On the way to Babell.
Bluebells on the wlk today.
Welsh poppies and Bluebells in the last wood of the day.
Ysceifiog Church - the final approach.
Inside the church at Ysceifiog.
Ysceifiog church from the main gate.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.1 miles. Climb: 1370'.
Time: 4 hours 59 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Phil, Celia, Wendy and David S.
The weather forecast for the day was lots of showers, some of them heavy. Thankfully we did get the odd shower, not any really heavy ones, except when we were picking Celia up at 08-55 this morning. This is a bit of a roller coaster type of walk, that went through several delightful woods with plenty of sunlight filtering through the branches and lots of Spring / Summer flowers blooming. These included lots of Bluebells, Primrose, Cowslip, Common Dog violet, Welsh poppy, Field speedwell, Dandelion, Daisy, Bramble, Early purple orchid, Lesser celandine, Greater stitchwort, Lesser stitchwort, Red campion, Creeping buttercup. Meadow buttercup, Garlic mustard Ramson, and even Daffodils (but I'm not sure that they were wild ones). I reality there were probably many more!
Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Jackdaw, House sparrow, Barn swallow, Common swift, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Great tit, Carrion crow, Raven, Willow warbler, Blue tit, Greenfinch and Blackcap.
Lunch was taken as we left Rofts Wood. We sat in bright sunshine for most of the time, but a five minute rain burst hurried us, but not before enjoying some fruit cake to celebrate David S's surviving his first year with the group.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at Britannia Inn, despite the Lees bitter not being quite at its usual best!