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, 22 February 2014

The Little Orme to Rhos-on-Sea 22nd February 2014

The view from the trig point on the Little Orme.
At the trig point on the Little Orme.
Grey seals on the beach of Porth Dyniewaid.
Fulmars at a nesting site at the Little Orme Quarry.
Grey seals on the beach of Porth Dyniewaid.
Fulmars at a nesting site at the Little Orme Quarry.
Penrhyn Bay, heading for Rhos-on-Sea.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.4 miles. Climb: 987'.
Time: 4 hours 43 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Fran.
Today was another superb day for walking, largely bright sunshine all day and occasionally a strongish wind to make sure we didn't overheat too much!
 The views from the trig point on Little Orme Head, showed that the higher peaks of Snowdonia were capped in snow.  However the highlight of the day was when we dropped down in to the quarry and looked down on to the beach at Porth Dyniewaid to see eighteen Grey seals, the most that I have ever seen in this location.
 Another bonus today was the tide was such that we could walk a good distance along the stony beach at Penrhyn Bay as we headed towards Rhos-on-Sea. There is always something special about walking by the sea with the sound of the waves as they gently crash and roll up the beach. 
 Despite seeing about 20 birders on a sea watch, we were unable to see the Guillemots, Shag and Scoter that they were hoping to see, although we did manage to pick out the Great Cormorants.
 we were still happy this was and 18 seal day after all!
 Lunch was taken at Rhos-on-Sea, where we took advantage of one of the many seats provided along the lower promenade near St Trillo's Chapel.
 Always a bonus on a walk, public toilets still open, both at the start at Craig-y-Don paddling pool and at Rhos-on-Sea.
 Birds seen or head today included: Oystercatcher, Herring gull, Black-headed gull, Eurasian curlew, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Rook, Great cormorant, Great black-backed gull, Meadow pipit, House sparrow, Pied wagtail, Feral pigeon, Greenfinch, Great tit, Chaffinch, Collared dove, Common redshank, Ringed plover, Wigeon, Common blackbird, Fulmar and Peregrine falcon.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn, where the Lees bitter went down well, but there again it usually does!
 In all a perfect walk, and even Fran was home early enough to make sure her bread buns would be OK for her choir fund raising event this evening!

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