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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, 7 July 2012

Llanddona and Red Wharf Bay 7th July 2012

Llaniestyn Church, East of Llanddona church.
Bwrdd Arthur fort as we approached from the South.
Art the trig point on Bwrdd Arthur.
At the trig point on Bwrdd Arthur.
Red Wharf bay from the summit of Bwrdd Arthur.
Six-spot Burnet moth by the Coastal Path near Llanddona Beach Car park.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.0 miles. Climb: 1331'.
Time: 6 hours 26 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Dave J and Mike D.
The weather turned out to be good and dry, and the last miles or so along the coast we were in glorious sunshine.
This turned out to be quite a varied walk, involving a climb from the coast to Llanddona on a rather muddy at times overgrown path, a little extension to Bwrdd Arthur fort, now on open access land with waymarked paths.  The summit trig point gave us the best view of the day, although distant views weren't crystal clear.
The route through Coed Pentraeth was a little disappointing as we didn't see a single Red squirrel and the descent was quite boggy.
Overall a good walk, and would have been even better had the ground not been so wet and the vegetation (bracken, brambles and stinging nettles) been so successful in trying to obstruct the path.
Birds seen or heard today included: Blackcap, European robin, Common whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Barn swallow, House martin, Common buzzard, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Raven, House sparrow, Sparrowhawk, Sedge warbler, Stonechat, Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Eurasian curlew, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Little egret, Linnet, Pied wagtail, Greenfinch and Willow warbler.
Today was a day foe Meadow brown butterflies, they seemd to be everywhere. One or two Small tortoiseshell and a Common blue butterflies were also seen. A six-spot Burnet moth was also spotted on the coast. Orchids were still in flower, the Common spotted orchid just below Bwrdd Arthur and the Pyramidal orchid on the coastal path as we approached the Landdona beach car park.  One or two Rabbits were seen and one small Common frog.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn, where the Lees bitter went down well and even the tea tasted good!

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