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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.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Coed Pen-y-Gelli and More 13th May 2013

Wood anemone in Coed Allt-y-tywod.
Bluebells in Coed Allt-y-tywod.
A carpet of Bluebells just starting to appear in Coed allt-y-tywod.
Bluebells in Coed y Garreg.
Cowslips North east of Crown Wood.
Early purple orchid North east of Crown Wood.
The path along the Western edge of Coed Pen-y-gelli.
Not everyone's favourite flower, but in large numbers even the Dandelion gives an  impressive show.
Walk stats: distance: 5.4 miles. Climb: About 600' (the wind assisted 1290' on the GPS is a little over the top!)
Time: 2 hours 49 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Roger. 
This was Roger's first walk for some time, so I decided to repeat the walk done by a few of us on the 10th of the month, just hoping that a few more Bluebells were showing.  A few more were in bloom, but no where enough to match the impressive Bluebell carpets seen in earlier year.  I think we may have to repeat at least one of our Bluebell Wood walks in the first week of June.
At least we did see Bluebells and quite a few more wild flowers blooming.
The cool wind made sure that there was no chance of either of us over heating, but thankfully the sun was shining most of the time and we didn't get any of the predicted rain showers.
We had lunch just as we entered Coed Pen-y-gelli, taking advantage of recently felled tree trunks lying on the forest floor.  As it was Roger's first walk in 2013, we celebrated with a piece of well mature fruit cake.
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Common blackbird, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Woodpigeon, Common pheasant, Barn swallow, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, winter wren and Common buzzard.
After walk drinks, as usual were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn, where Martyn nearly left without paying for his take-away!
Roger coped well with his first walk, and hopes to join us on our next walk.

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