Setting off anticipating showers!
Limestone escarpments near Bryn Alyn.
Descending Bryn Alyn towards Eryrys.
Lunch in Eryrys - this is not a bus shelter!
A Canada goose on a nest in an island in the pond in Nercwys Forest.
At Deborah's Well.
Early Purple Orchids still blooming.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.8 miles. Climb: 1430'.
Time: 6 hours 1 minute. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Phil, Mike and David S.
Most of the rain today, thankfully occured while we were driving to the start and on the way home. We started off in waterproofs, but we were getting wetter on the inside through over heating than we did from any rain.
In the end, the walk that we did, wasn't exactly as originally planned, but it meant that we all experienced walking along paths that were new to us, always a bonus to a walk, especially when it on our local patch!
Bluebells were still showing well, but not all at their best. Other flowers seen included: Wood sorrel, Cowslips, Early purple orchid, Wood anemone, Daisy, Dandelion, Red campion and Ramson.
Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Chaffinch, Blackcap, Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Grey heron, Carrion crow, Rook, Common buzzard, Common blackbird, Meadow pipit, Woodpigeon, Common pheasant, Barn swallow. Canada goose, Mallard and House sparrow.
This proved to be a good variant on the the walk that we usually do, even if it did miss out Moel Findeg!
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Glasfryn, where Snowdonia Ale went down well before it ran out. It seemed like a laptop convention as there were about 20 people in the Glasfryn all playing on their laptops, I think it had something to do with the high profile court case going on over the road, and these were all press trying to get their stories ready and sent back for printing in Friday's paper!