A view of the Eglywseg Escarpments.
Early Purple Orchid. Photo by Sue PearsonWalk 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!