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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

Saturday, 9 July 2011

The Hills East of Blaenau Ffestiniog 9th July 2011

Our first encounter with the slate quarry environment around Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Where do we go now? Our first detour in the planning.
At the summit of Madod Mawr North Top.
The cause of our second detour. The quary below Manod Mawr North Top.
At the summit of Manod Mawr (trig point now missing).
Heading for Llyn Manod and the path to Nant Dwr-oer.
The long incline from Nant Dwr-0er to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.6 miles. Climb:2521'.
Time: 6 hours 17 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h.  Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Dave J and Mike D.
A glorious sunny day, put even the grey slate quarries in a good light.  As anticipated a good bit of the walk near quarries no longer existed and we had to make a few detours and the walk ended up over two miles longer than expected.  Much of the route was pathless and we did our fair share of bog hopping, in fact I think 90% of our footsteps responded with a squelch!
The walk included three peaks over 2000', Moel Penamnen, Manod Mawr North top and Manod Mawr, and I suspect that it may be the last time that we visit any of them!
We declined the first incline from Craig-ddu quarry and instead followed a much gentler incline to the shores of  Llyn y Manod to pick up a path that led to the base of the first incline. 
Birds seen or heard today included: Greenfinch, Winter wren, Black-billed magpie, House sparrow, Pied wagtail, Wheatear, Common swift, Meadow pipit, Skylark and Raven.
We arrived back at the car, knowing that we had had a good walk and just in time for Mike to take advantage of the PC before they were locked for the night.
After walk drinks were enjoyed once again at the Britannia Inn, Pentre Halkyn.

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