On the summit of Moel Arthur with Moel Fammau in the background!.
Our early lunch spot, god for sitting, but not much of a view!
Look who's in front!
"It's like this Paul ....."
At the cairn on Penycloddiau.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb:1979'.
Time: 5 hours 14 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average:1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Phil, Gordon, Sue Pelissier, Annie H., Paul, Sylvia and Dave J.
The first surprise of the day was on arriving at the Llangwyfan Forestry Car Park. No longer is it just a flattened area of mud, it has been transformed into a superb car park with several parking pays and covered with a limestone chippings surface. The only thing now is a carefully placed signpost pointing to the track that leads from the Nannerch to Llandyrnog road.
Good weather forecast for the day, but for me it was a little on the humid side, particularly before lunch. Not much sun, but it did put in appearance for our trek over Penycloddiau!
This is a superb roller coaster of a walk with very little walking on the flat. You're either going up or going down and most of it seems like up!
The bonus today was hearing two Cuckoos and quite a few Yellowhammers. We even saw some Bluebells still in flower!
Birds seen or heard today included: Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Yellowhammer, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Barn swallow, Common swift, Bullfinch, Wood warbler, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Jackdaw, Chaffinch, Pheasant, Winter wren and Bullfinch.
Initially we had planned to vist Moel Y Parc too, but when we had to make a decision, eight of us decided that we didn't want to extend the walk at all, if it meant that we had to do a lot more climbing!
Unfortunately Michel couldn't join us today, his painful foot still playing up. Some members of the group thought he might have a train set too!
As always after walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn. That pint of Lees bitter really went down well today!