"If only I could speak".
Lunch on in the spoils on Minera Mountain.
At the remains of the lime kiln on Minera mountain.
Minera Lead Mine Centre, seen on the final approach.
Walk stats: distance: 7.8 miles (12.5km). Climb: about 1300' (390m).
Walking Time: 3 hours 16 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. (3.8 km/h).
Group: Tim, David, Phil, Annie, Sue and Michel (leader back home
enjoying his cricket)
Another day when BBC weather and Metcheck’s forecast should have meant “DO NOT walk!”,had they been accurate.. As it turned out, we had very little rain for the first hour and a half and then it was time to put on over trousers.
The walk itself was not at all as Dave Berry had led us to believe “ quite demanding for experienced walkers”, nor was it as boggy as we expected. No sign of a landslide either. In fact the only problem we encountered was after Ty Hir when we had to get a GPS location to confirm that we had not taken the path nearest to Llandegla Forest but the one just before that. A quick check with compasses and we were soon at the junction with the road to World’s End. Time for lunch in a sheltered spot.
The weather then picked up and the rain stopped, giving us good views across the moor of Minera Mountain. As we approached the Old Kiln, a hooded Goth joined us briefly and then we stated dropping down to Fron Deg, New Brighton and back at Minera Lead Mines Centre.
As old habits die hard, we could not resist the attraction of the Pant yr Ochain where as always the beer and the welcome were excellent.
Birds as seen or heard by the amateur ornithologist: Cuckoo, European robin, Carrion crow, partridge, Skylark, Eurasian curlew, Sparrow hawk… and several little brown birds on the moor (pipits?)
Flowers: Orchid, Bluebell, Honesty, Welsh Poppy and a many more that, only Martyn, Dave or Richard could have identified. Sorry!
Report and pictures thanks to Michel.