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, 31 May 2012

The Llantysilio Mountains 31st May 2012

On the top of Moel y Faen.
The Llantysilio ridge from Moel Morfydd.
At the trig point on Moel Morfydd - a touch breezy at this point!
Lunch-time in a litle gully, sheltered from the beeze.

"I did it all by myself" - a  recently born calf suckling, maybe for the first time.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 mi.es. Climb:1962'.
Time: 4 hours 46 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie H., Celia, Tim, Sylvia and Dave J.
Not the most ideal weather for this area, but it was better than we have experienced here on many occasions.  Although we had very little sunshine, it wasn't cold and the rain was so gentle it struggled to wet us. In fact I was wetter on the inside through overheating inside my waterproof than the outside of my waterproof!  However on occasions as we crossed from one hill to the next, it became a little breezy, particularly on Moel Morfydd.
Probably the surprise of the day was seeing a very small calf attempting to suckle from its mother and eventually being successful. The remains of the placenta was nearby, so this young calf must have been born only a short time ago, and this was probably its first feed.
Birds seen or heard today included: Jackdaw, Raven, Lesser black-backed gull, Wheatear, Pied wagtail, Willow warbler, Cuckoo, Common buzzard, Chaffinch, Meadow pipit, Common blackbird and Skylark.
This walk isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I still enjoy it despite the dreaded steep descents from every hill as you walk Westward, today was no exception.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bridge Inn at Pontybodkin, where Brains bitter went down well.

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