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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.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

The River Dee from Higher Ferry to Hawarden Bridge 29th November 2012

One of the many Fieldfares seen today.
The bore on the River Dee - not the biggest, but it could still be seen and heard.
Great cormorants on the remains of one of the many former wharfs along the Dee.
Approaching the old bridge at Queensferry.
The River Dee from Hawarden Bridge to Queensferry.
An unusual rainbow type reflection in the water.
(The Sun was to the left and does not appear in this picture!)
Walk stats: Distance: 9.3 miles. Climb: 95'.
Time: 4 hours 21 minutes. On the move walking average: 2. 6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Tim, Sue and Dave P.
What a glorious day for walking this turned out to be.  Sunshine and largely blue skies and very little wind.  We even had the bonus of seeing the bore moving along the river.
We started at Higher Ferry and headed towards Sandycroft on the Southern side of the river.  We arrived at Sandycroft to find that path had been closed and that we shouldn't have used it at all. On arriving back at the start the path had been closed at Higher Ferry as well. I'm sure the notice wasn't there when we set off!
At Hawarden Bridge we decided not to go on to Connah's Quay Docks and crossed the river to the  Northern side of the river ready for the return journey.
We had lunch, taking advantage of a seat near the old JS and S main building, sitting in warm sunshine, watching the ducks going downstream backwards!
Birds seen or heard today included: Fieldfare, Redwing, Common blackbird, Dunnock, Carrion crow, Woodpigeon, Great cormorant, Common buzzard, Canada goose, Great spotted woodpecker, Common redshank, Mallard, Black-headed gull, Common starling, Lapwing, Black-billed magpie and Pied wagtail.
After walk drinks were experienced at the Corner Pin in Saltney - no real ale, say no more!

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