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, 26 June 2014

Owain Glyndwr's Mount, Nant Friddisel and Moel Fferna 26th June 2014

The River Dee from Owain Glyndwr's Mount.
A wood sculpture - looked like a vulture from high above the farm, Carrog Uchaf.
"Last one over's a ....!"
Lunch time at the wind shelters on Moel Fferna, but alas the one that shelters everyone (except one) from the wind is now full!
The red blob appears again ( Moel Fferna cairn and shelters on the right).
Heading down the much eroded path towards the Nant y Pandy road.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.1 miles. Climb: 1632'.
Time: 4 hours 47 minutes. On the move walking  average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Annie, Phil, Tim and David S.
The weather today turned out to be quite variable in that whenever there was no breeze, it felt quite humid. Rain was minimal, although most decided to put waterproof jackets on just after lunch, but in reality it wasn't necessary!
 Views today were good, although in the distance it was a little on the grey side.
  Unexpectedly today the farmer's wife at Carrog Uchaf came out to make sure that we had closed the access drive gate near the entrance to the A5. I reassured her that we had closed the gate and that we hadn't meant to be sheepdogs and drive the sheep through the farm yard. She seemed happy enough and said I must go, "I've left the mother in law on the commode!" That's certainly a first for the blog.
 Birds on the moorland today were few, as there was a clay pigeon shoot in progress, we didn't see many hit their target, so perhaps the pheasant later in the year will have a good chance of escaping!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Barn swallow, Mallard, Tufted duck, Chaffinch, Blue tit, House martin, Barn swallow, Common swift, Common buzzard, Meadow pipit, Carrion crow, Woodpigeon, Common pheasant, Grey wagtail and Jackdaw.
 On our descent, we were quietly amused to see one of the 4 by 4's having a wheel changed, one working, more than a dozen supervising, it doesn't only apply to road workers!
 Moel Fferna isn't everyone's cup of tea, but some still appreciate it's annual inclusions on the walks list. I'd hate to think that it would be included on the same sort of "I go shopping list" as the delightful roller coaster Llantysilio Ridge!
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Grouse Inn at Carrog, where Lees " Golden Rider" brew went down well as we sat outside looking over the beautiful River Dee.
 We met a couple of cyclist, one Welsh, one English. Michel mentioned that out usual Welsh speaking group member wasn't with us. When informed he was from the valleys (South), the North Walian said "Well he's not really Welsh!"

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