is not one of my favourite hills in the Clwydian range and I can't remember when it last appeared on one of our walks. It is the ascent from North to South that I dislike so much, the fact that we will be descending from South to North shouldn't be quite so bad!
 On a good clear day we should get excellent views in all directions.
 Saturday 31st March 2018.
Caer, Gai, Cwm Dyfrydwy with an extension over Garth Fawr.
Distance: 9.1 miles. Climb: 1100'.
Start: Roadside parking in Llanuwchllyn on B4403. Park opposite the PC and chapel. Grid ref: SH875302.
This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry's booklet "Walks Around Y Bala and Penllyn". One walk is described as a fascinating walk featuring a Roman fort and historic houses and the other explores both sides of the Dyfrdwy Valley. The optional extension explores the countryside South of Llanuwchllyn, climbing to open moorland around Garth Fawr at a height of 1079'. It returns along the Western side of the Afon Twrch (Cwm Cynllwyd).

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

East of Holywell and More 14th February 2014

Dancing through Cefn-y-coed or is it just a mud dance?
Hilbre just coming into view.
Ed on the secateurs.
And that's the way we wanted to go, but no-one was willing to test the water!
The Millenium welsh dragon beacon at Bettisfield - a view that we hadn't seen before.
The stile is there somewhere.
Yes that is where the stile came out!
Our lunch spot adjacent to the Bettisfield Car Park.
Don't ask!
Daffodils in flower at Bettisfield car park.
Abundant Gorse in flower.
This is it then, the tunnel! What tunnel?
This tunnel.
Dee Quay and the flow of water gushing out of the tunnel.
Boats in Dee Quay.
Shelduck and Oystercatchers on the river bank.
Great cormorants and Oystercatchers on the river bank.
Looking East towards Bettisfield.
Greenfield Dock.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.8 miles. Climb: GPS wind assisted reading 1573'. Memory Map route estimate: 870' -  a more realistic value for the level of climb done.
Time: 4 hours 53 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, David S and Ed.
The weather forecast suggested that it would be windy and cold, but there was good chance that we would escape any significant precipitation. In fact we had a few minutes when hail encouraged us to wrap up well before setting off and didn't get anything else. At times it felt quite warm, when the wind eased or we were in a sheltered spot.
 As expected we did test our boots in terms of how they could cope with mud and soggy wet fields, but to  my surprise the soles had no mud left when I came to wash them later on. A quick 10 minute wash and wipe were all they needed.
 Our best views were after emerging from Cefn-y-coed, where we could clearly see across the Dee estuary towards Hilbre Island and the Wirral. At one point Liverpool's Anglican cathedral could be clearly seen on the horizon.
 Soon after taking the path at Cefn Smallholdings, we encountered the first problem, but Ed deftly used a pair of secateurs to open up a way through.
 Several paths had the potential of being flooded and causing us to rethink our options, but today it a minor road at Ffordd-y-Dre that was flooded.
 We decide to head towards Pentre Bagillt to pick up another path that would lead us to a point where we could rejoin the original route or head for the coast.
 It wasn't long before we encountered another stile totally overgrown with Holly and decide this needed more that secateurs and retraced our steps until we could enter the field at another spot.
 By now most of us had decided that the walk planned for the afternoon, wasn't going to happen, so we headed for the coast at the Bettisfield Colliery site (now a car scrap yard). As it was after 12-00, we decided to have lunch, where we spotted some concrete blocks in a nearby wooded area that meant we had a dry place to sit and were sheltered from the wind. We could even train spot at the same time, if we were so inclined.
 Just after lunch David spotted a sign for the Milwr Tunnel, and mentioned he had always wondered where it came out on the coast - it wasn't long before we were to find out.
 After visiting "happy bushes", we ended up exploring the coastal flood plain North and west of Dee Quay, before rejoining the official Coastal Path to Greenfield Dock.
 The last part of our walk took us through the Greenfield Heritage Park along the old railway track back to Holywell. As we headed down Halkyn Street, a local resident stopped us and explained that she was in dispute with a neighbour about Footpath 10 that had been going on for many years.
  Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, House sparrow, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Black-billed magpie, Common redshank, Oystercatcher, Common coot, Black-headed gull, Goldfinch, Grey heron, Mallard, Lapwing, Great cormorant, Herring gull, Common starling and Wood nuthatch.
 We arrived back at the car, having had a varied and at times with unexpected challenges. Although the walk was slightly shorter than planned, our legs still knew that they had been on a good walk -  extra mileage wasn't necessary!
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at home, for me after cleaning boots, a cup of tea with a dash of whiskey added.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Northop Hall,Wepre Park and Ewloe Green 10th February 2018

