I woke up this morning to lovely sunshine so I decided to do part of my favourite walk through Cheshire.
The Sandstone Trail runs through the centre of the county North to South following the sandstone ridge for 34 miles. Its a fabulous walk and there are many guide books describing short circular walks which enable you to do the whole trail in sections.
My walk today to me up to the highest point of the trail Rawhead.
OK so 227m (746ft) isn't very high and it was a pleasant stroll and as Cheshire is a flat county you can see for miles on a clear day.
Today was a clear day.... and I could make out both of Liverpools cathedrals in the distance.
The Sandstone Trail is very well maintained and has regular markers throughout the route...
...handy to rest on now and again.
Rawhead has a a trig point...there are 6557 of these in the UK...
...or at least there were as some no longer exist.
Britain was mapped by the Ordnace Survey and trig points were built from 1935 to provide a mounting point for their theodolites.
I have added a link if you wish to read more.
I don't know why but I decided to retrace my steps instead of continuing on my chosen route.
"mind your head!"Sandstone outcrops and old quarries are seen along the whole trail.
Don't do it often....so I wonder where the "laughter lines" came from.
As I said I don't know what made me retrace my steps but I was so pleased I did. As I returned tomy car I passed a field and saw three guys with a couple of falcons. I am not shy in coming forward so just walked over and asked if I could take images of their birds. Goshawks are beautiful and I was told these were on their first trip out into the countryside.
I assume they are captive bred birds being trained for display.
Sorry I forgot to ask.
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)A beautiful sunny day,a lovely walk and a serendipity moment to put the icing on the cake.
I have a lot more of my day to share including more images of the Goshawks...
...and a sandstone Elephant and Castle?