What an excellent walk – no big climbs – no muddy bits – lots of sunshine – and to cap it all wonderful countryside: thank you Vivien for all the hard work you put into the route finding etc.
A short drive to the car park in Chirbury and then a walk of a few hundred metres back down the Forden road got us out onto the open fields with blue sky and skylarks. We headed generally westish toward Offa’s Dyke and then south along the Dyke footpath and then east via Whitely and Timberth to meet the A490. Here we dodged the traffic for 5 minutes or so before climbing a stile to take us down into Marrington Dingle where we lunched on a bridge across the Camlad.
The last paragraph does not do justice to the total ‘niceness’ of the landscape, the views and the flora and fauna – just look at the bird count below.
Marrington Dingle was in fine form on Sunday. If you have not been into the dingle you must go – especially in late spring – it is just gorgeous. Not a place to stride along but just to stroll gently and try to take it all in.
Many thanks to Annie for the pics. I thought I had got it right with my camera this time, but no: went to take a picture (like the cracking one on the right) and my camera announces ‘Your memory card is full.’ I said “Oh dear me!” and asked Annie to be the photographer for the day. Have a look in the gallery for her fab pics.
Bird Count – a really good day
- Yellow hammer – lots
- Whitethroat – a couple
- Skylark – lots
- Lapwing – three
- Grey wagtail – single
- Heron – single
- Blackcap – several
- Garden warbler – single
- Tawny owl – single
- Plus all the usual suspects – buzzard – kite – dunnock etc