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, 29 May 2014

Around Deeside and Moel Fferna Quarries 29th May 2014

In the wooded Nant y Pandy Valley.
Leading the way up the Nant y Pandy Valley.
Looking down the Nant y Pandy Valley towards Glyndyfrdwy.
At the start of the tramway at the Deeside Quarry.
"You didn't tell us that we should be wearing wellies!"
At one of the information boards at the Moel Fferna Quarry.
Coming over the top - putting the best foot forward.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.5 miles. Climb: 1057'.
Time: 4 hours 43 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average:1.6 m.p.h. (I must be allowing too much time for lunch!)
Group: Martyn, Roger, David S, Mike and Tim.
Once again we set off in our waterproofs, expecting the rain to start soon. In fact we didn't need to put on waterproofs until after lunch when we were heading in to low cloud around Moel Fferna Quarry. Despite the overcast nature, we did get good views early on in the walk and then as we descended towards Glyndyfrdwy. In fact we did get a good view of the steam engine as it left Carrog heading for Llangollen. To us it seemed like a blue Thomas the Tank Engine pulling five coaches.
 Lunch was taken quite early today, just before we climbed up the tramway to the Moel Fferna Quarry, going any higher would have meant that we would have been in cloud! 
  We missed out Moel Fferna today as everyone agreed that Moel Fferna in cloud or mist isn't any fun!
 Despite the fact that we had only done 7.5 miles, most thought that today it was enough.
 Birds sen or heard today included: Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Raven, Carrion crow, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Barn swallow, Mistle thrush, Common whitethroat, Meadow pipit, Stonechat, Greylag goose, Mallard and Cuckoo.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed in the warm surroundings of the Berwyn Arms at Glyndyfrdwy. The beer of choice was Banks's "Bog Standard Bitter". An enjoyable beer at only 3.6%.

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