Snowdonia from the slopes of Moel Unben.
At the top, of Moel Unben.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.9 miles. Climb:1800'.
Time: 5 hours 32 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Dave J., Wendy and Sue Pearson.
On Wednesday morning a group of twelve was expected to start the walk today. However by the time we set off we were down to five, and of those five only three made it to the Brit. The one bonus of the small numbers was that everyone had two pieces of Martyn's fruit cake (baked yesterday and too soon to have added any preservative).
The start of the walk was at the picturesque village of Llanfair Talhaiarn with its car park, PC and picnic site beside the river.
This is a superbly varied walk, frequently giving panoramic views in all directions. The best however was the view of Snowdonia from Moel Siabod, Y Llywedd, Snowdon, Tryfan and the Carneddau that we enjoyed from Moel Unben.
Further round we had good views towards the coast with the foothills behind Llandulas and Abergele in the middle distance.
Once again the Heather gave fantastic spreads of purple across the slopes of Moel Unben and later on beside a stream Himalayan Balsam seemed to have taken over the banks.
Birds seen or heard today included: House martin, Barn swallow, Common swift, Common buzzard, Stonechat, House sparrow, Carrion crow, Raven, Jackdaw, Eurasian jay, Wheatear, Meadow pipit, Common pheasant, Woodpigeon and Nuthatch.
At least two members of the group enjoyed the excellent pint of Lees bitter at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn.
We wish a speedy recovery for several of the walking group that were unfortunately away today on sick leave!