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When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday and Saturdays, New Years day and May Day. How many walk? Walks take place as long as there are at least 2 wanting to walk on that day. More walk on a Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 mid-week and 3-4 on Saturday. Where do we walk? Saturday: Anywhere in North and Mid-Wales, Peak District, Shropshire and the Long Mynd and as far North as the Trough of Bowland. Thursday: Anywhere within about 40 miles of Chester. Type of walk: Distance: 6 – 14 miles. Climb: up to 4000’ (but usually very much less!). Those involved in 2017:- Martyn Harris, Fran Murphy, Sue and Michel Pelissier, Annie Hammond, Sue and Dave Pearson, Mike Dodd, David and Anne Savage, Celia de Mengle, Wendy and Ian Peers, Roger and Margaret Smith, Tim and Carol Dwyer, Paul Collinson, Phil Marsland, Sylvia and Dave Jenkins, Sheila McNee, Ed Meads, Elaine and John Greenhalgh.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Golden Grove, Coed Bell and Voelnant 23rd September 2010

The first climb of the day, just what we wanted!
Guardians of the gate!
On route to Gwaenysgor.
Looking towards the Great Orme from Offa's Dyke footpath above Prestatyn.
Lunch time on the outskirts of Prestatyn. I didn't dare to askTito what he was was doing!
A delightful footpath!

Walk stats: Distance: 8.1 miles; Climb:1267'.
Time:4 hours 29 minutes; On the move walking average:2.2 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Richard, Roger, Gordon, Annie H., Phil, Sue and Michel, Sylvia and Dave J., Fran and Tito.
What a lovely walking walking, a little on the warm side, but patchy blue skies and plenty of sunshine and no need for waterproofs. This was true until 13-45 when it started to rain,gently at first, but quite heavy at times and it lasted for about half an hour. At least it was warm rain! Only one member of the group braved the elements without putting on his waterproof, but thankfully, like others, he changed into a dry set of clothes back at the car.
It is always good to start in the picturesque village of Llansana before climbing towards Golden Grove and onto Gwaensygnor.
The best views of the day were from the Offa's Dyke footpath on the approach to Prestatyn where the Great Orme too was clearly in sunshine.
Lunch was taken at our usual spot where we enjoyed the new seats that gave us superb views over Prestatyn and across the Dee estuary towards Liverpool and the Wirral. Lunch was taken just before 12-00, despite Fran declaring that it was too early!
As we approached Gronant it started to rain, but thankfully we were only just over a mile away from the car and the rain had stopped by the time that we were back in Llanasa.
Birds seen or heard today included: Grey Heron, Snipe, Skylark, House sparrow, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Raven, Mallard, Pheasant, Moorhen, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Black-billed magpie, Woodpigeon and Buzzard.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn. It was good to find that the new landlady intends to keep the same opening times as the previous licensees.

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