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.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Ty Mawr Country Park and Croes yr Esgob 7th July 2011

The Pontcysyllte Aquaduct from the River Dee on the way to Ty Mawr Country Park.
Part of the walk along he towpath heading for Froncysyllte.
Normal lunchtime activities!
The view across the Dee Valley towards Trevor Rocks, Dinas Bran and the Llantysilio Mountains.
A different view of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct from above the village of Froncysyllte.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.5 miles. Climb:1384'.
Time: 5 hours  7 minutes. On the move walking average:2.7 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Roger, Gordon, Phil, Celia, Sylvia and Dave J.
Showers anticipated, but thankfully they were only very light, just enough to make the effort to put on waterproofs for a short time before and after lunch.
The section new to us from Trevor Basin along Offa's Dyke Path to Ty Mawr Country Park was very pleasant, despite the fact that view back towards the aqueduct were somewhat limited.  One section through Pentre was a little contrived, but it did get us away from a busy road for about  mile.  As always walking along the towpath is always pleasant, and today there were lot of colourful narrow boats to see too.  However the highlight of the day was a  female Mallard trying to keep watch over twelve ducklings of various sizes.
Lunch was taken as we descended Croes Yr Esgob along the Llwybr Ceiriog Trail in a 20 minute spell of sunshine between showers.
The views across the Dee valley towards Trevor Rocks and Dinas Bran were superb once the rain clouds had dispersed.
A good walk, always better when the last mile or so is down hill or flat and the Sun is shining as it was today.
Birds seen or heard today included: Greenfinch, Nuthatch, Blue tit, Jackdaw, Jay, Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Blackbird, Black-billed magpie, Goldfinch. Redstart, Mallard, Chiffchaff, Winter wren, Blackcap, Common buzzard, House sparrow and Common swift.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Telford Inn, Trevor where the locally (Llantysillio) Llangollen Bitter went down well.  Gordon seemed to enjoy his bowl of chips too (bought by Celia). The rest of us enjoy a chip or two as well.

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