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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, 4 July 2013

Nant-y-Pandy and Moel Fferna 4th July 2013

One of the waterfalls in Nant-y-Pandy.
"Guess what I'm doing?"
At the cairn on Moel Fferna.
The view just beginning to open up.
It's much brighter and not so windy down here.
A walk that covered 8.71 miles horizontally but had over 2000 feet of climb making it nearer to 10 miles. It lasted 4 hours 55 minutes including a lunch break. Walking were Celia, David, Phil, Tim and Wendy.
Near the start of the walk we left the busy A5 behind and walked up the beautiful Nant Y Pandy valley past the long abandoned slate works with the sound of soft flowing water in our ears. We soon left this and climbed up to a road above the valley on the NW side. At the end of the road we climbed up onto more exposed open access land where the wind was between 15 – 28 mph compared with only 8-15 mph on the road. We left the described route at point 3 and followed a “track” to the SW.  The track shown clearly on the OS map had not been used for many years and the going was heavy. For the grouse this was clearly a good thing, since it meant people had not been able to reach the many broken down shooting butts. We made our way via patches of cleared moorland and a rather boggy pathway to the ridge which kept drifting in and out of the mist. Following the ridge we reached the welcome shelter of the cairn at the summit of Moel Fferna (630 m or 2066 feet) where we enjoyed our lunch sheltering from the winds that gusted up to 35 mph. After lunch, with clear skies and extensive views, we followed a wide path down to join the original route at point 4 before having a gentle stroll along the hillside above the Dee valley back to the start.
A lovely day for walking.
Meteorological data supplied by David’s Meteorological Services PLC.
Photos and report thanks to Phil.

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