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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.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Llyn Geirionydd from Llanrwst 21st May 2011


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Sand martins nesting in the banks of the Afon Conwy just outside Trefriw.(Turn your speakers off!)
The Fairy Glen above Trefriw.
In Coed y Gwinannog, yet another Bluebell wood!
A fritillary, but which one? I think it is a Pearl bordered fritillary.
Llyn Geirionydd.
Walk stats: distance: 10.8 miles. Climb:1773'.
Time: 5 hours 50 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Dave J and Mike D.
We set off  knowing that we could expect showers around lunch time, but we didn't anticipate the shower would last for more than two hours, but at least it wasn't cold.
The morning walk was superb, with birds in abundance. It started well with five Common swifts flyining overhead in the car park in Llanrwst.  The first bird on the Afon Conwy was a red breasted merganser and then a couple of Goosanders. Things got even better when just further down the river we watched Sand martins galore, racing around us and entering their nest holes in the banks.  House martins had been a rarity on our walks todate, but we saw them first as we arrived on the shores of Llyn Geirionydd and then later by the Afon Conwy towards Llanrwst.
The walk up the valley through Coed y Gwinannog past the Klondike Mill was superb. The walk around the Llyn Geirionydd was a little tricky at times as we had to "tip toe" through the tree roots, but at least this route turned up a Common sandpiper in exactly the same spot as we had seen one in previous years!
Lunch was taken at the pic-nic site by Llyn Geirionydd, and it was from this point that the rain started in earnest.  At least as we approached the track leading to Castell y Gwynt we heard a Cuckoo.
As we approached Llanrhychwyn Church we encountered four youngster that had deviated a little from the route that they should have taken.  They agreed to follow us back to Trefriw, but were pleased to see their "leaders" in their mini-bus just after we had reached the road.  It turned out that one of them had been in Mike's form just a few years ago!
We arrived back at the car, a little wetter than we would have liked, but having enjoyed a good walk.
Birds sen or heard today included: Common swift, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blackcap, Blue tit, Great tit, House martin, Barn swallow, Sand martin, Jackdaw, Common buzzard, Red breasted merganser, Goosander, Shelduck, Mallard, Herring gull, Common sandpiper, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Wood warbler, Meadow pipit, Stonechat, Eurasian jay, Pied wagtail, Skylark, Mute swan, Winter wren, Great spotted woodpecker and Cuckoo.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn. The Lees bitter as ever was on top form.

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