Not saluting porky, just trying to give her a greener bit of vegetation!
Phil and Gordon on the walls of Castell Dinbych.
Patiently waiting for Phil and the CADW pass holders or why do we have to wait for those .......!
Lunch on the banks of the Ystrad near Dr Johnson's Monument.
Bluebells and Ransoms in Pencoed, Denbigh.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.3 miles. Climb:1087'.
Time:5 hours 45 minites. On the move walking average:2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average:2.0.m.p.h.
Group; Martyn, Roger, Gordon, Phil, Tim, Sylvia and Dave J, Fran and Tito.
What a glorious day for walking, wall to wall blue sky, temperatures that must have been above 20 Celsius, and only the occasional breeze to cool us. Perfect weather for walking.
We set off the first walk, and soon realised that the local authority had been doing a lot of work, replacing stiles with gates and creating new paths through Pencoed / Mount Wood which we will have to explore more on a further occasion.
Gordon and Martyn , CADW Card carriers, and Phil entered Denbigh Castle, while the rest of the group waited patiently outside.
We decided to take a short cut to Dr. Johnson's Monument, and had to go along a drive to a private residents, where a very friendly Welsh Conservative supporting couple directed us the correct way through the buildings!
Lunch was taken by the Afon Ystrad near to the Dr. Johnson/s Monument. This is a very pleasant spot, and the added bonus today was that Fran and Tito provided everyone with a piece of one of their daughters, Annie's wedding cake.
Once again several of the woods visited had Bluebells in full bloom, and in one wood, Primroses, wood anemone and Ramsons were in flower too.
Butterflies were seen in good numbers too, and included Small white, Large white, Peacock and Green veined white.
Birds seen or heard today included:House sparrow, Black-billed magpie, Chiffchaff, Common whitethroat, Willow warbler, Pheasant, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Rook, Winter wren, Chaffinch, Rook, Blackbird, Blackcap, Green woodpecker, Herring gull, Pied wagtail, Barn swallow and Common buzzard.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn, Pentre Halkyn, where the Lees bitter went down well, particularly with Tim!