"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!