Walks 2012

Also in 2012: Events, Garden, Skiing, Visits, Walks, Paul, Stephen (also family visit), Michael. Holidays: Munich, Somerset, Wexford. Horus, the Hawk

Onecote and Grindon
New Year 2012

New Year's Day

Retreat from the rain!

Oakamoor again
2nd January 2012

along the Hamps

protection from the low sun!

Grindon Church

The 1947 air crash memorial

descent into Oakamoor

Shugborough and Cannock Chase
January 2012

Shugborough Park

Shugborough tunnel

Shugborough Hall

the Trent Bridge

The confluence of the Trent and the Sow

Trent and Mersey Canal

Cannock Chase
the Stepping Stones

Waterhouses, Waterfall and the Hamps
February 2012

Silver Jubilee memorial

Leek and Manifold Valley Goods Shed

The Hamps

across the fields to Waterfall

A Pinfold

St James and St Bartholomew

a perched lunch spot

an idyllic side valley

The former track of the Leek and Manifold ...

... in the Hamps valley

Waterhouses, Calton and the Hamps
February 2012

The goods shed, Leek & Manifold

St Mary's, Calton

Snowdrops in profusion

Calton Village Hall

A new house with the owner/builder

Sheep on Mere Hill ...

... following the feeder

distant Grindon

The Manifold Valley

Beeston Tor

confluence of the Hamps and Manifold

The Cauldon cement works
from the Hamps Valley

February 2012

in the frost and snow

Cannock Chase and Shugborough
March 2012



by the Canal

Stoke to London Express


Crossing the Trent

Shugborough Park

The Great Orme, Llandudno
March 2012

The Little Orme from the Haulfre Gardens

Wood Anenomes

Conwy Bay at low tide

The summit buildings

Cheddar Gorge
March 2012

on the Mendip Way

Looking West

Brent Knoll

Mendip scenery

The Gorge



down into the Gorge

Ilam and the Manifold
April 2012

Ilam Hall

Ilam Church

Wood Anenomies (morning)

Wood Anenomies (afternoon)

The Manifold Valley

Lambing time

Caston Hall (from the hill opposite)

