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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, 14 March 2013

Exploring the Eastern Environs of Llanfair Talhaiarn 14th March 2013

Walking along the western banks of the Afon Elwy, heading North.
Tree scupture on the road below Mynydd Bodran.
"Are you sure this is the summit of Mynydd Bodran?"
At the summit cairn on Lloft y Coryn on Mynydd Bodran.
Snowdonis from Lloft y Coryn on Mynydd Bodran.
Lunch on the banks of the Afon Aled, less than 4 miles from the start!
A Welsh daffodil on the roadside.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.8 miles. Climb: 1677'.
Time: 6 hours 31 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S, Carole H., and Phil.
A superb day for walking, clear skies and sunshine in the morning and for most of afternoon, and the only spots of rain experienced were late in the day. The temperature was just about right for waking, although on the more exposed "higher" ground it did feel a little cool.
The described walk was mainly on the roads, so we decided to use alternative footpaths where ever we could, a decision that was to test our map reading skills to the limit, even with a GPS with it own OS Map!  It didn't help, when we found out later that some paths had been re-routed when new owners had bought a forest! A few more way marker at strategic points would have been helpful, especially when several paths went around farms / houses.
Overall this was a varied and interesting walk, and will probably be repeated in the future, but the next time in an anti-clockwise direction, to see if the path finding is easier then!
Birds seen or heard today included: Winter wren, Dunnock, European robin, Common buzzard, Nuthatch, Blue tit, Great tit, Rook, Carrion crow, Raven, Fieldfare, Common kestrel, Woodpigeon, Eurasian jay, Black-billed magpie, House sparrow, White-throated dipper, Greenfinch and Dove.
It was so late getting back to the car park, that we had to drive past the turning for the Brit.

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