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, 3 April 2014

The Alyn Valley, Coed Ddu and Around Moel Plas-yw 3rd April 2014

"They're not all mine, honest!"
Crossing the Afon Alyn for the first time.
"Well let me think - no I can't remember"
Lunch times over.
Wood anemone in the woods.
Primrose in the woods.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.8 miles. Climb:1338'.
Time; 5 hours 24 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Sue and Michel, David S., Wendy and Tim.
We arrived at the car park on the West side of Moel Arthur, only just in time to get a parking space, a large group of ramblers from Mid-Cheshire soon filled up the rest of the space available. 
 Thankfully our route took us down towards Cilcain, as any path that went upwards along the Clwydian Hill ridge was in cloud, and seemed to be so all day. 
 We set off in waterproofs, some just in jackets some with over trousers as well, but by the time we reached Cilcain, most had been removed. This proved to be a bit of a roller coaster of  a walk, but most of the muddy sections on this walk experienced on earlier walks were much better today.
 After lunch however it became very humid, and most of were "steaming" a little, and those suffering from shortness of sight were continually stopping to wipe their glasses so that they could see where they were going.
 We arrived back at the car park with legs hoping that the stats would tell us that we had done much more than the  9.8 miles and climb of 1338' that our GPS had recorded. 
 Birds seen or heard today included: Chaffinch, Jackdaw, Goldfinch, House sparrow, Meadow pipit, Common buzzard, Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, Skylark, Common pheasant and Red-legged partridge (seen from the car as we left the car park). 
  Most of us were able to refresh the parts that needed refreshing with a pint of Lees bitter at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn, those less fortunate had to manage with with various flavours of fruit juice and two varieties of crisps!

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