Waiting for the "twitcher"!
Heading for the lunch spot.
Early lunch on the edge of Burley Hill Quarry.
Looking across Burley Hill Quarry from the East.
Looking east towards Nercwys Forest, the next objective.
Our final approach from Bryn Alyn, heading for Llanferres.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.2 miles. Climb: 2100' (GPS wind assisted reading!).
Time: 5 hours 37 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie, Sue and Michel, Phil, Tim, Wendy, David S., Sue and Dave.
A record number for 2014 on a Thursday set off, optimistic that the weather would be kind, thankfully that proved the case, and the only complaints that in the morning everyone was too warm!
Although the extension at the start of the walk was little contrived in that it took up and down Big Covert and went on both sides of Burley Hill Quarry, it was a good option and gave us other ideas for future walks. another bonus was that we used another couple of paths not used before by us.
Lunch was taken a little early (started at 11-58), and members of the group thought I might be ill! However it was a suitable spot, plenty of stones to sit on and in the Sun sheltered from any wind, and I new had we gone further lunch spot opportunities would be difficult to find. So lunch was taken despite the fact that it was early and we'd only walked 3.5 miles and climbed about 800'!
Once again we managed to find the right path through Nercwys Forest and found a much dryer path than the described path to Eryrys, one that will be used again on future walks.
At times, particularly around the tops of Bryn Alyn, the wind was on the breezy side, but in reality the temperature was ideal for a Winter walk, and considering all even Wendy and roger couldn't complain too much about the mud!
Not many birds seen or heard today, but they included: Common blackbird, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Raven, Common buzzard, Blue tit, European robin, Great tit and House sparrow.
after walk drinks were enjoyed at Red Lion at Penyffordd, where Speckled Hen went down quite well!