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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, 9 December 2010

Valley, Pen Y Ball, The Moor and Estuary 9th December 2010 - A boys walk!

What do I do now? Put your best foot forward of course, but carefully!
Part of the Pen-y-Ball inscription - Roger's Welsh homework.
At the Pen-y-Ball trig point.
Lunchtime in the Sun.
The Duke of Lancaster with the A380 wing on the barge just to its stern.

Walk stats: Distance:10.1 mile, Climb:1229'.
Time: 5 hours 27 minutes; On the move walking average:2.2 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:1.9 m.p.h.
Group on this boys walk:Martyn, Roger, Michel and Dave J.
The temperatures were set to rise and reach positive figures, but this made conditions underfoot quite treacherous at times, and bringing our walking pace down considerably. In fact the worst conditions were in the car park at the end where ground was like glass and we had to cling to the side of the car to ensure that we didn't slip over!
This is always a good and varied walk, with two CADW sites on route. Michel with his bad ankle thought it might be worthwhile visiting St., Winefrede's Well for a cure or at least borrow one of the many walking sticks left behind!
We were very fortunate to have good view across the estuary with Liverpool bathed in sunshine, and later the mountains of Snowdonia came into view.
We were in bright sunshine for only about half an hour, but thankfully that was while we were having lunch.
As ever at the Granges we were greeted by four barking dogs whose owner assured us that there bark was worse than their bite!
Birds seen or heard today included:Blue tit, Great tit, Common starling, House sparrow, Bullfinch, Mallard, Great cormorant, Tufted duck, Little grebe, Mute swan, Moorhen, Common coot, Snipe, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Common gull, Black-billed magpie, Jay, Buzzard, Redwing, Fieldfare, Curlew, Lapwing, Redshank, Grey wagtail, Oystercatcher, Turnstone, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Carrion crow, Goldfinch, Siskin, Blackbird and European robin.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn, where the Lees bitter was superb. Thankfully the change of management has cellar skills to maintain the quality of the beer.

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