We couldn't have asked for a better day! We started off at 10.30 am on a
dry day under clear blue skies with just a little 'nip' in the air. Seven
people turned up for the walk through the Tame Valley, suitably dressed and
armed with binoculars, cameras and back packs.
We started from Newton Hall in Hyde and made our way through the Tame Valley
in Hyde to Denton, Woodley and Bredbury all to the sound birdsong. We then
circled to come home giving the total walk an approximate distance of 5 miles.
Along the way, we stopped at Humes Pit, an old coal mining pit outside of
Woodley and walked along by the Hyde-Denton canal (see photos).
We spotted Canadian Geese, long tailed tits, blue tits, robins, herons, a
hawk and even spotted a 'flyer' of a different kind -
the rocket made by Steve Bennet at the outset of our journey.
We had all worked up a very good appetite by the time we reached "The Cheshire
Ring" pub, our last stop in Hyde, for hot minestrone soup, sandwiches, coffee,
tea, biscuits and a good chat.
Special thanks are due to Paul Heaton for organising the walk and lunch at
the pub. It was a memorable day and he did a first class job!