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.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Connah's Quay Docks to Chester City Centre 6th April 2013

The start of the walk, but alas no longer able to serving real ale or anything!
Looking from Connah's Quay Dock to the new Flint bridge.
What am I, any suggestions?
Hawden Bridge over the Dee.
Queensferry old bridge from Hawarden Bridge.
The blue road bridge over Welsh Road.
Self-portrait, never the best, but at least you can see I've crossed the blue bridge!
The way to the next bus stop, at Chester!
Walk stats: Distance: 10.0 miles. Climb: 100'.
Time 3 hours 26 minutes. Overall walk average: 2.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn - Billy no-mates.
The weather forecast for today was superb, bright and sunny and temperatures in double figures.  This was too much to miss, and I decided that I must go solo, and test drive my shorts for the first time this year! This I did and it proved a good decision, particularly after mid-day.
I decided to get the bus to Connah's Quay and return Chester via the cyclist No. 5 route as I have for a long time wanted to go over the blue bridge over Welsh Road. I have always admired this bridge on the many occasions that I have gone under it on my way to the Wirral, and planned that some day I would walk over it, today was that day!
This really was a pleasant stroll, despite the continued disturbance of the tranquillity by frequent cyclists and a couple of roller skiers!
Bird sng was in the air all day, and just after passing over the Dee on the Hawarden Bridge, I had the pleasure of hearing and seeing my first Chiffchaff of the year. By the time that I reached Blacon Station, they were two a penny, but still lovely to hear!
The surprise bird today was seeing a flock of Fieldfare, flitting between the trees along the track and adjacent fields near Saughall.
Birds seen or heard today included: Chiffchaff, Blue tit, Great tit, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Feral pigeon. Mallard, Great cormorant, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Rook, Goldfinch, Common teal, Greenfinch, Lesser black-backed gull, Common buzzard, Common blackbird, Skylark, Song thrush, Winter wren, Fieldfare, Redwing, Lapwing, Chaffinch, Black-billed magpie, European robin and House sparrow.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Cross Quays in Chester, where the Joule's beers went down well, as did the Weston's perry!

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