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.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Around Holy Island 8th June 2013

The start of the walk, through the centre of Holyhead, first rather than last.
It could have been an epitaph for a fantastic walk.
Approaching Porth Dafarch.
A natural rock arch on the West coast of the island.
Sea Mayweed.
A Skylark.
A Rock pipit?
Caterpillars emerging from their silk protecting web.
Are these same as the Lackey Moth caterpillars we saw in a few years ago.
South Stack.
A fishing boat off the North coast of the island.
Resting at the explosive stores.
An unknown flower and insect.
Walk stats: Distance: 12.3 miles. Climb: 1276'.
Time: 7 hours: 33 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
Today was a really glorious day for walking, blue skies and sunshine all day and the occasional light breeze.
In the past we have always completed this walk in an anticlockwise direction, but this time we decide to do it in the opposite direction and get the delights of Holyhead town centre over with at the start. This proved a good choice, and we saw views that appeared to be new to us as we approached from a new direction. I think we will have to do a few more walks in the opposite directions as to our normal routes.
The sea looked superb and I suppose the only down side to the day was that we didn't finish the walk at a beach that would allow us to cool off in  swim in the sea.
Birds seen or heard today included: Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Rock pipit, Rock dove, Common swift, Barn swallow, Oystercatcher, Puffin, Great cormorant, Pied wagtail, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, House sparrow, Herring gull, Black-headed gull. Lesser black-backed gull, Greylag goose, Razorbill, Guillemot, Common blackbird, Goldfinch, Raven and Chough.
The flowers today were again superb, and included: Creeping buttercup, Meadow buttercup, Cow parsley, Foxglove, Heath spotted orchid,, Greater periwinkle, Red campion, Sea campion, Bird's foot trefoil, Sheep's bit, Thrift, Spring Squill. Common milkwort, Brookweed, Red clover, Gorse and Sea Mayweed.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn, where the Lees bitter went down well, a much needed drink after over seven hours in the sunshine.

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