About Me

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.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Around the Great Orme 15th January 2011


A view across the West shore from the "invalid walk".

Even the goats were seeking shelter behind the wall, although one didn't like the look of us!

Walk stats: 6.3 miles; Climb:2198' (wind assisted).
Time:2 hours 25 minutes. On the move walking average:2.9m.p.h.; Overall walk average:2.6 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn and Roger.
The weather forecast wasn't good, rain and strong winds. We sat in the car by the boating lake for about 15 minutes, hoping that the rain would ease a little. I'm not sure it ever did, but nevertheless we decided to put on our waterproofs and set off. Within just 100 yards or so, we were beginning to doubt our decision as the gale force wind battered our faces with sand! We decided to follow the tarmac track towards the zigzag path to the summit, but this time we continued along the path all the way into Llandudno.
By now the rain and the wind seemed to ease a little and walking was quite pleasant for the next couple of miles or so. However just past the "Rest and be thankful cafe" the wind became so strong that at times it very difficult to make any progress at all.
We didn't see many birds today, but we did see lots of goats, over 70 in all.
Birds seen today included:Mute swan (30+ on the boating lake on the West shore), Jackdaw, Oystercatcher, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, Carrion crow, Redwing, Fieldfare and Great cormorant.
Lunch was taken by the boating lake on the West shore taking advantage of the seats and the shelter from the wind it provided.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn where the Lees bitter was excellent and the roaring real fire added to the usual warm welcome.

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