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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.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Lady Bagot's Drive with St., Christopher's Blessing 18th July 2013

"You don't really expect me to climb that tree just to look for the Tyddyn-Isaf trig point, so you?"
A pleasant lunch spot, in the shade!
The Clwydian Hills from the banks of the Afon Clwyd.
On our last legs but nearly home!
Who'd be out in the midday sun, English "men" and a couple of Welshmen too!
Walk stats: 9.3 miles (7.6 miles) Climb: 500' (100').
Time: 5 hours 30 minutes (4 hours 5 minutes). Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Phil, David S., Tim and Celia ((+ Roger and Martyn).
The main group set off just before 10 a.m. on their way to Lady Bagot's Drive and the pleasant walk through the woods towards Bontuchal. They had lunch by a small pond (a small nature reserve)South of Llanynys.
  Martyn and Roger set off a little later at about 11-20 a.m., walking along the Afon Clwyd to eventually meet the main group as they reached the banks of the Afon Clwyd South east of Llanynys.  Martyn and Roger made a small detour in the attempt to find Tyddyn Isaf Trig point marked on the OS map, alas they failed!
 As this was a trial for Martyn to see if he could negotiate stiles without harming his hand,. This was successfully achieved, but a protective splint and a glove was needed at times.
  Birds seen and heard included: Common swift, Barn swallow, Grey wagtail, European robin, Long-tailed tit, Carrion crow, Rook, Woodpigeon, Collared dove and Jackdaw.
 Flowers seen today included: White clover Common ragwort, Meadow buttercup, Hedge bindwood, ramble, Red campion and Common mallow.
 A few butterflies were seen including Meadow brown, Small white, Large white and a Peacock. A few dragonflies were seen along the river too.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Castle Hotel in Ruthin, where we replenished lost fluid as we "quietly" sat in cool spot inside. Hafod classic, brewed in Mold was the first choice, but Purple Mws, Glaslyn was more refreshing. Abbot's Ale went down well for one member of the group, and even cold orange squash and cold lager disappeared quickly too.
 It was good to be back walking with the group, even of it a little too warm ( high twenties Celsius) for the last couple of miles along the West side of the river without any prospect of any shade.

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