Over the Hill

Over the Hill

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10.05.13. Frodsham Hill from Helsby Hill. Bill Morton.Sandstone trail. Bill Morton.A sandstone ridge runs 33 miles along the edge of Whitchurch on the Cheshire/ Staffordshire border and terminates at Pex Hill (north Widnes).The trail from Whitchurch to Frodsham (or visa versa) is the Sandstone trail which Sparky and I completed in a days walk a few years ago. I would highly recommend anyone with the time and fitness to try to take in at least part of this walk which meanders its way through some of Cheshire’s finest scenery.

There is a reason why I mention this walk which officially starts from the Bears Paw pub in Frodsham (and, not just for a swift pint before the walk starts). The reason is the opportunity to extend the trail by adding Frodsham Marsh in to the start if only to boost the walk bird list.

The views from the hills that lay ahead (or like us to look back on) were 250 Million years in the making and rightly deserve the feeling of an accomplishment starting or ending an epic hike.

Attached are a few images (I took yesterday and yesteryear) of the views from the hills which you can enjoy on the walk. On a clear day the skyline from Helsby and Frodsham hills take in North Wales, Liverpool, Manchester, the Pennines, the Lancashire fells, the Cheshire Plain Jodrell Bank, Winter Hill and at least three Iron Age Hill Forts.

Follow the link below to download a copy of the Sandstone Trail route:

Map of Sandstone Trail in Cheshire 

Click the images for a larger version.

Sandstone trail. Bill Morton.

Sandstone trail. Bill Morton.10.05.13. Frodsham Marsh from Helsby Hill. Bill Morton.10.05.13. Frodsham Marsh from Helsby Hill. Bill Morton.10.05.13. Liverpool skyline from Helsby Hill. Bill Morton.
10.05.13. Sunsetting over Stanlow Oil Refinery. Bill Morton.

11.05.13. Birdlog

11.05.13. Birdlog (WeBS count)

Pied Wagtail. Bill Morton.

Surprisingly very little to report on the rising tide from No 6 tank. 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Mallard and 4 Common Shelduck being the highlights.

A male Marsh Harrier hunting over No 6 tank was watched over by 5 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin. 55 Whimbrel and an additional 30 Ringed Plover over No 1 tank was again notable. 4 Wheatear and 3 Yellow Wagtail also on that tank were sheltering from the strong westerly wind. A steady passage of hirundines and Swifts were moving through to the West along the ship canal.

Observers: Frank Duff, WSM (and image).

Very blustery on the exposed northern edge of No.4 tank sightings included:- Pairs of Greylags, Gadwall, and 12 paired Tufted Duck at the Pumping Station pools. Canal pools: Single Great.crested Grebe, 20 Coot, 15 Sand Martin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail newly fledged Canada goslings. 18 Mutes and another pair of Gadwall in a field near Hill View Farm.

Observer: Brian Rimmer.