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.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Around Minera Mountain 20h June 2013

"If only I could speak".
Cuckooflower.
A Southern marsh orchid - Minera Mountain.
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.

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