About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Wednesday 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 Wednesday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, a 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, Jim McCabe, Mal Pulford., Joyce Russell

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau 2nd June 2011

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!

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