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.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Rowen, Llanbedre-y-Cennin and Carehun 15th June 2013

Our first view of Tal-y-fan, but not our destination today.
A Yellowhammer, heard by Martyn, spotted by Mike.
An unexpected Bluebell wood, North west of Llanbedre-y-Cennin.
St. Mary's Church Caerhun, but alas no Hawfinches again.
You won't believe it, but heis not in a world of his own, he's looking at a butterfly!
Conwy Mountain in the background and the last image, hopefully of bent fingers on the left hand!
Walk stats: 10.0 miles. Climb: 1485'.
Time: 6 hours 19 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h. (Mainly my fault as I kept on stopping to take photographs of flowers or look at birds, and we did seem to find a few locals that that enhanced our walk by sharing their local knowledge.
Friday's forecast for this area not too good, but thankfully they got it wrong, we didn't get any rain and Mike's only regret was that he didn't put his shorts on and take his sun blocking cream!
This turned out to be a delightful walk in almost ideal conditions, both in terms of the weather and in the conditions underfoot, a marked contrast to the last time we did this walk, when the rain was so bad that half of the group abandoned it half way round!
The birds seen and heard today included: Cuckoo, Red kite, Common buzzard, Common pheasant, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Mistle thrush, Yellowhammer, House sparrow, Common blackbird, European robin, Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Barn swallow, House martin, Mallard, Mute swan, Chaffinch, Great cormorant, Herring gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Grey heron, Little egret, Mute swans with cygnets, Shelduck, Pied wagtail and Black-billed magpie.
Flowers seen today included: Greater stitchwort, Lesser stitchwort, Red campion, Meadow buttercup, Creeping buttercup. Welsh poppy, Herb robert, Green alkernet, Yellow iris,red clover, White clover, Trailing tormentil, Cow parsley, Foxglove, Germander speedwell, Field forget-me-not and many more that I haven't as yet identified!
A Rabbit, Grey squirrel, Large white and a few unidentified butterflies were also seen.
We arrived back at the car, still in glorious sunshine and looking forward to a pint off Lees at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn. I did enjoy my Lees bitter, but Mike ended up driving and had enjoy his J2O!

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