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.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Around Halkyn Mountain and Moel Ffagnallt 14th November 2013

"Is that Celia smiling,  on a day like this!"
Looking towards Moel Ffagnallt from a new path heading towards Ffagnallt and on to Ffagnallt Farm.
Our lunch spot in Moel-y-Crio.
Don't we look a happy bunch!
Another shot of the "happy bunch", but at least one person is smiling!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.0 miles. Climb: 1300' (wind assisted GPS reading). In reality about half that!
Time: 3 hours 59 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie, Sue and Michel, David S., Celia, Tim and Wendy.
A weather forecast that implied that we would get showers, some sunny spells and blustery winds, with a temperature feeling on the cool side (about 5 Celsius). I don't think anyone on the walk would disagree, but none of the forecasts hinted at the hail storms that we also endured.
 As the wind was a little on the strong side, we missed out our usual lunch spot at the toposcope on Moel Ffagnallt, and instead sheltered in the lea of wall on the edge of Moel-y-Crio.  Annie, as it was her birthday early next week, cheered us all up by treating us to chocolate biscuits.
 Despite the frequent showers, we did get sunny periods when the views towards Moel Famau and the Clwydian Hills were good. In addition we met two friendly people one route, the first a farmer at Ffagnallt, who opened the gate for us as we passed through his farm yard and the second a man taking his delightful Collie pup for a walk. His final comment was more rain is on its way, he wasn't wrong!
 Birds today were few and far between, but included: Black-billed magpie, Common blackbird, Jackdaw, House sparrow, Blue tit, Great tit and a Common buzzard (if you count the one that we saw through the Britannia Inn window as we enjoyed our after walk drinks. Some of us enjoyed the Lees bitter, but a few chose a warming cup of tea or coffee.
 Quite unexpectedly we also saw a Brown hare, which leaped from almost beneath our feet and raced across two fields through two open gates.

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