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.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Maen Achwyfan, Glol and Llyn Helyg Wood 5th May 2011

Bluebells still flowering in "replanted wood"  East of Bryn-digrif.
Tito at one of his better rest spots, by the "Roman" Watch tower in Coed y Garreg.
One of the footpaths through Glol wood, another Bluebell wood to add to our list!
Name the blue flower? 
Apparently this is Large or Great camas (Camassia Leichtlinii), a plant originally from North America and was featured in the Royal Horticultural Society Show a couple of years ago.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.0 miles. Climb: 971'.
Time: 5 hours 11 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h.. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Phil, Gordon, Fran and Tito.
A very select group set off from Whitford, wondering if the forecast rain would materialize or not. We needn't have worried as we only felt the odd spot of rain throughout the walk. Even better what seemed to0 be like the start of a "reasonable" shower occurred as we were enjoying a good pint of Lees bitter at the  Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn.
The Maen Achwyfan  walk went well, and as we went through the woods East of Bryn-digrif and the Glol there were good displays Bluebells. The only disappointment was the walk around Llyn Helyg Wood, we had hoped to see the lake as well and the Bluebells were present in patches.  As Gordon said "This is not really a Bluebell Wood, just a wood with Bluebells!".
The paths through Glol wood seemed to disappear as far as the way we wanted to go, and we eventually found ourselves in the enclosure, when the Sun came out and we decide it was good time to have lunch.
We eventually arrived back at the car, glad that the walk had just tipped the 10 miles mark and that we had had rain!
Birds seen or heard included: Common starling, Greenfinch, House sparrow, Blackbird, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Rook, Barn swallow (they seemed to be everywhere as we passed farm buildings), Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Great tit, Chaffinch and Blue tit.

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