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, 8 May 2014

Marian Frith, Graig Fawr and Coed yr Esgob 8th May 2014

Wild Garlic near Gove Mill.
Gove Mill.
Wondering if we had made the right decision to get out of the car.
Moel Hiraddug
"Who said it wouldn't stop raining?"
At the trig point on Moel y Gaer.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb: 1000' at a guess as we had climbed over 500' at lunch.
Time: 5 hours 26 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger and Tim.
On arriving at the Dyserth car park, it was only raining slightly, so we donned our waterproofs we set off hoping that this was the worst we would get. The first part of the route was fairly sheltered, so the up to lunch wasn't too bad. In fact the rain stopped all together by mid-day and we were able to sit on the slopes of Moel Hiraddug enjoying our lunch in almost warm sunshine. The next couple of hours were enjoyed in the absence of any of the wet stuff, and several points on the route gave us good views over Dyserth towards Snowdonia.  Probably the best views were from Graig Fawr, particularly towards the Great Orme.  The section along the Offa's Dyke Path gave good views too.
 As we descended through Coed yr Esgob, the rain started, and gradually got heavier, at least it wasn't driving rain and didn't feel cold. I decided not to put overtrousers on, this was a mistake as my shorts got wetter and wetter, and its not true that water can't go up hill! 
 Birds seen or heard today included: Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Barn swallow, Song thrush, Common whitethroat, House sparrow, Common blackbird, Jackdaw, Black-billed magpie, European robin, Goldfinch and Common buzzard.
 Flowers seen today included: Garlic mustard, Wild garlic, Bluebells, Dog violet, Cowslip, Red campion, Dandelion and Lesser stitchwort.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn, where we were grateful for a warm welcome by the fire (helping some of us to dry out a little) as we enjoyed a good pint of Lees bitter.
 Overall a very enjoyable walk.

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