Walk stats: Distance: 9.8 miles Climb:1771'.
Time: 5 hours 50 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Gordon, Tim (Carol was expected, but couldn't make it at the last minute, hopefully next week she will be OK) , Fran and Tito, Sylvia and Dave J. Paul C., Sue and Dave P.
Not a brilliant day for walking weather wise, but at least we didn't get too wet unless you were leading the way through chest high bracken! Very warm and at times rather humid, cooling breezes were few and far between. A good and varied walk, but the extension that looked good on the map, didn't meet with Fran's approval! deep down I probably agree, and when the walk is repeated, this particular extension won't. Sorry Dave, after all your extra miles checking the route ahead to see if the rest of us could follow. At least you did get us out of our worst difficulty, even if we did end up going round the wrong side of a farm to get back on track!
Overall, quite an up and down walk along river valleys and across farm land with a few challenging stiles and gates, but at least the two fords crossed were easy!
The unusual event of the day was seeing various farm vehicles approaching us as one crossed another ford, carrying a trailer of fence posts as was an other vehicle, one carrying fence wire and the other had a device for hammering home the fence posts. At least they smiled as we took appropriate steps to get out of their way!
Birds sen or heard today included: Common buzzard (quite a lot, especially juveniles), Black-billed magpie, Barn swallow, House martin, Eurasian jay, Carrion crow, Raven, Winter wren and House sparrow.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn. The Lees bitter went down a treat, especially if you had forgotten your "platypus"!
Tim took a superb photo of a Red admiral butterfly, so hopefully it will arrive too!
Photos arrived thanks to Sue P's mobile phone.
Foreg about Fran, any ideas about the plant/bush behind her!
We all thought Richard might know.
It's a good job someone can read a map!