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.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Little Orme and Coed Gaer 27th March 2014

Is this the face of the Little Orme?
Shepherdess Wendy calling the lost sheep.but two were still missing!
At the trig point on the Little Orme Head.
All together again on Creigiau Rhiwledyn.
A Rock pipit.
Another Rock pipit.
One of the 8 Grey seals seen around Porth Dyniewaid.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.5 miles.Climb: 1444'.
Time: 4 hours 30 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Roger, Sue and Dave P. Wendy, Celia, Tim and David S.
This was another day when we didn't know exactly what sort of weather we would get, Accuweather and the BBC didn't agree! Thankfully BBC won today and we didn't get any rain. In fact at the end of the walk we were in glorious sunshine, and I had to roll down my socks!
During the first part of the walk around the Little Orme Head there was a keen Easterly wind and we didn't linger long!
Distant views from the top of Creigiau Rhiwledyn were good to a point, but we couldn't see the wind farm of Rhos, but they did reappear as we ended the walk!
 The mystery birds as we descended towards the old quarry were Rock pipits, but if you know better let me know!
 We usually have lunch on the Mynydd pant, but on this occasion we decide it was too exposed to the Easterly wind , and found a more sheltered spot below an outcrop of limestone North of Coed Gaer, where we basked in the sunshine as we dined.
 Overall this is a good and varied walk, and as the main hope for the day was to see Grey seals around Porth Dyniewaid, we could go home happy (especially Roger) as we saw about eight (apparently 42 had been seen yesterday!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Wheatear (the first seen on a walk this year), Oystercatcher, Herring gull, Jackdaw, European robin, Winter wren, Blue tit, Great tit, Common blackbird, House sparrow, Raven, Great cormorant, Shag, Fulmar, Eurasian curlew, Carrion crow, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Woodpigeon,  House sparrow and Rock pipit.
 It was good to see Spring flowers starting to flower, including Lesser celandine, Common daisy, Dandelion and Violets.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn, where we were able to enjoy the Lees bitter as we at near the open fire and Celia was able to have her crisps!

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