The Weather forecast definitely told us not to go. Some of the members thought it was a bit wet and wild for a river walk. The Women of Whitley WI’s Walking group never give up, so eight semi-reluctant members travelled to Acton Bridge to order lunch before setting off.
Coffee was our original destination, but after a very muddy ascent and a doubly muddy canal walk, these plans changed as the coffee shop was unobligingly closed.
This minor problem didn’t deter our seasoned walkers. It was good to be outside and really, thinking about getting wet and cold was far worse than actually being outside. The air was fresh and cobwebs blown away.
The River Weaver looked deep and free flowing with resident cormorants (or were they herons?) enjoying the weather and surroundings.
Views of the black and white Cheshire bridges as well as the historic Dutton Locks were enjoyed. One member showed us a photograph of her husband as a young boy, displayed on an information board commemorating flooding at Dutton many years previously. It was sadly too wet to take photographs along the route, as cameras and iPhones might not have lived to tell the tale.
As predicted by the forecast, the rain eventually stopped just as the walk finished. The happy chatter and teamwork of our walking group made us all winners.
So a good day all round… It showed that even wet days can end in sunshine.
Thanks to all who made this walk one to remember.