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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, 10 November 2012

Around Alltwen, Foel Lus and the Druids Circle 10 th November 2012

Looking towards Capelulo from the Sychnant Pass.
Our first view of the sea and Puffin Island.
The Afon Gyrach  North of Capelulo.
On the Queen Victoria Jubilee Path.
Puffin Islans from the Jubilee Path.
Two of the five Druid Circles.
A promise of better weather to come!
Walk stats: Distance: 9.0 miles. Climb: 1693'.
Time: 5 hours 45 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.9 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Celia.
We started the walk in glorious sunshine, that persisted thankfully until after lunch. Our first encounter with another person happened just as we started to go round Alltwen. She had a spotting scope on a tripod, and turned out to involved with ringing Red-billed choughs and was out trying to find some and identify the individual bird by looking at the rings on their legs. She had already noted two birds that she had helped to ring on the Great Orme.  We did spot one as we went around Foel Lus, but that was as it flew over our heads.
Lunch was taken on the Western side of Foel Lus, taking advantage of the bench by the impressive direction stone.
It was only about half an hour after lunch that we had our first shower as we headed along the Coastal Path (upland) to the Stone Circles. From then on we had frequent showers interspersed with periods of sunshine and saw several really good rainbows, including one double one.
Thankfully we arrived back at the car at a time when the rain had stopped and the Sun was out again.
Birds seen or heard today included: Stonechat, European robin, House sparrow, Common blackbird, Meadow pipit, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Raven, Herring gull and Red-billed chough.
This is always a good walk, but especially so when you get contrasting views as we did today.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn  at Halkyn, where the Lees bitter was in excellent condition.

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