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, 19 April 2011

Poncysyllte, Croes Yr Esgob and Trevor Woods 14th April 2011

"Just like that ...."
I'll do it my way!
Crossing the aquaduct for the second time. Who's in a hurry then?
 A view of the Eglywseg Escarpments.
  Early Purple Orchid. Photo by Sue Pearson
Walk stats: Distance: 11.7 miles. Climb: 1598’.
Time: 5 hours 31 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Gordon, Sue Pelissier, Annie H., Sue and Dave P., Tito, Sylvia and Dave J.
A rather overcast day with that feeling of dampness in the air, but everyone set off with waterproofs still in their rucksacks.
This is always a good and varied walk, and crossing the aqueduct is always a joy and a reminder that construction workers in the past must have had fantastic skills.  Once above Pen-y-Graig Quarry we had good, but not crystal clear views across the Dee towards Trevor Rocks and the Eglywseg Escarpments and beyond to the Llantysilio mountains.
Lunch was taken in the Pisgah Quarry Nature Reserve, before heading back towards Frocysyllte and the Llangollen Canal to start our second walk.
Trevor Woods produced the flowers of the day with a good patch of Bluebells in bloom, lots of Primrose and just before hitting the road a single Early Purple Orchid.
What a privilege it is to be able to walk at this time of the year when flowers are coming into bloom and birds like the Willow warbler and Blackcap are singing.
Walking back along the canal had for quite a way been made easier as the towpath had been surfaced all the way up to the Bryn Howel.
Birds seen or heard today included: Collared dove, Woodpigeon, Blue tit, Great tit, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, European robin, Blackcap, Winter wren, Mallard, Greenfinch, Great spotted woodpecker, House sparrow, Red legged partridge, Meadow pipit, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Rook, Black-billed magpie, Chaffinch and Nuthatch.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Telford Inn at Trevor Basin. The Abbey Grange Brewery’s Llangollen Bitter went down well, but at 5.1% it was a little stronger than we would have liked for our after walk tipple!

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