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, 17 April 2014

Y Foel, Biddulph Tower and Around Vivod Mountain 17th April 2014

An early view of Dinas Bran from the Allt y Badi track.
A very young lamb, protected by mum!
Mum making sure the youngsters take their turn!
Panorama from Biddulph Tower.
At the Biddulph Tower.
At the trig point on Y Foel.
The Eglwyseg Escarpment from the North Berwyn Way.
Our final view of Dinas Bran as we descended towards Llangollen on the North Berwyn Way.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.0 Miles. Climb: 1521'.
Time: 4 hours 53 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Nigel and Celia.
At breakfast time on Wednesday, I didn't think that I had any takers for today's walk, but thankfully Nigel and Celia came to my rescue!
 Weather wise the forecast wasn't too helpful in terms of what gear we should be wearing, I opted for full Summer gear, and just about got it right, but on the higher ground Celia thought that I bonkers (my words, not her exact words!).
 This was a largely new route for me, and it was the first time that I had ascended via Allt y Badi and returned around Vivod Mountain along the North Berwyn Way.
 The views all day were superb, once we had gained a little height. This is certainly a walk that I will repeat in the future.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Barn swallow, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Common pheasant, Woodpigeon, House sparrow, Black-billed magpie, European robin and grouse seen by Celia.
 Flowers seen today included: Herb robert, Wood sorrel, Wood anemone, Bluebell, Lesser stitchwort and Common violet.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed by some at the Pant-y-ochain at Gresford, unfortunately I chose the wrong option and my favourite, Snowdonia Ale wasn't quite at its best!

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