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.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Lady Bagot's Drive with St Christopher's Blessing 24th March 2011

Standing on the corner watching ............!
Wood anemone.
Lady Bagot's Drive.
Lunch time by the Afon Clywedog.
Is everyone getting ready to go? No there's more important things first.
Common buzzards in the sky above the fields between the Clywedog and Rhewl.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.2 miles. Climb:527'.
Time: 5 hours 22 minutes. On the move walking average:2.5 m.p.h. Overall average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Roger, Gordon, Michel, Phil, Fran and Tito, Sylvia and Dave J., Celia, Carol and Tim, Sue and Dave P.
What a glorious day for walking this turned out to be.  Wall to wall blue skies, sunshine all day and hardly any wind.  This was definitely a day to get some colour into white old legs and for once several of the group were brave enough to give it a go!  This was probably the best days weather wise and underfoot that we have ever had to complete this circuit.  No-one arrived back with muddy boots to clean.  Almost all the way round we encountered very new stiles and in some cases new gates under construction and in one point we saw a worker taking away the rickety old stile with a fork lift vehicle.
Spring was in the air with Wood anemone, Lesser celandine, Violets and Primrose  all in flower. A few butterflies, including a Peacock were dancing in the warm sunshine.  As well as that we had all the bird singing, including Chiffchaff that seemed to be everywhere.  There were quite a lot of Common buzzards around too, soaring in the sky on thermals as though they were doing it for fun!
What a privilege it is to be able to walk on days like this.  As near to a  perfect walk as you are likely to get!
Birds seen or heard today included. Rook, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Blue tit, Great tit, Greenfinch, Black-billed magpie, European robin,  Grey heron, Song thrush, Pied wagtail, Common buzzard, Winter wren, Chaffinch, House sparrow, Pheasant, Goosander and Dipper.
After walk drinks were enjoyed for the first time at the Rainbow Inn at Gwernymynydd where the beer of the day was Blacksheep bitter. I'm sure we will make a return visit.

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