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, 29 January 2011

A Traeth Lafan Round 29th January 2011

Ice on the sea shore!
Admiring the use of slate as fencing.
 
The path that we used from Abergwyngregyn.
Anglesey and Puffin Island from our lunch spot.
"The background is better than the foreground"  Not my comment!

Walk stats: Distance:9.9 miles. Climb:1275'.
Time: 5hours 10 minutes. On the move walking average:2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average:1.9 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Dave J. and Mike D.
This was a superb day for walking, bright and sunny with clear blue skies. Who could possibly want to go abroad when you get blue skies above blue seas in Wales?  
We set off along the beach towards Llanfairfechan hoping to spot a good selection of coastal birds. Unfortunately the tide was a little too far out and the North easterly wind made it uncomfortable to linger too long with binoculars so we saw fewer birds than expected.  The Traeth Lafan Nature Reserve was a disappointment too, most of the pools were frozen over and the only birds seen were a couple of Mallards!  Nevertheless it's always a joy to walk beside the sea. This time I decided that we would take the lower path from Abergwyngregyn. and explore a few paths that around the lower slopes back to Tal-y-bont.  This route was very pleasant, although the route through a farm wasn't clearly marked and we ended up going down the access track and rejoining path further on.
Quite a bit of the path just before lunch was very icy, but we all negotiated it successfully without a hint of a slip.
As ever the route through the farm near to entrance of the Taly-y-bont Nature Reserve was horrendous and we decided it should never be repeated! The only bonus was 100+ Greylag geese that circled above, having taken flight from a couple of fields away.
Arriving back at the car park, it was still bright and sunny and felt a little warmer that when we set off!
Birds seen or heard included: Redshank, Curlew, Shelduck, Wigeon, Oystercatcher, Carrion crow, Blackbird, Mallard, Greylag goose, Lapwing, Chaffinch, Winter wren, European robin, Blue tit, Coal tit, Great tit, Jackdaw, Rook, Common starling, Herring gull, Pied wagtail, Woodpigeon, Buzzard, Black-headed gull and Common gull.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn where the Lees bitter went down well.

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