Heading from Glan Clwyd fram towards Coed y Plain.
Greylag geese, dropping in for a snack with the locals.
Primrose, some of the first seen this year.
Yet more locals, wondering what we were doing on their patch.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.1 miles. Climb: 397'.
Time: 4 hours 35 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, Sue and Michel, Phil, Mike and David S.
This turned out to be a good day to be walking in the valley, with the clouds quite low and snow still evident on the Clwydian Hill, even at the low level that we could see. Rain was forecast foe most of the day, but thankfully we only had showers before lunch, and we managed to shelter at lunch time under the lychgate at Llandyrnog, although it soon stopped.
Much of this walk has in the past been rather muddy, especially by the Afon Clwyd, but today it was largely dry, although there was much evidence of the river having spread substantially over its flood plane.
This turned out to be quite a varied walk, and on reflection will be interesting to recall the location of the ancient trackways described in the route description.
Part of the route included stiles that were rather awkward to say the least, especially for tired legs towards the end of the walk!
Birds seen or heard today included: Chifchaff, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Woodpigeon, Common blackbird, Dunnock, Great cormorant, Mallard, Grey heron, Lesser black-backed gull, Rook, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Green woodpecker, Great spotted woodpecker, Nuthatch, Eurasian jay, Black-billed magpie, Common starling, House sparrow and Kingfisher (seen by Michel as it flew along the Afon Clwyd, in an area where we have seen it before).
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Glasfryn, where the Snowdonia Ale went down well.