Looking across the valley to Nant y Ffrith.
At the packhorse bridge in Ffrith.
It's not what you think!
"Honest, it was this big!
On the way to Nant -y Ffrith.
An old lime kiln on the extension part of the walk.
One of the many challenges to our tree climbing skills.
David holding the direction post where it should be!
Walk stats: Distance: 9.4 miles. Climb: 2566' (seems a little high, must be wind assisted!).
Time: 5 hours 48 minutes. On the move walking average: 3.1 m.p.h. Overall walk avergae: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, Se and Michel, David S., Celia and Tim.
The weather forecast was for short shower, mainly around lunch time. We set off with our waterproofs on, not because it was raining, but to protect us from the the wind! However by the time that we reached Ffrith, waterproofs were removed for the rest of the day.
This turned put to be quite a varied walk, particularly the improvised extension to the walk when we realised that the original walk described as 9 miles was in reality less than 5 miles!
The main challenges of the day were the many fallen trees that obstructed the route, but they were all overcome, if at times we were glad that no-one was filming our methods of negotiating the hazards!
Lunch was taken on a well protected area on Nant y Ffrith, a little South of the trig point on Pen Llan-y-gwr (Next time we do this walk or a variation of it, we must get a tick on that trig point!), a little earlier than usual as we had all finished by 12-20!
Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Dunnock, carrion crow, Jackdaw, House sparrow, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Woodpigeon, Eurasin jay, Black-billed magpie, Raven and Common blackbird.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Pant yr Ochain at Gresford, where Purple Moose, Snowdonia Ale went down well!