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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, 1 May 2014

Coed Pen-y-Gelli Bluebell Wood Walk 1st May 2014

Bluebells in Coed Allt-y-tywood.
Bluebells in Coed Allt-y-tywood.
Heading towards Coed y Garreg.
Bluebells in Coed Y Garreg.
Early Purple orchids.
Bluebells in Coed Pen-y-Gelli.
Walk stats: Distance: 6. miles. Climb: 382'.
Time: 3 hours 27 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, Sue and Michel.
The weather forecast today was a little on the wet side at best, and we arrived at the start with it raining heavily. After waiting over half an hour for the rain to go off, Celia and David decided  the best option was to head back home. Ten minutes after they had gone, the rain stopped and the rest of the group decided to set off. Just as we approached Coed Allt-y-tywood, the first of our Bluebell woods it started to rain and we all had to don our waterproofs. 
 Coed-Allt-y-tywood, usually the best wood for Bluebells was a little disappointing, as most of the southern section of the wood had become overgrown with brambles and the Blues seemed to be being outcompeted. The Northern section of the wood was a little better.
 The best Bluebell wood today was Coed Pen-y-Gelli, where we stopped for lunch at the time when the rain had momentarily stopped.
 Thankfully the rain had totally stopped by the time that we arrived back at the car, but we decided that we would omit the second part of the walk did not include any more woods and the forecast was for the rain to get worse in the afternoon.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Woodpigeon, Blue tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, Common blackbird, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Eurasian lay, Black-billed magpie, Carrion crow, House sparrow, Pied wagtail, Mistle thrush, House sparrow, Greenfinch and Barn swallow.
 Flowers seen included: Bluebells, Cowslips, Dandelion, Herb robert, Lesser stitchwort, Wood anemone, Wild garlic and Early Purple orchid.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn where as usual we had a warm welcome and a good pint of Lees bitter.

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