St. Mary's Church, Northop Hall.
The footpath through Coed Moch.
A few Crocus flowering in Wepre Country Park.
"Are you sure this is the way to the waterfall?"
The waterfall.
The boardwalk along the West side of Wepre Brook.
Ewloe Castle and our lunch spot.
Crossing a trinutary of Wepre Brook on our way to Castle Hill Farm.
Snowdrops on the verge in Green Lane.
Is this a first - a chimp on top of the gate post.
Catkins out - another sign of Spring.
From a chimp to a monkey!
Walk stats: 7.7 miles.  Climb: 668'.
(8.2 miles and 708' if you include the walk up the hill to the Top Monkey and back to the cars).
Time: 4 hours 10 minutes (Time in the Top Monkey not included!)
Group: Martyn and Ed.
The weather forecast for Bangor was for heavy rain all day, but Ed spotted that there was a window of "not so wet" forecast for parts of Flintshire and suggested we have a walk starting from Northop Hall.
 This we did, setting off from the Institute Lane car park just as the rain stopped. It didn't last and as we headed along the path through Coed Moch, we were accompanied by very light drizzle. At this point it seemed very warm, almost "boil in bag" syndrome in  my Winter Paramo gear. 
 Singing birds seemed to be everywhere on the the walk, reminding us that Spring is on its way.
 Arriving at Wepre Park, the rain stopped - feeling on the warm  side our only problem. the ambient  for the rest of the walk must have been in double figures, especially when the Sun began to shine.
 After following Ed's rather circuitous  route we eventually arrived at the waterfall on Wepre Brook.  Our route then took along the boardwalk on the West side of Wepre Brook before climbing to Ewloe Castle where we found part of the wall a suitable place to sit a we had lunch, serenaded by Blue tits and Great tits.
 Once we left Wepre Park, most of our walk was along roads, but at least the busy ones had pavements and we knew mud wasn't going to be a problem. 
 Green Lane and Magazine Lane were very quiet lanes and where we came across the entrance to a property that had chimpanzees sitting on top of the gate posts. 
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Common blackbird, Blue tit, Great tit, Long-tailed tit, Black-billed magpie, Eurasian jay, Wood nuthatch, European robin, Woodpigeon and Rook.
 We arrived back at the cars, having had a good walk, when at one time we thought we wouldn't get a walk in at all.
 Although we thought the walk had made us tireder than we should, we decided to walk up the road to the nearest hostelry, rather than take the cars.
 After seeing chimps earlier, it seemed appropriate that we should call in at the Top Monkey for refreshments before heading home. I enjoyed my Pepsi while Ed enjoyed a Hobgoblin (not my favourite real ale - hence the Pepsi)

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A Red Fox Adventure and Harris Hikers Annual Walkers Meal 7th February 2018

The start and finish of our walk today.
Looking across the green at Thornton Hough..
The  smithy's workshop at Thornton Hough.
St., George's United Reform Church, Thornton Hough.
The parish church  of All Saints Church, Thornton Hough.
Our first opportunity of to negotiate mud,
The parish church  of All Saints Church, Thornton Hough - round two.
Our second chance to negotiate a very muddy section.
Walk stats: Distance: 6.0 miles. Climb:126'.
Time: 3 hours 3 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.h Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h. 
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Annie, Nigel T, Celia and Wendy.
Joining us for the meal: David S and Anne, Naomi D, Dave and Sylvia.
It is always good to catch up with our friends that have walked with us in the past, but that for one reason or other have been unable to do so in more recent times.
 On Monday I confirmed a table for 23, by 09-00 today, circumstances meant we were down to just twelve for the meal!
 Just seven of us set off on the walk, the smallest number ever for our Annual Walkers Meal, but on such a glorious day we knew we would enjoy it.
 This was quite a pleasant low level walk, and we didn't anticipate ant problems and we had been warned that places could be muddy. However we didn't expect it o be so muddy!
 The walk went through the delightful village of Thornton Hough with its village green (and PCs still open) and the black and white cottages typical of the area.
 our first encounter with muddy paths came as we left Thornton Hough for Brimstage.  Some managed to escape into the nearby field and in so doing limited their challenge.
 Eventually we arrived back at Thornton Hough, we most of us stopped for drinks (Not art the Star), while  Celia decide to go into the United Reform Church.
 The described route mow involved retracing our step along Liverpool Road  to the Red Fox. As every walker knows if you have an OS Map you look for ways to avoid this heinous crime!
 We decide to the best option was to take the Raby Road and follow a path that led straight from Raby back to the Red Fox. A good idea, but a big mistake! This was a path that could rightly challenge for "muddiest path on the Wirral".
 I ended up well in front at this point, as I had been going as fast as I could to avoid hearing any whinges coming from the following troops!
 We arrived back the car, a little later than planned, but had had a good walk in warm sunshine, so warm that for the last couple of miles I walked in a short sleeved shirt having put my Winter jacket in my rucksack.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common starling, Rook, House sparrow, Jackdaw, Common buzzard, Herring gull, Black-headed gull, Lapwing, Carrion crow, Woodpigeon, Common chaffinch, Common blackbird and Common kestrel.
 Our experience at the Red Fox today was excellent from the bar staff and the young lady that took charge of our table. The way she took our orders and kept track of our orders was the best I have experienced in any of these Brunning and Price establishments. We all enjoyed our meal choices and were in agreement when I suggested that there was a good chance we would go to the Red Fox for our Annual Meal in 2019.
 On this occasion I enjoyed one or two of their real ciders, but Facer's Sunshine Bitter went down well with others. I'm sure Celia was happy with the choice of lagers too!
 A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the card and towards the generous cash gift, very welcome as I have just bought a set of printer ink cartridges.
 Arriving home, I discovered that my boots weren't as muddy as I had expected, but I'll still leave it until tomorrow before I clean them!