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, 12 April 2014

A Tale of Two Quarries and More 12th April 2014

There is a train there somewhere!
Looking towards the Eglwyseg escarpments from our lunch spot.
Heading for Berwyn Quarry.
Looking down on the River Dee as we descended fro Berwyn Quarry.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.2 miles. Climb: 2137'.
Time: 5 hours 19 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
Overall this was a god day for walking, despite the fact that we didn't get much Sun and the wind at times was cool to say the least!
 The walk was quite varied and involved a fair bit of climb, but this meant that we did get some good views down the Dee valley.
 Our only problem occurred around finding the path around Rhiw Goch Quarry, where I encountered far too much contact with Gorse (my knees still show the blood marks and it took the whole of the first half of the FA Cup semi-final for me to remove all the Gorse needles from my socks.
 The best bit on the Rhiw Goch Quarry section of the walk was to encounter a group of teenagers on D of E, one of the group noticed that I had blood spattered knees and she asked me if I wanted a plaster, an unexpected and lovely gesture.
 Birds seen and heard today included: Black-billed magpie, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Carrion crow, Raven, Common buzzard, Meadow pipit, Green woodpecker, Common pheasant, Winter wren, Stonechat, Pied wagtail, Willow warbler and Common blackbird.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Sun Inn at Rhewl, where Llangollen brews were on offer. This seems to be a punb linked with the Llangollen brewery, normally has at least two brews on offer. The new landlords have only been in for about a year, but their warm welcome can be recommended if every sense of the word!

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