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.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Moel y Gaer, Moel Fammau and Its western Fringes 31st March 2011

 Moel Y Gaer Hillfort.
 Two Little lambs .....
 On the way to our lunch spot at the foot of Moel Arthur.
At the Jubilee Tower on Moel Fammau.
 View from the Jubilee Tower on Moel Fammau.

Walk stats:Distance: 10.6 miles. Climb:estimated 2000'.
Time:5 hours 27 minutes. On the move walking average:2.3 m.p.h.  Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie H., Sue and Michel, Phil, Sylvia and Dave J.
We arrived at the car park at Bwlch Penbarra to what seemed like a gale force wind, but at least it was o the warm side and the Sunwas shining. The wind didn't abate too much throughout the walk, but otherwise it was a good day for walking. Another shorts and short sleeves day for some!
We set off battling against the wind, and it was only at the second stile that Michel slipped and caught his back foot on the top of the stile sending him head over heals and banginghis head as he fell.  Thankfully, although dazed he recovered quickly and insisted on completing most of the walk., although he decided not to complete the extension to Moel y Gaer Hill fort.
The paths around the Western fringes of Moel fammau are always delightful to follow with their good views across the vale of Clwyd and  and on a good day Snowdonia. We even manged a new path that contoured around Bron y Felin.
An early lunch was takn in the shelter of a wall by the car park at the South of Moel Arthur, although Sylvia, Dave J and Roger preferred to take their lunch half way up the slopes of Moel Llys-y-coed.
Once on the ridge section from Moel Arthur to the Jubilee Tower on Moel Fammau must be one of the best sections of the Offa's Dyke Footpath,
The extension to Moel y Gaer Hill fort wasn't the best and we had to do a little Heather hopping. Nevertheless the hill fort is still worth visiting at least once!
We arrived back at the car with our legs telling us that we had been on a good walk and our faces a little weather beaten.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Raven, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Song thrush, Common buzzard, Kestrel, Blue tit, Great tit, Mallard and Blackbird.
After walk drinks were taken at the We Three Loggerheads Inn where Titanic Bitter and Blacksheep bitter went down well.  Some of the seats however still needs to be replaced or cleaned.

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