Toady's walk was more for exercise than birds: White Coppice - Great Hill - Spitlers Edge - Sam Pasture - Lead Mine Clough - Jepson's Gate - High Bullough - Anglezarke - Stronstrey Bank - White Coppice. A 4-hour mainly moorland walk.
A fair proportion of Spitlers Edge is covered by substantial flagstones (about 6 inches thick). Although somewhat out of character, I am generally in favour of them because, far from destroying the natural habitats they cross, they actually preserve them. I see so many pathways widened when mountain bikers muddy them ... so walkers create parallel paths which the bikers also use ... and before long there is a 10- 6ft wide path eating into the landscape. The flagstones, if properly laid, don't erode so walkers and bikers stick to the paths and encroachment into specialised habitats doesn't tend to happen. It's also prevents casual walkers getting lost! What do you think?
Sightings included green woodpeckers, stonechat, several curlew, lapwing, larks & pipits singing everywhere on the moors, buzzard, kestrel, oystercatcher, little grebe & goosander. And let's not forget the dazzling reflections from the pools nesting in the peat.
And man's best friend? A jogger's dog, all proud ears and tail, running alongside his master carefully carrying his all-important water bottle in its mouth. Ahhhhh!
Photo of Spitlers Edge copied from www.altrincham-ramblers.org.uk. Curlew by Colin Smith - follow the link in the side bar to his website- well worth a visit.