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, 5 April 2014

St. Celynin's Church and Tal-Fan 5th April 2014

"We hope you're not use a wide angle lens in that camera!"
St. Celynin's Church.
Inside St. Celynin's Church.
At Maen Penddu standing stone.
Two of the wild ponies on the Northern slopes of Tal-y-Fan.
Panorama looking towards Anglesey from Taly-Fan.
At the trig point on Tal-y-Fan.
The Druid's Stone Circle above Penmaenmawr, seen from our lunch spot on Tal-y-Fan.
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"I bet they don't know they're on the blog"
The burial chamber West of Rowen.
Bluebells in flower!
Walk stats: Distance: 7.4 miles. Climb: 2246'.
Time: 5 hours 27 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.7 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn. Mike, Roger and Celia.
Today's weather forecast wasn't good and when it started to "spit" as we arrived at Rowen, we thought it was in for the day. We all put on waterproofs, including overtrousers - that was a mistake, we didn't get any rain for the rest of the  day that needed any  waterproof gear!
 In fact the the worst we had to contend with was a strong wind near the trig point on Tal-y-Fan, but even that wasn't a cold wind.
 Overall this was a superb walk, more ups and downs than we might usually do, but the views down the Conwy Valley and towards the North Wales Coast were superb.
 We must have seen about 15 other walkers on Tal-y-Fan today, all very pleased that we had been blessed with such good weather.
 On many walks we come across the remains of sheep, but today for the first time it was the remains of a pony, no flesh left, just the bones and part of the hide.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, House sparrow, Chaffinch, European robin, Jackdaw, Rook, Eurasian jay, Black-billed magpie, Pied wagtail, Common buzzard, Common blackbird, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Ring ouzel and Red-billed chough.
 It was also a good day for spring flowers including: Primrose, Spurge, Herb robert, Wood anemone, Stitchwort, Red campion and even Bluebells.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn, where the Lees bitter was in good form.
 My only regret is that I didn't film Mike fishing for his hat with his leki!


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