Moel y Gaer, just after setting off along the first field path..
A view from the path just North of Ram Wood.
A view across the estuary towards Liverpool, from the path going North east from Groes Farm.
At Moel y Gaer - Paul's second photo attempt!
Walking around the top rampart on Moel y Gaer.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.4 miles. Climb: 1175'.
Time: 5 hours 56 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie H., Phil, Dave J., Roger, David S., Paul, Celia and Carol H.
A good forecast with light rain between 2 and 4 in the afternoon. We did get rain, but it arrived just before lunch and just after lunch, but it couldn't be described as being light! At least it didn't last long on either occasion, and it wasn't raining at lunch time at Rhosesmore Playground, where six of the group took advantage of the pic-nic table. No room for the other three who had to take lunch in their cars!
The first walk around Gwystaney went well and even the paths through Big Wood weren't as muddy as usual!
After lunch the route taken involved a new path to the group, it gave good views over the estuary where both cathedrals in Liverpool could be clearly seen.
We manged to get past the primary school at Rhosesmore before the mass exodus, and head up Moel y Gaer when the rain had stopped comletely. Once again we had good views from Moel y Gaer, especially towards Moel Fammau and the Clwydians.
Birds seen or heard today included: Jackdaw, Blue tit, Great tit, Barn swallow, Common blackbird, Carrion crow, Common pheasant, Red-legged partridge, Dunnock, European robin, Mallard, Grey heron, Chiffchaff, Common buzzard, Kestrel and Woodpigeon.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn, where the Lees bitter today tasted particularly good.