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.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

St.Dyfnog's well and More 25th July 2013

Inside of St Marcella's Church (Whitchurch, Denbigh Parish Church).
Leaving Denbigh Parish Church.
The site of the famous pink tent - Denbigh 2013.
The church at Llanrhaeadr.
The Medieval Tree of Jesse Window (1533) at St.Dyfnog's Church at Llanrhaeadre.
Lunch at St. Dyfnog's Well.
A panoramic view of the Clwyds from the infamous stile near Llwyn-bach.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.0 miles. Climb: 463'.
Time: 4 hours 22 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Phil, Tim, Mike and Wendy.
Soon after the start Martyn was on auto-pilot, and knowing that St. Marcella's church would be open, took the footpath that headed directly towards it, unfortunately it shouldn't have been on our route. Anyway it turned out to be a bonus, as we were able to inside the church for the first time, and the unplanned extension to our walk took us past the site of this years National Eisteddfod.
 Along the banks of the Afon Clwyd, butterflies were everywhere and included: Small white, Large white, Peacock, Meadow brown, Red admiral, Small tortoiseshell and a Comma.
 After seeing the famous Tree of Jesse window and Ann Parry's grave, we headed for St. Dyfnog's Well where we were able to take lunch in a pleasantly cool wooded area around the Well.
 At Pont Felin-ganol, we made the decision, almost unanimously, to miss out the Denbigh Castle part of the walk and head to the start point on Brookhouse Road.  Just after setting off across the field, Mike said to me what is that bird above the trees. It turned out to be two Red kites , that we were able to watch for several minutes, and at one point one was almost directly above our heads, and very easy to see even without the aid of binoculars!
Birds seen an heard today included: Red kite, Common buzzard, Carrion crow, Barn swallow, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Mallard, Jackdaw, Grey heron, Grey wagtail, Black-billed magpie, House sparrow  and Chaffinch.
Flowers seen today included: White clover, Lesser stitchwort, Tormentil, Meadow buttercup, Indian balsam, Creeping thistle pear thistle, Marsh thistle, Read deadnettle, Hedge bindweed, Bramble, Ox-eye daisy, Welsh poppy, Meadowsweet, and Common knapweed.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn, despite the fact that the Lees bitter wasn't quite up to its normal high standard!
Overall a good walk, just the right length, and finishing before it became too hot!

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