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.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Aran Fawddwy and More for Some July 2011

Looking towards the final descent of the day. Taken from the path below PenYr Allt Uchaf.
Heading up Hengwm to the Bwlch between Drysgol and Warn Goch.
At the cairn at Drws Bach, our lunch spot for the day.
The Aran Ridge, the objective after lunch.
At the trig point on Aran Fawddwy.
Looking back towards Aran Fawddwy from our descent to Cwm Cwyarch.

Walk stats: Distance: 7.4 miles (9 - 10.2 miles), Climb:2810' (2900'-3100').
Time:6 hours 14 minutes (7 hours 10 minutes). On the move walking average:1.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.2 m.p.h. (1.4 m.p.h.).
Group: Martyn, Roger, Celia, Dave J and Mike D.
We arrived in Cwm cwyarch to find that the farmer at Blaencwyarch had made a new car park (donations via an honesty box with funds going to the Mountain Rescue).
Another glorious largely sunny day with a pleasantly cooling breeze once we got above 2000'. Martyn and Roger only went a far as Aran Fawddwy before deciding to descend, Celia, Mike and Dave went along the ridge as far as Aran Benllyn and Mike and Dave included Pen yr Allt Uchaf before reaching the head of Hengwm.
Distant views were superb all day, although at times a little hazy.  Lunch was taken at Drws Bach before taking the final push to the summit!
The Arans were popular today, walkers seemed to coming from all directions.
As ever the descent from Aran Fawddwy along the fence was very boggy in places and even the boards didn't prevent our boots getting wet. 
The steep descent through Cwm Cwyarch between Glasgwm and Creigiau Camddwr was quite dramatic at times and the path wasn't easy to follow.  We arrived back at the car with knee joints creaking in protest, but they soon revived after a couple pints of Lees bitter at the Crown Hotel at Llandegla, where we met up with Sarah again. She informed us that the they are now open from 12-00 and that she was now doing the cooking.
Birds seen or heard today included: Pied wagtail, House martin, Barn swallow, Carrion crow, Goldfinch, Raven, Kestrel, Meadow pipit, Skylark and Wheatear.
Overall a good but tiring walk.

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