Thursday walk 23 March-Report

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    mike doyle
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    After the heavy rain earlier in the week Thursday saw more settled conditions tempting 12 members to assemble near Fairholmes.
    We quickly climbed to Woodcock Coppice where an easy descent led past Rowlee Farm,across the A57 and along the south side of the Woodlands valley.Here we enjoyed the views towards the entrance to the Alport valley while enjoying the usual morning coffe break.
    Following coffee we soon reached the Alport Bridge and continued up the valley to Alport Farm.Crossing the river a stiff climb took us to the foot of the impressive Alport cliffs where we stopped for lunch on an elevated and impressive viewpoint.
    Lunch over we completed the climb with a small detour to view the Tower.At the top we walked over to the usual vantage point where a temporary hide has been erected to allow views of nesting Peregrines.
    Leaving this impressive spot we walked along the ridge back to Woodcock Coppice from where we retraced our morning’s steps to the free parking by Fairholmes.
    An excellent walk with some great views and no rain-although the leader’s prediction of it being mud free proved to be a little over optimistic given the heavy rainfall in the days before!
    Mike

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