Awaiting a photo by Dave J.
Heading across open moorland.
Checking us out!
Limestone escarpments, the haunts of Peregrine Falcons.
At our lunch spot overlooking the Eglwyseg Valley.
The Eglywseg Escarpments still hazy.
Distance:9.7 miles: Climb:1297'.
Time: 5 hours 4 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Roger, Phil, Paul C., Dave J., Celia, Sue and Michel, Gordon, Annie H., Tito, Sue and Dave P.
Little did we know that the Panorama Road was closed for road surfacing and we couldn't get access to our normal parking spot. Thankfully the early bird in the group, Phil, contacted us and I managed to warn most of the group that we were parking just round the corner.
The weather forecast was for a warm and sunny day without much wind. Not a perfect day for walking, as the distant hills and even the valley below were hazy all day.
This is always a good walk, that makes you feel like you're on top of the world for much of the way.
I think it was a little too warm for most of the birds today, although we started with Chiffchaff singing at the start and Willow warblers for most of the higher parts and Gordon managed to spot a male Wheatear just in front of us that Dave J managed to photograph. We didn't see the Peregrines, but we did hear the Cuckoo calling from the opposite side of the Eglwyseg Valley.
I don't know what everyone had for lunch, but only four of the group completed the same walk as the leader! However we all regrouped at the start of the permissive path across Trevor Rocks.
We arrived back at the car a little earlier than expected and Dave J decided to go to Worlds End and do a little more walking/bird watching.
11 of us decided we had walked for long enough and headed for the Telford Inn at Trevor basin, where we enjoyed Llangollen Bitter sitting in the shade of a large tree. at least two members of the group weren't ashamed to drink San Miguel!
Birds seen or heard today included: Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Wheatear, Skylark, Raven, Carrion crow, Meadow pipit, Barn swallow, Common whitethroat and Cuckoo.