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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, 20 March 2014

Pincyn Llys from Bontuchel 20th March 2014

The Clwydian Hills from the Clocaenog road from Bontuchel.
At Pincyn Llys in the Clocaenog Forest.
The Clwydian Hills from Pincyn Llys.
The road from Clocaenog village to the forest.
Primroses - the first seen on our walks in 2014
Walk stats: Distance: 8.9 miles. Climb: 2187'.
Time: 4 hours 29 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger and Phil.
We set off from the Coed y Fron-wyllt car park near Bontuchel, not knowing how long the pleasant sunny conditions would last, all weather forecasts we would get rain sometime an lots of it!
 Thankfully the weather was good up to lunch time, and we had good views towards the Clwydian Hills, especially from Pincyn Llys.
 The descent South from Pincyn Llys was a little on the steep side, so in future walks in this area, that particular descent will be avoided.
 The route to Clocaenog village was delightful, similarly the road out of Clocaenog was good too. It was along the latter that we saw a few Primroses in flower.
 After lunch we all decided that waterproofs would be the wise choice, as it looked like it was about to start to rain. Twenty minutes after lunch it started to rain gently, only made worse by the strong Southerly wind.
 As we re-entered the forest we decided that we would change the walk slightly and head through the forest along forest tracks across Cefn Du and back to the Bontuchel Road. We encountered several fallen trees across the tracks that had to be negotiated, and one track was particularly boggy, so we headed for the tarmaced road as soon as we could.
 The there and back link road to the car park didn't add much to the walk, particularly on descent in the now very gentle rain.
 Birds seen or heard today were very few, but included: Carrion crow, Blue tit, Great tit, Wood nuthatch, Common blackbird, House sparrow, Winter wren and Chaffinch.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the We Three Loggerheads, where Hafod Classic Bitter went down well.

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