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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.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Moel y Parc and Penycloddiau 15th March 2014

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!

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