Beeston Tor

Ruins of Throwley Hall and the farm from the opposite hill

Throwley Hall

Re-crossing the manifold

The Battle Stone

Ilam again; walk in the opposite direction
April 2012

across the Manifold

The Manifold Valley

approaching Beeston Tor

Primroses and violets

Beeston Tor

The stepping stones across the Manifold

Confluence of the Hamps and the Manifold

Peak District silhouette

Wild Garlic

Caldon Low cement works

Rambler's Retreat, Alton and Oakamoor
May 2012

Start at Lord's Bridge

Alton Station in the Churnet Valley

Alton: the Roundhouse Prison

Alton Castle

from Toothill

Churnet Valley from Toothill

crossing the Dimming brook

Dimmingsdale Wood

Oakamoor Tunnel

Oakamoor station

Macclesfield Forst and Walker Barn
May 2012

Start at the visitor centre catering van, The Nice Nosh

Sutton Mast

Jodrell Bank

Tegg's Nose and Ridegate Reservoir
from Nessit Hill

Shining Tor and Forest Chapel
from Nessit Hill

Forest Chapel
from Nessit Hill

Toot Hill
from Nessit Hill

from Nessit Hill

Forest Chapel

The Chapel

up Charity Lane

Shutlingsloe from Charity Lane

on Toot Hill

Tegg's Nose from Warrilow Head

Walker Barn

in Tegg's Nose Wood

Bottoms Reservoir

Great Crested Grebe

his mate on the nest

Back to oatcakes at the Nice Nosh

June 2012


Crag Hall, Wildboarclough

The summit

the other side

a murky farewell

Cannock Chase
June 2012

Marquis Drive

top of Haywood Slade

The Stepping Stones

The Sherbrook Valley

The Katyn Memorial

July 2012

The neo classical arch

The house

the stables

Little Haywood
Tower of St Mary's Church

The Monsal Trail
July 2012


appraoching Great Longstone station

Thornbridge Hall

Great Mullein

Headstone Tunnel

looking back at Monsal Head

Upperdale farm

Cressbrook Mill

Cressbrook tunnel

Litton tunnel

Litton Mill


Miller's Dale

The Wrekin
August 2012

Ironbridge Power Station

The Brown Clee Hill before the rain

sheltering from the rain

resourceful family

September 2012

on the Devil's Chair

Snailbeach Lead Mine Chimney

Pontesbury Hill

The Wrekin

An absent footpath!

Earl's Hill, Pontesbury
September 2012

Earl's Hill

Is that the Wrekin?

The Stiperstones

Caer Caradoc


Crossing the Habberly Brook

Longdon Manor

from Oaks Wood

Speckled Wood

Caer Caradoc & Hope Bowdler Hill
October 2012

Caer Caradoc
from Hope Bowdler

The Lawley

The Lawley and the Wrekin

The Brown Clee Hills from the summit of Caer Caradoc

Church Stretton

The Lawley and the Wrekin

Hope Bowdler Hill

The Long Mynd

Willstone Hill

down to the valley

Caer Caradoc from the summit of Hope Bowdler

The Wrekin

various funghi

Brook Cottage, Cardington

St James Church

Shugborough and Cannock Chase
October 2012

with the camera in the new phone

Shugborough Park
with the new phone

Turkey displaying
with the new phone

his mate unimpressed
with the new phone

The Hall
with the new phone

Flooded fields
with the new phone

crossing the swollen Trent
with the new phone

Cwm Idwal
October 2012
with the camera in the new phone

Y Garn

Llyn Idwal and the Devil's Kitchen


Tryfan and Llyn Idwal

Pen-Yr-Ol-Wen and Llyn Idwal

Devil's Kitchen

Pen-Yr-Ol-Wen and Llyn Idwal

Idwal Cottage

SCR Walk: Balwin's Gate to Acton and Whitmore

Baldwin's Gate, before

Acton, Staffordshire
October 2012

Weslyan Church
being converted


Earl's Hill
October 2012

Climbing Earl's Hill

The Wrekin

Breidden Hills


Caer Caradoc


Autumn Fungus

Caer Caradoc

Earl's Hill

Tegg's Nose & Macclesfield Forest, November 2012

Tegg's Nose from Macclesfield Forest

reflection in Ridgegate Reservoir

Ridgegate Reservoir

Jodrell Bank in the sun


Sutton Common Mast

The Quarry

Macclesfield Forest
our route

Tegg's Nose from the entrance to Macclesfield Forest

Shining Tor

The Cat & Fiddle from Charity Lane

Forest Chapel

Katyn Memorial & Cannock Chase
November 2012

The Katyn Memorial

on the Heart of England Way

Marquis Drive Trig. Point

The Stepping Stones - flooded

The Glacial Boulder ...

... and adjacent Trig. Point

Macclesfield Forest
December 2012

Toiling up Buxtor's Hill

Toot Hill


Forest Chapel

in the forest on Toot Hill

Tegg's Nose in the frost

Tittesworth Reservoir
December 2012

The Roaches

Gulls on the ice

The Dam wall

The water intake

The Roaches, Hen Cloud, Ramshaw Rocks

Avon Gorge
December 2012

Near the bridge, Clifton

The Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Avon

in the Gorge

nearing Pill

The M5 viaduct from Pill

Macclesfield Forest (twice)
December 2012

Boxing Day
Tegg's Nose

on the Tegg's Nose trail

Climbing upto the forest

A decorated tree

Forest Chapel

Nativity scene

December 30th
Shutlingsloe from the Hanging Gate Ridge

Sutton Common mast from the Hanging Gate Ridge

Tegg's Nose from Nessit Hill

Shining Tor from Nessit Hill

Macclesfield Forest (Toot Hill)

Shutlingsloe with a darkening sky

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