Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Walking Three Shires Head

Derbyshire. Wednesday 26-April-2023.

We headed west the next day to just south of Buxton where our walk included the Three Shires Head, the junction of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Different terrain from the previous day, birds and animals were today's highlights.

Our walk started and ended at Flash which previously had a reputation for being a centre for illegal activities such as cock fighting and counterfeiting ('Flash money').

Our first sighting was a herd of red deer.

We saw this Wheatear plus Greenfinches, Reed Bunting and lots of Curlews. Yesterday was extremely quiet but today we had bird song all around us, including Greenshank, Chaffinch and others we could not identify.

Three Shires Head lies at the junction of several ancient tracks, two streams and three counties; Derbyshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. It was once an important crossing point over the River Dane for trains of packhorses and a place where the horses could be rested and watered.

Not as scenic as yesterday but still with some lovely views.

Cute lambs of every colour: Snow White here ...

... white and black here ....

... and mostly black towards the end of our walk

Our third consecutive day of walking and that's it for the week.

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