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.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Red Wharf Bay and The Wall 9th June 2012.

No photos on this walk - I forgot to charge the battery in my camera!
Walk stats: Distance: 11.6 miles. Climb: 888'.
Time: 5 hours 25 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
The weather today was not at its best to say the least. There was lots of dampness in the air, and the rain when it came was somewhat annoying for those of us that have have to have old fashion vision aids!
The walk started by going inland, a walk that we had done before, but this time the approach to Llanbedrgoch School was even more overgrown than ever and added to the scratches on anyone wearing shorts!
We gladly arrived back on the coast, anticipating a nice stroll to link up with the next part of the walk.  The link was longer than expected and what is more we hadn't anticipated "the wall". As we approached the link up road for the second walk, the path avoided the boggy marshy area by using the top of a substantial wall. Thankfully a wooden fence / hand rail accompanied this seemingly mile long section.
The views across the bay weren't that good either, very misty and only a few crows and Shelduck to distract us.  However we did hear the occasional Skylark singing to cheer us up.
We arrived at the link point with the next walk and decided to re-think what route to take. We had lunch at the picnic site /car park at the Eastern end of Red Wharf Bay and then decided that the delights of Llandonna would have to wait for another day!  We decided that we would return to Benllech along the coast.
Initially we were hoping to walk along the beach all the way, but the incoming tide forced us to use the coastal path. This turned out to be a bonus as this path was delightful in places and much easier than walking on the beach.
The most unusual sighting was on the roof of a bungalow in Red Wharf Bay where a pair of Herring gulls had made a nest of twigs and other vegetation between the roof and the chimney stack, and the parent birds were supervising two large chicks trying to climb up and down the roof!
Birds seen or heard today included: Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, House sparrow, Herring gull, Pied wagtail, Greenfinch, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion crow, Common pheasant, Common blackbird, Common whitethroat, European robin, Common tern, Shelduck, Mallard, Barn swallow, Oystercatcher, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, House martin, Goldfinch, Willow warbler, Black-billed magpie and Skylark.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn.

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