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, 24 May 2012

The Ceiriog Valley 24th May 2012

Yet more Bluebells - North of Pontfadog.
The Eglywseg Rocks avove Llangollen in the heat haze!
At the trig point on Y Foel - lunch finished!
Ramsons and Bluebells.
Some of the flowers seen on route.
More flowers seen today.
Fran's Corn flowers (Dave J's too).
Walk stats: Distance: 11.4 miles (More for Dave J) : Climb : 1685' (More for Dave J).
Time: 6 hours  6 minutes ) (More for Dave J.), On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overallwalk average: 1.9 m.p.h
Group: Martyn, Roger, Gordon, Annie H, Sue and Michel, Celia, Dave Savage, Sylvia and Dave J., Fran, Sue and Dave P.
A good forecast, but in the end it was too hot for me, it reminded me (and others) of an infamous day with the group in Italy!
A lovely walk, where views were limited, as the heat haze clouded the distant views.  The birds around were limited too.  However we were compensated by the number of flowers seen, especially as we approached Glyn Ceiriog.
Lunch was taken early for us, at he Biddulf tower but no-one complained, despite the fact that we still had 7 miles to go!
As we went through Lwynmawr we had a choice, carry on along the road or continue as described on the route description.
As I approached the decision point Dave P said "you may have a mutiny on your hands", I replied "not really, I've already decided that I wanted to carry on along the most direct route to the start!
Dave J decided that he didn't agree and did his own thing to arrive back at the car park about 10 minutes later than the rest of us.
Birds seen or heard today included: Common swift, House martin, Bar swallow, House sparrow, House sparrow, Greenfinch, Eurasian curlew, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Common buzzard, Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Raven, Song thrush, Meadow pipit, Skylark and Blackcap.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Pant-yr-Ochan, where the best  refreshing beer on offer was Cwrw Eryry (Snowdonia Ale), although the first pint of Cwrw Haf wasn't bad either.
Dave S., joined the group for the first time, and hopefully it won't be the last.

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