A Christmas message from Sarah and Kelly at the Crown Hotel.
Starting off across the fields in glorious sunshine.
Phil giving advice on how to cross rhe stream safely.
The Clwydians from a path on the return route to the Crown Hotel.
Walk stats: Distance:5.5 miles, Climb:723'.
Time: 3 hours 0 minutes; On the move walking average:2.3 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:1.8 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Roger, Fran and Tito, Sylvia and Dave J., Phil, Tim and Carol, Annie H., Sue and Michel and Sheila and Gordon joined us for the meal at the Crown Hotel.
This was a glorious day for a Winter walk, sunshine, largely blue skies, frozen, but thawing ground underfoot and a biting wind to remind us that the days for wearing shorts were over for another year.
It's not often that we follow a walk description exactly, but today we did, and the section contouring around the Western edge of the moor on the return half of the walk, gave us some superb views towards the Llantysilo Mountains and the Clwydians.
At about 11-30 we stopped for a snack that included fruit cake (provided by Martyn), cheese (provided by Fran) and Panettone (provided by Sue), a little too much had we known the size of our meals to come.
Birds seen or heard today included:Coal tit, Blue tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, House sparrow, Canada goose, Kestrel, Buzzard, Blackbird, Carrion crow, Raven, Black-billed magpie, Mistle thrush and Red-legged partridge.
We arrived back at the Crown a little earlier than planned, but Sarah spotted us and opened up for us.
As ever we were warmly welcomed by by Sarah, leaving Kelly slaving away in the kitchen. We enjoyed our drinks as we sat quite close to the wood burning stove in the main bar area. We didn't realise it, but Sarah and Kelly had set out the new restaurant area for our meal together and had put out Christmas crackers too.
The meals were superb, and one or two of us were impressed by the size of the bacon and black pudding starter, it could have been a main meal on its own! At last Tito had the Chef's Mega Mixed Grill, but he couldn't finish it on his own. Only Phil had a dessert, having not had a starter, but no-one else had inclination to join him, our eyes may have been willing, but our stomachs couldn't cope. Extra mega sized chips were provided, but alas we couldn't do them justice, and we did try!
The meal was finished by Sarah bringing out coffee and Mince pies for all those that could cope.
We all left very contented and looking forward to our next meal at the Crown Hotel.