The first Snowdrops of the year.
At the trig point on Halkyn Mountain.
Heading for Rhes-y-cae.
At the highest point on Moel fagnalt.
Halkyn Mountain from Moel Ffagnallt.
Walk stats: Distance:8.0 miles. Climb: 1416'.
Time:3 hours 46 minutes. On the move walking average:2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average:2.1 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Roger, Phil, Gordon, Annie H., Sue and Dave P., Sue and Michel P., Carol and Tim D., Sylvia and Dave J. and Georgie the Jack Russell.
What a beautiful day for walking this turned out to be, bright and sunny, blue skies, no rail and even the cool wind didn't daunt our spirits!
This varied walk gave plenty of opportunity to linger and enjoy the magnificent views first from Halkyn Mountain where there were excellent views across the Dee Estuary and Southward the Clwydian Hills with Moel Fammau and Moel y Parc standing out.
Lunch was taken on the slopes of Moel Ffagnallt, taking what shelter we could. It wasn't even mid-day, but no-one objected to an early lunch.
Our return route across the old mined area towards the radio masts was a new path to us. It's always good to add new paths to our knowledge of the area.
Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Carrion crow, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Blue tit, Great tit, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Mistle thrush, Jackdaw, Black-billed magpie and Buzzard.
I obviously cut a few too many corners and the walk was somewhat shorter than usual and we arrived back at the Britannia Inn before 2. This didn't stop most of us enjoying a pint of Lees bitter and even the tea tasted good!
It was good that Carol D was able to join us this year for the first time, so I hope that the shorter than usual walk didn't disappoint her.