About Me

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, 18 April 2013

Bwlchgwyn and More 18th April 2013

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!

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