On Sunday Peter, Badger and I went off the the Macclesfield Sheep Dog Trials. Where are all the signs? I thought. Typically we had got the dates wrong. There was nothing else left to do but go to the pub for lunch.
Mmmm. That was good. Now for a walk. One of the local longish distance walks, is the Gritstone Trail. I have done quite a bit of this trail but never the part that starts near the pub by Macclesfield Forrest. Off we started our back to Teggs Nose.
This is part of a country park and is very popular with walkers and riders. I once did a cross country race which finished running up that hill. The area we were walking in is on the edge of the Peak District and the Cheshire Plain and is very good farming land.
That's enough for the fauna, now for some flora:
Rowan (Mountain Ash), Yarrow (Achillea Milefolium), Harebells and Rosebay Willow Herb.
The yarrow is mythically the herb that Achilles used to stuff in his injured ankle to try to heal it. Yarrow is a great medicinal herb and tea made from the leaves is brilliant for colds and flu. Rosebay Willow Herb is Jemima's favourite flower. She once tried to use it as a password for her ebay account, but they weren't having any of it, as it included the word 'ebay' in it.
We eventually came to the edge of Macclesfield Forrest.
A number of years ago the police found a stash of weapons hidden in the forrest by the IRA. Through the forrest and back to Ridgegate Resevoir with some coots for Maalie.
It was really nice to go for a walk so close to home that we hadn't done before. And of course, Badger loved it!