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.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Walks and Dates September 2013

Updated on 22nd September 2013.
Thursday 5th September 2012.
Gloddaeth Hall and Bryn Pydew.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Marl Hall Wood Car Park on the outskirts of Llandudno. Grid ref: SH 799787.
Directions to get to the car park. Leave the A55 at Junction 19 and follow the A470 towards Llandudno. At a roundabout turn right signposted to Esgryn / Pydew. Go past Esgryn Road to find a small car park on the right.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Llandudno".  These walks explore the area around St. David's College that we normally visit on our Little Orme walks.  In addition, we will take a short there and back extension to visit the obelisk that we see clearly as we travel along the A55.
Saturday 7th September 2013. 
No walk.
Old Highways South of Druid. 
This walk will replace the Lake Vyrnwy Walk on 21st September 2013.  
Distance: 8 - 10 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Layby on A549, 1 mile West of its junction with A5 and East of Glas-yr-Afon, Glass Bloberry. Grid ref: SJ02974261.
Leave Chester at 08-00 a.m. (8-30 a.m. by negotiation)
This walk is taken from R.J.A. Dutton's book "Hidden Highways of North Wales". It explores a  Roman road, a hill fort, a Medieval road and an old coach road. The extension explores roads and byways North of Glan-yr-Afon. Includes Ty-tan-y-dderwyn, Cefn-eithin and Llwyn-ithel.
Thursday 12th September 2013.
Owain Glyndwr's Mount, Nant Friddisel and Moel Fferna.
Distance: 8-10 miles; Climb: 2262' at a guess.
Start: Pont Carrog. Grid ref: SJ115437.
Leave Chester 9-0 a.m.
This walk is taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Llangollen and The Dee Valley", along with an extension to visit the summit of our old friend Moel Fferna. The exact approach and route of descent will be decided on the day depending on the weather conditions!
Most of my birthday fruit cake has already been eaten, but there is probably enough for this week as well, but make sure you let me know that your coming, so that I can cut the cake into enough pieces!
After walk drinks will be at the Grouse Inn at Carrog, unless anyone can suggest anywhere better!
Saturday 14th September 2013.
Looks like I'm Billy No Mates again, Chester are playing away, so I might have to bake a fruit cake! 
The Roaches and Lud's Church.
Distance: 9 -10 miles. Climb: 2000'.
Start: Roadside parking below the Roaches North of Upper Hulme. Grid ref: SK004621.
Leave Chester at 8-00 a.m.  (8-30 a.m. by negotiation)
This walk is taken from the Pathfinder Guide to the Peak District.  The Roaches has become one of our annual favourite walks, but this route is one that we have only done once before.  It includes the main Roaches ridge, and possibly Hen Cloud. The planned return route will be back along Black Brook. Can be boggy, especially on the lower route back from Lud's Church.
Thursday 19th September 2013.
A Clwydian Trio
Distance: 9 miles; Climb:1900' '.
Start: Pentre-celyn car park . Grid ref: SJ150534.
The car parking area is on the left adjacent to the sign for Pentre-celyn, just off the B5429.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This is another walk by Debbie Hamilton and is taken from the "Walking" magazine. This walk includes the section of Offa's Dyke Path goes near Moel y Plas, Moel Gyw, Moel Llanfair and Boncyn y Waen-grogen. Her walk starts from Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, but we will start at Pentre Celyn about half a mile beyond Graigfechan.
Saturday 21st September 2013. 
As for Saturday 7th September 2013.
See above for details.
Walk postponed - Billy no Mates again!
All Around Lake Vyrnwy. 
This walk will now be put on the list in Summer 2014.
Distance: 14 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Llanwyddyn car park on the South side of the dam. Grid ref: SJ017190.
Leave Chester at 08-00 a.m.
This is another walk taken from "Walkers Britain - Volume 2".  I've wanted to do this walk for some time, but never got round to it.  It is a slightly longer walk than usual, so I thought we'd better do it before my legs tell me that attempting that sort of distance is unrealistic!  The walk is described as a moderate walk with two climbs. It also describes a wide variety of bird life around the edges, so it may be worthwhile bringing binoculars if you have them.
Thursday 26th September 2013.
It is with great disappointment that I have decided to change the walk on the 26th September 2013. 
Not everyone in the group counts the Llantysilio Ridge as one of their favourite walks! The new walk is below.
Around the Ystrad Valley and Foxhalls.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb:1200'.
Start: Layby just outside Denbigh on the A543 Pentrefoelas Road. The layby is just after the road out of Denbigh makes a right angled left bend.  Grid ref: SJ043660.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk is based on two of Dave Berry's walks from his book " Walks in the Vale of Clwyd".
The first time that we did both of these walks it ended up being more than 13 miles, but on this occasion we will miss out bits from each which should reduce the walk to about 10 miles.
 This walk explores the wooded Ystrad Valley and passes houses associated with Dr. Johnson and Beatrix Potter. The second walk explores the countryside South of Foxhall Newydd, a 16th century house owned by John Panton, Recorder of Denbigh. If we are observant, we should be able to see the outline of an Iron-age enclosure, but we haven't spotted it on earlier walks.
Saturday 28th September 2013.
Around Anglezark Reservoir and More.
Distance: 8-11 miles. Climb: 1200!
Start:Car park and picnic site, Rivington Park Lower Barn. Grid ref: SD628138.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
This walk is based on a walk from Terry Marsh's book "Fifty Classic Walks in Lancashire". His part of the walk is described as being on generally good paths and tracks, but can be muddy! The extensions will result in the whole walk going past 5 reservoirs. It will probably be worthwhile bringing binoculars with you.
The route includes White Coppice and Healey Nab.
Last time we walked in this area it was in November 2010, so the birds that we see and hear will be probably be different, and hopefully the weather will be warmer!

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