After many months of lockdown the St. John’s Church group finally ventured out on the first walk.
We welcomed back Eric and Helen and as a decision had been made to not share cars, we began our journey by walking through the churchyard, along Kendal Road, down to Coniston Road and up to Silverdale Close where we picked up Wendy and Trish.
Being late Sunday afternoon, Sheepbridge Trading Estate was devoid of traffic and workers, the only sounds being our boots on the ground and our tongues chattering. We travelled on a broad, man-made path, bordered for much of the way by Himalayan Balsam, an invasive plant loved by bees. We came across a couple who seemed to be examining the blossom unaware of the name and growing habit of the species. Hopefully they didn’t take a cutting for their garden.
As well as Dunston and Sheepbridge, the walk took in Old Whittington and Barlow, through woods, across fields, footpaths, bridleways and by the side of the road, seeing colourful hedgerows and field boundaries.
Next month’s walk on Sunday 5th September will be led by Steve and Julie beginning in the New Whittington area and making our way towards Hundall, West Handley and Nether Handley. We will meet at 12 noon outside the church with a packed lunch and anyone wishing to join us will be made very welcome.