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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.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Little Orme and More 27th July 2013

At the trig point on the Little Orme.
A panorama looking South to West from the Little Orme.
A caterpillar looking for  meal. (a Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar?)
A six-spot burnet moth.
A Bumble bee on Rock rose.
Sandwich terns at Rhos-on-Sea.
Inside St. Trillo's Church.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.6 miles. Climb: 667'.
Time: 4 hours 51 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Roger.
As we were expecting the weather to be on the warm side, we decided to head for he coast in the hope that a gentle sea breeze would keep us cool, it did at times! at times the temperature seemed to much higher than the 22 Celsius on the car thermometer when we got back to the car.
 As usual he views from the top of the Little Orme were superb, especially towards the Great Orme and along the West Coast.
 As with Thursday's walk, Butterflies were everywhere on the Eastern slopes of the Little Orme and included: Small white, Large white, Red admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Gatekeeper. A Six-spot burnet moth was also seen.
 As we headed for the small cairn on Creigiau Rhiwledyn, two Red-billed chough called and tumble above our heads, and as we entered the old quarry below we saw and heard a Raven. This was a good start for the birds spotted today, but the stretch from Penrhyn bay to Rhos-on-Sea, also provide a few unexpected birds, especially a few Sandwich terns that entertained us as they dived into the sea as we had lunch.
Birds seen or heard today included: Rook, Carrion crow, Herring gull, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, House sparrow, Common starling, Pied wagtail, Common redshank, Great cormorant, Mallard, Turnstone, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Meadow pipit, Common blackbird, House martin, Barn swallow, Oystercatcher, Sandwich tern and Eurasian curlew.
Lots of flowers were seen too and included: Rock rose, Sea mayweed, Dandelion, Bramble, Ragwort, Bird's foot trefoil, Common mallow, Common knapweed, Greater knapweed, Creeping buttercup, Spear thistle, Hedge bindweed, Red valerian, Yarrow, St. John's wort, Common restharrow Musk mallow, Common mallow and many more yet to be identified.
Arriving back at the car next to the paddling pool, it was good to see it for once filled with water and lots of youngsters enjoying themselves as they played in the water.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn, where the Les Bitter and orange squash went down well.

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