Wild Garlic near Gove Mill.
Wondering if we had made the right decision to get out of the car.
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.