The New Mussel monument at Conwy Harbour.
A Curlew in Conwy Harbour at low tide.
Ponies on Conwy Mountain.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.3 miles. Climb: 2055'.
Time: 6 hours 22 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 18 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Dave J.
The weather forecast wasn't good and we were expecting to get wet. Thankfully we had no rain at all until after lunch and even then it was very light and lasted for just over an hour. In the morning we had a lovely cooling breeze, but in the afternoon it became rather humid, so being able to remove waterproofs after an hour was blissful!
We were disappointed that the tide was so far out as we went along the harbour at Conwy, but it was the first time that we had seen the Mussel monument, an unusual addition to the harbour side in recognition of the Conwy Mussel trade.
One on Conwy Mountain, the views towards the castle and across the estuary to the Deganwy and the Great Orme were still good. The wild ponies obviously liked this side of their territory today and we must have seen more than twenty by the time we reached the Sychnant Pass.
The path round Alltwen usually passes a small lake/pond, but on this occasion it had totally dried up. The path down the Western slope wasn't easy to find with the high bracken and Gorse.
Lunch was taken about a mile after passing Y Dwygyfylchi (pubic house at Capelulo) at a spot overlooking the Fairy Glen.
As we approached Ty'n y ffrith two Red-billed chough called out to tell us they were around.
The return route was along the North Wales path to the Sychnant Pass and on to Conwy. As we approached the castle walls we notice that there was an archway and path to the South(to the right) of road the archway into the town. This is a much safer way for walkers to use and avoid crossing two roads that are quite busy at this junction.
Birds seen or heard today included: Herring gull, Lesser black-back gull, Black-headed gull, Great black-backed gull, Redshank, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Great cormorant, Mallard, Chaffinch, Great tit, Blue tit, Nuthatch, House sparrow, Jackdaw, Wheatear, Carrion crow, Raven, Red-billed chough, Kestrel, Common buzzard, Meadow pipit, Great spotted woodpecker, Common blackbird, European robin, House martin, Barn swallow and Stonechat.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn where the Lees bitter was back on form.