An early star of the day and the bird of the day , a dipper on the Afon Ystrad.
The entrance to Denbigh Castle, closed even to CADW members!
All in single file, you can tell most of them must have bee teachers!
St Marcella's Church, the parish church of Denbigh.
"Do you know what that dog did? He left is mark on my boot!"
Who could have said that?
"Can you believe it? All this fuss about a "Royal" wedding!
Walk stats: Distance:10.1 miles; Climb:598'.
Time: 4 hours 55 minutes; On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Roger, Phil, Sylvia and Dave J, Gordon, Annie H., Sue and Michel.
What a good day for walking this turned out to be. We had a good start to the walk when we saw a pair of Dippers just upstream from the Brookhouse weir. Later on we met a group of Denbigh ladies on their regular walk that informed us that it never rains on a Thursday! We were happy to confirm that even today for us it turned out to be true.
Lunch stop opportunities were somewhat in doubt one someone in the group had spurned the seats in grounds of St. Marcela's Church and raced ahead. Eventually we were able to take advantage of sitting on a wall on a bridge overthe Afon Clwyd just south of Lleweni Hall.
The return along the banks of the Afon Clwyd wasn't as wet as we were expecting, but it did have its "claggy" moments!
The return rout on the raised embankment along the Afon Ysdtrad was far more hazardous than was desirable to say the least! We encountered several fallen trees that blocked the path, and in one case we, despite being in the "wrinkly" group, had to return to a posture more appropriate to the under two!
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Chaffinch, Dipper, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Raven, Common buzzard, Herring gull, Black-headed gull, Blue tit, European robin, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Redwing, Mistle thrush, Nuthatch, Mute swan, Great cormorant, Teal, Mallard, Grey heron and Winter wren.
We arrived back at the cars, more tired than we expected, but agreeing that these two walks combined well, especially heading for Denbigh Castle first.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn. The Lees bitter was superb, a credit to the new landlady, but we had confidence in her when we knew she was taking over the licensee from Sarah and Kelly.