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When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Wednesday 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 Wednesday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12 in mid-week and 2-4 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, Wend and Ian Peers, 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, Jim McCabe, Mal Pulford, Nigel Taylor, Naomi Deynem, Evelyn

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Eglwyseg Rocks and the Old Horseshoe Pass 14 th June 2012

The way ahead at the start.
(when it would have been better to go for a hot drink in the warm dry Ponderosa Cafe!)
At the best way marker of the day.
The Eglwyseg Rocks, just about clearly seen.
On Offa's Dyke Footpath below the Eglwyseg Rocks.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.4 miles. Climb: 1687'.
Time: 4 hours 49 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie H., David S., Phil, Sue and Dave P.
Just as we had finished putting our boots on it started to rain quite heavily and the temperature was just in double figures.  We set off, perhaps with some of the group regretting the decision not to go into the Ponderosa Cafe for a hot drink and wait until the rain went off!
Thankfully after a short while the rain did stop, but it still on the cool side, and remained so until we were in the Eglwyseg Valley. Views for the first hour were very limited, but cleared up as we joined the Offa's Dyke Footpath below the Eglwyseg Rocks. It was on this section that we had lunch, sitting in the warm sunshine.
On this occasion we took the path that leads to Rivendell, cutting the walk short by a couple of miles, and did the same when we reached Pentredwr whe we continued along the road taking the direct root up the old Horseshoe Pass road back to the car.
Birds seen or heard today included: Meadow pipit, Skylark, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Goldfinch, Raven, Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Winter wren, Blackcap, Red grouse, Red-legged partridge, Common whitethroat and House sparrow.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bridge Inn at Pontybodkin, where Cottage Brewery, Full Steam Ahead went down well.

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