Moel y Parc from Aberwheeler.
Lesser celandine in flower - another sign of Spring.
Fran by the cairn on Moel y Parc.
Panorama from Moel y Parc - from Snowdonia to the Coast.
At the cairn on Penycloddiau.
On the Llangwyfan path.
Mike putting his best foot forward!
Walk stats: Distance: 11.0 miles. Climb: 2357' GPS wind assisted, probably nearer 1500'.
Time: 5 hours 43 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Fran.
Yet another glorious day in the Clwydian Hills. Lots of bright sunshine with a strongish breeze keeping us cool as we crossed the higher ground of Moel y Parc and Penycloddiau.
Unusual for a Saturday walk, we only set off from the car at 10-15, but it meant that we arrived back at the Britannia Inn just in time to see Wales complete their victory against Scotland. Sylvia had kindly kept us informed of all the International Rugby scores by sending us texts of the scores at regular intervals.
This is superb rolling countryside, and with the delightful green tracks contouring Vale of Clwyd side of the ridge, this area makes astounding opportunities for circular walks, and this is one of the finest.
Lunch was taken at the Southern end of Penycloddiau, tucked in behind a small outcrop of rock, so protected from the wind and still in the warm sunshine that Mike persuaded me to extend lunch to just over half an hour - another first for a Saturday walk!
Distant views today were a little hazy, but we did pick out Snowdonia with some of its peaks still showing patches of snow.
Birds today were few, but we did get superb views of a Common kestrel hunting and Ravens displaying.
Birds seen or heard today included: Common buzzard, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Blue tit, Chaffinch, Woodpigeon, Pied wagtail, Common blackbird, Chiffchaff, Skylark, Meadow pipit and Raven.
As usual after walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn, where the Lees bitter, Ginger beer (non-alcoholic) and crisps all went down well!