The rain soon eased and stopped, with a blue sky and fluffy clouds eventually taking over.
Near the top of Alderley Edge we passed this small trough, as we have done many times before. We wondered as to its provenance.
There was a clear view towards Manchester from the top of the edge. As usual you need to click on the image for a better version/slideshow.
Beyond these green fields are the M62 motorway and the cloud smothered summits of the South Pennines.
We made our way down Artists Lane and Welsh Row, where huge beech trees appear to be rooted to a small cliff edge.
There are many happy borders full of nodding daffodils. Graeme stopped to photograph this one, so I did likewise, but there were many more similar opportunities.
We finished in bright sunshine after a most pleasant morning's walk, refreshed by the warmth of spring and the beauty of the English countryside. There are worst places to have been Locked Down.
Here's today's 14 km route. It took us three and a half hours. The selection of paths from Graeme's house is almost a match for those from Bowland Climber's house in Longridge.
Covid restrictions are due to be relaxed next week, with groups of six being allowed outdoors, and travel a little way from home being acceptable. I've therefore produced a provisional programme of walks on which a very limited number of people (up to six) will be welcome. Do let me know if you fancy joining me on any of these outings. Details (and information about any changes) will appear here shortly.
Thursday 1 April - 11 km around Thurstaston in the Wirral. Meet at the Wirral Way car park - SJ 239 834. Take a sandwich.