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, 5 October 2013

In Search of Ancient Roads South Of Druid 5th october 2013

Part of the diverted section of the Afon Alwen at Pen-y-bont, North east of Druid.
Looking towards Druid from South of Hengaer-uchaf.
Alongside the Roman road, near Penlan bach Farm.
Gaerwen hillfort from the Ridgeway.
On the path heading for Hengaer-uchaf.
Part of the Medieval road that let to a fence with barbed wire!
Walk stats: Distance: 10.5 m.p.h. Climb: 982'.
Time: 6 Hours 25 minutes.
On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Celia.
With the weather forecast good, we set off expecting the walk to be a bit of a doddle! How wrong we were when on two occasions we had to retrace our steps because our way was blocked, first from overgrown vegetation and the second time because a barbed wire fence blocked our way!
 If you forget about those two events then this was a pleasant walk in little visited countryside, and with good views as we walked along the Ridgeway.
 Lunch was taken a little North of Coed Gaerwen, where we had good views towards Corwen, and the remains of Martyn's first ever Nectar Cake went down without any adverse comments!
 In theory we were trying to see various ancient pathways, and honestly we can say  we didn't see them all, even with the description given!
 Despite the reputation of attributed to local people in this area, everyone we met were very pleasant and friendly,  a true refection of the Welsh character.
 At one point we went through a field of over friendly bullocks, one of which did its best to lick us, on our backs or legs!
 Birds seen or heard today were few, but include: House sparrow, Rook, Raven, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Woodpigeon, Mistle thrush, Meadow pipit, European robin, Coal tit, Black-billed magpie, Eurasian jay, Common buzzard and Common pheasant.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Red Lion at Penyfford, where Jennings Snecklifter went down well, but Celia preferred her Peroni.

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