Looking across the Dee estuary towards the Wirral bathed in sunshine.
Nearly there, and the Sun is still shining
Plums, glorious plums or should it be "hold your plums"!
Walk stats: distance: 12.0 miles; Climb:1610'.
Time: 6 hours 7 minutes; On the move walking average:2.4 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:1.9 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Richard, Roger, Phil, Sylvia and Dave J., Annie H., Sue and Michel.
The weather today was much kinder than we were expecting. Only a few minutes of rain throughout and the rest of the mainly in sunshine, and at times we were even accompanied by a lovely cooling breeze!
This walk was more of a challenge than usual, we soon found ourselves trekking through what seemed like a wilderness and for someone in shorts it wasn't good news!
This hazard over, we were soon able to enjoy superb views across the Dee estuary as we descended back down to New Brighton (East of Bagillt).
Other challenges included a very muddy section through the wood just outside Holywell (our own fault the better path was about 20 feet higher, I (we) must remember next time!).
The surprise of the day was to find a kissing gate erected in a 6' fence that had in the past been a barrier only 1 foot away from a stile and a waymark sign through it.
The highlight of the day, for some, was a tree full of ripe plums, slowing us down just a little!
Birds seen or heard today included; House sparrow, Common starling, Barn swallow, House martin, Blackbird, Great tit, Jay, Black-billed magpie, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Carrion crow, Black-headed gull, Nuthatch and Jackdaw.
Butterflies seen included; Red admiral and a Peacock.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn. The Lees bitter went down well, a pity I was driving!