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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, 26 September 2013

Around the Ystrad Valley and Foxhalls 26th September 2013

All but one of the group heading downhill!
Heading across the fields towards Segrwyd.
The gatemen bringing up the rear, with the Clwydians in the background.
Dr. Samuel Johnson's Monument by the Afon Ystrad.
The Afon Ystrad from our lunch spot.
One of our many views of Denbigh Castle.
Walk stats: 11.0 miles. Climb: 921' (Not wind assisted!).
Time: 5 hours 19 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h. (Our fastest for some time!).
Group: Martyn, Sue and Dave P., Tim, David S., Celia and Annie H.
Posted a little later than usual on getting home after a walk, , my priorities today were to clean the soles of my boots!
 Arriving at the car park and as we were putting our boot on about 10 other walkers went past, some of which were doing a 5 day walk along the Clwydian Way, and put most of  us to shame as they were all wearing shorts and bare legs!
  We set off today, confident that we wouldn't get much Sun, but at least we wouldn't get wet and it wouldn't be cold, and this is what we got.
 This is always a good walk, especially the part that explores the Ystrad Valley. We had good views of Denbigh castle at various times on the walk, but the best was probably near then as we approached the final stile for the day!
Lunch was take on the banks of the Ystrad very close to the Dr. Joinson Monument, a delightful spot, and you could see why he spent a lot of time there.
  Our walk to Foxalls, or at least the return route from there, was very memorable for the number of stiles (most of then not too easy to negotiate) and number of cows that we encountered, and their deposits that clung to our boots, necessitated priority cleaning at the end of the day.
Birds seen or heard today included: Wood nuthatch, European robin, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Eurasian jay, Black-billed magpie, Common pheasant and Common buzzard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn, where the Lees bitter, tasted particularly good and we learned that the current landlords would be there at least for another 3 years.

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