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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, 9 January 2014

Rhuddlan to Rhyl and Back 9th January 2014

Setting off from Rhuddlan Nature Reserve.
The path to Sunny Rhyl!
The Brickfield Pond Nature Reserve.
A pair of Pintail on the Brickfield Pond.
At the centre of Pont y Ddraig.
The Pont y Ddraig footbridge, with its traffic lights for pedestrians.
Distant rainbow, looking out to sea across the beach West of the Fforyd.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb: 200' (at a guess).
Time: 3 hours 43 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.7 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Sue Pelissier, Annie, Sue and Dave, Wendy and David S.
Yet another good day for walking, 3 or was it 4 spots of rain just after lunch, plenty of Sun, with a cool at times quite strong wind to battle with on the way to Rhyl.
 The Afon Clwyd was flowing quite strongly, and the number of birds was far fewer than usual at this time of the year.
 Pont y Ddraig, the new footbridge over the river at the harbour, was probably the notable feature of the day. This delightful bridge will know doubt get many praises for its appearance and design , and a bonus for the coastal path.
 Lunch was taken, sitting on the rocks at the Foryd, it's not very often we get a view of the sea as we have lunch.
 David S, set the pace for the day, so it was no surprise, that we were back at the car by 14-00 hrs, Sue Pearson didn't have to worry about having time to get to her dental appointment!
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Common blackbird, Goldfinch, Common shelduck, Eurasian curlew, Black-headed gull, Carrion crow, Black-billed magpie, Great black-backed gull, Herring gull, Common redshank, Little egret, Tufted duck, Mallard, Mute swan, Common coot, Pintail, Moorhen, Feral pigeon, Great cormorant, Woodpigeon and a Chinese goose.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn, Pentre Halkyn, where fitting for dry January, 3 had tea, 1 had coffee and 2 had soft drinks. Hopefully the Lees bitter will be back on by Saturday!

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