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, 13 October 2011

The Gop, Golden Groves and Sea Views 13th October 2011

At the Neolthic Cairn on the Gop, one of the largest in Europe, but can anyone control this group?
What's this coming out of this Gop cave?  Is it a French Neolithic man?
Early lunch with views over Prestatyn.
At the toposcope on "Mynydd Marian", an unexpected gem on the route.
walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb: 1287'.
Time: 5 hours 1 minute. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Gordon, Sue and Michel, Carol and Tim, Tito, Sylvia and Dave J., Sue and Dave.
Weather wise this was much better than some of the weather forecasts given. In fact it was in the main very pleasant for walking, not too sunny or warm and whenever there was a breeze it really did feel good!
The only difficulty encountered was just outside Gwaenysgor when three geese tried to stop us going past. Thankfully for most of us Tito, our Italian friend saw them off. They must have known that his interest in birds all revolves around the cooking pot!
This walk turned out to have one or two things that we didn't expect. The first of which was finishing lunch before mid-day. This was just because it was the most convenient spot on the walk, not a time precedence for the future!
Distance views were a little misty, we couldn't quite see Blackpool tower today!
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, European robin, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Eurasian jay, Common buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Blue tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, Black-headed gull, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Black-billed magpie, Collared dove, Common starling Fieldfare and Raven.
After walk drinks were taken at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn, although the Lees bitter today wasn't quite at its best.

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