Wind damage in a wood South west of Fron Hen.
Looking across the valley from the slopes of Fron Hen towards Bryn Alyn.
"This is just a gentle stroll!"
You can't get away from Moel Famau!
I think it's lunchtime.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.8 miles. Climb: 1900'.
Time: 5 hours 39 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h. (I must have allowed too much time for lunch!)
Group: Martyn, Annie, Sue and Michel, Phil, Tim, David S., Fran and Celia.
Considering the weather forecast, we did very well, no rain until about 14-00 hours.and even then it was only very light. It was just about sufficient for those with new Paclite waterproofs to test their new gear!
This walk is always a bit of an up and down, up and down sort of walk, but it does give a lot of variety and usually lots of opportunity to get muddy boots. However today was an exception, all the ground was very dry, even the usually muddy section! The only water we saw was near the end where we could see two springs bubbling up out of the ground.
The views today were somewhat limited, but as we contoured around Fron Hen we could see the two cathedrals in Liverpool quite clearly. It was good to see the Spring flowers starting to appear, with Wood anemone showing quite well and Daffodils too.
Birds seen or heard today included: Coal tit, Blue tit, Great tit, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Woodpigeon, Common buzzard, Common kestrel, House sparrow, Dunnock, Common blackbird, European robin, Meadow pipit, Canada goose, Mallard, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Carrion crow and Barn swallow.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Glasfryn at Mold, where Purple Moose, Snowdonia Ale went down well. I think the Titanic Stout went down well with David too!
This is always a good walk, whatever the time of the year, and today was no exception and very likely to be on the list in next year.