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, 4 August 2012

Llanfairfechan to Aber Ogwen 4th August 2012

Looking along the beach towards Aber.
"Who said it was going to be cold today?"
A Red admiral - one of the many butterflies seen today.
A few of the Mute swans seen around Aber Ogwen.
Walk stats: Distance: 10. 6 miles. Climb: 201'.
Time: 5 hours 44 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Roger.
The weather forecast was at best light showers and at worse prolonged heavy showers.  In the morning we had very little rain of any significance, late in the afternoon we did get a shower that lasted for nearly an hour!
This turned out to be a very pleasant coastal walk with lots of butterflies about and lots of birds to see, particularly around high tide.
The highlight of the day was probably seeing 80 Mute swans around Aber Ogwen, although seeing seven Eider ducks and 10 Ringed plover was good too.
Lunch was taken at Aber Ogwen, where we were able to take advantage of one of the pic-nic tables, unfortunately without a see view, and we didn't see where the swans went.
We also saw impressive numbers of Greylag geese, Canada geese, Oystercatchers, House martins, Barn swallow, Common swift, Common curlew and gulls.
The surprise of the day was seeing Lynn Loyley and Ringo as we approached Llanfairfechan at the end of the walk.
Birds seen or heard today included: Mute swan, Mallard, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Black-leaded gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, Common tern, House sparrow, Pied wagtail, Ringed plover, Common curlew, Eider duck, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Great cormorantGreenfinch,  Little egret, Common blackbird, Grey heron and Common redshank.
Butterflies seen today included: Small white (in quite large numbers), Red admiral, Common blue, Meadow brown and Gatekeeper.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn.

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