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, 31 August 2013

Cwm Dulas, Cefn yr Ogof and Gopa wood 31st August 2013

Looking towards the Little Orme from the slopes of Cefn yr Ogof.
Craig y Forwyn (Maiden's Leap)
At the trig point on Cefn yr Ogof.
Looking across Craig y Forwyn towards Snowdonia fro Pen-y-corddyn mawr.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.7 miles. Climb: 1300'. 
Time: 5 hours 40 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger and Celia.
This turned out to be a superb day for walking, even though the breeze on the coast made it a little cool  ast we set off.  Intermittent sunshine accompanied us all the way round.
  This is a delightful varied walk, especially when as today we also visited the summit of Cefn yr Ogof, and this time we did so without upsetting any of the locals as we retraced our steps from the trig point and took a new (to us) path down to the road at Rhyd-y-foel.
 Lunch as usual was taken on the North side of Pen-y-corddyn mawr, where I sat in the shade of a tree by a small ruin, the others preferred to sit in the Sun!
 On entering Gopa Wood, we decided to explore a little and took the forest track Southward, rather than our usual way that headed towards the coast. This proved to be a lovely route through fairly open deciduous woodland and eventually dropped down to our usual path.
 Birds seen today were few, but included: Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Common gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Great black-backed gull, Carrion crow, Great cormorant, Oystercatcher, House martin, Barn swallow and Mute swan.
  Butterflies seen today included: Small white, Meadow brown, Speckled wood, Small tortoiseshell, and Common blue.
 We did a little better for flowers which included: Creeping buttercup. Welsh poppy, Sea campion, Sea mayweed, Traveller's Joy (Old Man's Beard), Red valerian, Common valerian, Great willowherb, Rosebay willowherb, Teasel, White clover, Red clover, Indian balsam, Herb robert, Tormentil, Rock rose, Common mallow, Small scabious, Common knapweed, greater knapweed, Dandelion, Common daisy, Common ragwort, Harebell, Gorse, Common heather (Ling), Bell heather, Hedge bindweed, Common restharrow and Yarrow.
 We arrived back at the car, just in time for me to a a text from Sue Pearson telling me that Chester had just beaten Wrexham - a perfect ending, I just had to go to the Britannia Inn to celebrate with a pint of J.W. Lees! 

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