Looking across the Dee Valley towards Moel Morfydd as a steam train goes by. (Times are GMT)
Heading towards Bwlch-y-Groes.
At the trig point on Moel Morfydd.
Panorama of the view from our lunch spot on the Eastern slope of Moel Morfydd, showing the rest of the Llantysilio ridge that both Sue and David S are glad that they are not on today's route!
Bluebells starting to flower.
The River Dee from the road bridge South of Glyndyfrdwy.
Waiting for the next train - no, just waiting for the "leader" to catch up!
Walk stats: Distance: 9.7 miles, Climb: 1881'.
Time: 5 hours 28 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h., Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Tim, Wendy, Mike, Paul, Fran and David S.
Weather prospects good, but perhaps an odd shower around mid-day if you believed some forecasters. Thankfully the Beeb got it right and we had no rain, but did have to make sure we were wearing a had, especially for those that no longer had any natural protection on the top of their heads!
Much of the walk before lunch was up hill, but I had the frequent excuse, that I had stopped to listen to a bird singing, thinking that it might be a Willow warbler. Thankfully I did hear several Willow warblers in Cwm Coed Drwg (the first that I have heard in 2014).
Reaching Bwlch y Groes, I decided that we would have a little extension to the most Westerly peak on the Llantyslio Mountains, had I known that David S and Sue liked them so much I would probably have decided on a different extension!
However the extra height gained that we had some superb views towards the Eglwyseg Escarpments and Dinas Bran.
We did descend on a new route to us, that turned to be on a walk that we had done many times, but had missed out by linking two walks together!
Overall a superb walk on near perfect day for walking.
Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, Black-billed magpie, Carrion crow, Raven, Common buzzard, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Wheatear, Common pheasant and Willow warbler.
Spring flowers were seen especially as we descended the lane down to the Dee Valley. The flowers seen included: Primrose, Wood anemone, Violet, Self-heal and Bluebells.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Berwyn Arms just outside Glyndyfrdwy on the way to Corwen. This was the first time that we had been to this hostelry, and it proved to be a good choice. We had a very warm welcome the staff/owner/bar persons and the beer was Bank's Sunbeam bitter a superbly refreshing drink after a walk. The views from the outside area, overlooking the River Dee were superb. I'm sure that we will be using this hostelry again, and it is much easier to get to than the one we usually go to when we are in this area!