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, 28 November 2013

The Alun Valley, Llyn Gweryd and Limestone Pastures 28th November 2013

"I'm late, I'm late .....for church!
"Does anyone know where we're going?"
Our lunch spot.
Heading steeply up to a stile at the top of one limestone outcrop.
Back at Llandegla and the Church of St Tecla.
Walk stats:Distance: 9.4 miles. Climb: 940'.
Time: 4 hours 58 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn. Sue and Michel, Roger, David S., Tim and Celia.
The weather today was largely overcast, with nothing but dampness in the air, hardly enough to require waterproof jackets, and with temperatures on the warm side, I think I should have been wearing shorts as well as doing most of the walk in a short sleeved shirt.
 Although this walk contained some rather damp sections, our boots didn't get too muddy, although some of us did get mud in some funny places on their over trousers!
 We didn't approve of one sign that said "Do not picnic on the footpath", and chose a much better place just outside Llanarmon-yn-Ial.
  As we approached the road after passing Llyn Gweryd, we seemed to be in cloud, and visibility was quite poor,  so it was decided to miss out the path above Accre Hall and continue  down the road and rejoin planned walk at the cross roads.
  We then continued the walk through a series of limestone outcrops and pastures back to Llandegla.
  Birds seen or head today included: Blue tit, Great tit, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Eurasian jay, Redwing, Fieldfare, Wood nuthatch, Common buzzard, Rook, Mallard, Common buzzard, Common blackbird, Goldfinch and Black-headed gull.
  After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Railway Inn at Coed Talon, where the beer of choice was the bitter brewed by the Llangollen brewery. As yet the ambiance wasn't at it's best, but at least the staff were trying their best!

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