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.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

The Eastern Arans 4th June 2011.

Views from Llechwedd Ddu.
At the summit of Llechwedd Ddu.
At the summit of Foel Rhudd.
At the summit of Moel y Cerrig Duon.
Llyn Efyrnwy from Moel y Cerrig Duon.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.1 miles (10.2 miles). Climb:2282' (2888').
Time:6 hours 17 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger and Dave J.
Another glorious day for walking. Thankfully it wasn't too hot and at times we had a lovely cooling breeze.  As expected this walk turned out to be quite demanding, first battling through the peat hags to Llechwedd Ddu and the up tussocky slopes to Foel Rhudd, followed by a steep grassy descent from Esgeirion Gwynion to Bwlch Sirddyn. I'd had enough of grassy slopes by this time and sent Roger and Dave up Foel Hafod-fynydd while I enjoyed an extra half an hour over lunch!
The views today were superb in every direction, but particularly towards the main Aran ridge.  All across the moorland Skylarks entertained us with their singing and Meadow pipits with their rapid descents.  However the birds of the day were three Red kites displaying as they moved from Foel Rhudd across the valley towards the main Aran ridge. The repeated cal of a Ring ouzel was good to hear, although we didn't actually spot it.
Birds sen or heard today included: Willow warbler, Meadow pipit, Wheatear, Common buzzard, Red kite, Ring ouzel, Chaffinch, Carrion crow, Pied wagtail and Raven.
Even the 1.5 mile road climb didn't seem as bad as past experiences, although I wasn't any quicker!
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Crown Inn at Llandegla where we learned that Sarah has a new partner.  The Lee bitter went down well, it was a pity that I was driving!

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