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.