The weather forecast wasn't good, and by the time we arrived at the Prestatyn Coastal car park, the rain was torrential. We sat in the car watching the waves crashing on the shore with a few waders feeding on the water edge. The offshore wind turbines at this point couldn't even be seen. After about half an hour, the rain eased slightly and the wind turbines came into view. However this wasn't enough to encourage Martyn, Gordon, Celia and Annie to don their waterproofs and set off.
Undeterred Tim, Sylvia and Dave J set off on the planned walk, whilst the rest of us went home. I even got wet walking from the bottom of the steps to the door at the Britannia Inn in the hope that it would be open, but alas it wasn't and Gordon had to miss out on his bowl of chips! This convinced me to conclude that it was the four dry "chickens" that had made the right decision to eat their packed lunches in front of the fire at home!
The birds seen on the shore as we waited included:Black-headed gull, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Herring gull and Carrion crow.
A report from the three (must have got wet) walkers may appear later!
- Harris Hikers
- 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.